Emily C. Taber M.S.

Project Archaeologist


Emily joined AAR in 2018, which also marks her 10th year doing archaeological lab and fieldwork. She specializes in faunal analysis, historical archaeology, and archival research. She has experience in all phases of fieldwork, and has participated in or led compliance efforts in Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and Wyoming. Emily was a Field Supervisor and Lab Manager at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver, Washington, working with volunteers, students, and interns. She was also an adjunct instructor for Washington State University at the archaeology field school conducted at Fort Vancouver. She has experience with NEPA, Section 106, and Section 110. She has contributed to and co-authored numerous technical reports. Emily has served on the Board for the Association for Washington Archaeology (AWA) since 2014 and on the Planning Committee for the Portland Archaeology Roadshow since 2015.


Emily was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, but she has lived in the Pacific Northwest since 2005. Internationally, she has lived in Canada and New Zealand and traveled extensively in Southeast Asia, Guatemala, Mexico, Jamaica, and the British Virgin Islands.


M.S. Anthropology, Portland State University, 2018
B.A. Anthropology, Western Washington University, Magna cum Laude, 2010
B.A. English, Western Washington University, Magna cum Laude, 2010
Associate’s Degree, Science and Art, Bellevue College, Cum Laude, 2007

Thesis topic: Examining socioeconomic class through fish consumption in a Victorian-era community, and interpreting the role of introduced and native fishes in the historical period (historical archaeology and zooarchaeology)

Professional Accomplishments

Emily is very involved in public archaeology, outreach, and advocacy work. In 2016, she served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Portland Archaeology Roadshow. Since 2014, she has served as a Student Director-at-Large for the AWA, where she has created travel funding opportunities for students and organized conference panels. She is currently developing resources to address social issues in archaeology, including diversity, harassment, and fair treatment in the workplace. She has presented at numerous archaeology conferences. Emily has published works in multiple journals, including Historical Archaeology (53[1]:2019).


Emily spends her spare time hiking, painting, singing jazz, reading, writing, mushroom hunting, and working on various outreach and public archaeology projects. She also makes many bad puns. Her ability to keep houseplants alive is better than it once was.