ANTH 160, Patterns in Prehistory (TA)
ANTH 160D2, Origins of Human Diversity (TA)
ANTH 235, Principles of Archaeology (TA)
Anth 261, The Human Species (TA)
I am currently analyzing stable isotopes in herbivore teeth from Üçağızlı Caves I and II, Turkey, to learn more about how people used the landscape and what the environment was like in the Northern Levant ~45,000 years ago, when modern Homo sapiens were newcomers to the region. This is part of a larger project initiated by directors Drs. Erksin Güleç (Ankara Üniversitesi) and Steven Kuhn (University of Arizona), who excavated Üçağızlı Caves I and II between 1997 and 2005.
Excavations are ongoing at Bizmoune, a cave site located ~15 km from the Atlantic coast in southwestern Morocco. The site has a long archaeological sequence, containing MSA/Aterian, Iberomaurusian, and Neolithic components. I am participating in the excavations and in the stable isotope analysis of land snail shells found at the site.
El Fin del Mundo, México
El Fin del Mundo is a Clovis site located in north-central Sonora. I am analyzing the fauna from Locality 1, which includes the remains of two gomphotheres found in association with Clovis artifacts. El Fin del Mundo Locality 1 was excavated from 2007 to 2015 under the direction of Drs. Guadalupe Sánchez (UNAM) and Vance Holliday (University of Arizona), and is significant for 1) providing the first known association of gomphotheres with Clovis hunters, 2) being one of the oldest reported Clovis sites, and 3) being the northernmost gomphothere locality known at the terminal Pleistocene.