Susan Edwards

Associate Research Scientist Archeology

Professional Interests

Ms. Edwards has over 14 years experience in archaeological and historical research in the Western United States. Her current research focus is on archaeological sites associated with American nuclear testing and weapons development and other Cold War programs. Other areas of interest include the historical archaeology of mining in the West and 19th/early 20th century Overseas Chinese, as well as prehistoric archaeological research topics such as the Virgin Anasazi occupation of Southern Nevada and the Arizona Strip, prehistoric trade relationships, hunter-gatherer/horticulturalist interactions and ceramic analysis. Ms. Edwards has worked in the Great Basin, Mojave Desert, and Southwest and has taught archaeological field classes and courses in American and European history.

Research Interests and Areas of Expertise

  • Anthropology and Archaeology Research


M.A. 1974 University of Nevada, Las Vegas Anthropology
B.S. 1981 University of Nevada, Las Vegas History

Publications & Presentations


Hamilton-Brehm, S. D., Hristova, L. T., Edwards, S. C., Wedding, J. R., Snow, M., Kruger, B. R., Moser, D. P. (2018). Ancient human mitochondrial DNA and radiocarbon analysis of archived quids from the Mule Spring Rockshelter, Nevada, USA,, PLoS One, 13, (3), Article ID: e0194223


Hamilton-Brehm, S. D., Hristova, L. T., Edwards, S. C., Wedding, J. R., Moser, D. P. (2016). Ancient human mtDNA sequence and radiocarbon analysis of quids from the Mule Springs Rockshelter, Southwestern Nevada, Society of American Archeology (SAA) Meeting: Orlando, FL, May 2016, Presented


Hartwell, W. T., Barrett, C. R., Edwards, S. C. (2005). Retracing the Past: the Austin and Reese River Transportation Company Toll Road, Nevada Archaeologist 2002-2003, 20, 21, 23-34





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