Archaeology Crew

The archaeology crew that works at Riverside is made up of professional archaeologists and students. The professionals work for the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, based at Western Kentucky University’s Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology. They have extensive experience working with the public and school groups. Some students from the University of Louisville work with the professional archaeologists at Riverside. These students are in the process of earning their degrees and are being trained work with the public in archaeology.

archy1025Diane Hampe

Diane is a native of Louisville and has an MA in Art History from the University of Louisville. She participated in the U of L archaeology field school in 2007 at Farmington and has since been a valued member of the KAS crew, sharing archaeology and history during the Building Blocks of History Program. She recently put her talents in art to work by creating the archaeology exhibit in the Riverside Visitor Center.

Lori Stahlgren


Lori is a staff archaeologist at the Kentucky Archaeological Survey and is assistant director of the Riverside Archaeology Program. She is a native of Virginia, but has lived in Louisville most of her life and graduated from Assumption High School. She has a B.A. in Photojournalism from Western Kentucky University, a Law Degree from the University of Louisville, an M.A. in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University, and is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at Syracuse University. Lori specializes in historical archaeology and is particularly interested in the archaeology of plantations and slavery. She has worked at many archaeological sites in the area and she is the archaeologist for Farmington historic home. She is also interested in historic preservation issues and serves on the Louisville Historical League board of directors and assists Metro Louisville. Previously she worked at the Jefferson County Office of Historic Preservation and Archives and for the Kentucky Heritage Council. Lori, who has always had a strong interest in historic preservation, became interested in archaeology after she volunteered to wash artifacts during a Kentucky Archaeological Survey project!

Jay Stottman

archy1003Jay is the director of the Riverside Archaeology Program. He is a native of Louisville, who graduated from Male Traditional High School. He earned a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Louisville and an M.A.  and PhD in Anthropology from the University of Kentucky. Jay is the assistant director of the Kentucky Archaeological Survey. He has been working at Riverside since 1995 and co-developed the Building Blocks of History field trip program. Jay has a specialty in historical archaeology. His interest include studying plantations, farmsteads, urban sites, and public archaeology. He has also taken an interest in historic preservation, by serving on the Louisville Metro Landmarks Commission and as past president of the Louisville Historical League. Jay has worked at many archaeological sites throughout Louisville and Kentucky, such as Farmington, Locust Grove, Blackacre. He has had a passion for Kentucky’s history since he was a kid going antiquing with his parents!

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