Greetings from Jordan where Dr. Liv Nilsson Stutz (Senior Lecturer in Anthropology) and Dr. Aaron Stutz (Associate Professor in Anthropology at Oxford College) are excavating at the cave site Mughr el-Hamamah, where they located archaeological contexts from the early upper Palaeolithic in 2010. This year they return to the cave to finish the excavations. In addition to excavating lithics and animal remains, their work this season aims at recovering the remains of plants (in the form of charcoal, seeds, nuts, etc) which will help them reconstruct the paleoenvironment and to better understand how palaeolithic hunters and gatherers used resources in the landscape. To help them they are joined by archaeobotanist Dr. Chantel White of the University of Pennsylvania, and her undergraduate assistant Fabian Toro. They are also benefiting from the invaluable help of John Murray (incoming PhD student at Arizona State University), Emma Hanlon, Neharika Penmetcha, Hazel Sima, and José Amador (undergraduate students at Oxford College and Emory College).
Maya Lakshman, who is an Anthropology and Human Biology Major at Emory, grew up helping with her mother’s organization that supports and raises awareness for victims of domestic violence in San Diego. When she came to Emory, she knew that human trafficking was a problem in Atlanta. She co-founded Red Light Emory, which helps local nonprofits and focuses on the mental health consequences of child sex trafficking.
Her story is featured in Emory Magazine.
Anthropology graduate Jessica Bertram (BA, Anthropology and Human Biology/Dance & Movement Studies) receives Alan Rackoff Prize for her dance project “She fell, but felt no fear.”
Bertram based her project on research done in the Rose Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory. “I collected a lot of African American materials such as photos, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, books, poems, obituaries and music selections ranging from the late 1800s to the late 1900s.”
She was also selected to perform at the American College Dance Association Conference with Cherry Fung. For more, visit the Emory News Center.
(Photo by Lauren Lindeen)
Congratulations to this years award winners and honor students!
Anthropology Undergraduate Awards
Outstanding Junior: Deandre Miles
Outstanding Senior: Virginia Spinks
Marjorie Shostak Prize for Excellence and Humanity in Ethnographic Writing: Cameron Barker
Anthropology Graduate Awards:
George Armelagos Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student: Whitney Easton and Daniel Thompson
Anthopology Honor Students
Emory Anthropology Alumna Virginia Spinks (BA, 2017) received a Humanity in Action Fellowship. Virginia will join Fellows from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine to participate in the Humanity in Action Fellowship summer program.
Dr. Debra Vidali’s undergraduate course visited the Etowah Mounds. Home to several thousand Native Americans from 1000 A.D. to 1550 A.D., this 54-acre site protects six earthen mounds, a plaza, village site, borrow pits and defensive ditch. Etowah Mounds is the most intact Mississippian Culture site in the Southeast.
Dr. Debra Vidali’s undergraduate class visited New Echota. New Echota was the Cherokee Nation capital in 1825 and the starting point of the 1838 Trail of Tears. Also the location of Cherokee Phoenix, the first newspaper published by Native Americans, and in a Native American language.