Past Presentations

2017 Anthropology Undergraduate Research Symposium:

Alec Apodaca | An Archaeological Study of Indigenous Clam Bed Management at Colonial Period Toms Point (CA-MRN-202), Tomales Bay, CA

  • Current archaeological research suggests that Native people employed novel and creative ways to negotiate waves of colonialism since the late 16th century and continued to manage landscapes outside of colonial administration. By examining the eco-archaeological materials of “hinterland” non-state spaces, this paper discusses the results from radiocarbon, shell morphometrics, and ethnographic observations to explore the possibility of indigenous clam bed management by Coast Miwok who lived at worked at Toms Point, a colonial-period trade post in Tomales Bay.

Elena Sandoval | Shrinkage in Mummification Practices: The Comparison of Two Methods of Mummification

  • This study analyzes two mummification practices, natural and artificial, to study the shrinkage patterns of tattoos. The methods are based on Egyptian mummification practices using natron, and studies on ice mummies such as the Tyrolean Iceman. The experiment was conducted using pigskin over the course of 35 days.

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Luisa Zepeda | The Chemex: A Cross-Cultural Imitation Game to the New Coffeehouse Experience

  • The Chemex is a particular method of making pour-over coffee that has existed since the 1940s in the homes of many Americans, and still just as popular. It embodies cross-cultural rituals of coffee-making yet it remains secular, modern, and non cultural. This hour-glass coffee-vase becomes a iron cage for coffee rituals to transcend into the modern western world and evidently exist in what is commonly known as the Third wave coffee culture. Therefore, I seek to unpack the way in which the Chemex's longevity is simply the embodiment of many coffee rituals while simultaneously dismantling any religious or cultural ties that are deeply associated to coffee.

Undergrads present their findings

Sandoval, Zepeda and Apodaca (l-r) present their work
at the 2017 Undergraduate Research Symposium


2016 Anthropology Undergraduate Research Symposium:

Research Presentations

Leeza Arbiv

External Platform Angles and how they can help Identify Cognitive Thought in the Flint Knapping Process

Emily Case

Lasers, acid, and Hiking Through the Rain: Compositional and Lead Isotope Analyses of Carretas and Huérigos Polychrome from Northwestern Chiihuahua

Cody Lee

Livestock Management at Mission San Antonio de Padua

Mireya Mateo

Untold Delivery Stories: Zapotec Women's Birthing Experiences in the Central Valley of Oaxaca

Katherine Miller

Hannek: An investigation into Ancient Nubia through Excavation and Post-excavation Examinations

Antonio Peluso

How Will the Kayapó be Dammed? The Impact of Environmentalist Assumptions on a Kayapó Community in the Brazilian Amazon

Yoel van de Sande

Sequencing HIV's History: Blood, Tissue, Feces, Technoscience

Luisa Zepeda

[Un]veiling Feminism: A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Islamic Feminism

Poster Session
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Third Floor Foyer, Social Sciences 1

Amanda Hill

Foodways in post-mission California: A Faunal Analysis from CA-MRN- 202

Abigail Judkins

Ethnicity and Economics: A Faunal Analysis of an Italian Immigrant American Period Site

Tara Loughran

The Legacy of the Great Hunger in the Irish-American Experience

Mireya Mateo

Untold Delivery Stories: Zapotec Women's Birthing Experiences in the Central Valley of Oaxaca

Antonio Peluso

How Will the Kayapó be Dammed? The Impact of Environmentalist Assumptions on a Kayapó Community in the Brazilian Amazon

Panel Discussion
Life After Undergraduate Study for Anthropology Majors

3:00pm - 4:00pm
110 Social Sciences 1

Kalina Kassadjikova

Anthropology PhD Student, UCSC

Mary Grace Kistler-Fair

Anthropology BA, Class of 2012, UCSC
Crown College Assistant

Clayton Hurd

Anthropology PhD, 2003, UCSC
Senior Program Director, Public Service Research and Graduate Engaged Scholarship Student Affairs, Stanford University

Jessica Madison

Anthropology PhD Student, UCSC