K. Kris Hirst

Kris was a working archaeologist beginning in 1980 in the American midwest, American southwest and, for one heady season, in Mexico, before retiring in 2005 to write freelance science articles in archaeology.

You can read about her past and current work on Google Plus profile: Kris Hirst or page Google+


Kris has written articles for Science and Archaeology magazines, and for over twenty years has participated in panel discussions and presented several professional papers at conferences and elsewhere on the use of the Internet as a tool for presenting archaeological information to the public. Her most recent article is "Archaeology Today: Major Sites, Issues, and Problems", published in Elsevier's Encyclopedia of Archaeology, in September 2007.


Kris has a BS in Education from Illinois State University; and an MA in Anthropology from the University of Iowa. She is a member in good standing of the Society for American Archaeology, the Archaeological Institute of America, the Register of Professional Archaeologists and the National Association of Science Writers.

K. Kris Hirst

I am totally obsessed with making archaeology available to the public; there are far too many fascinating things that archaeologists find out that never ever hit the front page of your daily newspaper. That's what I hope you'll find here.

My book, The Archaeologist's Book of Quotations, was published in November 2009 by Left Coast Press. It includes over 300 quotations I've collected throughout the years, and includes collected groups on fieldwork and archaeologists and what pop cultures thinks of us and whether archaeologists consider archaeology as a science or not. We don't, by and large, and isn't that a surprise! 

In 2011, I was on the advisory board of the second edition of the Companion to Archaeology, published by Oxford University Press in July 2012.

You can contact me at krishirst@scribaltraditions.com

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