Katie MacFarland

About Katie MacFarland

I am a Ph.D. candidate in archaeology. My dissertation focuses on linking Animal Style Art of Scythians, Saka, and Xiongnu peoples in north central Eurasia during the first millennium BCE to religious symbolism. I am currently a Research Specialist for the Collections Division at the Arizona State Museum.

Selected Publications

2017     Structured Learning: Laterality, Directionality, and Community “Openness” in Point of Pines. Chapter submission for the forthcoming edited volume: Renewing the ‘Search for Structure:’ New Frameworks and Techniques in Instrumental Ceramic Analysis. Edited by Charles Hartley and Alan Greene, Equinox Publishing, Sheffield. (Invited Submission, In Press)

2016 Dusting Off the Data: Curating and Rehabilitating Archaeological Legacy and Orphaned Collections. Advances in Archaeological Practice 4(2):1-15. (co-authord with Arthur Vokes)

2013     Book Review: Pastoralist Landscapes and Social Interaction in Bronze Age Eurasia. Transforming Anthropology 21(2):210-211.

Courses Taught

Courses taught as Instructor:

  • Anth 160A1: Patterns in Prehistory, Online Format
  • Anth 195A: Introduction to the School of Anthropology

Courses taught as Teaching Assistant

  • Anth 160A1: Patterns in Prehistory
  • Anth 170A1: Human Variation in the Modern World
  • Anth 235: Principles of Archaeology

Areas of Study

Central Asian, American Southwest, Mediterranean, Chinese, and Landscape Archaeology; Archaeology of Religion; Museum Curation and Repatriation; Geographic Information Science and Spatial Analysis

Research Interests

My dissertation focuses on the Animal Style Art of the Scythian, Saka, and Xiongnu peoples. ASA is an iconographic style expressed on monuments and material culture throughout north central Eurasia during the first millennium BCE. I have conducted an artifact-focused macro-scale/continental study of ASA, analyzing patterns of occurrence and similarity throughout the region. The data generated in this study contribute to the identification of internal patterns in the expression of this style between regions of north central Eurasia and is inferred as evidence for symbolic expression of religious belief. These findings help explain the widespread distribution of ASA in north central Eurasia during the Iron Age.

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Contact Information


B.A., summa cum laude, 2007

M.A., 2010

Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), 2013