Kelsey J. SullivanUniversity of California, Riverside | UCR · Department of Anthropology
Kelsey J. Sullivan
Masters of Arts in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University
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Kelsey J. Sullivan is a Ph. D. student in the Department of Anthropology, at the University of California, Riverside. Kelsey currently does archaeological research on lithic technologies and market exchange at ancient Maya sites in Campeche and Belize.
The ancient Maya used a variety of chert resources, which were abundant at and around the site of El Palmar in southeastern Campeche. One type of chert, a high-quality, dark brown chert, is a distinct lithic material used to make fine bifaces and eccentrics found at the site. Finished tools made of this material are most often recovered in elite ri...
The ancient Maya expressed their highly developed and complex ideological and cosmological systems through diverse methods. The Maya conveyed these beliefs through a range of symbols and various ritual practices. Imagery on ceramics and other media, as well as written texts, also indicate that many cultural traditions, such as the Maya creation sto...
Since 2003, Terevaka Archaeological Outreach (TAO, founded by Dr. Britton Shepardson) has offered unique experiential learning activities for Rapa Nui high school students to raise awareness regarding cultural and natural resources on the island, to promote conservation initiatives, and to conduct original research regarding the island’s prehistori...
Lithic technologies have been an important part of Native American lifeways on California’s Channel Islands for more than 12,000 years. However, little is known about stone tool technologies on Anacapa, the second smallest and closest island to California’s mainland. To broaden our understanding of stone tool technologies on the Channel Islands and...
This poster presents current experimental lithic research into Maya eccentric production.
Presentation of upcoming thesis research
Rattlesnake Cave is located on the western shore of Lake Abert in the northern Great Basin of southeast Oregon, one of hundreds of archaeological sites in the Lake Abert/Chewaucan Basin. The site was dug by collectors in the 1950s, and recovered materials were donated to the Fort Rock Valley Historical Society and Homestead Museum in the early 1990...
Site report from excavation conducted in 2014 field season of the Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance project.
Chipped stone crescents, Terminal Pleistocene and Early Holocene artifacts from North America's Far West, are often found in surficial contexts as isolated finds, with many currently residing in private or museum collections with limited provenience information. Such collections have the potential to reveal metric and morphological data, and contri...
Thesis work on locating buried preceramic sites in Cayo District, Belize. Geoarchaeology, Paleosols.
My ongoing MA thesis research explores the range of ancient Maya ritual caching practices associated with eccentric lithics. To explore regional patterns, my thesis focuses on cache data from the Belize Valley and the site of Xunantunich. I compare these data to caching practices in a range of regions, such as northern Belize, the Peten, and the Copan Valley to explore similarities and differences in the caching of eccentric lithics.