Who is Veronica?

Veronica is a student at Western Oregon University. She is getting ready to start her junior year in her pursuit of a Bachelor’s of Science in Anthropology with a minor in Forensic Anthropology. She currently holds two Associates degrees in Business related fields. As the first person in her family (for as long as can be traced back) to earn an associate’s degree, she will also be the first in her family to also achieve a bachelor’s.
Veronica is a mother of three children, a wife, a full time student, a full time employee and a tribal member. As a Grand Ronde Tribal member, Veronica was especially interested in the 2015 Archaeology field school in Grand Ronde. She is the Collections Supervisor at the tribe’s museum and cultural center where she has been for the last five years. This field school allows her a rare opportunity in many aspects. She will be learning skills that will directly relate to her job, be a part of something that has never happened before and be earning credit towards her degree. Her place in the community will allow her the ability to serve as a bridge between the community and the students at UW.
Born and raised in Oregon, Veronica has strong connections to the area being studied. She hopes to help her peers learn more while also learning valuable skills herself. With firsthand knowledge of curation practices, it is her hopes to help teach the future archaeologist some important skills about handling artifacts that they will be able to use in their future careers. She is looking forward to all that comes with attending a field school and especially meeting her peers.

Meet Zoey

Enjoying sediment columns at Milepost 31

Enjoying sediment columns at Milepost 31

Zoey Whisler is an under­grad­u­ate in her fourth year at the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton, graduating in summer of 2015. Zoey is get­ting her bach­e­lors degree in Anthropology, specializing in Archaeological Sciences, with a minor in Geology.

Born and raised in Seat­tle, Zoey is the fourth gen­er­a­tion of her fam­ily liv­ing in the North­west, so local archae­ol­ogy and geol­ogy have been a pas­sion from a young age. Grow­ing up she was encour­aged by her par­ents to be involved in sci­ence and cul­ture, a mix­ture of her par­ents inter­ests rub­bing off on her. In kinder­garten, Zoey was intro­duced to archae­ol­ogy by doing an archae­o­log­i­cal dig of her back­yard for her first sci­ence fair project, unfor­tu­nately the bones she found were not a new species to be pub­lished as she hoped but were instead chicken bones from a rather recent com­post pile. When she entered col­lege,

Zoey had already been intro­duced to many fields of sci­ence through her school­ing and fam­ily, but after tak­ing some col­lege courses she even­tu­ally found a love for archae­ol­ogy, geol­ogy, and paleontology.

Zoey’s inter­ests in archae­ol­ogy and geol­ogy are diverse and she is excited to explore new aspects of the fields and have the oppor­tu­nity to dis­cuss them in the for­mat of blogging. Working with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde’s Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO) provides the unique opportunity to work with and for the tribe on projects that they feel most beneficial to the community.

Introducing Rachel!

Best in Terms of Pants

Best in Terms of Pants

Rachel is an Anthropology major attending her first field school: Field Methods in Indigenous Archaeology.  She is a general nerd, interests ranging from video and board games, sci-fi TV shows and cartoons.  These activities keep her indoors most of the time, so a few weeks camping for field school are probably good for her.  Camp essentials for Rachel include her Kindle, loaded with an excessive number of books, a plant field guide, and a multitude of card games.

Originally hailing from the Seattle area, Rachel recently moved back to that region in order to attend University of Washington.  Though she is an Anthropology major, she is giving serious consideration to adding a Creative Writing or Archaeology Science Major.

When choosing the field school of her dreams, Rachel was enamored of the prospect of working in collaboration with descendant groups; she knew Professor Gonzalez’s field school was the one for her.  Another area of interest, emphasized by FMIA, are low-impact methods of research; she is looking forward to getting to know all the “toys” that go with such methods.

Life goals for Rachel include writing the next Great Novel, defeating invading, interstallar aliens, and solve a beautiful mystery.  If she is not at school, she can generally be found under a pile of cats, attending Emerald City Comicon or living the dream at PAX.

Kayla’s Bio

Screen Shot 2015-07-08 at 7.45.42 AM           Kayla Krantz is an undergraduate at the University of Washington double majoring in both archaeological science and human evolutionary biology with an interest in pursuing museum studies. She is also pursuing a minor in art history in an effort to seek a well-rounded education ground in both fine art and cultural history.

Born in Federal Way, WA and raised in Puyallup, Kayla has always had an interest in archaeology beginning with a fascination for Eqyptology (as most kids do). As a child, she also amassed an impressive rock collection complete with geodes, crystals, obsidian, petrified wood, and more. But her initial career path was not geared towards her hobbies of archaeology and geology, but rather towards her love of animals. Kayla was accepted to UW in 2011 to pursue a pre-veterinary degree, but a tumultuous freshman year that saw both a 1.8 in physics and a 4.0 in introductory archaeology put her back on the path towards pursuing her childhood interests.

Kayla is now living in Seattle and will be graduating with two bachelor’s degrees this upcoming fall. She hopes to be able to move to sunny San Diego in the next three years.

Karl’s Bio

Hej hej! My name is Karl and I am an anthropology student at the University of Washington studying Archaeology and Scandinavian studies. I grew up in the untamed forests and vivid plains of Washington and Idaho while my parents worked as camp managers in various campsites. From there we moved to the suburbs of Lynnwood, Washington. During these younger years I occupied my time with long winded quests for lost treasures within the petunia beds, the finding and slaying of foul beasts behind the shed, and riddle challenges with trolls living under the floorboards. These years of fantasy and adventure peaked my curiosity in the unknown and the known but lost, so naturally as I aged, my study went from dragons to studying the people and our shared past. Now going into my third year of university studies my interest has settled upon the shared stories and culture around death across the far reaching continent of Europe. I became interested in this project after hearing of the unique nature of this project. In this I mean how this project looks at helping a community to document and study parts of its past by working with the local preservation office and the community at large.