Delaney Cooley

Delaney Cooley is an archaeology graduate student at the University of Oklahoma. Prior to attending OU, she received her B.S. in Anthropology and minor in Biology at the University of Iowa in 2010.


Delaney has spent the last several field seasons in Scott County, Kansas, with faculty at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Iowa. Through this experience, she has had the opportunity to work with the lithics from site 14SC409 to better understand the effects of European colonization and Puebloan migration on the Great Plains.  Her research focuses on raw material procurement, technological decisions, and lifestyles of the people living in this pluralistic community.

Currently, Delaney is studying Ute lithic technology on the Uncompahgre Plateau of Colorado. She hopes to tease out questions related to cultural affiliation and continuity using raw material procurement and lithic reduction techniques.

Her research interests include hunter-gatherers, lithic technology, cultural contact, and social identity. Delaney is also passionate about public archaeology and continuously searches for new ways to share the past with members of the public.