Don Pattee, M.A., R.P.A.

Project Archaeologist


Don joined AAR in 2014. He is a recent graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno. While in school he was employed as a research lab assistant and teaching assistant for the Great Basin Paleoindian Research Unit. He has experience in all phases of archaeological research and fieldwork including documentary and cartographic research, archaeological survey, and excavation techniques. Don has led multiple small-scale pedestrian and shovel test surveys for AAR.


Don grew up on small farm in rural Indiana, which offered plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities whether it was catching lightning bugs, climbing trees, or exploring the seemingly endless fields of corn or soy beans. As a result, Don has had a love for the outdoors from a young age. Don will admit that his interest in archaeology began after watching Indiana Jones when he was five. A profession where one could learn about the past as well as work outdoors was a perfect fit for Don. His interest led him across parts of Indiana, Ohio, Nevada, California, and ultimately to Portland, Oregon to pursue a career in northwestern archaeology. While the mid-west will always hold a special place in his heart, Don and his wife love the Pacific Northwest and are actively exploring all that their new location in Portland has to offer. Don is thrilled to work with all of the talented people at AAR and is excited to see what challenges and discoveries lie ahead.


M.A., Anthropology, University of Nevada, Reno

B.A., Anthropology, Purdue University

Don’s master’s thesis was entitled A Changing Valley, a Changing People: The Prehistoric Occupation of Northern Warner Valley, Oregon.

Professional Accomplishments

Register of Professional Archaeologists (2014 – present).


Don spends his extra time exploring new places to eat and drink around Portland with his wife Melissa. He also enjoys board games, hiking, and biking.