Events and News Items

Alumnus featured in MIA Project: "A Hero Comes Home"

A UWL alumnus, Gregg Jamison (2002), is featured in a story on UW-Madison's MIA Project with the Department of Defense to return the remains of a World War II pilot who has been missing for 75 years. See how archaeological and physical anthropological methods are being used to find and return home those missing in action. Jamison served as the "scientific-recovery expert on site."  

Dr. Amy Nicodemus awarded major NSF grant on the Bronze Age in Europe 

Amy Nicodemus, Assistant Professor in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, was recently awarded $237,052 from the National Science Foundation for her grant: “Anka Siget: Investigating the Role of Secondary Centers in Complex Non-State Social Systems.”  These funds will support a multi-year excavation project at the major Bronze Age settlement Rabe-Anka Siget, Serbia.  Her research will explore factors leading to the emergence of complex societies in the European Bronze Age.  This project will also provide field and laboratory training to undergraduate students in an international setting

Archaeology and Anthropology students honored at CLS Evening of Excellence

Glory Melotte, Archaeology, and Ciara Herman, Cultural Anthropology, were recognized by the Department and the University as outstanding students. (Students and their mentors seen in the photo below, from the left: Tim McAndrews, Christine Hippert, Ciara Herman, Glory Melotte, Amy Nicodemus)

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Archaeology and Anthropology Students and Staff present at 2019 Celebration of Research and Creativity

Twenty Archaeology and Anthropology students and staff presented their research posters. See them below (alphabetical by first name), and download the program with abstracts. Congratulations to all for pursuing great research!

Ashley Nowak, "Environmental Change along the Upper Mississippi River as seen through the Perspective of the Mussel: A Comparative Study over 1,000 Years Emphasizing the Pools at La Crosse, Wisconsin"

Ashley Nowak presenting research to Tim McAndrews

Ciara Herman, "The Social Impact of a Community Garden on Bay Shore County Park Campground"

Ciera Herman presenting her research

Cindy Kocik and Christina Yuen, "Ridged Field Agricultural Systems in Onalaska, Wisconsin: Putting It All Together 37 Years Later"

Cindy Kocik and Christina Yuen, MVAC staff and UWL alumni

Elizabeth Rosio, "Differences between Ratios of Male and Female Migrants: A Comparative Study between the Inca Sties Chokepukio and Machu Picchu"

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Glory Melotte, "Livestock Management during the Early Bronze Age at Pecica Santul Mare: An Isotopic Analysis of Sheep Third Molars"

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Hannah Van Genderen, "Trepanation with Obsidian Tools: Comparing Cross-Hatch and Scraping Methods using Experimental Archaeology"

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Hayley Nelson, "Fortifying the Sense of Community: How Wausau Events Inc. is Impacting the Community" 

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Kaitlin Meye, "Examining Racial Rhetoric, Self Identity, and Belonging in Post-Apartheid South Africa"

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Katy Berglund, "Comparing Migration Rates Inside and Outside the Tohono O'Ooham Reservation"

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Kyle Lopata, "Testing Assumptions with Experimentation: A Comparative Analysis of Lithic Debitage from the Pammel Creek Site"

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Leah Griesbach, "The Japanese Perception of Foreignness"

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Marina Tingblad, "Understanding the Constructive of Oneota Vessels through Experimental Archaeology"

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Montana Fender, "Student Progression within a College Access Program"

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Nicolette Pegarsch, "Investigating the Accuracy of 3D-Photogrammetry in Relation to Artifacts"

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Olivia Schauls, "Examining the Community Supported Agriculture Program of the Old Oak Family Farm"

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Samuel Peterson, "The Building and Testing of a Replica Viking Shield: An Experimental Approach to an Archaeological Thesis"

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Samantha Leicht-Ruskey, "Cross-Cultural Comparative Study of Three Museums: The British Museum, Museum of London, and Field Museum"

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Sandra Weiss, "Metal, from Prestige to Utilitarian: An Analysis of Butchery Marks during the Bronze Age Occupation of Pecica Santul Mare, Romania"

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Toua Yang, "The Reproduction of Egyptian Faience"

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MVAC exhibits in the news

A story in the Campus Connection highlights some of MVAC's exhibits and collections that the public can visit, including display cases in the Archaeology Center Building.  https://news.uwlax.edu/artifacts-abound/ All are welcome.

Presentation at the Capitol Rotunda

Olivia Schauls presented her poster to Wisconsin legislators on April 17 at the Research in the Rotunda event in Madison. Her research was titled "Examining the Community Supported Agricultural Program of Old Oak Family Farm".  

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Olivia Schauls, double major in CA and ARC, secured a SEED position in the Campus Climate Office

Olivia Schauls, double major in Cultural Anthropology and Archaeology, secured a highly competitive SEED position in UWL's Campus Climate Office.  SEED stands for "Students Educating and Enhancing Diversity." Olivia's looking forward to working with prospective and current students about diversity issues, especially those related to food, the role of migrant labor in industrial agriculture, and human rights.

Two Arc & Ant students are interns at La Crosse County Historical Society

The La Crosse County Historical Society newsletter for spring 2019 featured stories about 2 Arc and Ant students (thanks to Peggy Derrick and Amy Vach for permission to reprint here): 

"Two new interns, Kyle Willoughby and Ma Lee Thao, began work in La Crosse County Historical Society under Collections Manager Amy Vach this January. Both discovered the LCHS internship program through recommendations by their UW-La Crosse professors, and have been able to use their interests and expertise to advantage on the job.

"Kyle Willoughby lived in south-central Iowa and the St. Cloud, Minnesota area before beginning his studies at UW-La Crosse. He recently graduated from there with a degree in Archaeology and Anthropology, and plans to eventually pursue a career in those fields. He’s pleased with the job experience he’s gaining at La Crosse County Historical Society, and has developed a strong interest in La Crosse history. Kyle’s specialties include 3D modeling, computers, and working with stone and pottery. LCHS Collections should give him opportunities to use many of his skills. Currently he has been cataloging musical instruments, and learning the artifact cataloging program Past Perfect, how to handle delicate items such as textiles, and artifact photography. 

"Ma Lee Thao is a La Crosse native and a junior at UW-La Crosse. She is majoring in Cultural Anthropology and Communications Studies, and pursuing the Hmong Certification Program as well. Malee recently returned from a semester of study in South Korea, where she enjoyed being immersed in the Korean language and culture. On her return, her professors at UW-La Crosse told her about the LCHS internship opportunity. Currently Malee is cataloging sashes, bonnets, and Oktoberfest buttons. Like Kyle, she is learning Past Perfect, artifact handling, and artifact photography. Soon she will begin work with the upcoming “Living Hmong Life in La Crosse” website, interviewing Hmong elders in conjunction with the project and identifying people in photographs from La Crosse’s Friendship Program of the 1980s and 1990s.

"La Crosse County Historical Society is indeed fortunate to have two such talented and capable people on the job. Welcome, Kyle and Malee!"

Cultural Anthropology Emphasis Graduate and Professor publish on after-school program in Bolivia.

Ashley Schwartz, Cultural Anthropology 2018 graduate, and Christine Hippert, Professor in Archaeology and Anthropology, co-authored the article "Examining Gap-Filling in the Curriculum of the Pirwa After-School Program for Children in Huancarani, Bolivia" in Practicing Anthropology published on Mar. 1 by the Society for Applied Anthropology. 

Honoring our December Grads 

Five Archaeology and Anthropology students graduated in December, 2018. They are shown below, along with Anthropology professor Dr. Christine Hippert. From left to right: Kyle Willoughby,  Keagan Rabe,  Ashley Schwartz, and Danielle DuFoe.  One graduate not pictured: Desiree Nelson. Congratulations to all, and good luck in all your future endeavors.

December 2018 grads: From left to right: Kyle Willoughby,  Keagan Rabe,  Ashley Schwartz, and Danielle DuFoe.  One graduate not pictured: Desiree Nelson.

Ashley Schwartz wins Undergraduate Student Paper Prize

At the October, 2018, annual conference of the North Central Council of Latin Americanists at UW-Eau Claire, Ashley Schwartz, C.A. Emphasis Major, won the Undergraduate Student Paper Prize for her paper entitled, "Examining 'Gap-Filling' and Forms of Knowledge in the Curriculum of the Pirwa After-School Program for Children in Huancarani, Bolivia."  Her paper was based on research that she conducted for her honors thesis. 

Student summer research-Archaeology and Anthropology

See photos and stories about 2018 summer research at UW-L. Our students and faculty are well represented, as the story features Dr. Dave Anderson leading the 2018 field school at the Tremaine site, Olivia Schauls conducting anthropological research on the process of getting food from farm to shelf, and Ashley Nowak identifying archaeological assemblages of mussels. 

Student internship combines Anthropology and Farming

Read how Olivia Schauls' summer internship is helping understand sustainable agricultural practices

Dr. Christine Hippert presents at Summer Teachers Institute on Race and Ethnicity in Latin America

UW-Milwaukee invited Dr Christine Hippert to present at the 2018 summer Teachers Institute sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.  They had 20 K-12 teachers from all over the US and Britain + 4 undergrad professors from around the state in attendance.  Her class was called, "The Social Constructions of Race and Racism in Hispaniola: The Influence of the Past on the Present," and it kicked off the 3-day workshop. She reports that she was really well received and looks forward to going back another year!

MVAC Public Field Experience brought students to Goose Island this summer

Read about the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center's High School, Middle School, and Public field experience this summer down at the Goose Island Campground. We were excavating within a newly discovered Early Woodland campsite along the banks of the Mississippi River.

Former student studying resilience - in one of the harshest climates on earth

Former Archaeology student Erik Gjesfjeld is now a Renfrew Fellow at Cambridge University. He is working on the Kuril Islands, which are in the Pacific Ocean between Russia and Japan, studying diversity and cultural resilience--how do people adapt and innovate in the face of environmental change? 

Students Awarded at the 2018 CLS Evening of Excellence

Every year, the department selects one Archaeology student and one Anthropology student to receive a Departmental Student Excellence Award at the annual CLS Evening of Excellence. This year the Archaeology award went to Jaelyn Roland, with Ashley Schwartz earning the Anthropology award.

(L-R: Dr. Constance Arzigian, Jaelyn Roland, Ashley Schwartz, Dr. Christine Hippert)

Archaeology and Anthropology Students present at the 2018 Celebration of Research and Creativity

Twelve students presented their research projects on April 10, representing results of Senior Theses and grants. See some of them below:

Andrew Anklam:

Brandon Emerson:

Ashley Schwartz:

 Jaelyn Roland:

Madeline Younce:

Nicole Reske:

Tessa Snell:

Valerie Watson:

Zachary Allain:

Not pictured: Abe Packard, Mekaela Opsahl, Kyle Willoughby

Congratulations to Archaeology Student for IFR-SAA travel grant

UWL Archaeology major, Jaelyn Roland, was awarded an Institute for Field Research-Society for American Archaeology (SAA) travel grant to cover her travel costs to the SAA Annual Meeting in DC on April 11-15, 2018.

Jaelyn reflects on her experiences at UWL and her plans for the future:
I started the Archaeology program at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in the Fall of 2013 knowing that I wanted to be an archaeologist, but I had no idea where I wanted to work, I loved it all. After taking courses that discussed the archaeology of the Midwest and working with artifacts from the La Crosse area, I realized the archaeology of the Midwest had stolen my heart. In the fall semester of my third year I began a research project inspired by the research of Colin Betts (2006) examining epidemics during the Protohistoric period, in Iowa and Wisconsin and George Milner’s (2015) research on population decline and culture change in the midcontinent. I began researching this topic because of my interest in cultural change and cultures in contact. I conducted an analysis of ceramics, comparing those from the late prehistoric La Crosse locality in western Wisconsin and the protohistoric Riceford Creek locality in southeastern Minnesota. I will be presenting the final results of this research at the SAA’s annual meeting in April. I will be graduating this spring from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and I hope to attend graduate school after working for a year or two in Cultural Resource Management. In graduate school I would love to continue doing research in the Midwest and all it has to offer. I have been a teaching assistant for four different courses in my time here at UWL and my hope is to become a professor someday after receiving my Ph.D.

 

Our Students and Faculty Highlighted in Campus News

Our department was featured twice in the College of Liberal Studies' Fall 2017 Capstone newsletter. "New Major" celebrates our new Cultural Anthropology emphasis in the Archaeology major, and includes an interviews with Dr. Christine Hippert and Elvia Valles, senior and double-major in the Cultural Anthropology emphasis and Sociology.

The second piece, "3D Archaeology: Professor, senior bring ancient culture to today", discusses the 3D modeling utilized by Dr. David Anderson, and how William Feltz ('17) used the technology in his senior thesis project on prehistoric pottery.

In Campus News (November 8), Felipe Pincheira-Berthelon, senior psychology major and McNair Scholar currently working with Dr. Elizabeth Peacock, was interviewed about his research project on multilinguals and stress. 

 

Archaeology Students and Faculty Present at MAC Conference

Two archaeology students, Jaelyn Roland and Andrew Anklam presented their current research at the 2017 Midwest Archaeological Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. Jaelyn presented her Senior Thesis research on "Cultural Changes during the Protohistoric Period: An Oneota Case Study."  Andrew discussed research he completed this summer on "Modeling Proglacial Shorelines of Glacial Lake Agassiz around Prehistoric Quarries in Northern Minnesota," co-authored with Dan Wendt. Constance Arzigian, Lecturer and Senior Research Associate with the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center (MVAC), along with Jean Dowiasch (MVAC) presented "Avocational Archaeology:Expanding the Archaeological Record beyond CRM", in the MAC sponsored symposium "Collaborative Engagement: Working with Responsible Private Collectors and Collections." The conference program is available online

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Jaelyn Roland

 

Cultural Anthropology Student Presents at NCCLA Conference

Ashley Schwartz NCCLA 

Ashley Schwartz (Cultural Anthropology) presented at the annual conference of the North Central Council of Latin Americanists (NCCLA) in Madison, WI from October 5-7. Her presentation, entitled, "Examining Indigenous Knowledge and Community Inclusiveness in the Curriculum of the Pirwa After-school Program for Children in Huancarani, Bolivia," included some of the results of her thesis research conducted in summer 2017.  Her project was funded by an Undergraduate Research Grant.  Ashley was also awarded an NCCLA Student Travel Award to attend the conference. 

New Cultural Anthropology Program

UWL has added a Cultural Anthropology Emphasis major. 

Dr. Christine Hippert, UW-L Anthropology Program Coordinator, described Cultural Anthropology as, “…the study of contemporary peoples and cultures.”  “The major is specifically designed to give students a cross-cultural and international perspective on human diversity so that they account for cultural context when solving social problems.”  It is a great program for those interested in a wide range of careers, especially international work.

Read more about the program in the UWL Racquet

Archaeology Field School in Holmen makes the news

Dr. David Anderson's Archaeology Field School (ARC 402) has been working on exploring the past and getting some real experience in field archaeology.  Their story is told in an article in the La Crosse Tribune and with a story, videos, and photos on WXOW. The UWL Campus Connection has lots of photos of the students at work. The story on WIProud has a great video clip where you can hear and see what's happening as they excavate a Native American village from A.D. 1400. Digging up ancient garbage may not sound like fun, but it holds the answers to how people lived, and is "super cool," according to one participant. 

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Science Camp features Archaeologist: Making Bones Speak

Dr. Amy Nicodemus, and Archaeology students Jenny Lemminger and Valerie Watson presented science to middle school students at the 2017 Girls in Science and Boys Science Exploration camps .  In the "Making Bones Speak" activity, students put on their detective hats and became forensic anthropologists for the afternoon. They learned how to use the human skeleton to identify who a person was, determining traits such as age, sex, and stature, and how they might have died. In the photo below, after successfully identifying their victim, the students are relaxing by tackling the task of reassembling a human hand, with it's 27 bones.

Dr. Christine Hippert's new course: "Search for Economic Justice"

Dr. Christine Hippert is one of the first two instructors to have taught this multi-disciplinary general education course that examines economic justice worldwide through multiple disciplines. In the course, she shares many stories drawn from her international research to some of the poorest communities in Latin America, saying "I'm putting faces and names to the people who make your clothes, your food...".  See page 23 of the Spring 2017 CLS Capstone newsletter for more information.

The course, ANT 212, is taught each spring, and will satisfy the General Education requirement G4: International and Multicultural Studies. In the meantime, check out some of the photos from Dr. Hippert's research in the hallways outside the Department office (435 Wimberly) and outside classroom 312.

Archaeology student and 3D visualizations

Dr. David Anderson and archaeology student William Feltz were featured in the UWL's campus news, discussing both the research and teaching value of creating 3D images. Read more about this new application of digital technology.

Two archaeology and anthropology students honored at 2017 CLS Evening of Excellence

Archaeology and Anthropology students Eleanor Waters and Gemma Zahradka were recognized for their accomplishments at UWL at the 2017 CLS Evening of Excellence. 

Eleanor Waters and her parents celebrate her recognition as an archaeology and anthropology student at the CLS Evening of Excellence. 

 

Gemma Zahradka

Gemma Zahradka was recognized for her work as an archaeology student at the CLS Evening of Excellence. 

Spring 2017 Student Presentations

Archaeology students were active participants in research during the spring 2017 semester, and presented their work at the 2017 Celebration of Research and Creativity, at the Posters at the Rotunda. Two students also presented at Infused Languages and Cultures across the Majors: Student Perspectives. One student was invited to present his research at the Wisconsin System Board of Trustees meeting at UWL. Congratulations to all. Views of the students in action are archived here.

Archaeology student invited to present at WiSys Board of Trustees Meeting May 3, 2017  

Archaeology student William Feltz has been invited to present his research poster at the upcoming meeting of the Wisconsin System Board of Trustees, here at UWL on May 3. His work discusses rendering 3D images of Wisconsin ceramics. This is a nice acknowledgment of the important research that our archaeology students conduct.

Exhibition Photographs on display in Wimberly Hall:

The Search for Economic Justice

Some of the photographs from this exhibition are now on display in the hallway outside 312 Wimberly Hall, or on the 4th floor of Wimberly outside the Archaeology and Anthropology Department office at 435 Wimberly. Please take a look.

  • The photos depict lots of the themes and topics --  such as immigration and migration, the origins of political revolutions, the complexities involved with understanding cultural differences and the need for universal human rights -- that are discussed in the new General Education class ANT 212 Search for Economic Justice.  ANT 212 fulfills the GE04 category in General Education, and shows students the direct impacts of our own actions on people around the world who make our clothes, our food, our electronics, etc.
  • Through the lens of photography, viewers will encounter depictions of various aspects of economic justice in photos, while simultaneously posed different questions pertaining to these depictions, prompting reflection and dialogue about  economics and the human side of economic inequality.

    This exhibition was made possible by the UWL Foundation Small Grants program and organized by Christine Hippert, Archaeology/Anthropology, Nabamita Dutta, Economics; and Marc Manke, Murphy Library.

     

  • World Anthropology Day 2017

In 2017, the UWL Archaeology Club celebrated World Anthropology Day by setting up a Anthropology information booth for February 16th and by hosting their second annual Settlers of Catan tournament February 17th, at the new Student Union. At the tournament, students of various academic backgrounds were able to experience Anthropology though expanding settlements, resource management, and trade relationships. World Anthropology Day is a yearly event organized by the American Anthropological Association to celebrate our discipline.

Students playing Settlers of Catan for World Anthropology Day

  • Student Highlight: Neil Bollinger (Fall 2016 Graduate)

    Driven to know

    Neil Bollinger will graduate with a degree in archaeology during the December commencement ceremony Sunday, Dec. 18, at the La Crosse Center. He plans to continue on in graduate school.Neil Bollinger graduated with a degree in archaeology during the December commencement ceremony Sunday, Dec. 18, at the La Crosse Center. He plans to continue on in graduate school. Full story at this link.
     

     

News Stories

  • World Anthropology Day with the Archaeology Club

As part of the American Anthropological Association's World Anthropology Day, the UWL Archaeology Club, headed by Archaeology Majors Jenny Keute and Jacob Poppe, had a campus-wide event on Thurs., Feb. 18th from 6-11 pm where students played the board game, "Settlers of Catan."  Read more about World Anthropology Day here

Then, on Friday, Feb. 19, they set up a table during UWL's campus-wide recruitment event to explain to prospective students what Archaeology and Anthropology can do for students' future careers. 

World Anthropology Day- UWL Archaeology CLub playing Settlers of Catan

Archaeology club sharing information at Campus Close-up

  • The job market for archaeologists is better than average!

 Learn more about the job outlook and what you can expect. Read the full story

 

  • UWL Racquet features an article on the new Archaeology & Anthropology Department

You can read the whole issue here or download a pdf of the article

Some highlights from the article: The Archaeology major program has been offered at UW-La Crosse since 1992. Since then, the archaeology and anthropology departments at UW-L have been housed in the joint Department of Sociology and Archaeology. However, due to substantial differences in the two fields, there had always been talk of moving archaeology and anthropology into its own department separate from sociology. 

"With the Growth, Quality, and Access Initiative, new faculty members were added in both the sociology and archaeology programs, and we determined collectively, at the beginning of the 2014-15 academic year, that we could advance our programmatic goals more efficiently as separate academic departments," said department chair and archaeology professor, Timothy McAndrews.

McAndrews also stated that he is most excited for the types of students that this new department will draw to UW-L. "Our program is already recognized as one of, if not the best, programs of its kind in the country. Now, as the only Department of Archaeology and Anthropology in the world, we believe our academic programs will be a draw for even more students," he said.

Many of the students...are excited for what the new department will bring to UW-L. "Although we are now a separate department, we continue to partner with other departments to enrich our learning, and possibility exists of hiring more professors with different areas of expertise or viewpoints. The combination of archaeology and anthropology really creates a well-rounded learning experience," said sophomore archaeology major Maddy Younce.

  • Dr. Christine Hippert - Sabbatical Field Notes from the Dominican Republic

View the field notes and more photos

  •  UWL Professor David Anderson appointed to ARCE

David Anderson has spent the last 30 years digging into the dirt on early Egyptian culture. That work has earned him a spot on the Board of Governors of the American Research Center in Egypt, or ARCE. ARCE is a non-profit foundation that promotes the research and understanding of all aspects of Egyptian culture.