Laura B. Harold, MA

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Laura, our Lab Director, has worked in cultural resources management for Far Western since 2008. She received her Master’s degree in Archaeology from the University of California, Davis, in 2014. Her interests focus on California and Great Basin archaeology, with particular emphasis on the Early Period of Central California. As a staff archaeologist for Far Western, Laura worked on a wide range of Section 106 and 110 projects for a variety of clients. Laura’s recent research specializes in stable isotope analysis from archaeological remains to interpret migration patterns of prehistoric peoples through trade and kinship systems. In her current role as Lab and Research Director, Laura manages archaeological collections, database integrations, and quality assurance of analytical research.


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

Laura’s Featured Publications

Brink, Laura, Jelmer Eerkens, and Candice Ralston

In Press

Patrilocal Post-Marital Residence and Bride Service in the Early Period: Strontium Isotope Evidence from CA-SJO-112. Center for Archaeological Research at Davis Publication. Vol. 18. University of California, Davis.

Eerkens, Jelmer W., Eric Bartelink, Richard Fitzgerald, Laura Brink, Ramona Garibay, Gina Jorgenseon, and Randy Wiberg


Trophy Heads or Ancestor Veneration? A Stable Isotope Perspective on Disassociated and Modified Crania in Pre-Contact Central California. American Antiquity 81(1):114-131.

Eerkens, Jelmer W., Jeffrey S. Rosenthal, Howard J. Spero, Nathan E. Stevens, Richard Fitzgerald, and Laura Brink


The Source of Early Horizon Olivella Beads: Isotopic Evidence from CCO-548. Proceedings of the Society of California Archaeology 23.

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