Cheyenne Davis is a M.A. student focusing in Mesoamerican archaeology under Dr. Alexandre Tokovinine. She completed her undergraduate studies in 2019 at Troy University where she received a Bachelor of Science in History and Anthropology. While at Troy, Cheyenne completed field work at the Vada Volaterrana site in Italy and participated in a cultural exchange at the Gansu Agricultural Institute in Lanzhou, China. Her research interests include complex civilizations in Mesoamerica, mythology, witchcraft, and the function of religious ceremonies.
As a graduate student, I look forward to utilizing the department’s four-field approach in my research, helping to expand both my theoretical and technical skills. Under the advisement of Dr. Elliot Blair, I am excited to study topics in historical archaeology, household archaeology, and the Southeastern Atlantic coast from the time of Spanish contact to the end of plantation slavery. Before coming to the University of Alabama, I received my Bachelor’s in Anthropology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). While at UAB, I spent my time researching the historical archaeology of Birmingham’s industrial neighborhoods, as well as learning how to apply anthropology to museum education and historic preservation.
Marinda is a M.A. student and teaching assistant under Dr. Tokovinine. Her focus is Mesoamerican/Mayan archaeology. She completed her undergraduate studies and earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Anthropology at Troy University. After graduation, Marinda spent time working at the Alabama Department of Archives and History, specifically with their extensive NAGPRA Native American collection. Her research interests include Native American studies post-contact, religions and witchcraft, and mythology.”
I graduated from the University of Alabama in 2020 with B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Psychology. My experiences with fieldwork at the PIAPAN and San Jose de Moro projects on the North Coast of Peru have continued to drive my interest in Andean archaeology, as has my work in the Ancient People and Plants Lab under Dr. Katherine Chiou.
Throughout my M.A. I will be collaborating with Jenna Hurtubise at the PIAPAN project, focusing on feasting patterns and periods of transition at the site by excavating atop an adobe-stepped platform situated at the peak of a small mountain.
I am a master’s student studying paleoethnobotany under Dr. Katherine Chiou. I graduated with a BA in Anthropology and Spanish and a BS in Biology from the University of Alabama in 2020. During undergrad, I focused on bioarchaeology, researching the measurement data from the UA osteology collections and taking part in field schools in Ireland and Georgia. I have also participated in the Human Behavioral Ecology Research Group (HBERG) since 2017, and I have worked in a biology lab studying fish eggs. I am interested in researching health and diet in past peoples.