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Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Bethke is currently the Laboratory Director for the Oklahoma Archeological Survey located at the University of Oklahoma. She oversees the processing of collections for analysis and curation, student internship opportunities, and public outreach initiatives. Dr. Bethke also teaches for Oklahoma State University in the Anthropology field, specializing in the archaeology of Oklahoma. Dr. Bethke’s current research focuses on understanding interactions between humans, animals, and the landscape in the North American Plains from the late precontact period to the present day. Her most recent work has involved collaborative projects centered on bison hunting and processing activities, the impact of the horse on Indigenous peoples in the US and Canada, and survivance during the Reservation Period.

  • B.A. in Anthropology, Classics, and History, Augustana University, 2010
  • M.A. in Classical Archaeology, University of Exeter, 2011
  • Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Arizona, 2016

Research Interests
  • Plains Archaeology
  • Zooarchaeology
  • Cultural Landscapes
  • Collaborative Research
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