The Joukowsky Institute's Professor Yannis Hamilakis and Assistant Professor Parker VanValkenburgh from Brown University's Department of Anthropology are both leading archaeologically-focused Interdisciplinary Team Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards projects in the summer of 2018. The goals of the I-Team UTRA are to increase research opportunities for first- and second-year students, to encourage student intellectual growth through peer mentorship and group learning, and to encourage interdisciplinary scholarship between and among Brown faculty. Students in selected teams will receive a stipend for ten weeks of full-time work from June-August.
VanValkenburgh's project, Socios en Patrimonio (Partners in Heritage): Engaged Archaeology and Community Development in Choctamal, Peru, focuses on archaeology, community development, and the digital preservation of cultural heritage in Choctamal, Peru, by designing and implementing a curriculum to provide essential training in archaeology and culture history to a group of young women and men in Choctamal – and build infrastructure for expanding our collaboration by creating a digital platform for conserving and managing intangible heritage.
Students involved with Hamilakis's project, The Koutroulou Magoula Archaeology and Archaeological Ethnography Interdisciplinary Project (Greece), will work with specialists including anthropologists, geoarchaeologists, archaeobotanists, archaeozoologists, organic residue specialists, ceramic petrographers, bioarchaeologists and physical anthropologists, soil micro-morphologists, computing application specialists, and even performance artists and theater specialists to investigate a multi-period archaeological site in central Greece.
Students interested in participating can find more information about both projects here on the Office of the Dean of the College's I-Team UTRA pages.