Thursday, August 28, 2014

Anthropology Undergraduate Student Research Publication!

Stephanie R. Zach and Douglas William Hume just published "Changing Mortuary Rites: An Ethnohistory of 19th Century and Contemporary Religion in Northern Belize" in the Contemporary Journal of Anthropology and Sociology, Volume 4, Issue 2, August 2014 (  This publication was the result of Ms. Zach’s Honor’s Thesis and research that Ms. Zach and Dr. Hume conducted in Belize during the Ethnographic Field School in Belize June 2013.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

NKU Students Return From Archaeological Field Work in Fiji

A group of students from Northern Kentucky University returned recently from doing archaeological field work for four weeks on the island of Vanua Levu in Fiji.  Eight students from NKU had the opportunity to work alongside Dr. Jones, as well as, graduate students and faculty members from other universities, such as, Columbia University, University of College London, University of Georgia, SUNY Albany, and the University of South Pacific.  Other student collaborations included working with the Fiji Museum, native Fijian locals in Natewa Bay, and with the Baker-Hunt Arts and Cultural Center in Covington, KY.
Nukubalavu, Vanua Levu, Fiji.

2014 NSF-REU Fiji Team.

Local Fijian woman

Traditional Fijian meke (dance)

NKU students analyzing artifacts recovered in Fiji

Artifacts excavated from the ancient site at Nukubalavu included thousands of shell midden and pottery sherds, which when radio carbon dated will help determine what interactions pre-historic Fijians had with their environment, what they consumed, and how they may have conducted their daily lives.

Excavated Yavu's (house mound)

Another excavation unit in the Nukubalavu 1 Yavu

Artifacts recovered from Yavu excavations, called lithics (stone tools)

One unique feature to the Nukubalavu site was a new design motif found on pottery in 2013, and again in 2014, that is specific to Lapita pottery and has not been found anywhere else in the world.

Fijian pottery with fishhook design, a unique feature of some ceramics recovered from Nukubalavu.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1156479 to Dr. Sharyn Jones

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

College of Arts and Sciences 2014 Spark Award

We are happy to announce that Dr. Barbara Thiel has been posthumously been awarded the College of Arts and Sciences 2014 Spark Award for her many achievements while she was a professor of anthropology at NKU (1979-2013)!