Graduate Students


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​​Jessica Corbett

Year: 3
Research Area: Roman Syria
Research Statement: 
I am currently studying cultural influences in the iconography and inscriptions of ancient Roman grave stelae in Syria.
Other Interests: Death and burial practices, ancient writing systems, trade in the Near East, archaeological illustration.
Thesis Chair: Dr. Cynthia Finlayson


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Connie Ericksen
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  Year:  1
​Research Area: Colonial period Peru
Research Statement: I am studying the performance factors of Peruvian burials from the colonial period-- specifically those from a church ruin in the quaint little town of Eten.​
Other Interests: Death and burial practices, music, performance, theater, ritual, and ceremony in ancient cultures.​
Thesis Chair: Dr. Cynthia Finlayson






​​Fan FengFan Feng

Year: 1
Research Area: Ancient Near East
Research Statement: I am interested in learning about the types and regions of textile produced and exported from China to the Syro-Palestinian region during 3rd Century B.C. to 3rd Century A.D. and the significance of these textile in Syro-Palestinian burials.
Other Interests: Ceramics, textile, trade along the Silk Road, Chinese archaeology
Thesis Chair: Dr. Cynthia Finlayson



Rachel Harris

Year: 2
Research Area: American Southwest
Research Statement: undefined
Other Interests: undefined
Thesis Chair: Dr. James Allison



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Year: 2
Research Area: Ancient Near East
Research Statement: I am currently looking at transitions in Roman theater architecture, specifically dealing with the development of water catchment techniques and architecture utilized in the theater. I am basically looking at how and why this transition happened.
Other Interests: behavioral archaeology, classical studies, mapping, and field methodology.
Thesis Chair: Dr. Cynthia Finlayson


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Year: 3
Research Area: Prehistoric American Great Basin
Research Statement: I am interested in both the history of archaeology in Utah Valley as well as the distribution of Fremont sites near the Provo River delta.
Other Interests: ethnoarchaeology, phenomenology, ritual and religious architecture and iconography, the American Southwest, modern Native American history, NAGPRA, museum practice and theory
Thesis Chair: Dr. James Allison



Katie Richards

Year: 3
Research Area: Prehistoric Great Basin
Research Statement: I am interested in studying structure, symmetry, and design elements of the two types of Fremont painted bowl types in order to explore the relationship between the two communities of Fremont potters.
Other Interests: Identity, semiotics, trade, Fremont architecture, communal space and activities, burial and mortuary practices, ancient Near Eastern architecture, the Bronze Age in the ancient Near East.
Thesis Chair: Dr. James Allison





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Year: 1
Research Area: Historic Archaeology (primarily Mormon)
Research Statement: I will be working with early Latter-day Saint sites in Nauvoo and Iosepa in Skull Valley, Utah. Currently I am working with spacial orientation, cultural contact and interpretive methods.
Other Interests: Literary traditions
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Year: 2
Research Area: Mesoamerica
Research Statement: I will be working on putting together all of the excavation information from a site in Chiapas called Guajilar. I will also be looking at the development of burial offerings and practices from that site.
Other Interests: : Maya figurines, ceramics, photographic documentation, and more as I continue my studies!
Thesis Chair: Dr. Donald Forsyth
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Lynn Durham

Year: 3
Research Area: Prehistoric American Great Basin
Research Statement: I am currently interested in abandonment and ritual feasting in Fremont village sites.
Other Interests: faunal analysis, Marx
Thesis Chair: Dr. James Allison​
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