• Biographical Description

  • Sarah Nelson was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She earned a BA from Wellesley College and MA and PhD in Anthropology (Archaeology) from the University of Michigan. After a year in Korea doing fieldwork and teaching at the University of Maryland, Far East Division, she taught for a semester at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and spent the rest of her academic career at the University of Denver. She is a John Evans Distinguished Professor. She and her husband raised three sons, who are all married and have produced six grandchildren.

  • Education

  • B.A., Biblical History, Wellesley College, 1953;
    M.A., Anthropology, University of Michigan, 1969;
    Ph.D., Anthropology (Archaeology), University of Michigan, 1973

  • Previous Work Experience

  • 1979-1985, University of Denver, Associate Professor;
    1974-1979, University of Denver, Assistant Professor;
    1974, University of Colorado, Boulder, Visiting Assistant Professor;
    1971, University of Maryland, Far East Division, (Korea), Instructor;
    1970, University of Denver, Part-time Instructor

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • sarah-nelson-cv.pdf

  • Research

  • Nelson spent over two decades researching the queens of the Silla kingdom of early Korea, learning the culture while living there. She is able to read and speak at an intermediate level and learned basic writing skills in the Korean language.

    Additionally, Nelson spent ten years in northeastern China studying the "goddess temple". While living here, she learned intermediate level reading and speaking as well as basic level writing. Her research endeavors in Europe, Korea and China contributed to her interest in gender issues. While in Europe, Nelson became fluent in the German speaking language, as well as intermediate level reading and writing. Additionally, she became fluent in reading in both Spanish and French with basic speaking and writing skills in both languages, as well.

    Culture change from the appearance of pottery to the formation of state interests Nelson, bringing her to conduct research on several different continents, as well as the distribution of knowledge of the Bronze Technology and the problems of origins of agriculture. While studying in Korea and China, millets were more common than rice in the area of agriculture.

    In North America, Nelson has conducted research in south-eastern Utah as well as the Colorado high plains. She was drawn to these areas to examine problems such as the sedentism/mobility of archaeological sites and the distribution of site types. Shortly after, Nelson created and adapted several computer spatial programs intended for the use of both regional and site research.

    In addition to gender issues, Nelson also enjoyed researching archaeoastronomy in Northeast Asia.

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