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Cinthia M. Campos

Cinthia, a second year doctoral student, came to Binghamton University as a Clark Diversity Fellow. She spent the fall semester 2018 excavating a pre-Hispanic site in Atil, Sonora, Mexico. Her dissertation analyzes paleoethnobotanical remains to detect changes in cultural practices, or patterns of distribution of taxa in domestic spaces and special features. Cinthia’s goal is to earn a Ph.D. and become a professor to train the next generation of students and continue her research combining her passions for cave archaeology and paleoethnobotany.

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Zachary R.A. Critchley

Zachary is a doctoral student of Andean archaeology at Binghamton University, and is currently working on his doctorate after achieving his MA in 2018. He has worked at excavations across Peru, including the sites of Panquilma, Andagua, and the 2018 excavations at Huari. His research interests include multi-species ethnography, iconography, faunal exchange, and projectile weaponry.

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Scott Ferrara

Scott is a master's student at Binghamton University studying the paleoethnobotany of the Northeast United States. Academically, he is interested in the impact of colonialism on Indigenous plant-use in the Northeast United States. His master’s thesis is concerned with the impact of colonialism through a paleoethnobotanical analysis of the Swart Collection, an assemblage of soils collected from various archaeological sites in the Mohawk Valley, NY, ranging from the Early Woodland to the historic period.

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Maureen Folk

Maureen Folk is a master’s student at Binghamton University focusing on Andean paleoethnobotany and archaeology. Her interests include human-environmental interactions, experimental archaeology, and fibrous technologies. In 2018, she published her research on fibrous plant use for rope production and its impact on the environment of Easter Island. 

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Katharine Nusbaum

Katharine is a first year MA/PhD student at Binghamton University studying the archaeology and paleoethnobotany of Northeastern North America. She has done prior work in California archaeology studying deep history Native American sites and indigenous landscape management practices. Her current interests include landscape archaeology, heritage conservation, community engagement and collaborative indigenous archaeology.

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Anna Patchen

Anna Patchen earned her Master's in Public Archaeology from Binghamton University in 2019. Her research focuses on plant use in the Archaic Period southeastern United States. She is particularly interested in the differences in plant use at domestic sites and special use sites. She plans to continue her education by getting a PhD in the future. 

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Audria Ruscitti

Audria Ruscitti is a master's student in the MAPA program studying the burn scar left by the Camp Fire in Paradise, California. She holds degrees in Journalism and Anthropology, and attended field school in Western Mongolia. In addition, she is certified in forensic facial reconstruction sculpture. Her interests include human osteology, ethnomycology, experimental archaeology, colonial Mexico, and East Asia. Her primary interest lies with foodways and the evolution of cuisine as it moves through time and over distance. 

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Bronson Wistuk

Bronson Wistuk is a graduate of the Master of Arts in Public Archaeology (MAPA) program at Binghamton University. His research interests include obsidian and other lithic material sourcing, use-wear analysis, ancient mining, and lapidary work in the Andes. His master's thesis is on Huari obsidian sourcing and its implications for political economy in the Middle Horizon period in Peru.

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