Creating a Typology of Cave Function and Ideology in the American Southwest (2013)

Introduction In a typology, material remains are classified for use as the basis of inferences whose evidence are originally unrepresented in the materials (Gardin 1980). The purpose of this project is to create a functional typology, which can be used to analyze data for specified research questions. Focusing in various caves across regions in the […]

Tony Platt on Grave Matters (2012)

Platt began his presentation on October 23, 2012 with a discussion of the skewed perception in the United States (especially California) education system. His example was the California mission project, in which children learn about the use of missionaries as beneficial.  His book reveals that what began as an exploration into events in the local […]

Nancy Scheper-Hughes: Catholic Schoolgirl Turned Militant Anthropologist (2011)

Those of us who make a living observing and recording the misery of the world have a particular obligation to reflect critically on the impact of the harsh images of human suffering that we foist on the public.~Nancy Scheper-Hughes Nancy Scheper-Hughes is a cultural anthropologist, and a professor of medical anthropology at the University of […]

A History of Gold Mining Technology in California and Subsequent Impacts on Natural Resources (2012)

This paper explores the evolution of gold mining technology in California, and the negative repercussions for people’s access to use natural resources. First, I have provided an exploration of the different techniques used by California placer miners, and their subsequent effects on the environment. My discussion looks at the difference in worldview between Indigenous people […]

Utilizing Footwear Traumata for Identification in Forensic Anthropology (2012)

Introduction This paper presents the results of a research inquiry into the possible applications of footwear studies to forensic anthropology. These applications have been broken into three sections which include the various bone morphological changes caused by footwear, the use of shoe data in forensic cases, and how the shod versus unshod argument could be […]