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Alexis Ohman

Congratulations, Alexis! Her degree was conferred in January 2021.

Year Entered: 2014
Degree Sought: Ph.D.
Sub-field: Archaeology
Research Interests: Zooarchaeology; Fish and Mollusks; Plantation Archaeology; Fort Archaeology; Foodways
Regional Specialization: Caribbean

Background

Alexis received her B.A. (Honors) in Anthropology from the University of Victoria in 2010, which is where she first became interested in research involving plantation foodways. This developed into a historical zooarchaeology-based M.A. in Archaeology at Simon Fraser University, titled “Saltfish vs. Parrotfish: The Role of Fish and Mollusks in English Colonial Foodways at Betty’s Hope Plantation, Antigua, West Indies.” Her current research is comparative foodways in Antigua between Betty’s Hope plantation and the contemporaneous Shirley Heights naval barracks, utilizing historical zooarchaeology as a means of addressing sociocultural questions pertaining to foodways and daily life in the Caribbean.

She recently defended her dissertation, “Rations and Recreation: Comparative Zooarchaeological Analysis of Betty’s Hope Plantation and Shirley Heights Fort in Antigua, West Indies.”