Murray State University, B.S. Geosciences/Geoarchaeology
Ball State University, M.A. Archaeology/Anthropology
Caitlin Nichols is a Lexington, KY native. She has worked for numerous environmental and engineering companies as an archaeological field technician as well as an author for project reports. Projects she has been involved with have taken place in Indiana, Kentucky, North Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas. Her responsibilities at CRA include field work, lab work (when necessary), and report writing.
Caitlin’s interest in archaeology began at the age of six with an obsession for the Disney movie Pocahontas and a visit to the excavation of Jamestown in Virginia on a family vacation. After graduating from Lafayette High School in Lexington, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Geosciences from Murray State University and her Master’s degree in Anthropology from Ball State University. Her research interests include bioarchaeology, faunal analysis, and social stratification in prehistoric North America, specifically in the Mississippian period. Her Master’s thesis was a faunal analysis for an Upper Mississippian site in Northwestern Indiana which aimed to establish the presence or absence of social stratification. In addition to her academic research interest, she has actively been involved with projects concerned with compliance of the Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). While attending Murray State, she volunteered for the Wickliffe Mounds Burial Repatriation project to prepare human remains for reburial under the direction of Dr. Kit Wesler and guidance from the Chickasaw Nation. At Ball State, she worked as a Graduate Assistant for the Applied Anthropology Laboratory’s 2013 NAGPRA Documentation and Consultation grant where she prepared NAGPRA artifact databases and participated in tribal consultation with the Miami of Oklahoma, The Hannahville Community Band of Potawatomi, and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee.
Outside of CRA, Caitlin is a Girl Scout. She spent her summers at Camp Judy Layne in Wellington, KY and Camp Cardinal in Olive Hill, KY as a camper and a counselor. She still participates in camp activities as a volunteer when she can. In addition, she enjoys hiking, pottery, reading, and going to concerts and local music events. She has also started research into her personal genealogy on her mother’s side: the Neal and Quisenberry families of Lexington and Richmond, KY.