About Me

“Consciousness, unprovable by scientific standards, is forever, then, the impossible phantom in the predictable biologic machine, and your every thought a genuine supernatural event. Your every thought is a ghost, dancing.” -Alan Moore

I am Nikki Martensen, an archaeologist and anthropologist with experience in Collections Management and Digital Public Archaeology. I received my Bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Humboldt State University in 2014, with a minor in Native American Studies.  

I am currently pursuing my Master’s Degree in  Applied Anthropology at Humboldt State University. My thesis research focuses on the user experiences of archaeology as presented through the internet.

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Selected Projects and Experiences

Public Collaborations

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Humboldt State University Anthropology Symposium Committee, Public Engagement, Spring 2016

I Assisted in the development of posts for the symposium social media accounts and acted as a liaison between presenters and symposium coordinators

Coordinating Assistant: “International Archaeology Day presented by the Clarke Historical Museum”, October 19, 2013

A Community event to share archaeology. I coordinated hands-on activity tables presented by the Humboldt State University Anthropological Society.

Workshop Coordinator: “Introduction to Map and Compass”, Humboldt State University Anthropological Society, March 28, 2013An introductory lecture on basic map and compass field use, with an outdoor workshop, held on March 30, 2013.

Co-Coordinator and Ceramics Station Supervisor: “Archaeology Day at the Natural History Museum”, October 20, 2012

Archaeology Day event featuring interactive archaeology learning stations aimed for ages 5-10, located at the Humboldt State University Natural History Museum in Arcata, CA

Coordinator: Flintknapping Demonstration and workshop, Presented through the Humboldt State Anthropological Society. February 24, 2012

A hands-on lithic technology workshop taught by professional archaeologist Michael Peterson. 

Digital Archaeology

2014 Spirit Bird Cave Archaeological Project

Center For Digital Archaeology- Training TIPS Blog

Collections Management and Interpretation

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Laboratory and Finds Manager, Cangdong Village Archaeology Project, 2016 Field Season

I assisted in the development of field lab inventory and analysis procedures for collected materials. Also responsible for training and supervision of lab assistants, and to prepare the final collection and related documents for curation. Research located in Kaiping, Guangdong Province, China.

Research Assistant, Market Street Chinatown Archaeology Project, Stanford Archaeology Center, 2016


I assisted the Principal Investigator of this project with the inventory, analysis, and collection management of the Market Street Chinatown Archeology Project; including photographing artifacts for publication, training and supervising lab assistants, and preparing specimens for final curation.

Graduate Library Scholar Intern, Humboldt State University Library Special Collections, Spring 2016

Responsibilities included processing Lucille Vinyard Collection, supervising a team of undergraduate interns, developing physical and digital exhibits to promote the library’s special collections.