Kaely R. Colligan, BA

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After earning her BA in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz , Kaely joined Far Western as a staff archaeologist in 2009.  

Kaely currently serves as our Data Management Director, overseeing the transcribing, organizing, and finalizing of records search and field-collected data as efficiently as possible, while upholding high technical and editorial standards. Her experience in cultural resources management includes archaeological survey, excavation, database management, pre- and post-field data management, and report support. 

She also serves as the Assistant Editor of the Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology since 2013, and is the coordinator of the Far Western Occasional Speaker Series


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

Kaely’s Outreach Activities

  • Assistant Editor of the Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology (2013-Present)
  • Far Western Occasional Speaker Series Coordinator (2016-Present)

Kaely’s Featured Publications

McGuire, Kelly R., William R. Hildebrandt, D. Craig Young, Kaely Colligan, and Laura Harold


At the Vanishing Point: Environment and Prehistoric Land Use in the Black Rock Desert. Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of National History, No. 103. New York City, New York.

McGuire, Kelly R., William R. Hildebrandt, D. Craig Young, Kaely Colligan, Laura Harold and Tucker O. Orvald 


At the Edge: Environment and Prehistoric Culture Change along the Black Rock Desert Playa.  Volume I: Prehistoric Report. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Davis, California. Submitted to Hycroft Mining Corporation, Reno, Nevada, and Bureau of Land Management, Black Rock Field Office, Winnemucca, Nevada.

Hildebrandt, William, Kaely Colligan, and William Bloomer


Flaked Stone Production Patterns. In Prehistory of Nevada’s Northern Tier: Archaeological Investigations along the Ruby Pipeline by W. Hildebrandt, K. McGuire, J. King, A. Ruby and D.C. Young. American Museum of Natural History Anthropological Papers, Number 101:237-260.

Colligan, Kaely, Adrian R. Whitaker, and William Hildebrandt


Where The Pavement Ends: An Assessment of the Paucity of Haliotis rufescens in the Archaeological Record on California’s North Coast. California Archaeology 7(1): 33-58


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