Pat Mikkelsen, MA

Far Western, Davis Office
Pat Mikkelsen

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Pat has been a Principal at Far Western since 1992 and has extensive experience in California in all aspects of cultural resources management—project scoping, budgeting, research, survey, test and data recovery excavations, report production and editing, public interpretation, district nominations, and state and federal laws and regulations. She has served as Project Manager and Principal Investigator on many long-term survey and multi-site projects, with an interest in the central coast and northeastern California. As a primary editor of Far Western documents, she focuses on quality control for smooth agency review and quick approval. Her work has been published through the San Luis Obispo Archaeological Society Publications and the Center for Archaeological Research at Davis, UC Press. She serves as editor and nomination chair for the Society of California Archaeology, and is a member of the James A. Bennyhoff Committee which supports student research.


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

Pat’s Key Projects

  • Caltrans Districts 5, 6 & 9
  • California Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Cuyama Valley

Pat’s Featured Publications

Mikkelsen, Patricia


Temporal Components. Society for California Archaeology Proceedings 27:149-161.

Mikkelsen, Patricia, William Hildebrandt, Deborah Jones, Jeffrey Rosenthal, and Robert Gibson


Thirty Years After: 1974 Excavations at Kirk Creek, CA-MNT-238, on the Big Sur Coast. Occasional Paper No. 18, San Luis Obispo County Archaeological Society San Luis Obispo, California.

Mikkelsen, Patricia, William Hildebrandt, and Deborah Jones


Prehistoric Adaptations on the Shores of Morro Bay Estuary: A Report on Excavations at Site CA-SLO-165, Morro Bay, California. San Luis Obispo Archaeological Society Publications.

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