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 Return to the Kingsley Plantat...
 Subsistence hunting in Inuit...
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    Participatory research in the Amazon
        Page 1
    Chairman's note
        Page 2
    Molecular anthropology at UF
        Page 3
    Return to the Kingsley Plantation
        Page 4
    Subsistence hunting in Inuit communities
        Page 5
    Faculty achievements and honors
        Page 6
    Student achievements and honors
        Page 7
    Participatory research in the Amazon (continued)
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University of Florida, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Summer 2007

Participatory Research in the Am
Michael Heckenberger
VW hat is the Amazon, and what of it is worth
"saving"? These issues are being considered
more and more frequently in scientific and popular
discussions of global climate change, large-scale eco-
logical degradation, and biodiversity conservation.
For anthropologists, the question is not what but who
is the Amazon, in terms of the specific histories and
human lives that make up this vast tropical forest.
And, which of these histories and voices should be
Research by Associate Professor Mike Hecken-
berger and colleagues addresses these topics in the
southern Amazon region of Brazil. Since 1992, the
project has been conducted in collaboration with
the Kuikuro indigenous community in the Xingu
Indigenous Park, along with anthropologists from the
Museu Nacional, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro,
the Museu Goeldi, and the University of Sao Paulo in
This interdisciplinary and intercultural research challenges traditional scientific
and popular views of the area as an ethnographic laboratory for "primitive tribes," or
worse, a view that ignores human dimensions of the past altogether. It is thus help-
ing map the major dimensions of this missing chapter in human history, and bring-
ing to light genuinely Amazonian civilizations, which are every bit as complex-in
terms of their highly structured land use and management, artistic and cultural

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Department of Anthropology News, Summer 2007

Chairman's Note

Education through Research
Kenneth E. Sassaman

WVfith some 50,000 students, the
VV University of Florida is foremost
an institution of higher education. But it
is also a research institution, where new
knowledge is garnered from the field and
laboratory studies of faculty and students
alike. Each of the 34 faculty members
in Anthropology is both an educator and a researcher. Many among
them are quite skilled at integrating the two jobs, providing hands-
on learning opportunities for students in the field and lab, as well as
delivering course content shaped by the latest findings. Textbooks are
typically 3-5 years behind the curve, so higher education by active
researchers ensures students receive the timeliest information avail-
able. They also participate in the thrill of discovery and debates over
new knowledge, which is especially exciting when challenging exist-
ing thought. Whether or not a student hopes to pursue a career in
research, education through active research provides the critical think-
ing and assessment skills useful in all walks of life.
Featured in this issue of our annual News are a few of the many
faculty research projects involving students. Working deep in the for-
ests of Brazil, Michael Heckenberger and his graduate students have
been documenting one of the most complex human-made landscapes
of ancient Amazonia. A world away, Peter Collings collects data on
economic changes among Inuit people of arctic Canada that his grad-
uate students will help analyze and interpret. Closer to home, James
Davidson trains a group of 15 undergraduates in the finer points of
archaeological field research and its relevance to the slave history of
a northeast Florida plantation. And in the state-of-the-art labs of the
new Cancer and Genetics Research Complex at UF, Connie Mulligan
orchestrates the multifaceted genetics research of several graduate stu-
dents and some enterprising undergraduates.
These featured stories provide a limited cross-section of the
broader array of Anrl-.i..p. .1. .; research at UE Other faculty projects

Remembering C. A. Pound
Mr. C. Addison Pound passed away in March of this year. Mr. Pound'
friend of Dr. William Maples and, of course, the benefactor and nan
our forensic inrli-...p. .. .1,-lab. His contributions, along with those of Dr. Bi
made possible the graduate education and careers of many of the practicing
anthropologists that studied under Dr. Maples. Students past and present ov
gratitude for his generous contributions and continuing legacy, which has cu
in the new C. A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory. At the time of h
the family asked that friends donate in his name to one of several projects hI
including the human identification laboratory. He was truly a friend of inrl,
UE For information about making a donation to one of these projects, plea
the Department of .inrl 'p.. .,- (352-392-2253 x209). ,O

include studies of health and disease in the U.S., Mexico, and the
Caribbean; archaeological excavations in Ethiopia, Peru, and Tobago;
laboratory research in forensics, biomechanics, and bone chemistry;
primate behavioral studies in Suriname; economic and political inqui-
ry in eastern Europe and Africa; demographic research among Native
North Americans and rural Chinese; cultural studies of the African
Diaspora; analysis of disaster and human resettlement across the globe;
and ecological work throughout Latin America.
The geographical and topical breadth of UF An rl-r..p .1. .'
research expands outward with the independent contributions of
our students. Most fledging researchers get their start working on
projects of their faculty mentors, but eventually they break out on
their own. Our graduate students work on nearly every continent on
projects ranging across all aspects of the discipline. Nearly all intend to
complete a Ph.D. in Anthropology and pursue professional employ-
ment in the field. Carving out a unique research identity is one of
the most defining aspects of a graduate-student career. Top under-
graduate students get in on the act as well, some taking advantage of
UF's University Scholars program that provides research funds and
opportunities to publish results. No matter the intended goals of our
students, participation in research is important to the development of
critical thinking and organizational skills, as well as improved com-
munication, including the ability to write proposals for research funds
or permits. These are skill sets that translate well outside the realm of
A n rl'i.. -p. J1.. ',.
The practical value of our discipline promises to grow along-
side globalization and international development as our intellectual
core-holism, relativism, and comparative perspectives-increasingly
informs public policy and decision making. The promise of a better
global existence hinges on the development of better global citizens.
Anthropological research in the service of education is among the
most effective means of reaching this goal. ,I

Alumni Recognition
was a close A 1975 Ph.D. from our department has been named
iesake of an Outstanding Alumni Award recipient by the
lU Goza, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Nora C. England is
forensic Director of the Center for Indigenous Languages of Latin
ve a debt of America, and Professor of Linguistics and Anthropology
Laminated at the University of Texas in Austin. She is a world expert
is passing, in Mayan languages and former MacArthur fellow. In rec-
supported, ognition of the Alumni Award, Nora was invited to UF
r..p..1.. ,, at in April by our colleagues in the Linguistics Program to
se contact visit old friends and to deliver a lecture on the narrative
structure in Mam, a Mayan language. d


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Department of Anthropology News, Summer 2007

The New Genetics Lab:

Molecular Anthropology at UF

Connie Mulligan
n July 2007, the Molecular An rl -.. .p.l.. Laboratory,
under the director of Associate Professor Connie Mul-
ligan, moved into the new Cancer and Genetics Research
Complex, which anchors the new southern entrance to
the campus. This is the largest research building in the
state of Florida, with state-of-the-art facilities for laborato-
ry research in genetics, cancer, aj'.] f ., ,,i,- ,irl.r. .p. 1 ",.l
Mulligan's outfit occupies a beautiful 1600-square-foot lab
on the fourth floor, overlooking Lake Alice. The complex
also houses other units of the College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences, along with units of the Colleges of Medicine and
Agricultural and Life Sciences. Our C. A. Pound Human
Identification Laboratory relocated there too, so the new
complex provides much needed space for An rl-.. .p. ...; in
a highly interdisciplinary environment.
The grand opening of Cancer and Genetics
Research Complex was held on Wednesday, November
15, 2006 and included presentations and a tour of the
labs. This move has significantly expanded laboratory
space for molecular inrl-. .p.. l.. ,-researchers. Mulligan's
outfit now includes two postdoctoral fellows, four grad-
uate students, one rotation student, four undergraduate
students, and one intern.
Ongoing projects include a NSF-funded study to
reconstruct the initial migration of anatomically mod-
ern humans out of Africa (postdoctoral associate Ryan
Raaum and Mulligan traveled to Yemen in April to col-
lect some of the first samples from this region), ancient
DNA investigations into an African domestication of
the donkey, and a detailed reconstruction of peopling of
the New World.
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Undergraduate Program

Ranks Among World's Largest
n the pages of our News last summer we featured the great success of our graduate
program, but did you know that the Department's undergraduate program now
ranks among the world's largest? In the past three years the number of majors has
nearly doubled to well over 700 students. This growth was abundantly evident at the
Spring 2007 graduation ceremony, which included many more than the usual num-
ber of A, rl'. .p 1l. ,- graduates. We are proud of those who continue with graduate
studies in the field, but we are equally proud of our students who transfer anthropo-
logical perspectives to careers in business, law, public health, government, and the ser-
vice sector. Indeed, An rl -r..p 1.l. .-,is increasingly regarded as one of the most relevant
liberal arts degrees for the global-scale, multicultural existence of our modem world.
An added advantage to our growing ranks is the expanded opportunities for gradu-
ate students to teach. Several of our introductory classes are now routinely taught by
graduate students, most of whom aspire to become full-time educators and thus ben-
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Department of Anthropology News, Summer 2007

Return to Kingsley Plantation

Results of the 2006 UF Archaeological Field School
James Davidson

The birth of the field of
African-American archaeol-
ogy began in the Department
of p.rlr. .pJ -,-in 1968, with
excavations directed by Professor
Charles Fairbanks at two slave
cabins at Kingsley Plantation, Fort
George Island, Florida. Although
Fairbanks' work at Kingsley
introduced this new specialty to
archaeology, little subsequent work
took place there, and many ques-
tions about the plantation remain
As part of a long-term,
multi-year reassessment of this
early work by Fairbanks and his
students, the Department of
An rl-.p. 1..-,' held an archaeo-
logical field school at Kingsley
Plantation in the summer of
2006, directed by Assistant
Professor James Davidson and

assisted by doctoral students
Erika Roberts and Clete Rooney.
The goal of the 2006 field school
was to examine the complex
social relations that occurred in
the first decades of the 19th cen-
tury within this unique context,
where numerous African-born
slaves worked under a white
planter who respected their
heritage and culture to the extent
that he apparently gave them the
autonomy to express it in their
own manner.
In 2006, 11 students and
several volunteers excavated test
units in the slave cabin area,
each dug between 10 and 40 cm
below ground surface. A total of
47 Ixl-meter test units was exca-
vated in the locations of Cabins
W-12 and W-13, and an addi-
tional Ixl-meter unit was placed

in the area of a third structure,
Cabin W-15. The results of this
investigation have been revealing.
First, archaeological and
archival evidence establish that
Cabins W-12 and W-13 were
occupied very early in Kingsley's
tenure on the island, arguably
circa 1814, when Kingsley and
his slaves first arrived. This con-
tradicts previous interpretations,
which argued that the cabins
were not built until the early
Second, artifacts and archi-
val evidence establish that the
cabins were no longer occupied
by circa 1840. This corresponds
to Zephaniah Kingsley's sale of
the plantation to his nephew
Kingsley Beatty Gibbs in 1839,
and the reduction of the number
of slaves on the island by half.
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as Feature 4, it is arguably the
most unique find of the field
school. It consists of an intact
hen skeleton and an associated
egg, buried with an amber-col-
ored glass bead, and a large iron
concretion. The chicken and arti-
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Department of Anthropology News, Summer 2007

Subsistence Hunting in

Inuit Communities
Peter Collings
n December of 2006, Assistant Professor Peter Collings was awarded a
major grant from the National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Pro-
grams to conduct fieldwork in Arctic Canada. Written in collaboration with
George Wenzel, a geographer at McGill University in Montreal, the grant
will fund research to examine the economics of subsistence hunting in two
Inuit communities.
In the contemporary Arctic, Inuit economies have often been charac-
terized as being "mixed"; that is, Inuit tend to pursue economic strategies
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Russ Bernard Retires
Although Yogi Berra was talking baseball when he said, "it ain't over 'til
it's over," he may as well have been talking about Russ Bernard's career in
Anthropology. Retiring after an illustrious 28-year tenure at the University
of Florida, Professor H. Russell Bernard now transitions into the "quiet" life
of more NSF-sponsored workshops, more graduate-student mentoring, and
more research on methods. Colleagues and friends gathered at Mr. Han's
restaurant this past April to recognize Russ for his dedicated service to the
department and the profession.
Russ joined us in 1979 as Department Chair, a post he held for 11
years while also editing the flagship journal American Anthropologist. In these
program-building years, Russ established himself as the leader in anthropo-
logical methods, launching two new journals and authoring the definitive

Welcome To New Faculty
oin us in welcoming Assistant Professor Maria
Stoilkova to the Department of Anthropology. Joint-
yappointed with the Center for European Studies,
Maria took her Ph.D. in Anthropology in 2004 from
the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation
research centered on the emigration experiences of the
Bulgarian intelligentsia, both abroad and in the U.S.
She joined us in mid-year after completing a project
this past fall with the World Bank in D.C. Maria also taught over the past
two years at Columbia University, where she held a postdoctoral fellow-
ship at the Harriman Institution. Her first course in the department was a
graduate seminar on transnational migration. This Fall Maria will offer an
undergraduate course on European anthropology and a graduate seminar
on migration and neoliberalism.
We are also pleased to welcome Assistant Professor Lance Gravlee, who
joined the department last fall with an affiliation in the Center for Latin
American Studies. His research bridges biological and cultural anthropology

munity, measuring how hunted food, stored foods, and
money move through families and the community.
The hunting activities pursued by Inuit are decidedly
traditional in nature, but the way in which these activities
are conducted is quite different. The snowmobile is a nec-
essary form of transportation today, made so because most
village locations are far removed from traditional hunting
lands. Snowmobiles and other forms of transportation are both expensive to
purchase and maintain, and access to cash is therefore crucial for supporting
most hunting activities.
Although the Copper Inuit with whom Collings works conform
closely to the "Eskimo" kinship style of social organization seen in most
anthropology textbooks, Baffin Island Inuit, with whom Wenzel works,
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texts on the subject, as well as creating the NSF Methods Camp that enters
its third decade this year under his leadership. While attracting millions of
dollars of external funding and publishing constantly, Russ gave of his time
selflessly to the dozens of graduate students he has placed in the profession.
He is a 2003-2004 recipient of UF's Graduate Mentoring Award and the
2003 recipient of the Franz Boas Award for Exemplary Service to Anthro-
pology, a highly prestigious honor bestowed by the American Anthropologi-
cal Association. Russ may be retiring, but he is not leaving us. As Emeritus
Professor of Anthropology, Russ will no doubt be as active as ever in the
usual scholarly pursuits and perhaps occasionally in the classroom teaching
his signature Research Design course. It'll be deja vu all over again, and we
couldn't be happier. Congratulations Russ! d

with emphases on health and human development,
psychosocial stress, and cardiovascular disease. Lance
also conducts research on race and human biological
variation; ethnicity and racism; culture theory; social
network analysis; research methods; and medical
anthropology. Expanding on work he conducted in
Puerto Rico, Lance is launching into a new grant-
funded project in the Jacksonville area.
Lance was recently appointed to the American Anthropological
Association Race Project, which is funded by the Ford Foundation and
the National Science Foundation. Along with Professor Faye Harrison,
Lance joins a distinguished and expert panel of anthropological and genetic
researchers examining the impact and influence of racial categories on
health, research and human lives. This important project uses history, sci-
ence and lived experience to explain differences among people to reveal the
reality-and unreality-of race. d


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Department of Anthropology News, Summer 2007

Faculty Achievements and Honors

Grant Getters
Congratulations to Peter
Collings, who was awarded a
$462,000 grant from the Nation-
al Science Foundation in support
of comparative work on Inuit
communities with his colleagues
George Wenzel (see full story on
page 5).
Another large grant from
NSF was awarded this spring to
Lance Gravlee and department
affiliate Christopher McCarty for
a new project on the social and
cultural context of racial inequal-
ities in health.
John Krigbaum is part of a
team headed by Florida Museum
of Natural History paleontolo-
gist Jon Bloch that received NSF
funding for research on environ-
mental and climatic changes in
North America during the Paleo-
cene-Eocene transition.
Congratulations to Mike
Moseley and Augusto Oyuela-
Caycedo on their awards
of Humanities Scholarship
Enhancement Funds. Mike is
launching a new project at the
Peruvian site of Caral, locale
of the oldest civilization in the
western hemisphere. Following
on his longstanding research on
natural disasters among ancient
South American societies, Mike
has assembled an expert team of
American and Latin American
scholars to examine the conver-
gent catastrophes of earthquakes
and El Nifio floods as a factor in
the abandonment of the region.
Augusto's project is on the
contributions of Max Schmidt
to Amazonian archaeology and
irln..1..;',. Schmidt was among
a group of German scholars that
did pioneering work in the Ama-
zon in the 19th century. Augusto
had Schmidt's dissertation trans-
lated into English last year and


is now convening a workshop
of top scholars to discuss the
relevance of Schmidt's work to
modern studies of the Amazon.
Brenda Chalfin was awarded
a grant from UF's Center for
International Business Education
and Research (CIBER) for her
ongoing work on international
customs reforms in Europe.
CIBER also funded Anita Spring
this year in support of her
research in entrepreneurialism in
Ghana, and for the annual con-
ference of International Academy
of African Business Development
that Anita is hosting at UF this
Mike Heckenberger was
awarded funds from the William
Talbott Hillman Foundation for
his Southern Amazon Ethnoar-
chaeology Project.
Rick Stepp received sup-
port from the Christensen
Fund to develop a Geographic
Information System for assessing
biocultural diversity globally. In
collaboration with the American
Museum of Natural History,
results of this project will be par-
layed into public exhibits, as well
as the usual scholarly works.
Course development grants
from various UF programs were
awarded this year to Susan Gil-
lespie, Anita Spring, Augusto
Oyuela-Caycedo, Abdoulaye
Kane, and Sue Boinski. Hans-
joerg Dilger received substan-
tial support from several UF
programs for an international
workshop titled "Transnational
Medicines, Mobile Experts:
Rethinking Medicine in and
beyond Africa." Organized
jointly with Abdoulaye Kane and
Stacey Langwick, the workshop
was held here at UF in October
2006. ,

Appointments and
Congratulations to Tony Oliver-
Smith for his appointment to the
Greenleaf Chair of Latin American
Studies and visiting professorship of
anthropology at Tulane University
for the spring semester of 2008.
His activities there will be focused
on teaching a course on problems
in post-disaster reconstruction
and developing a research proj-
ect on processes of post-disaster
reconstruction in Latin America
marilyn thomas-houston has
been named the Dalhousie Univer-
sity (Nova Scotia) Research Chair
in Globalization and Cultural Stud-
ies, funded by the Fulbright Schol-
ar's Program for the 2007-2008
academic year.
The department also con-
gratulates Faye Harrison who was
appointed Director of UF's Pro-
gram in African-American Studies
this past spring and will lead that
unit into a new era of expansion
and involvement. This year Faye is

Elected Leadership
also the Executive Program Chair
for the 106th Annual Meeting of
American Anthropological Associa-
tion in Washington D.C., whose
theme for 2007 is "Difference,
(In)equality and Justice."
Other faculty assumed leader-
ship roles this past year in national
and regional organizations: Susan
Gillespie ascended to the Presidency
of the Ar,,, ,..1.. ;,- Division of the
American Anthropological Asso-
ciation, Ken Sassaman began his
two-year term as President of the
Southeastern Archaeological Con-
ference, Rick Stepp became editor-
in-chief of the journal Ethnobiology,
and Mike Warren was elected Chair
of the Physical Anthropology sec-
tion of the American Academy of
Forensic Sciences in February. Mike
was also elected to a three-year
term as a member of the American
Board of Forensic An rl ..p..1..,,
the accrediting body that certifies
practitioners as Diplomates. o

Recognizing Quality Educators

Tony Oliver-Smith received one
of the Graduate School's Doctoral
Mentoring Awards for 2007. Since
1981, Tony has chaired about 20
doctoral committees in Anthropol-
ogy, an equal number of master's
committees, and numerous others
as a committee member. With a
reputation for sensitivity toward
the needs of diverse students, Tony
attracts more than the usual num-
ber of students. He also enjoys great

success in guiding them to comple-
tion of their studies and profes-
sional employment.
Mike Warren received one of
the 2006-2007 CLAS Teacher of
the Year Awards. Mike has estab-
lished quite a reputation on campus
with the popular Skeleton Keys
course and his standing-room-only
course on osteology. Mike joins
a growing list of award-winning
teachers in the department. A

Moving Up
Congratulations to five of our colleagues on their promotions this past
year. Sue Boinski ascended to the rank of Full Professor; Rick Stepp, Susan
deFrance, and Mike Warren ascended to the rank of Associate Professor;
and Buzzy Guillette rose to the Associate Scientist rank. In addition, Drs.
Stepp, deFrance and Warren were granted tenure. a

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Graduate Student Achievements and Honors

The National Science Foundation
recently named the 2006-2007
recipients of their Graduate
Research Fellowships. There were
14 UF awardees and 24 honor-
able mentions. Congratulations
to Anthropology student Becky
Blanchard for winning one of these
prestigious NSF awards. Incoming
student Aida Miro, who will work
with Connie Mulligan on molecu-
lar genetics, also received an NSF
Bryan Tucker's NSF Dis-
sertation Improvement Grant was
funded for his work on isotopic
evidence for seasonal mobility in
the mid-Holocene of northeast
Florida, under the direction of John
NSF's SEA GAP program
provided funding to Camille Fean-
ney, who joined us this year after a
vibrant career as an environmental
editor at CNN.
John Endonino received a
State of Florida Survey and Plan-
ning Grant for his dissertation
research on the Thornhill Lake
Archaic mound site off of Lake
Amy Cox garnered a Ful-
bright Award this year for her work
in Peru, as did Erich Fisher for
archaeological research in Ethiopia
and teaching at Awassa University.

Department awards for disser-
tation writing went to eight deserv-
ing graduate students. Charles H.
Fairbanks Scholarships for archaeo-
logical research went to Kharyssa
Rhodes and James Waggoner. John
M. Goggin Memorial Scholarship
awardees this year include Jean
Dennison, Kamal Feriali, Lauren
Fordyce and David Mead. Erin
Waxenbaum and Shanna Williams
are recipients of William R. Maples
Scholarships in forensic anthropol-
Recipients of Polly and Paul
Doughty Graduate Research
Awards for 2007 are Sarah Cer-
vone, Camille Feanny, Ryan
Peseckas and Timothy Podkul.
These awards support graduate
student research on international
peace, conflict resolution, and/or
development, with preference given
to a focus on Latin America.
The Center for Latin Ameri-
can Studies (LAS) announced the
recipients of its 2007-2008 fellow-
ships awards. Tropical Conservation
and Development (TCD) awards
went to Anthropology students
Omaira Bolanos and Rafael Men-
doza, and Foreign Language and
Area Study awards to Randall
Crones and Jeffrey Hoelle. Receiv-
ing a Charles Wagley Research
Fellowship was Nick Kawa, and

Tess Kulstad was awarded a Cur-
tis Wilgus Research Grant. Matt
Watson received a LAS Doctoral
Student Teaching Program Award.
Matt was also the recent recipient
of a Wenner-Gren Grant for his
dissertation research in Mexico.
Other LAS funding for
Anthropology graduate students
comes from its Field Research
Grants Program. Recipients of Tin-
ker Field Research Grants include
Elyse Anderson, Karen Coutts,
Mark Donop, Renata Godoy, Erol
Kavountis and Karen Pereira. TCD
Field Research Grants went to
Elizabeth Binford, Joanna Reilly-
Brown, and Gabriela Stocks. LAS
Endowment Award recipients are
Diogo Costa, Nicholas Kawa, Tess
Kulstad, and Joshua Torres. Con-
gratulations to all LAS award win-
The department also congrat-
ulates Anthropology recipients of
Foreign Language and Area Study
(FLAS) Awards from the Center
for African Studies: Sarah Cervone
(Arabic), Traci Yoder (Swahili) and
Rachel Harvey (Xhosa). Sarah also
received a larger grant from the
American Institute for Maghrib
Studies to study Arabic in Tangiers
and to conduct research on gender
and economic development in
Morocco, which she has accepted

instead of the FLAS award. And
congratulations to Rachel Harvey
for receiving the Madelyn M.
Lockhart Summer Research Travel
Award to work on cultural tourism
in Cape Town, South Africa.
Mussa Indris was selected by
the College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences to receive a certificate for
outstanding achievement by an
international graduate student.
Rebecca Gray won a William
S. Pollitzer Student Travel Award
from the American Associate of
Physical Anthropology for an essay
on reconciling the teaching of evo-
lution with religious beliefs.
Symma Finn received fund-
ing from the Alpha-1 Foundation
and Talecris Biologics Inc. to sup-
port doctoral research on patient
Neill Wallis was awarded
a Missouri University Research
Reactor award to support his dis-
sertation research involving neutron
activation analysis of Swift Creek
pottery from Georgia and Florida.
Laurel Freas was the recipient
of an Emerging Forensic Scientist
Award from the Forensic Sciences
Foundation, as well as a scholarship
from the Ellis R. Kerley Forensic
Sciences Foundation. or

Undergraduate Student Achievements and Honors

Jenna Battillo is this year's recipi-
ent of the Brendan O'Sullivan
Award for Academic Excellence. In
memory of our 1999 UF valedic-
torian, the O'Sullivan Award goes
to the highest-ranking graduate of
the year. Jenna completed her dual
majors in Anthropology and Clas-
sics with a perfect 4.0 GPA. As she
continues her studies in skeletal
biology this Fall at New York Uni-
versity, Jenna will enjoy the support
of a Beinecke Scholarship, one of
nation's most prestigious student
Lauren Galloway and Stacie

Sachs are the 2007 recipients of
Patricia Essenpreis Awards for
archaeological field school training.
Lauren is spending her summer
in South Africa, where she will be
working on some of the premiere
cave sites for early human fossils,
while Stacie stays a bit closer to
home with the St. Johns Archaeo-
logical Field School under direction
of Ken Sassaman.
Four Anthropology majors
were awarded University Scholar
Grants for 2007-2008. Each of
the recipients will conduct research
under the guidance of an Anthro-

pology faculty mentor. Alexandra
Fehr will work with Lance Gravlee
on cultural perceptions of tubercu-
losis in the Peruvian Andes. Peter
Lanzarone will partner with Steve
Brandt on a comparison of digital
and line drawing imagery of stone
Tools from an Ethiopian cave
site. John Krigbaum will mentor
Krista Church in a study of Middle
Archaic dental variation at Tick
Island in Florida. And Rick Stepp
will guide Courtney Fletcher in the
methods of ethnobotanical knowl-
edge acquisition. Congratulations
University Scholars!

The UF chapter of Phi Beta
Kappa elected seven anthropology
majors to the Society in its Fall
2006 evaluation. Election is based
both on outstanding GPAs, and
breadth of coursework in the liberal
arts and sciences. The newly elected
members are Anne E. George,
Laura Anne Grubl, Irene H. Hal-
mari, Devon K. Hutchins, Laura
Marie Iles, Mary C. McCabe, Cas-
sandra R. McCrae and Nathaniel
A. Dickey. Congratulations to these
outstanding students!


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A imazon, continued fom page 1
permitted accurate archaeological mapping in a fraction of the time,
enabling the archaeological discovery of integrated clusters of settle-
ments. Heckenberger argues that these clusters represent a unique
form of ancient urbanism that, along with other non-Western set-
tings, shows both remarkable similarities and variability across the
pre-modern world.
Ar,-l'i,.1.. '., is particularly critical in understanding the history
of this region, due to a lack of early documents in most areas or,
more commonly, a lack of studies. In the Upper Xingu, archaeol-
ogy has been a keystone in several land-claim cases by Brazilian
colleagues. The discovery of these unique settlement and land-use
patterns not only force a critical re-evaluation of the Amazon, but
of core concepts in anthropology, such as social complexity, ancient
urbanism, the catastrophic consequences of colonialism, and ongo-
ing struggles of indigenous and rural Amazonians to the often hostile
conditions of globalization.
The project, with support from UF and NSF, involves a number
of UF colleagues and students, including Christian Russell, Joshua
Toney, Morgan Schmidt, Luis Claudio Symanski, Dave Mead, Mark
Donop, Diogo Costa, Renata Godoy, and Angelina Howell.
Recent descriptions of this research and the general area
appeared in National Geographic (January 2007), Royal Society Lon-

don B (February 2007), and Discover Magazine (March 2007). More
information about the work can be found on the anthropology web-
site, and look for Heckenberger's article on ancient civilizations of
the Amazon in an upcoming issue of Scientific American. o

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