Lisa A. Kraus, Ph.D.
Lisa Kraus, Co-founder and Project Director of the Herring Run Archaeology Project, holds a Ph.D. in anthropology and historical archaeology from the University of Texas at Austin and completed her undergraduate degree in anthropology at the College of William and Mary. She has been working in the Mid-Atlantic region since 1999, and previously worked in the Four Corners Region of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico with the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Kraus currently serves as an archaeologist for the Maryland Environmental Service/Maryland State Highway Administration. She has a particular interest in public archaeology, specifically the use of digital media as a tool for public engagement. Since 2012, Dr. Kraus has been working with website developers, archaeologists, and the public to create a website devoted to SHA’s archaeological work in Bladensburg, Maryland, relating to the War of 1812. In addition, to her work with the Herring Run Archaeology Project, Dr. Kraus also serves as a co-curator of archaeology at the Natural History Society of Maryland.
Jason P. Shellenhamer, M.A.A.
Jason P. Shellenhamer, Co-founder and Project Director of the Herring Run Archaeology Project, completed his Master’s of Applied Anthropology at the University of Maryland in 2004. Prior to arriving in Maryland, he obtained his Bachelors of Arts degree from Franklin and Marshall College. Mr. Shellenhamer is currently the Senior Project Archaeologist at the Baltimore Headquarters of Rummel, Klepper & Kahl, LLP. His projects have included excavations at the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Historic Park, Antietam National Battlefield, the Peterson House at Ford’s Theatre National Historical Site, and the excavations of the Baltimore defenses in Patterson Park during the War of 1812. Mr. Shellenhamer also served as the co-curator of archaeology at the Natural History Society of Maryland.
Karen Hutchins-Keim, Ph.D.
Karen, Lab Director of the Herring Run Archaeology Project, received her PhD in Archaeology from Boston University in 2013. Karen currently works as the Lab Director for Anne Arundel County Archaeology and the Lost Towns Project. She has previously worked at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, with the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery (DAACS) on their field projects in the Caribbean, and for several cultural resource management (CRM) firms in New England and the Mid Atlantic. Her research interests include historical archaeology, 18th and 19th century material culture, and the African Diaspora.