Caitlin Rankin

Graduate Student of Archaeology

Research Interests

My research examines how past people altered their landscape in response to environmental change. Specifically, my dissertation work combines geological techniques to reconstruct past environmental conditions and archaeological methods to understand chronology, function, and site design of a wetland mound and plaza group at Cahokia Mounds, Illinois. By doing this I hope to determine if these people responded to environmental change by investing labor to maintain the mound group’s original function or if they adapted the space to better suit new environmental conditions. In a broader context, I strive to use my research to better inform future adaptation strategies to modern environmental change.


Rankin, C., Mog, C., & Jones, S. (2017). Parkaeology and Climate Change: Assessing the Vulnerability of Archaeological Resources at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Alaska. Archaeological reviews from Cambridge, 32(2), 56-77.


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