Staff Directory

Steve KuehnSteve Kuehn

Staff Archaeologist

M.S. Anthropology, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee 1997
B.S. Anthropology, University of Wisconsin–Madison 1990

E-mail: skuehn@illinois.edu

Phone: (217) 607-5283

Complete Vitae (pdf)


General Interest/Area of Focus

Zooarchaeology; subsistence patterns and animal resource exploitation; the prehistoric and historic archaeology of the Midwest and Great Lakes region

Memberships

Midwest Archaeological Conference
Illinois Archaeological Survey
Wisconsin Archeological Society

Current Research

  • Paleoindian subsistence practices in the Upper Midwest
  • Late Woodland and Mississippian faunal exploitation in Illinois
  • Dietary practices at domestic French Colonial sites in the American Bottom
  • Analysis of faunal remains from Cahokia Tract 15B
  • Deer exploitation and utilization among Mississippian populations in Illinois
  • Mississippian faunal exploitation in the Spoon River region of central Illinois
  • Faunal exploitation strategies at the John Chapman Village site
  • Late Paleoindian Lake Poygan phase occupation of east-central Wisconsin
  • Historic dietary patterns in Illinois and Wisconsin

Previous Positions

Prior to working at ISAS, Steve served as a Senior Archaeologist with the Museum Archaeology Program, Wisconsin Historical Society, from 1992 through 2006.  Early on, he worked for the Institute for Minnesota Archaeology and various cultural resource management firms in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Colorado, and North Dakota.  While his primary focus has been faunal analysis, he has directed numerous Phase I, II, and III field investigations and lab analyses, and authored over 130 technical reports.

As a contract faunal analyst, Steve has examined prehistoric and historic zooarchaeological assemblages from sites across the Midwest and Southeastern United States.  Previous clients include Midwest Archaeological Research Services, Midwest Archeological Center-National Park Service, Commonwealth Cultural Resource Group, Louis Berger and Associates, Office of the State Archaeologist-Wisconsin Historical Society, Mackinac State Historic Parks, Loyola University, AVD Archaeological Services, Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Archaeological Research Laboratory.

Selected Bibliography

2009    A Preliminary Report on a Bison bison occidentalis Cranium from Sauk County, Wisconsin. Current Research in the Pleistocene 26:157–159.

2009    Analysis of Faunal Remains from the Raven Bluff Site (DEL402), Northwestern Alaska. Report submitted to William Hedman, Bureau of Land Management, Fairbanks, Alaska.

2009    Mussel Shell Analysis. In Late Mississippian Mortuary Practices at the Russell Site (11MS672), Madison County, Illinois by Julie A. Bukowski and Eve A. Hargrave, pp. 59–60. Skeletal Report No. 2009-20. Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

2009    Faunal Analysis. In Recent Investigations at the Trotier Site in French Cahokia, St. Clair County, Illinois, edited by Patrick R. Durst, pp. 77–92. Research Reports No. 122. Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

2008    Faunal Remains From the Plantz Site (47WN325), A Late Woodland Camp at Rush Lake, Winnebago County, Wisconsin. Illinois Archaeology 20:129–149.

2007    Late Paleoindian Subsistence Strategies in the Western Great Lakes Region: Evidence for Generalized Foraging from Northern Wisconsin. In Foragers of the Terminal Pleistocene in North America, edited by Renee B. Walker and Boyce N. Driskell, pp. 88–98. University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln.

2007    The Crow Hollow Site: A Middle Archaic Campsite in Southwestern Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Archeologist 88(1):23–50.

2007    Rural Nineteenth Century Dietary Patterns in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. In People, Plants, and Animals: Archaeological Studies of Human-Environment Interactions in the Midcontinent, edited by Robert E. Warren. Illinois Archaeology 15&16:176–210.

2007    Faunal Analysis. In Investigations at the Horseshoe Pond Site:  A Pre-Civil War Farmstead on the La Moine River in Brown County, Illinois, by Mark C. Branstner, pp. 83–94. Research Reports No. 112. Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

2006    A Preliminary Report on the Bradford Bison Skull from Sauk County, Wisconsin. Report prepared for the Office of the State Archaeologist, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison.

2004    Phase III Zooarchaeological Analysis of the Carter (11WI2640) and Burdick (11WI2642) Farmstead Sites, Will County, Illinois. In Results of Phase III Data Recovery of the Burdick Site (11WI2642) and the Carter Site (11WI2640), Plainfield Township, Will County, Illinois, by Carrie Koster-Horan, Chapter 4. Cultural Resource Management Report No. 1204. Midwest Archaeological Research Services, Inc., Marengo, Illinois.

2004    Phase III Zooarchaeological Analysis of the James Walker Cabin/Edgar Doud Farmstead (11WI2624), Will County, Illinois. In Pioneers, Preachers and Potawatomi:  Phase III Mitigation of 11WI2624, the James and Jane Walker Farmstead, Plainfield, Will County, Illinois, by Claire Tolmie, Appendix G. Cultural Resource Management Report No. 1207.  Midwest Archaeological Research Services, Inc., Marengo, Illinois.

2004    Nineteenth Century Dining in Green Bay: Analysis of Zooarchaeological Remains from the Hazelwood Site. The Wisconsin Archeologist 85:64–77.

2003    An Analysis of Faunal Remains from the Silvernale Site (21GD3), Goodhue County, Minnesota. The Minnesota Archaeologist 62:9–16.

2002    Defining the Temporal Boundaries of the Middle Archaic: Old and New Evidence from Southern Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Archeologist 83:19–44.

2001    Early Nineteenth Century Dietary Behavior in Northern Michigan: An Examination of Zooarchaeological Remains from the American Millwright’s House, Mill Creek Site (20CN8). Report submitted to Dr. Lynn Evans, Mackinac State Historic Parks, Mackinaw City, Michigan.

1999    The Edgewater Beach Site:  A Late Prehistoric Site on Lac Vieux Desert, Vilas County, Wisconsin. The Michigan Archaeologist 45(4):130–141.

1998    New Evidence for Late Paleoindian-Early Archaic Subsistence Behavior in the Western Great Lakes. American Antiquity 63(3):457–476.

1996    The Archaeology of Deadman Slough: Late Paleoindian/Early Archaic and Woodland Occupations along the Flambeau River, Pierce County, Wisconsin (with co-author N. Meinholz).  Archaeology Research Series No. 4. Museum Archaeology Program, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison.

1995    Faunal Analysis of the Warren Hause Site.  In The Warren Hause Site (47DA910):  Final Report of the Phase III Archaeological Data Recovery at a Mid-19th Century Homestead in Verona Township, Dane County, Wisconsin, by Paula J. Porubcan and Elizabeth D. Benchley, pp. 219–241. Report of Investigations No. 124.  Archaeological Research Laboratory, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Selected Professional Papers

2010    Faunal Exploitation at Orendorf:  A Preliminary Look at the Settlement D and C Assemblages.  Paper presented at the 75th Annual Meeting, Society for American Archaeology, St. Louis, Missouri.

2009    Patrick Phase Faunal Exploitation in the American Bottom:  A Closer Look at Late Woodland Subsistence.  Paper presented at the 2009 Midwest Archaeological Conference, Iowa City, Iowa.

2009    (w/ K. Hedman) Archaic Diet in Central Illinois:  An Examination of Faunal Remains and Isotopic Data from the Tree Row Site.  Paper presented at the 2009 Midwest Archaeological Conference, Iowa City, Iowa.

2008    Mastodon for Dinner?  Applying Butchering Evidence in Assessing Human and Megafauna Interaction in the Midwest.  Paper presented at the 2008 Science and Archaeology Symposium, Ancient Technologies and Archaeological Materials, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

2008    Revisiting Faunal Exploitation at Fish Lake:  An Examination of Recently Obtained Patrick Phase Faunal Material From the American Bottom.  Paper presented at the 2008 Midwest Archaeological Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

2007    Oneota Subsistence and Settlement in East-Central Wisconsin:  A Reconsideration of the Grand River Phase.  Paper presented at the 2007 Midwest Archaeological Conference, South Bend, Indiana.

2007    Dining in the Uplands:  Rosewood Phase Faunal Asemblages and Early Late Woodland Diet in the American Bottom.  Paper presented at the 2007 Midwest Archaeological Conference, South Bend, Indiana.

2006    Preliminary Analysis of the Rosewood Site (11S639) Faunal Assemblage.  Paper presented at the 2006 Midwest Archaeological Conference, Urbana, Illinois.

2006    (with Shannon Dolan) An Oneota Longhouse Structure from East-Central Wisconsin.  Paper presented at the 2006 Midwest Archaeological Conference, Urbana, Illinois.

2006    Participant in the Upper Mississippian Ceramics Workshop, presenting Oneota ceramics from the Dambroski (47PT160), Blinded by the Light (47PT191), and Burley Brew (47PT159) sites in east-central Wisconsin.  2006 Midwest Archaeological Conference, Urbana, Illinois.

2004    New Insight on Nineteenth-Century Dietary Patterns in the Upper Midwest.  Paper presented at the 37th Annual Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, Society for Historical Archaeology, St. Louis, Missouri.

2003    A Grand River Phase Ceramic Assemblage from the Dambroski Site, An Oneota Village in Central Wisconsin.  Paper presented at the 2003 Midwest Archaeological Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

2003    Co-organized (with Rochelle Lurie) Archaic Lithic Roundtable, entitled “What’s In A Name?  Middle and Late Archaic Lithics.”  Presented type points from the Raddatz Rockshelter and select artifacts from the Crow Hollow site.  2003 Midwest Archaeological Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

2003    Preliminary Report on Recent Excavation of Three Oneota Sites in Central Wisconsin.  Paper presented at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

2002    Dining at the Straits:  Dietary Evidence from the American Millwright’s House at Mill Creek.  Paper presented at the Midwest Archaeological Conference, Columbus, Ohio.

2000    Late Paleoindian Subsistence Strategies in the Western Great Lakes:  Evidence for Generalized Foraging from Northern Wisconsin.  Paper presented in the “From Mice to Mammoths:  Studies in Paleoindian Subsistence Strategies” symposium chaired by Dr. Renee Walker, at the Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

2000    The Granite Falls Site (21YM47), A Prairie Archaic Bison Kill in Southwestern Minnesota.  Paper presented at the Joint Midwest Archaeological and Plains Anthropological Conference, St. Paul, Minnesota.

1999    Life on the Wisconsin Frontier:  A Yankee Family Goes West.  Paper presented at the 45th Annual Midwest Archaeological Conference, East Lansing, Michigan.

1999    Middle Archaic Occupation of the Kickapoo River Valley:  Implications for Southwestern Wisconsin and Beyond.  Paper presented at the 1999 Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Chicago, Illinois.

1998    High and Dry:  Crow Hollow, A Middle Archaic Base Camp on the Kickapoo River Floodplain.  Paper presented at the 44th Midwest Archaeological Conference, Muncie, Indiana.

1997 New Evidence for Late Paleoindian Foraging Behavior from the Western Great Lakes.  Paper presented at the 1997 Joint Symposium of the Ontario Archaeological Society and the Midwest Archaeological Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

1995    Faunal Analysis of the Alden’s Corners Post Office Site.  Paper presented at the 1st Historical Archaeology Conference of the Upper Midwest, Red Wing, Minnesota.

1995    Late Paleoindian Ceremonialism in the Western Great Lakes:  New Information from the Deadman Slough Site.  Co-authored (with N. Meinholz) paper presented at the 1995 Midwest Archaeological Conference, South Beloit, Illinois.

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