Mary Whisenhunt


Doctoral Student Mary Whisenhunt

Advisor: Robert Hard

Dissertation/Thesis Topic: Investigating Resilience in Arizona’s Upper Gila River Valley: Patterns of Prehistoric Aggregation, Dispersal, and Material Diversity

Research Interests: I’m interested in the archaeology of the American Southwest and Texas, as well as in understanding what fostered resilience in prehistoric groups. Working together with ranchers and farmers in my research area to locate previously unreported archaeological sites on their property, and developing strategies to help protect those sites, has also been extremely rewarding. And I really enjoy flying drones to map sites and exploring everything geographic information system applications have to offer in analyzing the data.

Publications: 2017 Archaeological Site Prospecting in the Upper Gila River Valley, Arizona. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, March 29-April 2, Vancouver, British Columbia.

2017 Archaeological Survey and Predictive Modeling in the York-Duncan Valley, Southeastern Arizona. Collected Papers from the 19th Biennial Mogollon Archaeology Conference, edited by Lonnie C. Ludeman. Edwards Brothers Malloy, Las Cruces, New Mexico.

2016 Survey in Duncan Valley, Arizona: Mimbres Mogollon Aggregation and Unintended Consequences. Presented for the 19th Biennial Mogollon Archaeology Conference, University of Las Vegas, Nevada, October 5 – 7, 2016.

Whisenhunt, Mary E., Robert J. Hard, and John R. Roney
2016 Cerros de Trincheras on the Upper Gila River, Arizona: Implications for Defense. Presented at the South Texas Archaeological Association Quarterly Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, April 30, 2016.

Hard, Robert J., John R. Roney, Art MacWilliams, Karen Adams and Mary E. Whisenhunt 2016 Round Mountain and Other Cerros de Trincheras of the Upper Gila River, Arizona. Poster prepared and presented for the 15th Biennial Southwest Symposium, Tucson, Arizona, 15 – 16 January, 2016.