Dissertations & Proposals

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2017 – Dissertations

Sara Belkin “Bringing Up The Byrnes: An Archaeological And Historical Exploration Of Irish Americanization At The Wakefield Estate, Milton, Massachusetts, 1890–1930”

Allison Cuneo “Heritage Management Challenges and Changes in Northern Iraq: The Rise of Kurdistan and the Islamic State Onslaught After the Fall of Saddam”

Daniel Fallu “Bronze Age Landscape Degradation in the Northern Argolid: a Micromorphological Investigation of Anthropogenic Erosion in the Environs of Mycenae, Greece”

Anna Goldfield “The Role of Physiology and Behavior in the Replacement of Neanderthals by Anatomically Modern Humans in Europe”

Zhengdong Guo “The Intersection of Technology, Manufacture, and Society: An Analysis of Ceramic Building Materials of the Northern Wei Dynasty from Datong, Shanxi, China”

Ilaria Patania “Site Formation Processes and Site Use in the Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene: Micromorphology and FTIR Analysis at the Cave Sites of Xianrendong and Yuchanyan”

David Walton “The Production, Consumption, and Function of Stone Tools in Prehispanic Central Mexico: a Comparative Study of Households Spanning the Formative to Postclassic Period”


2017 Proposal

Maria Codlin “Animal provisioning without large domesticated at the pre-Columbian City of Teotihuacan”

Daniela Hernandez-Sarinana “Daily Life and Pottery on the Urban Periphery: Ceramic Analysis of Households from the Tlajinga District, Teotihuacan”

Justin Holcomb“Towards a Geoecology of A Global Approach”


2016 – Proposal

Mary Clarke “Proposal Title: Producing Stone and State: The Intersection of Domestic and Institutional Maya Economies”

Guzin Eren “Building Power: An Archaeology of Lydian Monumentality, 7th to 6th Centuries BCE”

Laura Heath-Stout “Diversity, Identity, and Oppression in the Production of Archaeological Knowledge”

Jared KollerUnder the Shadows of the Bells: Philippine Soundscapes during Colonial Contact

Laura Masur “Landscapes of Faith: An Archaeology of Jesuit Mission-Plantations in British North”


2016 – Dissertations

Demetrios Brellas “By The Rivers Of Babylon: Patterns Of Heterarchy, Sustainable Wetland Agroecology, And Urban Dynamics In Old Babylonian Mashkan-Shapir”


2015 – Proposal

Chieh-fu “Jeff” Cheng “The Archaeology of the Pattonkan Historic Trail: Landscapes, People, and Mobility in the Mountains of South-Central Taiwan, from the early seventeenth century to the present”

Laura Heath “Colonialism and Everyday Life: A Study of Ceramics, Domestic Spaces, and Ritual in Tlaxcala, Mexico”

Catherine Scott “Life in a Citadel: Investigating Use of Space at Bronze Age Citadels in the Eastern Mediterranean”

Natalie SusmannThe Nature of Cult: Visualizing the Greek Landscape (c. 2600 B.C.E.-146 B.C.E.)

2015 – Dissertations

Harris Greenberg “A Micromorphological Analysis of Continuity and Discontinuity at PPNC Beisamoun Pond 11, Israel”

Veronica Adelle Joseph “A Biological Analysis of the Effects of the Xiongnu Empire on the Physical Health of Nomadic Groups in Iron Age Mongolia”

Alexander Keim “Boston Inside Out: A Brothel, A Boardinghouse, and the Construction of the 19th-Century North End’s Urban Landscape Through Embodied Practices”

Jessica Striebel MacLean “Sheltering Colonialism: The Archaeology Of A House, Household, And White Creole Masculinity At The 18th-Century Little Bay Plantation, Montserrat, West Indies”

Kathryn Ness “Developing a Spanish-Atlantic Identity: An Archaeological Investigation of Domestic Ceramics and Dining in 18th-Century Spain and Spanish Florida”

Brandon R. Olson “From Issus to Rhosus: An Assessment of Socioeconomic Prosperity in the Hellenistic Countryside”

Nimet Pinar Ozguner  “Archaeological Entanglements: People, Places, and Politics of Archaeology in Turkey”

Luke J. Pecoraro “Mr. Gookin out of Ireland, Wholly upon his own Adventure”: An Archaeological Study of Intercolonial and Transatlantic Connections in the Seventeenth Century

Franco D. Rossi “The Brothers TAAJ: Civil Religious Orders and the Politics of Expertise in Late Maya Statecraft”

Jonathan D. Ruane “Hydrology And Classic Maya Urban Planning: A Geospatial Analysis Of Settlement And Water Management At Xultun, Guatemala”

Jennifer Wildt “A Tale Of Three Plazas: The Development And Use Of Public Spaces In A Classic Maya Ritual And Residential Complex At Xultun, Guatemala”


2014 – Dissertations

Abigail Crawford “The Organization of Rural Production in Roman Central Tyrrhenian Italy, 200 B.C. to 400 A.D.”

Diana Gallagher “Cleanly in their persons and cleanly in their dwellings”: An Archaeological Investigation of Health, Hygiene, and Sanitation in 18th- and 19th-Century New England.

Alexandra Ratzlaff “The Maintenance of Empire: The Roman Army in the Negev (Palaestina Tertia) from the 1st – 7th Centuries CE.”

Kaoru (Kay) Ueda “An Archaeological Investigation of Hybridization in Bantenese and Dutch Colonial Encounters: Food and Foodways in the Sultanate of Banten, Java, 17th-Early 19th Century”

Nicholas “Tico” Wolff  “At Home in Prehistory: Critical Approaches to the Dwelt Environment of the South Italian Bronze Age”

Caitlin Chaves Yates “Beyond the Mound: Locating Complexity in Northern Mesopotamia during the ‘Second Urban Revolution’”


2014 – Proposal

Sara Belkin “Bringing Up the Byrnes:An Archaeological and Material Exploration of Irish Americanization at the Wakefield Estate, Milton, Massachusetts, 1890–1930″

Aviva A. Cormier “Population Dynamics, Migration, and the Rise of Classic Maya Civilization: A Biogeochemical Approach”

Allison Cuneo “Cultural resource management policy and fashioning identity in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq”

Anna Goldfield “Adaptive Responses by Hunter-Gatherers to Glacial Conditions in the Middle and Upper Paleolithic of Southwestern France”

Zhengdong Guo “The Intersection of Technology, Manufacture, and Society: An Analysis of Ceramic Building Materials of the Northern Wei Dynasty from Datong, Shanxi, China”

Jade W. Luiz “A House Recommended: The Sensory Archaeology of Sexuality, Embodiment, and Creation of Space in a Mid-Nineteenth-Century Brothel in Boston, Massachusetts”

Ilaria Patania “Micromorphological Analysis of the Early Pottery Sites of Yuchanyan and Xianrendong: A Study to Reconstruct Technological and Behavioral Innovation in the Late Upper Palaeolithic of South China”

Kristen Wroth “Neanderthal Adaptive Behavior and Climatic Variability during the Late Middle Paleolithic of Southwestern France”

Yining Xue “The Development of Agriculture in the Greater Zhouyuan Region from the Late Neolithic to Bronze Age (ca. 3500 – 800 B.C.)”