Diane Hanson

Associate Professor & Graduate Coordinator
Department of Anthropology
BMH 207

(907) 786-6842


  • Ph.D., Archaeology, Simon Fraser University, 1991


Diane Hanson's specialty is Cultural Resource Management. She came to the Department of Anthropology from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers where she was the senior district archaeologist. Many of her courses support the cultural resource management tract.

Her research interests concentrate on late pre-contact people of coastal Alaska. She is currently working on upland sites on Adak Island, the Aleutian Islands, Alaska.

Diane Hanson was president of the Alaska Consortium of Zooarchaeologists, an interest group of the Alaska Anthropological Association composed of agency and academic zooarchaeologists, students, museum curators and other individuals interested in northern research. In the past she participated as the president and board member of the Alaska Anthropological Association. 

Research Interests

  • Cultural resource management
  • Archaeology
  • Zooarchaeology
  • North Pacific coastal archaeology
  • Aleutian Islands
  • Northwest Coast


Hanson, Diane K. (submitted September 2008) Looking for Sites in all the Wrong Places: 2007 and 2008 Archaeological Surveys of upland Adak Island, the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. Arctic Anthropology.

Hanson, Diane K. (in press) Salmon and Models of Social Complexity on the Northwest Coast. North Pacific Prehistory. North Pacific Prehistory. submitted August 2006.

Hanson, Diane K. 2008. Archaeological investigations in the 1990s at the Ringling Material site, GUL-077, near Gulkana, Alaska. [Festschrift for Dr. William Workman]. Alaska Journal of Anthropology 6(1/2)

Hanson, Diane K. 2007. Cultural Resource Management in Alaska. Alaska Journal of Anthropology 5(2): 1-15.

Hanson, Diane K. and Karla D. Kusmer. 2001. Sea Otter Scarcity and the Prehistoric Environment of the Strait of Georgia, British Columbia. In: People and Wildlife in Northern North America: Essays in honor of R. Dale Guthrie, edited by S. Craig Gerlach and Maribeth S. Murray. BAR Press, Oxford. Pp. 58-66.

Hanson, Diane K. 1995. Subsistence during the late prehistoric occupation of Pender Canal, British Columbia. Canadian Journal of Archaeology. 19:29-48.