Sharon A. Waechter, MA

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Sharon has worked as a professional archaeologist in California and Nevada since 1979. After gaining experience as a District and Assistant Forest Archaeologist with the Eldorado National Forest; Resource Area Archaeologist with the Bureau of Land Management, Arcata; and a Staff Archaeologist at Sonoma State University; she’s served as a Principal Investigator, Field Director, report author, and general editor with Far Western since 1991.

Ms. Waechter’s professional experience encompasses both northern and southern California, from the Pacific coast to the eastern front of the Sierra Nevada, and into western Nevada. Her areas of special expertise and interest include: (1) the archaeology of the north-central Sierra; and (2) public education and interpretation. Her work includes many archaeological surveys, site evaluations and mitigations, environmental documents, management plans, web-site articles, Native American consultation, agency consultation, and public education and interpretation. Ms. Waechter has experience in both prehistoric/Native American and historical archaeology. She holds an M.A. in Anthropology (with honors) and an M.A. in English/Creative Writing, both from the University of California, Davis. She is a Registered Professional Archaeologist, a member of the Society for Historical Archaeology, and a Lifetime Member of the Society for California Archaeology (SCA). Ms. Waechter is also past Editor of the SCA Proceedings and the SCA Newsletter.


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

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Waechter, Sharon A., Susan G. Lindström, and William W. Bloomer


Hot Rock Technology in Washoe Territory. In No Stone Unturned: Recent Trends in Ground Stone Studies in the Great Basin and Beyond, edited by Renee Kolvet and Meridith Rucks, pp. 21-28. Nevada State Museum Anthropological Papers No. 27. Carson City, Nevada.

Eerkens, Jelmer W., Jeffrey R. Ferguson, Michael D. Glascock, Craig E. Skinner, and Sharon A. Waechter


Reduction Strategies and Geochemical Characterization of Lithic Assemblages: A Comparison of Three Case Studies from Western North America. American Antiquity 72(3):585-597.

Waechter, Sharon A.


A Record of Cultural Upheaval: The Late-period Residential Pattern in Crooks Canyon. In Boundary Lands: Archaeological Investigations along the California-Great Basin Interface, edited by Kelly R. McGuire, pp. 61-74. Nevada State Museum Anthropological Papers No. 24. Carson City, Nevada.

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