Justin Wisely, MA

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Justin has worked in cultural resources management since 2009. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and from California State University, Chico with a Master of Arts in Anthropology. Mr. Wisely currently holds a position as Staff Archaeologist at Far Western’s Davis office conducting surveys, excavations, coordinating the construction monitoring program, and micro-botanical research. Prior to this, he worked for various cultural resources firms as a field technician, crew chief, and monitor on projects in California, Nevada, and Oregon. His interests focus on California and Great Basin archaeology, with particular focus on archaeobotany, bedrock mortars, and fire-affected rock. Mr. Wisely currently researches starch grains as part of his micro-botanical research, but is expanding the research to include phytoliths and eventually pollen. This research is founded on his Master’s thesis research, where he conducted starch grain analysis on bedrock mortars using a non-destructive field methodology that he developed. Mr. Wisely maintains an ongoing project developing and expanding a digital micro-botanical comparative collection and archaeological results database.


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

Justin’s Featured Projects

  • Starch Grain Analysis for the Saddleback Ranch Project
  • Embarcadero-Potrero 230 kV Transmission Project
  • Starch Grain Analysis for Big Trees Data Recovery
  • Digital Micro-botanical Comparative Collection

Justin’s Featured Publications

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Crazy Little Thing Called Starch: Starch Grain Analysis of Bedrock Mortars in the Sierra Crest. Paper presented at the 35th Great Basin Anthropological Conference.

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Starch Grain Analysis of Bedrock Mortars in the Sierra Nevada Mountains: Experimental Studies to Determine Their Function. Master of Arts in Anthropology. Unpublished thesis on file at California State University, Chico.

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