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Susan Edwards
Associate Research Scientist, Archaeology

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.1997University of Nevada, Las VegasAnthropology
B.S.1984University of Nevada, Las VegasHistory

Reno, R. L., Edwards, S. C., Collins, C. M., Wedding, J. R., Drollinger, H. D. (2019). An Architectural Survey of the Test Cell C Historic District, Area 25, Nevada National Security Site, Nye County, Nevada
Reno, R. L., Edwards, S. C., Wedding, J. R., King, M. L., Collins, C. M., Drollinger, H. D. (2019). A Revised Architectural Survey of the Nuclear Engine Maintenance Assembly and Disassembly Facility, Area 25, Nevada National Security Site, Nye County, Nevada
Edwards, S. C., Wedding, J. R. (2019). A Section 110 Evaluation of the Project 57 Rad-Safe Area Personnel Decontamination Building, Nye County, Nevada
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
Beck, C. M., Edwards, S. C., King, M. L. (2011). The Off-Site Plowshare and Vela Uniform Programs: Assessing Potential Environmental Liabilities through an Examination of Proposed Nuclear Projects,High Explosive Experiments, and High Explosive Construction Activities
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
Conference Proceedings
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.