Efrain S. Arroyo

Efrain is a first-year M.A./Ph.D. student and Clark Diversity Fellow studying Andean archaeology at Binghamton University. He has previously worked at excavations in Southern California, studying pre-contact Native American and historical sites. His previous work was on lithic analysis, now he plans to use digital archaeological mapping methods and Geographic Information Systems-based spatial analysis to study pre-Hispanic landscapes and environments in the Central Andes. His research interests include the Inka Empire, territoriality and city planning, road networks, architecture and power, communities of practice, corporate labor systems, and agricultural practices.

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Cinthia M. Campos

Cinthia, a 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 PhD candidate studying Andean archaeology at Binghamton University. In 2018 he completed his MA thesis on the iconography of atlatls in ancient Peru. He has worked at excavations across Peru, including the sites of Panquilma, Andagua, and the 2018 excavations at Huari. His research interests include zooarchaeology, iconography, faunal exchange, and projectile weaponry.

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Brooke Maybee

Brooke is an MA student at Binghamton University studying historical Andean archaeology. She has previously worked in the Castro Colonies Lab at Ithaca College, analyzing historical Alsatian artifacts from Southern Texas and on the Proyecto de Azúcar de Nepeña in Peru, excavating a Late Intermediate Casma-Chumú fortification and elite burial. Currently, she is using ArcGIS to map Eucalyptus clusters in the north Lake Titicaca Basin, revealing how Spanish Colonialism permeated terraces and other traditional landscapes. She is also cataloging and identifying paleoethnobotanical remains from a colonial mining site in Peru to understand the diets of marginalized laborers under Inka and Spanish rule.

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Katharine Nusbaum

Katharine is a second 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. She is carrying out MA thesis research on the intersection of primary education and archaeology. Her current interests include landscape archaeology, heritage conservation, community engagement and collaborative indigenous archaeology.

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Audria Ruscitti

Audria Ruscitti is a master's student in the MAPA program looking at using 3D models of archaeological artifacts in public school education. 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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Anna Patchen

Anna Patchen earned her Master's in Public Archaeology from Binghamton University in 2019. Her research focused on plant use in the Archaic Period southeastern United States.

Scott Ferrara

Scott completed in his master’s thesis in 2020, which focused on 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 completed her master's thesis in 2020 focused on understanding foodways and agricultural adaptation of a group of Tiwanaku migrants who relocated from the highlands to the coast of Peru around AD 1100. 

Bronson Wistuk

Bronson Wistuk is a graduate of the Master of Arts in Public Archaeology (MAPA) program at Binghamton University in 2019. His master's thesis focused on Huari obsidian sourcing and its implications for political economy in the Middle Horizon period in Peru.