I am a PhD candidate in the Anthropology Department at UC Davis with a focus on Paleolithic Archaeology. I am interested in analyzing bone tools, with the attempt to understand the relationship between Neandertal- and modern human-made technologies. I do this taking a holistic approach combining qualitative and quantitative analyses.
My dissertation research utilizes 3-D texture analyses and stereoscopic microscopy to study manufacture, use, and the development of traces found on bones. I have conducted both actualistic and more systematic, controlled experiments to understand how bones wear over time. As an undergrad at UC Davis, I found a Neandertal-made bone tool (lissoir, or smoother), and this discovery led to the formulation of my dissertation. In particular, I'm comparing this tool type in both Neandertal and modern human contexts in an attempt to understand if any relationships exist. My dissertation work has brought me to France, Germany, and Russia where I've studied faunal remains and bone tools from the collections of Abri Peyrony, Pech-de-l’Azé I and IV, Chez Pineau Jonzac, Abri Castanet, Fourneau du Diable, La Ferrassie, Abri Pataud, Grotte d’Isturitz. In addition, I spent about a year developing and implementing my analytical methodology at the Maison Archéologie et Ethnologie, UMR 7055 Prétech Préhistoire et Technology, Nanterre, France and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Department of Human Evolution, Leipzig, Germany.
I've also had the privilege to excavate in France, Israel, and South Africa on sites ranging from the Early Stone Age to the Bronze Age.