In addition to our ALAC staff, a  team of specialists is available to provide expertise in such disciplines as soils, geomorphology, environmental studies, ceramics, historic architecture, historic archival research, and radiocarbon dating. We are proud to work with some of the finest professionals in bringing together top-notch interdisciplinary research teams to provide the highest quality service to our clients.

Adrien HannusDr. Adrien Hannus
Director of the Archeology Lab and Professor
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Dr. Adrien Hannus, professor of anthropology and director of the Archeology Laboratory at Augustana University, has nearly 40 years of archaeological experience, specializing in prehistoric and historic cultural dynamics. His educational background includes a Ph.D. from the University of Utah, with an emphasis in archaeology, and an M.A. in cultural anthropology from Wichita State University. In addition to accomplishing cultural and archaeological fieldwork throughout the Great Plains and Rocky Mountain West, he has collaborated on projects in Egypt, Mexico, France and Great Britain. His teaching and research interests include early human populations in the New World, historic Native American cultures of the Plains and lithic analysis. Hannus also served as an environmental archeologist in the natural gas industry.

Linda Palmer, M.A.
Supervisory Archeologist

Palmer completed her M.A. in Anthropology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
She brings two decades of professional and avocational experience in Plains archeology to her position. She also worked in Section 106 review and compliance while with the South Dakota State Historic Preservation Office. Palmer has acted as PI and Field Director on numerous projects. Her areas of research and special interest include cultural resources management, human osteology, and the Mitchell (SD) Prehistoric Indian Village site.

Lynette Rossum, M.S.
Office Administrator/Publications Editor

Rossum is grants/contracts administrator and publications editor for ALAC. She completed an M.S. in Administrative Studies from the University of South Dakota in 1995 and has also completed graduate work in anthropology and sociology. Rossum is a founding member of the ALAC team and has managed all administrative aspects of the operation for over 25 years. She is experienced at grant writing and report preparation, and is Associate Editor of South Dakota Archaeology.

Austin A. Buhta, M.A.
Assistant Director
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Buhta received his B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and his M.A. in Maritime Archeology from the University of Bristol, United Kingdom. Buhta joined the staff of ALAC in 2005, and brings a strong background in archeology and museum techniques. He is well-grounded in electronic survey and mapping techniques and has strong report writing and computer skills. Buhta also has extensive experience with archival research and description and analysis of a broad array of material culture types.

Jason M. Kruse, M.A.
Staff Archeologist/Project Manager

Kruse earned his B.S Degree in Anthropology and M.A Degree in Anthropology/Paleontology from the University of South Dakota (USD). He also earned an additional Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Business Management from USD. Kruse joined the Augustana Archeology Laboratory in July 2005. Prior to Augustana, Kruse worked for USD, the University of Nebraska, and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. Since 1999 he has traveled extensively throughout the central US states and has spent well over half of his career on the road directing various sized Section 106 compliance and research projects. His primary responsibilities with the Archeology Laboratory are coordinating, directing, and conducting field work and maintaining the GIS systems. He works regularly with Native American monitors and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices on projects with tribal concerns.


Aaron J. Mayer, M.A., R.P.A.
Staff Archeologist

Aaron is a native of South Dakota and earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of South Dakota where he studied anthropology, archeology, geology, Native American studies, Spanish, and political science. He also holds a certificate in Non-profit Management. He specializes in paleoethnobotany and the study of macrobotanicals. His interests focus on past human plant use, experimental archeology, flint knapping, Paleolithic research, Great and High Plains archeology, and Formative and Middle Horizon Peruvian archeology. Aaron researches paleoethnobotany of the Peruvian Wari, Great Plains indigenous cultures, and Euro-American settlers. He enjoys traveling throughout the region, meeting new people, and finding pieces of the past for the future.



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