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Anna Dempsey is currently pursuing her M.A. in Anthropology, specializing in Professional Archaeology. She received her B.A. in Anthropology and Archaeology from the University of Virginia in 2013. Since that time, she has worked as an archaeologist in a variety of contexts including historic house museums, non-profit organizations, private CRM companies, the Forest Service and, most recently, the Midwest Archeological Center of the National Park Service. Most of her professional experiences have been in the Four Corners area of Colorado and Utah and the Chesapeake region of Virginia. Her archaeological interests include Ancestral Puebloan archaeology, particularly Chaco and its widespread influence, gender, colonialism, ground stone technology, heritage management, and public and collaborative archaeology. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking and baking.

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June Weber received her Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology and Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies with a Classical Archaeology focus from The Pennsylvania State University in May of 2017. While studying at Penn State she assisted a graduate student with material collections and tree analysis in the environmental lab on campus, as well as data collection and interpretation. Her studies in Classics brought her to a field school in Tel Akko Israel, where she is still currently involved in excavations of the multiple occupational site spanning from the Early Bronze Age into the Hellenistic period. During her time off in between studies, she has worked with several different CRM companies in New England and the Mid-Atlantic region interacting with both Pre-historic and Historic materials. Currently at UNL, June is pursuing her MA in Professional Archaeology as well as a Certificate in Digital Humanities. Although her interests are currently mixed, she is looking at the interpretation of trade implications on material culture as well as the integration of GIS and photogrammetry into the documentation of older collections.

June Weber

Hello, my name is Amy Peterson. I am currently in the Professional Archaeology program, with Dr. Richards-Rissetto as my advisor. I have a Bachelor’s in History from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a Master’s of Liberal Arts from Tulane University. I have been studying the Maya for the past 20 years, and was fortunate to spend six weeks in Guatemala learning about the Kaqchikel Maya culture, language and history from the Maya themselves. I have learned the basics of Nahuatl, Yucatec and Kaqchikel Maya languages, and can read some hieroglyphs, all thanks to my studies at Tulane. Outside of school, I have worked several jobs, including at the Nevada Test Site, the Nevada Legislature, Louisiana State University, Tulane University, and at my elementary school where I taught Kindergarten. I have two dogs, Sully, who is an 8 year-old Rott/Lab mix, and Dora, who is an 11 year-old Rott/Pitt/Bassett Hound mix. I love being in Lincoln!

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Bailey Oettel received her B.S. in Anthropology from the University of South Dakota with a minor in interdisciplinary sciences. While at South Dakota she completed an internship with Colorado Mesa University at the Forensic Investigation Research Station (FIRS). She used her time there to conduct research on the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and the rate of decomposition seen in the human models at FIRS. This research was presented at the University of South Dakota’s research symposium, IdeaFest, as well as being the topic of her undergraduate honors thesis, which was successfully defended this past May. She also attended the ARCHAEOTEK Bioarchaeology field school in Romania, which was taught by Dr. Bethard. There she worked in the lab on medieval juvenile bones and helped with the analysis of the skeletal collection. Bailey is currently working towards a Master’s degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in Biological Anthropology with a certificate in Forensic Anthropology.

Bailey Oettel

Sarah Ghannam received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, with a minor in Anthropology in 2017. During her undergraduate career, she attended a field school on Rusinga Island in Kenya and focused on the paleontology and paleoanthropology of the region. Sarah also held an internship position in a biological anthropology lab at the U of M, working with computer software and developing 3D models of primate skulls from raw scan data, models that she later used as a sample to take measurements from and compile into a morphological study for her final senior paper. With her primary research interests focused on the Middle East, Sarah also attended the first Saudi Archaeology Convention in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in November of 2017. Sarah Ghannam is currently working towards her Master of Arts degree in Anthropology at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, with an emphasis on Biological Anthropology.

Sarah Grannam

Ellis Codd is currently pursuing a M.A. in Anthropology, specializing in Professional Archaeology, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities. He is in his first year in graduate school, and first year in Nebraska. He received his B.A. in 2017 from the University of New Hampshire, with minors in Earth Science and History. Past fieldwork includes survey and excavation of Maya settlements in Belize with the BREA project, and excavation around historical buildings in Portsmouth, NH. He is interested in the use of satellites and digital modeling in the study of Mesoamerica and the Southwest.

Ellis Codd

Cole Juckette is pursuing a Master of Arts in Anthropology along with a Digital Humanities certificate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He completed his B.A. in Art History and Anthropology with a minor in Archaeology at the University of Nebraska in the spring of 2017. He has conducted fieldwork in Archaeology at the Antiochia ad Cragum site in southeastern Turkey, and the UNESCO world heritage Mayan site in Copan Honduras, as well as medical and cultural research in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh located in the high Himalayan region. His focus is in digital humanities and digital archaeology, specifically, working with GIS, laser scanning, and SfM, or surface from motion modeling such as photogrammetry. Particularly he is interested in how these technologies can be integrated into immersive programs such as Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in order to create interactive research and exhibit designs.

Cole Juckette

Katlyn Likely received her B.A. in archaeology and a minor in sociology from Lindenwood University in Saint Charles, Missouri.  She worked in the Lindenwood University Archaeological Laboratory for three years, in which one year she held the position of laboratory director. During her employment and studies at Lindenwood University, she worked on many sites including Daniel Boone Home, the Lindenwood excavation, the Kress Farm Garden Preserve’s prehistoric sites, and many more. She presented her research, consisting of an experimental archaeology project, at multiple local and national conferences. Along with working at Lindenwood’s laboratory, she also held a position with Missouri Department of Natural Resource-Division of State Parks, where she focused on the conservation and interpretation of multiple historic sites near her hometown of Pilot Knob, Missouri. Because of her work with Missouri State Parks, she is interested in public education and the conservation of archaeological sites. She is currently pursuing a M.A. in prehistoric archaeology; hoping to focus on aquatic subsistence methods in the Great Plains. She recently moved to Lincoln in July 2017 with her boyfriend of three years and her 7 year old rescue dog, and all three enjoy exploring the beautiful landscape of Nebraska.

Katlyn Likely

Ryan Mathison received a B.A. in Classics and Ancient Studies at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota in May of 2016. He has worked with St. Olaf’s ancient coin collection, creating an online database for the college Classics department so that the coins could be more easily viewed and studied. He has also participated in four different excavations in three different countries. One on a Greek and Roman site in a suburb of Athens called Voula during his semester at College Year in Athens. The others were in Oradea, Romania, Murighiol, Romania, and Mackinac City, Michigan. In Oradea, he worked on a CRM operation with the Association for Promoting Transylvanian Archaeological Heritage. In Murighiol, he worked on a Roman fort called Halmyris. In Michigan, he participated in excavations at Colonial Michilimackinac in a fur trader’s house. At UNL, Ryan is working towards his M.A. in Anthropology on the Professional Archaeology track with a desire to work in contract archaeology in the United States. His specific interests are still quite broad, but he has always been fascinated by military history and archaeology in any time period, especially Greek and Roman. In fact, his first real introduction into military history came in seventh grade when he learned about Hannibal and his Carthaginian army.

Ryan Mathison

Sara Anderson received her B.A. in Anthropology and Ancient Civilizations from the University of Iowa in 2012. After graduating, she worked on prehistoric sites in Kansas and Iowa. Her work on a Woodland site near Okoboji, Iowa, specifically the lithic assemblage, was presented at the 2015 Plains Conference. She also presented a more detailed version of this research at the Annual Meeting of the Iowa Archaeological Society in 2016, reporting on an SPSS-assisted analysis of the debitage assemblages from two seasons of field work. Currently she is pursuing a Master of Arts in Anthropology specializing in Professional Archaeology and she is interested in prehistoric trade and exchange networks, and public education outreach. She also enjoys camping and hiking with my mini Australian Shepard, Wiley.

Sara Anderson

Andrea Kruse received her BA in Anthropology in 2008 from Luther College, with a Field School looking at 20th century and Woodland culture sites in Iowa. After Luther, she served in the Peace Corps in Bulgaria where she held an archaeology camp for two different orphanages and fell in love with the country and its world's oldest worked gold.  Received an MA in Organizational Leadership with an Ethics and Leadership Certificate; went into the business world for a bit. Most recently has been working for the USDA Forest Service in the Routt National Forest in Northwest Colorado as an Archaeology Tech.  Currently, Andrea is in the MA Anthropology program focusing on Professional Archaeology along with a Certificate in Digital Humanities. Her interest are public archaeology and outreach, GIS, heritage management, Rocky Mountains, Paleoindians, lithics, and the rise and fall of the Vikings. In her spare time she likes to bike, hike, ski, and travel.

Andrea Kruse

Jade Robison received a B.A. in Archaeology with a minor in Classical Studies from The College of Wooster in Ohio in 2016. Her undergraduate studies focused largely on Mediterranean island archaeology, having completed a senior thesis investigating the Late Bronze Age Phoenician colonization of Sardinia, Italy. In 2013 she studied with the Archaeological Conservation Institute in Italy, working on the preservation of 1 c. AD Roman material, and contributed to fieldwork at the Bronze Age Nuragic site in Sardinia. In 2015 she participated in fieldwork with the Athienian Archaeological Project in Cyprus at an Archaic – Roman period rural sanctuary, through funding from an NSF-REU grant. Presently she is pursuing a Master of Arts in Anthropology and works as an intern with the Collections Department at the National Park Service Midwest Archeological Center. Other research interests include identity formation, collections management, and investigating cultural exchange networks. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, stargazing, and exploring new landscapes.

Jade Robison

Maxwell Rooney received his B.A. from Luther College with a major in anthropology and a minor inclassical studies. While studying at Luther he was a collections assistant for the college’s anthropology laboratory specializing in its’ archaeological collections. While at Luther, Maxwell was able to experience many different facets of anthropology, most notably the typing of the projectile points from Luther’s extensive Gavin Sampson Collection, 3 weeks of cultural fieldwork examining ecotourism’s effect on the pastoralist Maasai of northern Tanzania, and a multi-institutional collaborative research project investigating the flattening of the C6 and C7 vertebrae in a collection of remains unearthed on the hilltop archaeological site of Magone, near the basin of Mexico. While his research has been multifaceted, Maxwell’s main anthropological focus remains in biological anthropology, and he is working towards a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln focusing on human osteology and forensic anthropology.

Maxwell Rooney

Brian Goodrich received his Bachelor of Arts in History in 2008 from Northwestern College (Iowa) with a focus on Medieval Europe. In 2007 he spent a semester abroad in Bangor, Wales and while not in class, traveled extensively across the British Isles. After visiting numerous archaeological sites he decided to pursue a graduate degree in historical archaeology. Currently, Brian is in his first semester in the Master of Arts program on the Professional Archaeology track. His interest is primarily focused on, but not limited to, Scandinavian expansion and trade in the Early Middle Ages, as well as the use of digital media in museum exhibits. Along with his interests in archaeology and history, Brian enjoys archery, backpacking, and spending time with his wife, Kim.

Brian Goodrich