Ashley Lemke

Associate Professor


Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Michigan, 2016
M.A. Anthropology, University of Michigan, 2010
B.A. Anthropology (Special Honors) and Classical Civilization, University of Texas, 2008

Research Bio

Keywords: Anthropological theory, Indigenous archaeology, Underwater archaeology, Hunter-gatherers, Cultural heritage, Digital humanities, North America, the Great Lakes, the Arctic

Ashley Lemke is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and former Chair of the Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology ( She is a leading researcher on the archaeology of hunter-gatherers. She has worked extensively on both terrestrial and underwater archaeological projects from the Lower Paleolithic in Europe to 19th-century Nunamiut archaeological sites in the Arctic. She is an expert on submerged ancient sites in the Americas and has researched such sites in the Gulf of Mexico, Great Lakes, and Atlantic Ocean. She has directed excavation projects in Texas and Michigan, as well as underwater projects in the Great Lakes and Atlantic Ocean, including numerous field schools.

Dr. Lemke is currently accepting MS and PhD applications for graduate students

Selected Publications


2022         Lemke, A. The Architecture of Hunting: The Built Environment of Hunter-Gatherers and its Impact on Mobility, Property, Leadership, and Labor. Texas A&M University Press.

2020         Lemke, A. Introduction to Archaeology: A Workbook. Mavs Open Press, University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

2018         Lemke, A. (Editor), Foraging in the Past: Archaeological Studies of Hunter-Gatherer Diversity. University Press of Colorado.


2022         Lemke, A., Grinnan, N., and J. Haigler, Getting Your Feet Wet: Barriers to Inclusivity in Underwater Archaeology and How to Break Them. Advances in Archaeological Practice 10(2):129-139. [open access]

2022         Lemke, A. and J. O’Shea, Drowning the Pompeii Premise: Frozen Moments, Single Events, and the Character of Submerged Archaeological Sites. World Archaeology 54(1):142-156.

2021         Lemke, A., Literal Niche Construction: Built Environments of Hunter-Gatherers and Hunting Architecture. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 62:101276

2021         Lemke, A., Submerged Prehistory and Anthropological Archaeology: Do underwater studies contribute to theory? Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology, 16(1):5-26.

2020         Lemke, A., “Missing Cemeteries” and Structural Racism: Historic Maps (1887-1960) and Endangered African/African-American and Hispanic Mortuary Customs in Texas. Historical Archaeology, 54(3):605-623.