Paula Porubcan

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Paula Porubcan

Paula Porubcan

Coordinator, Northern Illinois Field Station of ISAS

B.A., M.S., Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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General Interest/Area of Focus

Historic Euro-American domestic sites, historic Native American settlements and economies, removal period Potawatomi settlement in southeast Wisconsin and northeast Illinois, management of cultural resources on public lands, prehistory and history of the Chicago area.

Memberships

1990–Present Member, Society for American Archaeology

1991–1995 Board Member and Corresponding Secretary, Wisconsin Archaeological Society

1995–Present Regular Member, Wisconsin Archaeological Society

1997–Present  Member, Illinois Archaeological Survey

1998–Present Certification as Professional Archaeologist, Phase I, II, III Historic, Phase I, II, III Prehistoric, under Illinois Archaeological and Paleontological Resources Protection Act

2003–Present Member, Wisconsin Archaeological Survey

2003–Present Member, Society for Historic Archaeology

2005–Present Certification, National Register of Professional Archaeologists

2007–Present SHPO Approvals to conduct archaeological investigations in 13 US states (AZ, CO, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, NM, NV, OH, UT, WI)

2011–Present Board Member, Illinois Archaeological Survey

Previous Positions

2009–2013  Field Station Co-coordinator/District 1 Archaeologist, Northern Illinois Field Station

2008–2009 Archaeologist/Principal Investigator, Edge Consulting Engineers, Inc.

2006–2008 Archaeologist/Principal Investigator, EBI Consulting, Inc.

1996–2006 Senior Archaeologist, Midwest Archaeological Research Services, Inc.

1995–1996 Supervisory Archaeologist, Pueblo of Zuni, Cultural Resource Enterprises (ZCRE)

1993–1995 Supervisory Archaeologist, UW-Milwaukee, Archaeological Research Laboratory

1990–1993 Supervisory Archaeologist, Cartographer, Research Assistant, UW-Milwaukee, ARL

1989–1990 Archaeology Crew, WI State Historical Society, Highway Archaeology Division

Selected Papers Presented

2012  Archaeology and Early History of the Geneva Lakes Area. Presentation given at Tuesday at Two Workshop, Geneva Lakes Museum, 6 November 2012, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

2012 Archaeological Excavations at the Joe Louis Site: Prehistoric Village Life Along the Little Calumet River. Invited paper presented at the Science and Research Symposium, Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Lincoln Park Zoo, 19 April 2012, Chicago.

2011 Why Margaret Matheny Abandoned Her Log Home and Kept Sheep. Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, January 5-9, 2011, Austin, Texas.

2010 The Bottlemy Site (11Mh295): An Emerging and Mature Late Woodland Occupation in Northeastern Illinois. Paper presented at the Midwest Archaeological Conference, October 21-24, 2010, Bloomington, Indiana (with Peter J. Geraci and Melissa R. Baltus).

2010 The Bottlemy Site (11Mh295): An Emerging and Mature Late Woodland Occupation in Northeastern Illinois. Lecture presented to Three Rivers Archaeological Society, September 13, 2010, Rockton, Illinois.

2010 The Bottlemy Site (11Mh295): An Emerging and Mature Late Woodland Occupation in Northeastern Illinois. Lecture presented to Sauk Trail Archaeological Society, February 20, 2010, Crystal Lake, Illinois.

2009  Early Nineteenth Century Domestic Life at Macktown. Paper presented at the Midwest Archaeology Conference, October 15–18, 2009, Iowa City, Iowa.

2009 Modeling Changes in Historic Period Potawatomi Social Structure: An Examination of Community Connectivity. Paper presented at the Society for American Archaeology 74th Annual Meeting, April 22-26, 2009, Atlanta, Georgia.

2007 Settling In During the Middle Archaic: The View from McGraw Farm. Paper presented at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Anthropology Student Conference, January 21, 2007, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

2004 Integrity, Context, and Significance: 19th Century Farmstead Archaeology in Northeastern Illinois. Paper presented at the 37th Annual Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, January 7-11, 2004, St. Louis, Missouri.

2003 The Archaeology of 19th Century Farmstead Sites in Northeastern Illinois. Paper presented at the 68th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, April 9-13, 2003, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

1999 Life and Death Along the Fox: Investigations at the McGraw Farm Site. Paper presented at the 64th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, March 24-28, Chicago, Illinois.

1998 Life and Death Along the Fox: Investigations at the McGraw Farm Site. Paper presented at the Midwest Archaeology Conference, October 21-24, Muncie, Indiana.

1998 Macktown National Historic District: Archaic Through Mid-19th Century Occupations at the Confluence of the Rock and Pecatonica Rivers. Lecture presented to the Kenosha Historical Society, February 8, Kenosha, Wisconsin.

1996 Recent Investigations at the Whitman Trading Post, Macktown National Historic District, Winnebago County, Illinois. Paper presented at the Midwest Archaeology Conference, October 10-12, Beloit, Wisconsin.

1994 Identity Crisis at a Mid-Nineteenth Century Wisconsin Farmstead: Archival and Archaeological Data from the Warren Hause Site, Dane County, Wisconsin. Paper presented at the Joint Midwest/Southeastern Archaeological Conference, November 9-12, Lexington, Kentucky (with Elizabeth D. Benchley and Ellen Ghere Paulus).

Bibliography (Publications)

Porubcan, Paula J., Peter J. Geraci, and Melissa R. Baltus
2011 The Bottlemy Site (11Mh295): An Emerging and Mature Late Woodland Occupation in Northeastern Illinois. Illinois Archaeology 22(2):580–609.

Porubcan, Paula J.
2000 Human and Non-Human Surplus Display at Mound 72, Cahokia. In Mounds, Modoc, and Mesoamerica: Papers in Honor of Melvin Fowler. Edited by S. R. Ahler. Illinois State Museum, Scientific Papers Series. Springfield.

Selected Bibliography (Technical Reports)

Co-authorship
Porubcan, Paula J., Peter Geraci, and Melissa Baltus
2013 Archaeological Investigations at Site 11WI3584 (Nativity Site) for the County Highway 49/Exchange Street Project. Archaeological Testing Short Report No., Illinois State Archaeological Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Douglas, Amanda and Paula J. Porubcan
2012 Archaeological Investigations at 11K371 for the Red Gate Road Bridge Crossing Project. Archaeological Testing Short Report No 377, Illinois State Archaeological Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Porubcan, Paula J. and M. Shawn Kinzer
2005 Phase II Archaeological Testing of Three Historic Euro-American Sites (11-K-812, 11-K-814, 11-K-815) in the Settler’s Ridge Development Area, Sugar Grove Township, Kane County, Illinois. Midwest Archaeological Research Services, Inc., Cultural Resources Management Report No. 1339.

Johnson, Richard and Paula Porubcan
2004 Phase II Testing of Five 19th Century Euro-American Sites (11-Wi-2801, -2801, -2803, -2806, and -2808) in Jackson Township, Will County, Illinois. Midwest Archaeological Research Services, Inc. Cultural Resources Management Report No. 1245b.

Koster-Horan, Carrie and Paula Porubcan
2002 Phase II Testing of Prehistoric Site 11-Wi-2718 and Historic Site 11-Wi-2720 Wheatland Township, Will County, Illinois. Midwest Archaeological Research Services, Inc. Cultural Resources Management Report No. 1141.

Bird, Catherine M. and Paula J. Porubcan
2001 Phase III Data Recovery of Beggs' Fort (11-Wi-1248) Plainfield Township, Will County, Illinois. Midwest Archaeological Research Services, Inc. Cultural Resources Management Report No. 864.

Porubcan, Paula J. and Carrie Koster-Horan
2001 Results of Phase II Archaeological Testing of the William and Juliette (Walker) Gilman Farmstead (11-Bo-222) Belvidere Township, Boone County, Illinois. Midwest Archaeological Research Services, Inc. Cultural Resources Management Report No. 990.

Porubcan, Paula L. and M. Catherine Bird
2001 Phase II Archaeological Testing of the John B. and Margaret Matheny/Bird Farmstead (11-Mh-115) Dorr Township, McHenry, Illinois. Midwest Archaeological Research Services, Inc. Cultural Resources Management Report No. 1043.

Porubcan, Paula J., Scott Demel, and Clare Tolmie
2000 Results of Phase II Archaeological Testing at the circa 1871 D. Colson Farmstead (11-Wi-2058) in Plainfield Township, Will County, Illinois. Midwest Archaeological Research Services, Inc. Cultural Resources Management Report No. 845.

Lurie, Rochelle and Paula J. Porubcan
2000 Phase II Archaeological Testing of Three Prehistoric Sites (11-Wi-2325, 11-Wi-2326, and 11-Wi-2328) in Wheatland Township, Will County, Illinois.  Midwest Archaeological Research Services, Inc. Cultural Resources Management Report No. 907.

Lurie, Rochelle and Paula J. Porubcan
1999 Report on the 1998 Summer Field School Excavations at the Hayes Tavern, Macktown Forest Preserve, Winnebago County, Illinois.  Midwest Archaeological Research Services, Inc. Cultural Resources Management Report No. 742.

Tolmie, Clare, M. Catherine Bird, Paula J. Porubcan, and Rochelle Lurie
1999 Phase II Archaeological Testing of 11-K-482, 11-K-483 and 11-K-495 and Phase II/III Testing and Mitigation of the Old Garton Homestead 11-K-488 in the Proposed Majestic Oaks Residential Subdivision, Kane County, Illinois & Addendum.  Midwest Archaeological Research Services, Inc. Cultural Resources Management Report No. 839.

Porubcan, Paula J., Anne Grauer, and Rochelle Lurie
1998 The McGraw Farm Site: Results of Phase III Mitigation of a Multi-component Prehistoric Mortuary Site in Lake County, Illinois. Midwest Archaeological Research Services, Inc. Cultural Resources Management Report No. 621.

Demel, Scott J., and Paula J. Porubcan
1997 Results of Phase II Archaeological Testing at Four Sites (11-Wi-1556, 11-Wi-1557, 11-Wi-1560, and 11-Wi-1561) for Pasquinelli Development Group in Plainfield, Wheatland Township, Will County, Illinois. Midwest Archaeological Research Services, Inc. Cultural Resources Management Report No. 657.

Porubcan, Paula J., Scott Demel, Rochelle L. Lurie and M. Catherine Bird
1996 Results of Phase II Archaeological Testing and Phase III Mitigation on the DuPage Properties Venture Property in Aurora, DuPage County, Illinois.  Midwest Archaeological Research Services, Inc. Cultural Resource Management Report No. 536.

Cowen, Frank, Paula Porubcan, Rochelle Lurie and M. Catherine Bird
1996 Results of the Phase II Testing of the Daley Site (11-Wi-884), Lockport Township, Will County, Illinois. Midwest Archaeological Research Services, Inc. Cultural Resource Management Report No. 476.

Porubcan, Paula J. and Elizabeth D. Benchley
1995 The Warren House Site: Final Report of Archaeological Data Recovery of a Mid-Nineteenth Century Euro-American Habitation Site, Verona Township, Dane County, Wisconsin. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Archaeological Research Laboratory, Report of Investigations, No. 124.

Selected Bibliography (Technical Reports)

Sole Authorship
Porubcan, Paula J.
2009 Archaeological Investigations at Site 11Mh295 (Bottlemy Site) for the FAS 0026/Alden Road Drainage Ditch Reconstruction Project. Archaeological Testing Short Report No. Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

2009 Archaeological Investigations at Site 11Mh282 (C. Kingsley Tenant House) for the FAS 0026/Alden Road Drainage Ditch Reconstruction Project. Archaeological Testing Short Report No. Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

2003 Results of the Phase II Archaeological Testing of the Nineteenth Century Samuel and Jane McMillan Farmstead (11-Mh-314) Nunda Township, McHenry County, Illinois. Midwest Archaeological Research Services, Inc. Cultural Resources Management Report No. 1184.

2002 Phase II Archaeological Testing of Prehistoric Site 11-Ke-415 (Corner Site) Little Rock Township, Kendall County, Illinois. Midwest Archaeological Research Services, Inc. Cultural Resources Management Report No. 1138.

2002 Results of Phase III Mitigation of Branham’s Farm (11-Ck-861), Hanover Township, Cook County, Illinois. Midwest Archaeological Research Services, Inc. Cultural Resources Management Report No. 849.

2002 Results of Phase III Mitigation of the John and Matheny Bird Farmstead (11-Mh-115), Dorr Township, McHenry County, Illinois. Midwest Archaeological Research Services, Inc. Cultural Resources Management Report No. 1084.

2001 Results of Phase II Archaeological Testing at Site 11-Bo-233 Belvidere Township, Boone County, Illinois. Midwest Archaeological Research Services, Inc. Cultural Resources Management Report No. 998.

1999 Results of Phase II Archaeological Testing of Site 11-Ke-338, Bristol Township, Kendall County, Illinois. Midwest Archaeological Research Services, Inc. Cultural Resources Management Report No. 835.

1998 Results of Phase II Archaeological Investigations Conducted Prior to the Construction of an Outhouse Facility within the Macktown National Historic District, Winnebago County, Illinois. Midwest Archaeological Research Services, Inc. Cultural Resources Management Report No. 669a.

1998 Results of Phase II Archaeological Testing at Four Nineteenth Century Euro-American Sites (11-L-289, 11-L-509, 11-L-510, and 11-L-511) in Fremont Township, Lake County, Illinois. Midwest Archaeological Research Services, Inc. Cultural Resources Management Report No. 694.

1997 Results of a Phase II Archaeological Investigations at 11-Du-385 (the Godfrey Farmstead), Downer’s Grove Township, DuPage County, Illinois. Midwest Archaeological Research Services, Inc. Cultural Resources Management Report No. 660.

1996 Results of Phase II Testing North of the Whitman Trading Post, Macktown Forest Preserve, Winnebago County, Illinois. Midwest Archaeological Research Services, Inc. Cultural Resource Management Report No. 590.

1996 Results of Phase II Archaeological Testing Prior to Reconstruction of a French Trader’s Cabin, Macktown Forest Preserve, Winnebago County, Illinois. Midwest Archaeological Research Services, Inc. Cultural Resource Management Report No. 593.

1996 Documentation and Limited Data Recovery of Disturbed Cultural Deposits within the Whitman Trading Post, Macktown Historic District. Midwest Archaeological Research Services, Inc. Cultural Resource Management Report No. 586.

1996 Results of Phase II Testing in the Interior of the 1846 Whitman Trading Post, Macktown Forest Preserve, Winnebago County, Illinois. Midwest Archaeological Research Services, Inc. Cultural Resource Management Report No. 560.

1996 National Register Eligibility Evaluation for Three Nuclear Reactors, Argonne National Laboratory-East, Du Page County, Illinois. Midwest Archaeological Research Services, Inc. Cultural Resource Management Report No. 580.

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