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Kevin Smith


  • B.A. Humboldt State University 2007
  • M.A. California State University, Los Angeles, 2013


I am a Ph.D. student with an emphasis in archaeology. My interests are deeply tied to topics of technology and human evolution to aqueous environments. My specific research interests surround the production and use of terminal Pleistocene and early Holocene lithic technologies in the far West of North America, and specifically what roles these early flaked stone tools played in Paleoindian subsistence systems. My Master’s thesis research concentrated on deciphering the organization of production of single-piece shell fishhooks on the Southern California Channel Islands during the late Holocene. I use an integrative multi-methodological approach to studies of ancient technologies which integrates conventional analytical techniques with replicative studies (experimental archaeology).