2013 Faculty Publications

The Red Hills of Essex by Ian Brown

Alibali, Martha W., Nathan, Mitchell J., Church, R. Breckie, Wolfgram, Matthew S., Kim, S., & Knuth, Eric J. (2013). Gesture and speech in mathematics lessons: Forging common ground by resolving trouble spots. ZDM – International Journal on Mathematics Education, 45, 425-440.

Bingham, Paul M., Joanne Souza, and John H. Blitz (2013) Introduction: Social Complexity and the Bow in the Prehistoric North American Record. Evolutionary Anthropology 22(3):81-88. DOI: 10.1002/evan.21353.Above & Beyond the Pale by Ian Brown

Blitz, John H., and Erik S. Porth (2013) Social Complexity and the Bow in the Eastern  Woodlands. Evolutionary Anthropology 22(3):89-95. DOI: 10.1002/evan.21349.

Blitz, John H., and Lauren E. Downs (2013) An Integrated Geoarchaeology of a Late Woodland Sand Mound. American Antiquity 78(2):344-358. DOI: 10.7183/0002-7316.78.2.344.

Brown, Ian W. (2013) Above and Beyond the Pale: A Portrait of Life and Death in Ireland. Tuscaloosa, AL: Borgo.

Brown, Ian W. (2013) The Red Hills of Essex: Studying Salt in England. Tuscaloosa, AL: Borgo.

Dengah II, H.J.François (2013). The Contract with God: Patterns of Cultural Consensus across Two Brazilian Religious Communities. Journal of Anthropological Research 69(3):347-372.

Dressler, William W., H.J. François Dengah II, Mauro C. Balieiro, and José Ernesto dos Santos. (2013) Cultural Consonance, Religion, and Psychological The Red Hills of Essex by Ian BrownDistress in Urban Brazil. Paidéia: Cadernos de Psicologia e Educação 23: 151-160.

Knight, Vernon James, Jr. (2013) Iconographic Method in New World Prehistory. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K.

Knight, Vernon James, Jr. (2013) Style and Configuration in Prehistoric Iconography. In The Art of Anthropology/The Anthropology of Art. Southern Anthropological Society Proceedings, No. 42, edited by Brandon D. Lundy, pp. 223-238. Newfound Press, Knoxville, TN. http://newfoundpress.utk.edu//pubs/lundy/chp8.pdf.

Lynn, Christopher D. (2013) “The Wrong Holy Ghost”: Discerning the Apostolic Gift of Discernment. Ethos 41(2):223-247. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/etho.12016/abstract

Mixter, David W., Thomas R. Jamison, and Lisa J. LeCount (2013) Actuncan’s Noble Court: New Insights into Political Strategies of an Enduring Center in the Upper Belize River Valley. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 10:91-104. PDF.Iconographic Method in New World Prehistory by Jim Knight

Murphy, Michael D., and J. Carlos González Faraco (2013) Intensificación cultural en El Rocío: una breve aproximación comparada a la devoción rociera. ExVoto 3(2):99-119.

Nathan, Mitchell J. Srisurichan, R., Walkington, C., Wolfgram, Matthew S., Williams, C. & Alibali, Martha W. (2013) “Building Cohesion Across Representations: A Mechanism for STEM Integration.”Journal of Engineering Education 102(1):77–116.

Shults, Sara C., and Lisa J. LeCount (2013) Obsidian Form and Distribution at Actuncan, Belize. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 10:115-126. PDF.

Snodgrass, J.G., H.J. François Dengah II, M.G. Lacy, and J. Fagan (2013). A Formal Anthropological View of ‘‘Motivation’’ Models of Problematic MMO Play: Achievement, Social, and Immersion Factors in the Context of Culture. Transcultural Psychiatry 50(2):235-262. DOI: 10.1177/1363461513487666.

Graduate News from Fall 2013

Dengah-250Dr. François Dengah, who received his Ph.D. from our department in May 2013, has had a banner year in exemplifying the scholarship and accomplishment our department strives for.  In the fall, his article, “The Contract with God: Patterns of Cultural Consensus across Two Brazilian Religious Communities,” was published in the esteemed Journal for Anthropological Research. Subsequently, he received the Best Dissertation Award of the year in the College of Arts & Sciences. In February 2014, it was also named Best Dissertation at the University level. And to cap it off, Dr. Dengah has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Utah State beginning in the fall of 2014.

Sara Shults
Sara Shults

Sara C. Shults, who received her MA from our department in 2012, and Dr. Lisa J. LeCount have published a journal article entitled “Obsidian Form and Distribution at Actuncan, Belize” in the 2013 edition of Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology. The article presents Ms. Shults’ thesis research on changing obsidian distributions at Preclassic and Classic households and what these shift mean in terms of changing production and exchange relationships at the ancient Maya site of Actuncan.  Shults found that while obsidian tools in the form of prismatic blades were used throughout Mesoamerica for thousands of years, the way this valuable resource was exchanged varied through time. Actuncan is located hundreds of kilometers from the nearest obsidian sources in Guatemala and Honduras; therefore, obsidian travelled over long distances through numerous hands to reach the site. During the Preclassic period (800 BC to AD 250), all households had ready access to obsidian blades, but in the Classic period (AD 250 to 1000) exchange mechanisms changed.  Although there is little evidence of obsidian blade production at Actuncan, data from other nearby Classic sites indicate that blades were produced in a few discrete workshops, possibly regulated by elites.  Some obsidian merchants may also have produced blades from prismatic cores for consumers at marketplaces at Maya centers.

Dr. Blakely Brooks, who received his Ph.D. from our department in 2012, published an article entitled “Chucaque and Social Stress among Peruvian Highlanders” in Medical Anthropology Quarterly