Ashley Lemke is a doctoral candidate in the department of Anthropology and Museum of Anthropological Archaeology at the University of Michigan. Her primary research interests include the anthropology of hunting and archaeology of hunter-gatherers, specifically prehistoric subsistence and diversity of foraging strategies. These research questions have led her to work in North America and Europe on both terrestrial and underwater archaeological projects from the Lower Paleolithic to 19th century shipwrecks.
Lemke’s doctoral dissertation seeks to understand the social and economic organization of caribou hunters 9,000 years ago. Her research involves an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle survey of the Alpena-Amberley Ridge in Lake Huron as part of the larger University of Michigan Caribou Hunting project (see Research page). Detailed mapping of hunting sites provides an understanding of how prehistoric hunter-gatherers modified their environments and utilized strategic places to intercept migrating animals. This research provides new data demonstrating that ancient peoples living in the Great Lakes region had complex economic strategies which relied on a sophisticated knowledge of the local environment and animal behavior.
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