Funding from the Stahl Endowment of the Archaeological Research Facility at the University of California, Berkeley is making possible the essential work of managing the archaeological collections from the ancient Moche (ca. 200–850 CE) site of Pañamarca on the north coast of Peru. This work builds upon Stahl-funded activities in 2014 that allowed for the AMS dating of sixteen samples of organic materials recovered from architectural construction and botanical offerings excavated at Pañamarca.
The Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology excavated, in the 2017 season, at the Late Bronze Age site of Aidonia in Greece, in collaboration with the director of the Korinthian Ephorate of Antiquites, Dr. Konstantinos Kissas. Kim Shelton and her team of graduate and undergraduate students excavated three chamber tombs, one of which was heavily looted. The largest tomb contained seven primary burials, on the floor or in cists in the floor, within a collapsed bedrock chamber. The burials range in date from the 15th to the 13th centuries BCE.
My 2017 Stahl Award supported the care of artifacts recovered during the completion of excavations at Stanford University’s Arboretum Chinese Quarters (ACQ). Excavations carried out between November 2016 and June 2017, through a combination of Berkeley, Stanford, and local volunteer teams, recovered several thousand artifacts dating to the site’s occupation by Chinese employees of the Stanford family between 1876 and 1925.
Stahl funds contributed to David’s 2017 dissertation field research at the Samuel Adams Limekilns on Wilder Ranch State Park in Santa Cruz County, California. The goal of this project is to better understand the everyday lives and relations of a diverse set of laborers who lived and worked at the site from 1858 until 1906. Of particular interest are the ways in which broader changes to California, including widespread immigration, industrialization, and transportation advancements affected power dynamics and social relations between different labor groups.
My research takes an interdisciplinary approach to human-environment interaction, considering individual, community and regional scales in a socially complex landscape. My research area, pre-Hispanic Nicaragua, is an ideal location for this study because of its extensive ecological variation at both local and regional scales, allowing for the study of multiscalar variability across the landscape.