Mike Lenzi, MA

Mike LenziMike Lenzi, MA

Mike has been with Far Western since 2006 and is a Senior Archaeologist in our Great Basin Branch in Carson City. He received a BA in anthropological archaeology from UC Santa Cruz, and an Master’s degree in archaeology from the University of Nevada, Reno. Mike has worked throughout Nevada, and is familiar with all aspects of the Silver State’s archaeological record. Mike’s personal areas of interest are lithic analysis and experimental archaeology, with emphasis on investigating the earliest Paleoindians of California and the Great Basin. His thesis research focused on experiments with replicated crescents and concluded that they are well-suited for use as transverse points for hunting waterfowl. He has authored or co-authored numerous technical reports and remains active in the archaeological community by presenting research at professional conferences and continuing his focus on experimental archaeology.


Evaluation and Testing
Effects Mitigation
Sensivity and Constraints
Environmental Planning Support
GIS and Cartography
Public Outreach and Interpretation

Mike’s Key Projects

  • Hill Air Force Base Utah Test and Training Range
  • Lincoln County Archaeological Initiative
  • Gold Butte Inventory

Mike’s Featured Citations

Lenzi, Mike


An Experimental Program to Evaluate Proposed Functions of Crescents from the Western United States. Master’s thesis. Department of Anthropology, University of Nevada, Reno.

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