Kathryn Kamp, Professor

Kathryn Kamp attended Carleton College as an undergraduate, receiving a B.A. in psychology, then went to the University of Oregon where she obtained a Master's degree, also in Psychology. Finally, however, she discovered her true calling, a field that allows her to travel all over the world and to be out of doors--archaeology. She completed a Ph.D. at the University of Arizona, doing her dissertation on the ethnoarchaeology of a Syrian village.

Syrian woman weaving

Syrian woman baking bread

Syrian man making tools

She and her husband, John Whittaker, direct an archaeological field school in the American Southest for Grinnell College approximately every other summer. Her other research interests include ethnoarchaeology an experimental archaeology.


Nathan Gingerich and Gregg Lind search the screens for small finds.

Nathan Gingerich and Kathy Kamp record the position of an artifact with the electronic distance meter.

Nora Stick screening.


Back row: John Whittaker, Suzy Carroll, Kathy Kamp, April Kamp-Whittaker, Ben Jones, Laura Graham, Nora Stick, Misty Huacuja, Eric Williams, Graham Gelling, Nathan Gingerich, Gregg Lind. Front Row: Dani Long, Leslie Kadish, Michael Longhurst, Sally Graver.

A field trip to sites in Utah.






Her book, Life In the Pueblo: Understanding the Past Through Archaeology, provides a description of basic archaeological methods using Grinnell's excavations at Lizard Man Village as a case study. A short fictional story invites the reader to reflect on the fact that the past was populated by people, not potsherds.



Kathryn Kamp; Whittaker, John; et al. 2006. A Ritual Spindle Whorl Deposit from the Late Classic Maya Site of El Pilar, Belize. In: Journal of Field Archaeology. 31:4, Pp. 411-423.