About us

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NAA Board at the Central Nevada Museum in Tonopah, NV (L-R): Karla Jageman, Jeff Wedding, Christina Callisto, Mark Giambastiani, Sue Edwards, and Steve Daron

WHO WE ARE

The purpose of the Nevada Archaeological Association (NAA) is to preserve Nevada’s antiquities, encourage the study of archaeology and to educate the public to the aims of archaeological research.
NAA Bylaws (Revised April 20, 2013)

WHAT WE DO

The NAA supports Nevada student efforts statewide, fosters cooperative relationships, provides learning opportunities and experiences, enhances preservation, and provides a publication outlet for research.

MEET THE BOARD

Jeff Wedding - President

Jeff Wedding has almost 20 years experience in archaeological and historical research in the western United States (including Nevada, California, Utah and Arizona). His current research focus is on archaeological sites associated with World War II and Cold War era military training exercises in the desert regions of southwestern California, southern Nevada and western Arizona. Other areas of interest include the historical archaeology of mining, transportation (particularly railroads) and ranching in the West during the 19th and early 20th Century. Although principally an historical archaeologist, Jeff also has considerable experience recording, excavating and interpreting prehistoric archaeological sites in the Great Basin and Mojave Desert regions. He currently works as a staff Archaeologist at the Desert Research Institute.

Mark Giambastiani - Vice President

Dr. Mark Giambastiani has more than 20 years experience in conducting Phase I (Survey), Phase II (Testing), and Phase III (Data Recovery) studies throughout California and Nevada and has served as Principal Investigator on many different projects of all phases in both states. His regional expertise centers in the Mojave Desert, where he has worked for many years on major military installations (Fort Irwin, Edwards Air Force Base, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake), and in the Great Basin, where he has completed many different projects for various federal agencies (U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) and private enterprises (mining, water, and alternative energy development). Dr. Giambastiani has also led and/or participated in a number of archaeological projects for Caltrans in Kern, Mono, Inyo, and other counties for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and for the Fort Hunter Liggett military installation on the California coast.
Dr. Giambastiani’s doctoral dissertation focused on prehistoric obsidian use on the Volcanic Tableland in Owens Valley, Inyo County. He specializes in prehistoric archaeology, being an expert in artifact analysis and in the study of lithic technology, obsidian use and conveyance, toolstone exploitation, and subsistence/settlement reconstruction. He is also learned in historical archaeology, particularly in Nevada, and has extensively studied topics such as charcoal production, Depression-era mining, and early military forts

Christina Callisto - Treasurer

Christina grew up in a Central New York State town settled in 1788, surrounded by the Mohawk Nation and historic forts and battlefields. She graduated from the University at Buffalo (UB) where she was just one ancient language class away from completing a double major in Classical Archaeology and Anthropological Archaeology, complete with a field school which focused on Late Iron Age through Viking Age settlement patterns at Thy, Denmark, as part of the Thy Archaeology Project.
As part of her 10 year CRM career, she has experience conducting Phase IA (background research), Phase IB (survey), Phase II (evaluation) and Phase III (data recovery) of prehistoric and historic sites across New York, Vermont, Florida, and Nevada. Notable sites she worked on in the Northeast include War of 1812 Sackets Harbor battlefield at Fort George and Revolutionary War Fort Ticonderoga, where she was able to locate the powder magazine identifying the location of the original French Fort Carillon which sustained damage to that same magazine during the French and Indian War.
While in Florida, Christina worked as a Staff Archaeologist which included researching, excavating, and recording prehistoric, historic, and military sites, historic aerial photograph and satellite imagery analysis, artifact curation, laboratory assistance, library administration, research working closely with the Florida SHPO, the State Archives of Florida, the Archive and CEVSH of Eglin Air Force Base, and the Air Force Armament Museum at Eglin Air Force Base, as well as authoring and editing reports for government and private clients. All of this culminated in experience with Paleolithic through twentieth century homesteading sites, naval stores operations and stills, and WWII to Cold War-era military sites.
After moving to Nevada, Christina has worked for the Nevada SHPO and
Desert Research Institute. She has been part of the NAA since 2013.

Craig Hauer - Member at Large

Craig recently moved to Boise, ID to work with ASM. He grew up in Colorado and received his BA in Anthropology from Boise State University in 1997. While at Boise, he developed a love for Great Basin archaeology that has stayed with him ever since. After graduating from BSU, Craig worked on archaeological jobs in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, and Texas before obtaining his MA at California State University, Chico. He graduated in 2005. While at Chico, he applied a large chemical sourcing and artifact dataset to explore Archaic mobility patterns within the central Great Basin. In addition to interests in prehistoric mobility, Craig’s active interests include organization, and technological responses to environmental stress. As well, he is interested in developing methodological approaches to quantify lithic raw material quality with the ultimate goal of modeling behavior associated with raw material procurement and developing methods to predict where such unique resources as bow stave trees, game drives, and wikiups are located.

Sali Underwood - Secretary

Susan Edwards - Member at Large (Membership)

Jonah Blustain - Member at Large

Steve Daron - Member at Large

Jennifer Hildebrand - Member at Large

Sean McMurry - Member at Large

Kat Russell- Member at Large

Samantha Rubinson - Ex-Officio Member and SHPO Representative