Anne T. Bader
Ms. Bader has nearly 40 years of experience in archaeology and Cultural Resources Management. Experienced in both prehistoric and historical archaeology, she has served as Principal Investigator for the full range of archaeological investigations. Her professional experience lies both in the private and public sectors and includes managing CRM units for small and large firms and serving as archaeologist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District. In 2006, Ms. Bader established a woman-owned small business in Corn Island Archaeology LLC to fill a niche providing quality and cost-effective services to local and regional clientele in the Falls of the Ohio River area of north-central Kentucky and southern Indiana. Since then, the firm has expanded its reach in those states and into Ohio and West Virginia. Ms. Bader is committed to public archaeology and education. In 2002, she formed the Falls of the Ohio Archaeological Society (FOAS), an award-winning professional/amateur/student alliance that has attracted interested membership from three states. In 2004, she was awarded the Indiana Archaeology Award. She has served as adjunct instructor at Jefferson Community College in Louisville where she teaches courses in archaeology and New World civilization.
RPA, Vice President of Archaeology
Ms. King received her M.A. at the University of Arkansas and has over 17 years of experience in Cultural Resources Management in the Midwest, South, Middle Atlantic, and Northeast. Her major area of training is in bioarchaeology, including cemetery excavation, human skeletal analysis, and casket hardware analysis. She has experience in Phase I, II, and III field investigations on prehistoric and historic sites and laboratory analysis of both prehistoric and historic artifacts. She is well versed on the Section 106 process and nominations of archaeological resources to the National Register as well as Federal and state cultural resources law and has composed hundreds of technical reports. Ms. King joined Corn Island Archaeology as Senior Archaeologist in 2006. As Vice President of Archaeology, she serves as a principal investigator on all phases of survey and is responsible for coordination with public and private sector clients, proposal preparation, development of budgets and scopes of work, editorial review, project management, and staff supervision. Ms. King has participated on international excavations in Egypt and Jordan and recently received a Research and Author Fellowship for excavations at the South Tombs Cemetery at Amarna, Egypt through a joint collaboration between the Amarna Trust and the University of Arkansas King Fahd Institute for Middle Eastern Studies.
RPA, Vice President of Operations
Ms. McGrath received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the Ohio State University and has worked for over 14 years in Cultural Resources Management. Over the course of her career, Ms. McGrath has sought additional coursework, certifications, and workshops. She has completed and supervised numerous field and laboratory projects in Midwestern, Middle Atlantic, Caribbean, and Southeastern cultural areas. Technical skills developed during these projects include soil profile interpretation, classification systems and database development, prehistoric through historic ceramic analyses, protohistoric trade artifact analysis, lithic microwear and usewear analyses, lithic material type identification, historic artifact analysis, and collections management. In addition to Section 106 compliance projects, Ms. McGrath participates within a team environment completing Cultural Resource Sensitivity Assessments, Historic Properties Management Plans, and Historic Contexts for local government departments, advocacy groups, and federal agencies. Since 2009, Ms. McGrath has managed Corn Island Archaeology’s laboratory, report production, and database applications. She is also an active member of the non-profit, the Falls of the Ohio Archaeological Society, which educates and works with amateur archaeologists of all ages.
RPA, Project Archaeologist
Mr. Hill has over 21 years of experience in archaeology and cultural resources management. He has served as Field Director, Field Supervisor, and Field Technician for a full range of archaeological investigations from small Phase I surveys to complex Phase III data recovery projects. Mr. Hill has experience in both prehistoric and historic North American archaeology. He has authored and co-authored numerous reports and regularly presents papers at professional meetings. William received his BA in Anthropology from Eastern Kentucky University in 1994 and his MA in Anthropology from Western Michigan University in 2004. He is currently a Doctoral Student in Anthropology at Binghamton University (SUNY). Mr. Hill’s experience has included archaeological fieldwork and analysis in the Midwest, Northeast and Southeastern cultural areas, and he has worked on all phases of archaeological investigations throughout the Mississippi River Valley and Ohio River Valley. His responsibilities have included field reconnaissance and excavation, prehistoric artifact analysis, and lab management roles. His main areas of interest are in lithic technology, quantitative methods, social theory, and cultural resource management. His current dissertation research involves assessing the continuation and variability of lithic technologies in the wake of European colonization.
Project Archaeologist/Field Director
Mr. Schatz has 20 years of experience working on a number of historic and prehistoric archaeological sites throughout Kentucky and neighboring states, including over 8 years of experience in supervisory positions. He has functioned as a project manager, field supervisor, lab supervisor, and crew chief, and is expert in all technical aspects of archaeological field and laboratory research including Phase I, II, and III investigations. In addition to traditional excavation techniques, he has experience with laboratory analysis and conservation of artifacts, including electrolysis, and has also been involved with the excavation and analysis of human remains. Mr. Schatz has worked with individuals from diverse backgrounds and experience, and has supervised and trained volunteers and amateur archaeologists. He has also authored or co-authored more than 80 archaeological technical reports. His research background includes literature and archival review. Prior to joining the Corn Island Archaeology cultural resource management team, Mr. Schatz spent 10 years at AMEC Earth and Environmental (2001-2011) and almost three years (1999-2001) employed as a senior archivist with the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives in Frankfort, Kentucky.
Dr. Sullivan has 22 years of experience in archaeology and cultural resources management. He has served as field director, field supervisor, and field technician for a full range of archaeological investigations from small Phase I surveys to complex Phase III data recovery projects. Dr. Sullivan has experience in both prehistoric and historic North American archaeology as well as in Mesoamerican archaeology. He has authored and co-authored numerous cultural resources management reports, and has published papers and presented at professional archaeological conferences. Dr. Sullivan received his BA from the University of Kentucky in 1991, his MA in Anthropology from Southern Illinois University in 2002, and his Ph.D in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009. Dr. Sullivan’s experience has included archaeological fieldwork and analysis in the Midwest, Northeast, and Southeastern cultural areas, and he has worked on all phases of archaeological investigations throughout the Mississippi River valley and Ohio River valley. His responsibilities have included field reconnaissance and excavation, prehistoric artifact analysis, and laboratory management roles. Dr. Sullivan’s supervisory experience has included the design of field methodologies for both Phase I and Phase II surveys, as well as large Phase III data recovery projects.
Since receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Kentucky in 2013, Joshua has developed a skillset specific to archaeology research and cultural resources management. While employed by the University of Kentucky Program for Archaeological Research, he accrued experienced in both prehistoric and historical archaeology, earning certification to manage Phase I projects from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Kentucky State Historic Preservation Office. Since then, he has served in a supervisory capacity for a range of archaeological field survey projects, including Phase I site identification, pedestrian reconnaissance, and cultural resources monitoring. In addition to survey management, Joshua is adept in project development, technical writing, geographic information systems, and archival research, and has extended field experience working in geologically and biologically sensitive environments, namely historic saltpeter caves as well as prehistorically utilized caves and rock shelters. He has demonstrated an aptitude for integration with state and federal agencies, including the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, The United States Corps of Engineers, the National Park Service, and the National Forest Service, to achieve common goals. Since 2018, Joshua has been employed by Corn Island Archaeology, LLC as a Project Archaeologist
Mathia N. Scherer
Senior Historian/Architectural Historian
Mathia has 19 years of experience in history and 15 years’ experience in cultural resources management. Mathia has served as Principal Investigator for numerous architectural and historical projects, including Section 106 and Section 4(f) surveys, historic context development, archival research, mitigation document development, archival recommendations, public information development, and Historic American Building Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscape Survey (HABS/HAER/HALS) documentation. Her professional experience lies both in the private and public sectors and includes working with the Department of Labor, the Federal Energy Regulation Commission, the Department of Defense, the National Guard Bureau, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, several Transportation Departments, railroad companies, public developers, and wind farm companies. Ms. Scherer is pre-qualified with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Kentucky State Historic Preservation Office. Additionally, Ms. Scherer has worked on sites dealing with such historically sensitive issues as slavery (both in Kentucky and nationally) and Native American-United States Government relations (both in Minnesota and nationally). Her research has dealt with a wide variety of topics, including nineteenth-century American culture, Public History, architecture, and the Protestant Reformation.
Sara has three years of experience as a laboratory assistant at the University of Louisville Archaeology Laboratory, where she analyzed and inventoried lithics, human and faunal skeletal remains, and material from historic cemeteries. For her undergraduate thesis, Sara researched and surveyed a sample of Kentucky’s nineteenth century mineral spring hotels. She attended a month-long program for Museum Studies at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2013, and a field school at the Iron Age Celtic site of Pintia in Spain during the summer of 2014. Sara has worked at Corn Island Archaeology for over a year in both the laboratory and the field.
Mr. Yates has over 4 years of experience working on a number of historic and prehistoric archaeological sites throughout Kentucky and neighboring states. He has functioned as a field and laboratory technician for Phase I and II investigations and has co-authored 9 technical reports. Mr. Yates’ primary area of interest is in prehistoric lithic analysis, but he has worked on numerous historic archaeological projects. In addition to traditional excavation techniques, he has experience with laboratory analysis and conservation of artifacts, including electrolysis, and has also excavated human remains. Mr. Yates has worked with the public on several occasions to educate both children and adults on the importance of archaeology. Prior to joining the Corn Island Archaeology cultural resource management team, Mr. Yates spent 14 months at the University of Kentucky archaeological laboratory, working for the University of Kentucky Program for Archaeological Research and the Kentucky Archaeological Survey in Lexington, Kentucky. Jonas has been a member of the Corn Island Archaeology cultural resource management team since 2016
Special Programs Coordinator
From 1994 through 2011, Ms. Etenohan served as Naturalist, Educator, and Administrator at the Falls of the Ohio State Park in Clarksville, Indiana for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. With a lifetime of experience in education, covering kindergarten through elderhostel, Bett currently combines her teaching skills and her enthusiasm for archaeology to provide Corn Island Archaeology LLC with activities and materials for special events, schools, scouts and the general public. As a member of the Falls of the Ohio Archaeological Society, she coordinates a three day Archaeology Camp and Archaeology Day each year at the Falls of the Ohio State Park and participates with other members as assistants in archaeological excavations.
With a BFA in Fine Art and nearly 18+ years in design, Leigh provides technical website support for both Corn Island and FOAS. She provides branding and logo design for the company as well as being responsible for the creation of marketing materials, report graphics, and other presentation materials. Occasionally we make her go outside and dig in the dirt with the rest of us.