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Baylee Priest



Baylee Priest is a graduate student focusing on anthropological archaeology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before attending UIUC, she received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Kentucky in 2021. Her prior experiences in archaeology have taken her across opposite sides of America, and include professional positions in cultural resource management (CRM), offices of state archaeology, museums, and research primarily in Kentucky. Her broad interests surround concepts of materiality and agency, cultural landscapes and settlements, communities and constellations of practice, and New Deal Archaeology. 

Research Interests

Archaeology in Midwestern and Southeastern North America; New Deal Archaeology; Cultural Resource Management; Settlement Patterns and Cultural Landscapes; Craft Production and Materiality; Social Networks; Public Archaeology


PhD, Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, In Progress

Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology (2021), University of Kentucky