Katie Biittner

Assistant Professor, Anthropology

PhD (Alberta)

7-337, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


Dr. Biittner has almost 20 years of field experience in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and Tanzania as a cultural resource management or consulting archaeologist and as a student and researcher. She joined MacEwan University in 2015. As the Anthropology Lab Instructor, her responsibilities include lab instruction and management, and student research and volunteer opportunity facilitation. She is a research collaborator with the Iringa Region Archaeological Project (IRAP) focusing on cultural heritage management and community-based archaeology. 

Archaeology, hominin evolution, lithic technology, Africanist archaeology, gender archaeology

Teaching and Research Interests

Additional teaching and research interests include archaeological sciences (archaeometry), lithic sourcing and characterization, archaeomineralogy, hominin evolution, the organization of technology, the Middle Stone Age and Later Stone Age, postcolonial African archaeology, archaeogaming, gender archaeology and the anthropology of the body (body modifications and tattooing).

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

Biittner, K. M., Sawchuk, E. A., Miller, J. M., Werner, J. J., Bushozi, P. M., & Willoughby, P. R. (2017). Excavations at Mlambalasi rockshelter: A terminal pleistocene to recent iron age record in southern Tanzania. African Archaeological Review, 34(2), 275-295. doi:10.1007/s10437-017-9253-3

Biittner, K.M. & Willoughby, P.R. (2012). Working with local communities and managing cultural heritage in Iringa region, Tanzania. The SAA Archaeological Record, 12(4), 36-39.

Biittner, K.M., Bushozi, P.M., & Willoughby, P. (2007). The middle stone age of Iringa region, Tanzania. Nyame Akuma, 68, 62-73.

Biittner, K.M., & Jamieson, S.M. (2006). Chert raw material utilization at the bark site (BbGp-12), Peterborough County, Southern Ontario. Ontario Archaeology, 81/82, 13-29.


Awards / Grants / Fellowships

  • MacEwan University, dissemination grant (2016)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), collaborator, standard research grant (2011-2013)

Professional Associations / Memberships

  • Society of Africanist Archaeologists
  • Society for American Archaeology


Boards / Committees

  • Faculty Advisor, MacEwan Anthropology Students' Society (MASS)
  • Maker Champion, MacEwan University
  • Academic Women's Network, MacEwan University, member at large

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