Nurit G. Finn Curriculum Vitae

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Nurit Goldman Finn

Wapsi Valley Archaeology, Inc.                                                                                                                                                                 126 East Main Street                                                                                                                                                                                 Anamosa, Iowa 52205                                                                                                                                                                             Telephone (319) 462-2260 

 

  Education 

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Ph.D. Candidate 1993. 

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico.  M.A. in Anthropology completed with distinction May 1988. 

Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.  A.B. in Anthropology conferred May 1985.  Graduated cum laude, with honors in Anthropology. 

 

  Research Positions 

President/Owner/Archaeologist, Wapsi Valley, Archaeology, Inc., Anamosa, IA.  Project coordination and completion for cultural resources management firm specializing in archaeological investigations.  Project design, fieldwork, analysis, report preparation, Memorandum of Agreement and Programmatic Agreement preparation, proposal development and writing, and management of projects.  Areas of expertise include sampling, statistics, hunter-gatherers, Paleoindian and Archaic Periods, North American archaeology, and economic models.  Management of cultural resources services, business strategy, finances, client development, and marketing.  July 2002 to present.

Director of Research/Research Analyst, Vernon Research Group, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Designed research studies that link data to the resolution of specific issues, developed formal sampling plans, organized data collection, and analyzed data using appropriate graphical and statistical methods, including multivariate techniques such as conjoint analysis and regression analysis.  Synthesized information garnered from research and developed solid recommendations for practical application by clients.  Worked closely with management of companies to develop planning strategies grounded on insights gained from research.  Gained information for development and enhancement of products, services and programs, and for use in corporate marketing campaigns and communications pieces.  June 1998 to July 2002.

Cultural Resources Specialist, Office of Archaeological Services, University of Alabama Museums.  Directed research at archaeological sites and collections from northern Alabama.  December 1994 to October 1997.

Archaeological Technician, Division of Archaeology, Alabama Museum of Natural History. Directed and supervised survey and excavations in northern Alabama.  October 1993 - December 1994.

Research Associate, Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan.  Collections research for completion of inventory for NAGPRA compliance.  May, July - September 1993.

Research Assistant, North American Range, Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan.  Curation, organization and inventory of the North American Range collections.  Coordination of NAGPRA research.  Academic terms January - May 1991, September - December 1991, January - May 1992, September 1992 - December 1992, January - May 1993.

Editorial Assistant, Museum of Anthropology Publications Office, The University of Michigan.  Manuscript preparation for publication.  October - December 1988.

Curatorial/Research Assistant, Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, The University of New Mexico.  Assisted Dr. Kathryn Trinkaus, Associate Curator of Archaeology, in the organization of museum collections and in museum-related research.  Implementation of a general updated inventory, organization of the Pottery Mound and Chaco Canyon archaeological collections.  September 1987 - May 1988.

 

  Teaching Experience

Field School Teaching Assistant, University of Alabama.  Dust Cave.  Summers 1992, 1993, 1994.

Co-organizer, Gender and Archaeology seminar, Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan.  Developed and implemented graduate seminar.  Winter term 1992.

Field School Teaching Assistant, University of Iowa.  Gast Farm and Gast Spring sites.  Summer 1991. 

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan.  Native American Peoples of North America course (instructor Dr. Crisca Bierwert).  September 1990 - December 1990 and September 1989 - December 1989.

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Exhibits Museum, University of Michigan. Museum Techniques course (instructor Dr. Richard Ford).  Supervised student preparation of two anthropological museum exhibits.  January 1990 - May 1990 and January 1989 - May 1989.

 

  Grants/Financial Awards

SRARP Research Grant, University of South Carolina, for project entitled “Analysis of Collections from Stanfield-Worley Bluff Shelter, Northwest Alabama.”  Completed October 1997.

Survey and Registration Grant, Alabama Historical Commission, for project entitled "Prehistoric Settlement in the Middle Tennessee River Uplands."  April 1994 - June 1995. 

James Bennett Griffin Fund, Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, for collections research at the Erskine/Ramsay Repository, Alabama Museum of Natural History, Moundville, Alabama.  May 1992.

French/Small Grants Competition, Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan, for collections research at the Erskine/Ramsay Repository, Alabama Museum of Natural History, Moundville, Alabama.  May 1992.

Bryn Mawr College Exchange Student, Koobi Fora Field School in paleoanthropology. Participated in program initiated with the National Museums of Kenya.  Funded by the President's Office of Bryn Mawr College.  June - July 1985.

 

   Selected Professional Experience

 Project Manager

2007 to present:  Iowa Department of Transportation Projects in Dickinson, Bremer, Sac, Warren, Floyd, Dubuque, Delaware, Allamakee, Benton, Tama, Wapello, and Davis Counties, Iowa.

2007 to present:  Over 60 projects for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources State Revolving Fund program throughout Iowa.

2002 to present:  Management of over 700 cultural resources projects in Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, and North Dakota.

 

  Specific Projects

2014  Principal Investigator, Phase I Archaeological Survey, Palisades-Kepler State Park Dam Removal and Stream Mitigation Project, Linn County, Iowa.

2012  Principal Investigator, Phase IA Archaeological Resources Assessment, City of Clinton, Iowa.

2012  Principal Investigator, Cultural Resources Assessment and Development of Site Plan for Motor Mill Historic District, Clayton County, Iowa.

2011  Principal Investigator, Phase I Intensive Archaeological Survey for Proposed Improvements to U.S. Highway 30 and Associated Side Road Relocations in Tama County, Iowa. Project No. NHS-30-6(187)—3H-86, Supplemental Agreement 02, Contract 12563 for the Iowa Department of Transportation, Ames, Iowa.

June 2011  Principal Investigator, Archaeological Survey, Wapsipinicon State Park, Jones County, Iowa (in progress).

February 2011  Principal Investigator, Preparation of Memorandum of Agreement and Conservation Easement for the Castle Hill Project, Dyersville, Iowa.

February 2011  Principal Investigator, Phase II Archaeological Evaluation of Three Sites along the Westward Extension of the Centerville Road Improvement Project, Jackson County, Iowa.

2011  Principal Investigator, Preparation of Memorandum of Agreement for the Black Hawk Bridge Removal Project, City of Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa.

June 2010 Principal Investigator, Phase II Archaeological Evaluation of Site 13BM131 for a Proposed Interstate 218 Bypass near Janesville, Bremer County, Iowa.

February 2010  Principal Investigator, Historic Preservation Management Plan, Lake Delhi Hydroelectric Project, Delaware County, Iowa.

October 2009  Principal Investigator, Historic Preservation Management Plan, Cedar Lake Dam Hydroelectric Project, Nashua, Iowa.

June 2009  Principal Investigator, Phase II Archaeological Evaluation of Sites 13DM1117 and 13DM1123 for the Proposed Flink River Trail System, Des Moines County, Iowa.

June 2009 Principal Investigator, Phase I Archaeological Survey, Proposed Bridge Replacement Project (BROS-CO16(71)--5F-16), 1105 Washington Avenue, Springfield Township, Cedar County, Iowa.

May 2009  Principal Investigator, Phase II Archaeological Evaluation of Sites 13DM1117 and 13DM1123, Flint River Trail Project, Des Moines County, Iowa.

July 2008  Principal Investigator, Phase I Survey of the Western Segment of the Proposed Flint River Trail, Des Moines County, Iowa.

January 2008  Principal Investigator, Programmatic Agreement Development, Rock Valley Lake Development Project.

October 2007  Principal Investigator, Phase IA Cultural Resources Review for the Proposed Flint River Trail System, Des Moines County, Iowa.

August 2007 Principal Investigator, Phase IA Archaeological Resources Assessment of Proposed Rural Water Service Areas in Louisa and Muscatine Counties, Iowa.

July 2007  Principal Investigator, Phase I Archaeological Survey, Development Project in Coralville, Johnson County, Iowa.

February 2006 Principal Investigator, Phase IA Archaeological Resources Assessments in Rural Water Service Areas in Cerro Gordo, Winnebago, and Worth Counties, Iowa.

January 2006  Principal Investigator, Phase I and Phase II Archaeological Research, Big Hollow Recreation Area, Des Moines County, Iowa (with Michael R. Finn).

May 2005  Principal Investigator, Phase I Survey, Waterline Project in Hamilton and Storey Counties, Iowa (with Michael R. Finn).

March 2005  Principal Investigator, Phase I Survey, Ethanol Plant Waterline in Webster County, Iowa. 

August 2004  Principal Investigator, Phase IA Cultural Resources Review for the Farmington Water Main Project, Farmington, Iowa.   

November 2003  Principal Investigator, Phase I Survey in Mount Pleaseant, Iowa.

June 2003  Principal Investigator, Phase I Survey of a Proposed Bridge Replacement Project, Linn County, Iowa.

August 2002  Principal Investigator, Cultural Resources Survey on County Road D53 in Dubuque County, Iowa, for the Dubuque County Engineer, by Wapsi Valley Archaeology, Inc.

Fall 1997  Principal Investigator, Office of Archaeological Services, University of Alabama Museums, Moundville, Alabama.  Reanalysis of Collections from Stanfield Worley Rockshelter (Site 1Ct125), Colbert County, Alabama.

Dec 1994-Feb 1995  Project Director, Office of Archaeological Services, University of Alabama Museums, Moundville, Alabama.  Directed Phase III Mitigation at Site 1La601, Lawrence County, Alabama for the Alabama Department of Transportation, Alabama.  Principle Investigator Eugene Futato, Office of Archaeological Services, University of Alabama.

Aug-Sept 1994  Site Supervisor, Division of Archaeology, Alabama Museum of Natural History, Moundville, Alabama.  Supervised excavations at Beartail Rockshelter, Redstone Arsenal, Madison County, Alabama.  Project directed by Dr. Boyce Driskell, Alabama Museum of Natural History, and Dr. Michael B. Collins, University of Texas.

July-Aug 1994 Assistant Director, Dust Cave Project, Division of Archaeology, Alabama Museum of Natural History, Moundville, Alabama. Supervised excavations for University of Alabama Fieldschool at Dust Cave, northwestern Alabama.  Project directed by Dr. Boyce Driskell, Division of Archaeology, Alabama Museum of Natural History.

May 1994  Project Director, Division of Archaeology, Alabama Museum of Natural History, Moundville, Alabama.  Reconnaissance survey and testing of archaeological sites in the Middle Tennessee River Uplands.  Principle Investigator Carey Oakley, Division of Archaeology, Alabama Museum of Natural History.

May-July 1993 Site Supervisor/Archaeological Assistant, Division of Archaeology, Alabama Museum of Natural History, Moundville, Alabama. Supervised excavations for University of Alabama Fieldschool at Dust Cave, northwestern Alabama.  Project directed by Dr. Boyce Driskell, Division of Archaeology, Alabama Museum of Natural History.

May-July 1992 Site Supervisor/Archaeological Assistant, Division of Archaeology, Alabama Museum of Natural History, Moundville, Alabama. Supervised excavations for University of Alabama Fieldschool at Dust Cave, northwestern Alabama.  Project directed by Dr. Boyce Driskell, Division of Archaeology, Alabama Museum of Natural History.

May-July 1991 Site Supervisor/Teaching Assistant, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.  Directed excavations at the Gast Spring Site, an Archaic/ Early Woodland site in the Upper Mississippi Valley, southeastern Iowa, for the University of Iowa fieldschool.  Project directed by Dr. Bill Green, State Archaeologist, and Dr. Mary Whelan, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. 

Late May-Aug 1990  Project Director, USDA Forest Service, Huron-Manistee National Forests, Michigan.  Directed Phase I survey and testing, and Phase II excavations (North Hamlin Lake, Boy Scout Camp, Officer's Swimming Hole, and Gravel Bluffs), at prehistoric archaeological sites in northern Michigan.

Mid-July-Aug 1989  Field Archaeologist, archaeological projects at Verberie and Pincevent, France.  Excavated Magdelenian occupations at the sites of Verberie and Pincevent.  Directed by Dr. Françoise Audouze (Verberie), Centre de recherches archéologiques, Meudon Cedex; and Dr. Michelle Julien (Pincevent), Laboratoire d'ethnologie préhistorique, Paris.

June-Mid-July 1989  Field Archaeologist, Grubgraben, Austria.  Excavated a series of  Epi-Gravettian occupations at the site of Grubgraben, Lower Austria.  Directed by Dr. Anta Montet-White, The University of Kansas, Lawrence.

July-Aug 1988  Field Archaeologist, Jefferson Patterson Park Project, St. Leonard, Maryland.  Excavated at the Stearn's and Patterson Sites, two Early Woodland shell middens along the Patuxent River.  Directed by Dr. Laurie Cameron Steponaitis, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

June-July 1988  Field Archaeologist, contract archaeology, Middle Atlantic region. Participated in a series of Phase I surveys and Phase II excavations of prehistoric and historic sites in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey for Louis Berger, Inc., East Orange, New Jersey.

May-Aug 1987, July-Aug 1984  Field Archaeologist, Karluk Archaeological Project, Karluk, Kodiak Island, Alaska.  Excavated at KARLUK-1, a prehistoric Koniag Eskimo midden site.  Directed by the late Dr. Richard Jordan, then of Bryn Mawr College.

July 1985  Field School Student, Koobi Fora Field School, Kenya.  Surveyed localities east of Lake Turkana, and mapped an Iron Age site.  Directed by Dr. Harry Merrick, Harvard University.

 

Selected Publications, Professional Papers, and Technical Reports

2015  Site 13DM1043: Results of Investigations.  Phase III Excavations at Sites 13DM1043, 13DM1044, 13DM1075, 13DM1076, and 13DM1082 in the Big Hollow Recreation Area, Des Moines County, Iowa.  (with Michael R. Finn and Toby A. Morrow).  Wapsi Valley Archaeology Report #830.

2015  Phase I Intensive Archaeological Survey of Eagle Point Park, City of Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa.  Wapsi Valley Archaeology Report #847.

2011  A Reconnaissance Archaeological Survey of Wapsipinicon State Park, Jones County, Iowa.  Wapsi Valley Archaeology Report #513.

2011  A Phase II Archaeological Evaluation of Sites 13JK291, 13JK292, 13JK295, 13JK296 along the Westward Extension of the Centerville Road Improvement Project, Jackson County, Iowa.  Wapsi Valley Archaeology Report #532 (with Michael R. Finn, Allison Hade, Kristy Medanic, and Annie Rieken).   

2010  A Phase II Archaeological Evaluation of Site 13BM131 for the Proposed Interstate 218 Bypass Project Near Janesville, Bremer County, Iowa.  Wapsi Valley Archaeology Report #484 (with Michael R. Finn).

2010  Phase I Intensive Archaeological Survey for Proposed Wastewater Treatment Facility Upgrades for the City of Atlantic, Cass County, Iowa.

2009  Historic Preservation Management Plan, Cedar Lake Dam Hydroelectric Project (Project No. 12628-002), City of Nashua, Iowa.  Wapsi Valley Archaeology Report #492.

2009  Historic Preservation Management Plan, Lake Delhi Dam Hydroelectric Project (Project No. 13257-001), Delaware County, Iowa.  Wapsi Valley Archaeology.

2009  A Phase II Archaeological Evaluation of Sites 13DM1117 and 13DM1123 for the Proposed Flint River Trail Project, Des Moines County, Iowa.  Wapsi Valley Archaeology Report #409.

2009  Phase I Intensive Archaeological Survey of a Proposed Bridge Replacement Project, (BROS-CO16(71)--5F-16) 1105 Washington Avenue, Springfield Township, Cedar County, Iowa.

2009  Phase I Intensive Archaeological Survey of a Proposed Bridge Replacement Project (BROS-CO16(76)--5F-16), 840 Ocean Avenue, Fairfield Township, Cedar County, Iowa.

2008  Programmatic Agreement, Rock Valley Lake project.  Wapsi Valley Archaeology, Inc.

2008 A Phase I Intensive Archaeological Survey of the Western Segment of the Proposed Flint River Trail, Des Moines County, Iowa.  Wapsi Valley Archaeology Report #356.

2007  Phase I Intensive Archaeological Survey for a Proposed Commercial Development Project, Coralville, Iowa.

2007  A Phase IA Archaeological Resources Assessment of Proposed Rural Water Service Areas in Louisa and Muscatine counties, Iowa.  Wapsi Valley Archaeology Report #317.

2007  A Phase IA Cultural Resources Assessment of the Proposed Flint River Trail, Des Moines County, Iowa.  Wapsi Valley Archaeology Report #340.  Co-authored with Mary E. Huerter and Toby A. Morrow.

2006 Supplementary Phase I and Phase II Archaeological Research in the Big Hollow Recreation Area, Des Moines County, Iowa.  Wapsi Valley Archaeology Report #150.  Co-authored with Michael R. Finn.

2005  Phase I Intensive Archaeological Survey of the Proposed Huxley Industrial Park Extension, Story County, Iowa.  Wapsi Valley Archaeology Report #127.

2005  Phase I Intensive Archaeological Survey of a Proposed Bridge Replacement Project near Lamont (BROS-CO10(50)--8J-10), Buchanan County, Iowa.  Wapsi Valley Archaeology Report #125.

2005   Phase I Intensive Archaeological Survey of the Proposed Gowrie Ethanol Facility Waterline Corridor, Webster County, Iowa.  Wapsi Valley Archaeology Report #124.

2005  Phase I Intensive Archaeological Survey of the Proposed Xenia Rural Water District Pipeline, North Service Area 1, Phase 3, Hamilton and Story Counties, Iowa.  Wapsi Valley Archaeology Report #122.

2004  Phase IA Cultural Resrouces Review for the Farmington Water Main Replacement Project, Van Buren County, Iowa.  Wapsi Valley Archaeology Report #100. 

2004  Phase I Intensive Archaological Survey of the Proposed Xenia Rural Water District Pipeline, North Service Area 3, Phase I, Webster and Boone Counties, Iowa.  Wapsi Valley Archaeology Report #90.  Co-authored with Michael R. Finn

2004  Phase I Intensive Archaeological Survey of the Proposed Expansion of the Bluestem #2 Landfill, Linn County, Iowa.  Wapsi Valley Archaeology Report #59.  Co-authored with Michael R. Finn.  

2003  Phase I Intensive Archaeological Survey of the Proposed Extension to the West Liberty Foods Plant in Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa. 

2002  Phase I Intensive Archaeological Survey of Grading and Paving Project FM-CO31(361)—55-31, County Road D53, in Dubuque County, Iowa. Wapsi Valley Archaeology Report #4. 

1998 Final Report of Archaeological Excavations at Site 1La601, Lawrence County, Alabama.  University of Alabama Museums Technical Report.

1997  Analysis of Collections from Stanfield-Worley Bluff Shelter, Northwest Alabama.  Final report submitted to the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program, New Ellenton, SC.

1997  Steatite Exchange, Ceramics, and Mobility at the Archaic/Woodland Transition in the Midsouth.  Paper presented at the 62nd Annual Meeting, Society for American Archaeology, Nashville, Tennessee.  Co-authored with Michael R. Finn

1995  Archaeological Survey in the Middle Tennessee River Uplands.  University of Alabama Museums Technical Report No. 74.

1995  Hunter-Gatherer Technology and Work Organization: Implications for Understanding Late Paleoindian and Early Archaic Assemblages and Sites.  Paper presented at the 52nd Southeastern Archaeological Conference.  Knoxville.

1994  The Dust Cave Bone Tool Assemblage.  Journal of Alabama Archaeology 40: 107-118. Co-authored with Renee Beauchamp Walker.

1994  Dust Cave in Regional Context.  Journal of Alabama Archaeology 40: 212-231.

1994  The Natural and Cultural Setting.  In Cultural Resources in the Pickwick Reservoir, by Catherine C. Meyer.  Report submitted to the Tennessee Valley Authority, Norris, Tennessee by the University of Alabama, Alabama Musuem of Natural History, Office of Archaeological Research.  University of Alabama, Office of Archaeological Research Report of Investigations.  University.  Tuscaloosa.  1994 Introduction to Archaeological Research at Dust Cave.  Journal of Alabama Archaeology 40:1-16.  Co-authored with Boyce N. Driskell.

1994  Preliminary Archaeological Papers on at Dust Cave, northwest Alabama.  Journal of Alabama Archaeology 40.  Co-edited with Boyce N. Driskell.

1993  Caves, Sinks, and Shoals: Dust Cave in Regional Context.  Paper presented at the Southeast Archaeological Conference, Raleigh, North Carolina, 1993.

1993  Introduction.  In A Gendered Past: A Critical Bibliography of Gender in Archaeology. University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology Technical Report 25.  Co-authored with Sandra Dunavan and J. Benjamin Fitzhugh.

1993  A Gendered Past: A Critical Bibliography of Gender in Archaeology.  University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology Technical Report 25.  Co-edited with Elisabeth Bacus, Alex Barker, Jefferey Bonevich, Sandra Dunavan, J. Benjamin Fitzhugh, Debra Gold, William Griffin, and Karen Mudar.

1992  Landscape Evolution and the Disposition of the Archaeological Record in the Mississippi Valley of Southeastern Iowa.  Paper presented at the 57th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Pittsburgh, PA, April 1992.  Co-authored with E. Arthur Bettis III.

1992  The Archaic-Woodland Transition in the Upper Mississippi Valley.  Paper presented at the 36th annual Midwest Archaeological Conference, Lacrosse, Wisconsin, October 1991.  Co-authored with William Green and E. Arthur Bettis III.

1991  Archaeology in Huron-Manistee National Forests: Final Report of Results of the 1990 Field Season.  On file at the Supervisor's Office, Huron-Manistee National Forests, Cadillac, Michigan. 

1990  Archaeological Investigations of the Au Sable River Sites: A Progress Report.  On file at the Supervisor's Office, Huron-Manistee National Forests, Cadillac, Michigan. 

1990  Preliminary Report of the North Hamlin Lake Site.  On file at the Supervisor's Office, Huron-Manistee National Forests, Cadillac, Michigan.

1987  Ceramic analysis of the Fork Landing Road Site (28BU274), New Jersey, in A Report on Archaeological Investigations and Data Recovery in the Route 90 Section 2B Corridor, Burlington and Camden Counties, New Jersey.  Prepared by Louis Berger & Associates, for the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

1985  A Preliminary Report of a Koniag Site.  Honors senior thesis, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA.

 

Volunteer Activities

2005-2011  Board of Directors, American Cultural Resources Association (ACRA).

2009-2010  President, Association of Iowa Archaeologists (AIA).

2008-present  Cadre, Anamosa Community School District curriculum committee.

2005-2008  Jones County Historic Preservation Commission.

2005-2008  Long Range Planning Committee, Anamosa Community School District.

2002-2004  United Way of East Central Iowa, Research and Information Services Committee (RISC), Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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