Michelle Lynch, M.A., R.P.A.

Project Archaeologist


Michelle joined AAR in 2016 and has had experience doing archaeology in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. She specializes in historical archaeology for AAR’s projects, conducting primary document research, identifying and interpreting historical material, and writing reports. She has experience in all phases of archaeological fieldwork and leads field projects. Her area of expertise is in mid- and late-19th century archaeology.


Prior to joining the AAR team, Michelle worked as a field technician and archaeologist. She’s worked on power and gas, environmental resource, and transportation projects, often in rugged backcountry terrain. In her work at Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park in Skagway, Alaska, she became familiar with early mining archaeology in the American west. While in her graduate program she worked as a teaching assistant for classes in lithic technology, human origins, and introduction to archaeology at Simon Fraser University and was a field school crew leader with Portland State University.


M.A., Anthropology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C., 2015

B.A., Anthropology, Portland State University, 2008

Michelle’s thesis was titled Heiltsuk Adoption of Euro-American Material Culture at Old Bella Bella, British Columbia, 1833-1899.

Professional Accomplishments

Register of Professional Archaeologists (2016 – present).

Lynch is a frequent presenter at the Annual Northwest Anthropological Conference.


Michelle spends her extra time collecting porcelain animals, entering pogo stick contests, and spending time with friends and family. (Michelle was out of cell range at the time of this web site update, so some extra-curricular activities might not be entirely accurate.)