Archaeological Curation Facility Staff

Jacob L Fisher

Jacob L. Fisher

Dr. Jacob Fisher is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and the Director for the Archaeological Curation Facility. He received his doctorate in anthropology from the University of Washington. As a zooarchaeologist, Dr. Fisher studies animal bones from sites in California and the Great Basin to provide a greater understanding of past relationships between humans and animals, such as hunting and cooking practices. Dr. Fisher’s interest in Native American relationships with archaeologists began in his undergraduate years, and was further developed as a graduate student working at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle on NAGPRA repatriations.

(916) 278-4555




Karen Dively

Karen Dively is the collections manager for the Anthropology Department’s Anthropology Museum and Archaeological Curation Facility. She is responsible for maintaining physical control over the numerous collections, including both ethnographic and archaeological objects, housed at the two facilities. She began her museum work as an undergraduate at Indiana University, Bloomington and has master degrees in both Anthropology/Archaeology and Museum Studies from Texas Tech University. Prior to joining the staff at Sacramento State, Karen worked for the Archaeology Lab in Norman (OK), the Dallas Historical Society and the Museum of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. 

(916) 278-5371

Dr. Wendy Nelson 

 Wendy J. Nelson, Ph.D.

Dr. Nelson is the NAGPRA Research Specialist at the Archaeological Curation Facility. She is responsible for reviewing archaeological collections, conducting archival research, and writing summary reports for projects that fall under NAGPRA, as well as participating in NAGPRA consultations with tribes and repatriation of human remains and funerary objects. Dr. Nelson received her doctorate in anthropology with a major emphasis in archaeology from the University of California, Davis. Her areas of interest include prehistoric diet and nutrition, the archaeology of gender and children, and California Native American ethnohistory.

(916) 278-6292 


Adelina Freaney

Adelina is the NAGPRA Assistant at the Archaeological Curation Facility. She assists the Director and Collections Manager with actions necessary for the repatriation of human remains and cultural objects to Native American descendant communities. Duties involved include creating and maintaining documents and databases related to NAGPRA, coordinating consultations, and other related actions. Adelina received her BA in Anthropology from University of California, Davis and has over ten years of experience in California archaeology and osteology.

(916) 278-7224