Kyle Freund, PhD

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Kyle is a Principal Investigator at Far Western and member of the company’s X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) Laboratory. His specializations include lithic analysis, obsidian sourcing via XRF spectrometry, GIS and spatial statistics, and field survey. Prior to joining Far Western, Kyle served as an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Indian River State College in Ft. Pierce, FL. He holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from McMaster University, an M.A. from the University of South Florida, and a B.A. from the University of Florida.

Kyle has been involved in numerous field projects throughout the U.S., Italy, Greece, and Turkey and has spearheaded a variety of major research initiatives that demonstrate his ability to effectively oversee project development, execution, and advisory services relevant to cultural resource management and compliance. He has a significant publication record of original research in peer-reviewed journals, books, and technical reports and has presented this work at over 40 venues in 10 different countries. He has also served on numerous committees and boards, including within the Society for American Archaeology, the International Association for Obsidian Studies, and the Society for Archaeological Sciences.

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

Kyle’s Featured Projects

  • Trout Creek Fiber Line Survey, Utah
  • MCAS Yuma 20K Survey, Arizona

Kyle’s Featured Publications

Amicone, S., K.P. Freund, P. Mancini, R. D’Oriano, & C. Berthold


New insights into Early Iron Age connections between Sardinia and Etruria: archaeometric analyses of ceramics from Tavolara. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 33: 102452.

Freund, K.P., L. Clark, & K. Gidusko


Service learning in archaeology and its impact on perceptions of cultural heritage and historic preservation. Journal of Archaeology and Education 3(5): 1-21.

Freund, K.P.


A long-term perspective on the exploitation of Lipari obsidian in central Mediterranean prehistory. Quaternary International 468a: 109-120.

Freund, K.P., & Z. Batist


Sardinian obsidian circulation and early maritime navigation in the Neolithic as shown through social network analysis. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 9(3): 364-380.

Freund, K.P.


An assessment of the current applications and future directions of obsidian sourcing in archaeological research. Archaeometry 55(5): 779-793.

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Kyle’s Outreach Activities

  • General Secretary, Society for Archaeological Sciences (2017-present)
  • Member, Society for American Archaeology 2019 Annual Meeting Program Committee
  • President, International Association for Obsidian Studies (2018-2020)
  • Member, Society for American Archaeology Committee on Ethics (2015-2018)
  • Member, Society for American Archaeology Undergraduate Awards Committee (2015-2018)

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