Staff Directory

Dr. Kristin HedmanDr. Kristin M. Hedman

Associate Director, Program on Ancient Technologies and Archaeological Materials; Physical Anthropologist

Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.A. Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.A. Sociology/Classical Languages, North Dakota State University

E-mail: khedman@illinois.edu

Phone: (217) 607-5283

Complete Vitae (pdf)


General Interest/Area of Focus

Kristin Hedman is a physical anthropologist specializing in human osteology, paleopathology and bioarchaeology.  Her research interests focus on mortuary behavior and skeletal evidence of health, activity and interactions; isotopic evidence of diet and population movement; and the social implications of cultural modification of human bone, both pre- and post-mortem.  Much of her research has focused on prehistoric populations of the American Bottom region in Illinois.  Kristin has supervised ISAS Bioarchaeology projects and staff since 1989.  As Associate Director of the Program on Ancient Technologies and Archaeological Materials, Kristin helps to integrate and facilitate interdisciplinary scientific research projects focusing on archaeological materials and ancient technologies, both within ISAS and with other University units and Institutions.

Memberships/Awards/Accomplishments

Certified Skeletal Analyst with the State of Illinois
Illinois Archaeological Survey
$10,000 UIUC Research Board Grant (2011); Stable Isotope Analysis of Early Mississippian Diet at Cahokia: A Pilot Study.

Current Research

  • Cahokia Collapse Project: osteological analysis, stable isotope and strontium analysis, AMS dating and DNA analysis of Late Prehistoric Cahokia populations
  • Cahokia Mound 72: apply stable isotope, strontium, AMS dates, and DNA analysis to investigate variation in diet and place of origin as they relate sex, status, genetic and temporal differences within this unique mortuary feature
  • Upper Mississippian Tribalization Project
  • Culturally Modified Bone and Teeth
  • Stable Isotope Analysis
  • Strontium Analysis

Positions

2013–present Associate Director, Program on Ancient Technologies and Archaeological Materials, Illinois State Archaeological Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1992–present Physical Anthropologist, Illinois State Archaeological Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1992–1994, 1996–1997 Acting/Assistant Curator, Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1992–1996 Laboratory Director, Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1991–1992 Graduate Research Assistant, Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1989–1990 Project Osteologist, Resource Investigation Program, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Selected Bibliography

2012   Co-editor of edited volume entitled Redefining Death: Modified Human Bone in the Prehistoric Midwest.  (Eve Hargrave, Shirley Schermer, Kristin Hedman and Robin Lillie). Accepted for publication by University of Alabama Press in December 2012.

2012   Oakwood Mound: A Langford Mortuary Site in Will County, Illinois (Michael Strezewski, Kristin M. Hedman and Thomas E. Emerson). The Wisconsin Archaeologist 93(2):3–107.

2010   Health and Diet at the Drda Site (11MS32), Madison County, Illinois. Illinois Archaeology 22(2):668–689. (Yu Dong, Kristin M. Hedman, and Eve A. Hargrave).

2010   Langford Mortuary Patterns as Reflected in the Material Service Quarry Site in the Upper Illinois River Valley. (Thomas E. Emerson, Kristin M. Hedman, Robert E. Warrant, and Mary L. Simon).  The Wisconsin Archaeologist 91(1):1–77.

2010   AMS 14C Dating of Human Bone Using Sequential Pyrolysis and Combustion of Collagen. (Hong Wang, Stanley H. Ambrose, Kristin M. Hedman and Thomas E. Emerson). Radiocarbon 52(1):157–163.

2009   Variation in Strontium Isotope Ratios of Archaeological Fauna in the Midwestern United States: A Preliminary Study.  Journal of Archaeological Sciences 36(1):64–73.  (Kristin M. Hedman, B. Brandon Curry, Thomas M.  Johnson, Paul D. Fullagar and Thomas E. Emerson).

2008   The Luthy Alps Site: AMS Dates, Stable Isotopes, and Maize Consumption in the Central Illinois River Valley at the Late Woodland-Mississippian Interface.  Illinois Archaeology 20:48-84. (Kristin M. Hedman and Thomas E. Emerson).

2006   Late Cahokian Subsistence and Health:  Stable Isotope and Dental Evidence. Southeastern Archaeology Journal 25(2):258–274.

2006   Archaeological Investigations at the Kendall Hill Site (11MS93). Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program, Research Reports No. 51. (Kristin M. Hedman and Douglas K. Jackson).

2006   Two Short-Nosed God Maskettes Found with Hacker Mound #3, Burial #7, Jersey County, Illinois.  In Illinois Hopewell and Late Woodland Mounds: The Excavations of Gregory Perino 1950–1975, by Gregory Perino, assembled and edited by Kenneth B, Farnsworth and Michael D. Wiant, pp. 654–672.  Studies in Archaeology No. 4.  Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program, University of Illinois, Urbana.  (Kenneth B. Farnsworth, Thomas E. Emerson and Kristin Hedman).

2005   Marginal Horticulturalists or Maize Agriculturalists? Archaeobotanical, Paleopathological, Isotopic, and Archaeological Studies Related to Langford Subsistence, Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology 30(1):67–119. (Thomas Emerson, Kristin Hedman and Mary Simon).

2003   Death and Ritual in Early Rural Cahokia. (Thomas E. Emerson, Eve A. Hargrave and Kristin M. Hedman). In Theory, Method and Technique in Modern Archaeology, edited by Robert J. Jeske and Douglas K. Charles, pp. 163–181. Praeger, Westport.

2002   Inter- and Intra-site Comparisons of Mississippian Diet in the American Bottom: Results of Recent Stable Isotope Analysis of Bone Collagen and Apatite. (Kristin M. Hedman, Eve A. Hargrave and Stanley H. Ambrose). Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology 27(2):237–271.

2002   Isolated Human Burials at the Fingers Site (11S333 West), St. Clair County, Illinois.  Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program, Research Reports No. 84.

2001   The Cunningham Site:  An Early Late Woodland Occupation in the American Bottom (Madison County, Illinois).  Illinois Transportation Archaeological  Research Program, Research Report No. 41. ( Michael C. Meinkoth, Dale L. McElrath and Kristin Hedman).

2001   Recent Investigations into Late Prehistoric Mortuary Behavior:  The Halliday Site (11-S-27). Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program, Research Report No. 50. (Eve Hargrave and Kristin Hedman).

2000   Recent Investigations into Late Prehistoric Mortuary Behavior: The Halliday Site (11S27), Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program, Research Report No. 50.  Urbana, Illinois. (Eve Hargrave and Kristin Hedman).

1999   The Hill Prairie Mounds: The Osteological Investigation of a Late Middle Mississippian Mortuary Complex. Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program, Research Report No. 6. (Kristin Hedman and Eve Hargrave).

1998   Summary Report on the 1995 Excavations at the Barton Site (23SL9), St. Louis County, Missouri. Missouri Archaeologist 59:99–124. (Joseph M. Galloy, Ronald L. Sanders, Brent Vollman, James Fitzsimmons, Eleanor A. Reber, Kathryn E. Parker, Eve A. Hargrave and Kristin M. Hedman).

1997   Perkinson Site (23SL69) Osteological Investigations, ITARP Research Report No. 46. Eve A. Hargrave and Kristin Hedman. In Late Prehistoric Life Along the Missouri River I:  The Barton Site (23SL69), edited by Joseph M. Galloy. Prepared for TAMS Consultants, Inc. by Hanson Engineers, Inc.

1997   Hill Prairie Site (11Ms100), Mound 251:  Osteological Investigations. (Kristin Hedman and Eve A. Hargrave). In Archaeological Investigations at Mound Ms°251 of the Hill Prairie Mound Group (11MS100) Madison County, Illinois, by Joseph Galloy.  Report prepared for Sunset Terrace Associates, by Hanson Engineers Incorporated.

1997   Mortuary Features and Human Remains. In Archaeological Investigations for the Relocation of Valmeyer, Monroe County, Illinois. Volume 3: The Stemler Bluff Site. PSAP Research Report No. 28, by Gregory R. Walz..

1995   Human Remains, In The Sister Creeks Site: Middle Woodland Mortuary Practices, by Michael C. Meinkoth. Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program, Research Report No. 2.

1993   Skeletal Remains from a Historic Sauk Village (11Ri81), Rock Island County, Illinois, Illinois Archaeology 5:537–548.

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