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Em Shirilla (She/Her)

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Davenport Hall 309Q


Em is a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology concentrating in Archaeology. Her previous training comes from a wide range of experience in public archaeology and community projects in Michigan.  Now situated in Illinois, Em's research is concerned with the protection and interpretation of North American Indigenous landscape sites facing adverse effects from contemporary human activity. This work is oriented around frameworks of Indigenous archaeology and community-based collaborative methods with the goal of seeking flexible, sustainable, and creative solutions for site management that balance community and stakeholder values. 

Research Interests

North American midwestern archaeology, GIS applications in archaeology, rock art, rockshelters, Indigenous landscape heritage site management and preservation, community-based collaborative methodologies and public engagement


B.S. (2020) Northern Michigan University, Anthropology and Sociology