Emily Milton

  • Ph.D. candidate
  • Environmental Science and Policy Program Fellow
  • Research Assistant, MSU Museum Archaeology Collections
  • Research Assistant, Environmental Archaeology Lab


Research Interests

    environmental, alpine, and desert archaeology; Pleistocene and Holocene archaeology; historical ecology; feminist methods and theories; geospatial and archaeological sciences; microscopy; scientific storytelling; museum collections research; activist scholarship

Biographical Info

Emily is a dual-major Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology and Environmental Science and Policy who works in high-elevation and coastal desert landscapes in the Central Andes. Her present focus is changing human-environment dynamics during the Pleistocene-Holocene transition in southern Peru. For her dissertation, Emily is testing the potential of various isotopic methods to reveal new information pertaining to Early Holocene forager lifeways.

Current Research Projects

Biocultural exploration of the Lomas-1 site, Nazca, Perú
Role: excavator, collections manager, isotopic specialist
New excavations at Pachamachay and Panaulauca, Junín, Perú
Role: excavator and curatorial assistant
Chronology, seasonality, and inter-zonal connections in a Terminal Pleistocene-Early Holocene settlement system, southern Perú
Role: excavator, collections supervisor for Quebrada Jaguay 280 and Cuncaicha rock shelter, digital and spatial database manager, isotopic specialist


2022    Milton, Emily B. P., Nathan Stansell, Hervé Bocherens, Annalis Brownlee, Döbereiner Chala-Aldana, and Kurt Rademaker.
Examining Surface Water δ18O and δ2H Values in the Western Central Andes: A Watershed Moment for Anthropological Mobility Studies. Journal of Archaeological Science.