Kay Simpson, Ph.D., RPA

Principal Investigator
RPA Registration No. 11152

University of Arkansas, B.A. Anthropology

University of Arizona, M.A. Anthropology

University of Arizona, Ph.D. Anthropology



Kay Simpson is a Principal Investigator for CRA’s Virginia office. She has over forty years’ experience conducting and/or managing archeological field work in the Middle Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, and Southwest United States, as well as international projects. Kay is a member of numerous national and state professional organizations and has served as officer and committee member for many, but is most proud of her past service as President of the American Cultural Resource Association (ACRA), as Grievance Coordinator for the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA), and as the Society for American Archaeology (SAA)’s Representative to the RPA Board.


Though the majority of her paid professional career has been in the regulatory compliance industry, her early field and dissertation work was in Middle Eastern archaeology. She now participates vicariously by increasing the GNP of several countries though travel and pottery purchases and by collecting vintage Orientalist postcards and ephemera. She also has “more than a few” examples of North Carolina folk pottery.