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Anthropology Graduate Student Achievements

Anthropology

Department graduate students continued their tradition of excellence and active scholarship this semester.  Whether at a local archaeological site or a national conference, in the classroom or pursuing their own research, our students always bring their best.

R. SchumanOnce again our students played a major role in the William and Mary Graduate Symposium, delivering 12 papers in four sessions and garnering two Carl J. Strikwerda Awards for Excellence.  These awards recognize W&M Arts & Sciences graduate students for an outstanding written paper by a student who is engaged in thesis research/scholarship to earn an MA, MS, or MPP degree.  This year,  Rebecca Shuman (MA student; advisor: Dr. Marley Brown) won for her paper: Law, Material Wealth and the Identity of the Williamsburg Area’s Free Black Population in 1784 to 1815; and Megan Victor (MA/PhD student; advisor: Dr. Neil Norman) won for her paper: Rogue Fishermen: Codfish, Ceramics, and Identity of the Piratical People on the Isles of Shoals: 1630-1775.

In addition, Rebecca has also won the The John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library Fellowship in African American History and Culture.   The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation describes the fellowship as “ intended to support research on topics related to African and African American history, including the Atlantic slave trade, the development and practice of slavery, the experience of free blacks, the formation of early black institutions and economies, and the emergence of African American expressive culture.”

Doctoral student Alexandra Martin has won the 2011-2012 Douglas N. Morton Fellowship, which will support her pursuit of her PhD research. 

PhD candidate Derek Miller has also been awarded a fellowship, the 2011  Touro National Heritage Trust Fellow, John Carter Brown Library, Providence, RI.   Derek also gave an address at the Society for American Archaeology,  The Jewish Diaspora on Barbados: A Preliminary Analysis

And, last but certainly far from least, our students rocked the Society for Historical Archaeology meetings in Baltimore this past January, delivering no less than 18 papers, whose titles and authors are listed below.

Landmarks and Landscape: Movement and Return within Narragansett Networks, Presented at the Society for Historical Archaeology 2012 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, Baltimore, MD.  January 5, 2012.   Alexandra Martin, Ph. D. Anthropology.

In Defense of the Tin Can: Meaningful Ways to Incorporate Can Data Into Foodways Analysis, Presented at the society for Historical Archaeology 2012 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, Baltimore, MD. January 2012. Jennifer Ogborne, Ph.D., Anthropology.

Producing Pottery and Community: Colonoware Production on the Pamunkey Indian Reservation, and Rippin Hall Plantation, Presented at the society for Historical Archaeology 2012 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, Baltimore, MD. January 2012. Ashley Atkins, Ph.D., Anthropology.

Papers in Memoriam of Charles Rinehart, Michigan and Beyond,  Presented at the society for Historical Archaeology 2012 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, Baltimore, MD. January 2012. Andrew Beaupre, Ph.D., Anthropology.

Contradictions of Freedom: Legal Consciousness and the Barbadian Chattel House, Presented at the society for Historical Archaeology 2012 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, Baltimore, MD. January 2012. Stephanie Bergman, Ph.D., Anthropology.  

A Luxurious Morsel’: The Creolized Diet at Fort Michilimackinac, 1730-1761, Presented at the society for Historical Archaeology 2012 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, Baltimore, MD. January 2012. Jenna Carlson, Ph.D., Anthropology.

 Archaeologists, Pagans, and the Ministry of Justice: Ongoing Tensions in British Bioarchaeology, Presented at the society for Historical Archaeology 2012 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, Baltimore, MD. January 2012. Ellen Chapman, Ph.D., Anthropology.

 East Coast Shell Middens and Historical Archaeology, Presented at the society for Historical Archaeology 2012 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, Baltimore, MD. January 2012. Jessica Herlich, Ph.D., Anthropology.

'Champagne from midnight until daylight’: The Social Ritual of Alcohol Use in a Victorian Brothel, Presented at the society for Historical Archaeology 2012 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, Baltimore, MD. January 2012. Amanda Johnson, Ph.D., Anthropology.

 The Bad Butcher of Mount Vernon’s Mystery Midden: Accounting for Anomalies in Interpretations of Butchery Systems, Presented at the society for Historical Archaeology 2012 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, Baltimore, MD. January 2012. Dessa Lightfoot, Ph.D., Anthropology.

 Homelands and Diasporas: the Relationships of the Jews in Colonial Barbados with their Homeland(s), Presented at the society for Historical Archaeology 2012 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, Baltimore, MD. January 2012. Derek Miller, Ph.D., Anthropology.

 Thrown Together?: Space and Craft Among Southeast Virginia’s 19th-Century Stoneware Potters, Presented at the society for Historical Archaeology 2012 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, Baltimore, MD. January 2012. Oliver Mueller-Heubach, Ph.D., Anthropology.

 Gardens of Blue: Cobalt Decoration and Meaning in James River, Virginia Stonewares, Presented at the society for Historical Archaeology 2012 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, Baltimore, MD. January 2012. Oliver Mueller-Heubach, Ph.D., Anthropology.

 Children, Landscape and Household Change at Flowerdew Hundred, Presented at the society for Historical Archaeology 2012 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, Baltimore, MD. January 2012. Nancy Phaup, Ph.D., Anthropology.

 Triangulating Cultural Hybridity: Interpreting Gingaskin Social Boundaries in Documentary and Material Remains, Presented at the society for Historical Archaeology 2012 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, Baltimore, MD. January 2012. Christopher Shephard, Ph.D., Anthropology.

 Rogue Fishermen: Codfish, Atlantic items, and Identity of the Piratical People on the Isles of Shoals, 1623-1770, Presented at the society for Historical Archaeology 2012 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, Baltimore, MD. January 2012. Megan Victor, Ph.D., Anthropology.

The Bermudian-Bovine Relationship: Evidence from Whitehall, Presented at the society for Historical Archaeology 2012 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, Baltimore, MD. January 2012. Brent Fortenberry (Boston University) and Jenna Carlson, Ph.D., Anthropology.