Kimberley Carpenter, MA

Kim Carpenter

Kim Carpenter (1967–2019)



Kim was the heart of Far Western and we will always be guided by her leadership, patience and compassion.

Kim started her career as a student and field archaeologist in southern California. After completing her undergraduate work at CSU Long Beach in 1992, she moved north, working on archaeological projects throughout northern California and the Great Basin while completing her Master’s Degree at CSU Chico. She started with Far Western as a field technician on the Tuscarora Pipeline Project in 1994, joining Far Western full time in 1998 as a project manager. The results of her research have been published by the Smithsonian Institution Press, American Antiquity, and the Nevada State Museum. She served as Vice President of the company from 2004-2015, taking over as President in 2015. She will be remembered as an exceptional scholar, businesswoman, friend, mother, and mentor.


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

Kim’s Featured Publications

McGuire, Kelly R., Kimberley L. Carpenter, and Jeffery S. Rosenthal


Great Basin Hunters of the Sierra Nevada. In Meeting at the margins: Prehistoric Cultural Interactions in the Intermountain West, edited by Dave Rhode, pp. 124-141. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Whitaker, Adrian R., and Kimberley L. Carpenter


Economic Foraging at a Distance is Not a Question of If but When: A Response to Grimstead. American Antiquity. 77(1):160-167.

Hildebrandt, William R., and Kimberley Carpenter


Native Hunting Adaptations in California: Changing Patterns of Resource Use from the Early Holocene to European Contact. In Indigenous Subsistence Economies of North America, edited by Bruce Smith, pp. 131-146. Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, Washington, DC.

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