Michelle Wienhold

PhD Student


Robinson, D.W., Wienhold, M.L. and Whitby, W. [In Press]. California: from boundaries to networks. In Jones, Terry L. and Jennifer Perry (editors) Contemporary Issues in California Archaeology. Left Coast Press. Walnut Creek, California.

Full Profile

Michelle graduated from the University of Iowa in 2000 with a BA in Anthropology. Before moving to the UK, she worked for seven years as a field archaeologist in the Midwestern and Southwestern United States. Her primary responsibilities included using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to study and analyse archaeological datasets and managing data collection in the field.

Michelle moved to the UK in 2007 and completed her MSc in GIS and Spatial Analysis in Archaeology at UCL’s Institute of Archaeology in 2008. Her thesis included hydrology and erosion analysis of LiDAR data to study prehistoric agricultural sites in Arizona. After completing her Master’s degree, she was employed in Wales using GIS to study biodiversity and ecology for two years. Michelle’s current PhD research entails using GIS to study rock art in South-Central California under Dr. David Robinson’s “Enculturating environments: the archaeology of South-Central California” project. The aim of this research is to understand rock art elements and their distribution by combining indigenous perspectives and Cartesian viewpoints in an interdisciplinary approach integrating archaeological, geographic and ethnographic/ethnohistorical data.

PhD Title
Landscape and Social Geographies: Actor-Network Theory, Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis of Rock Art in South-Central California.