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After The Dig
ARCHAEOLOGY LABORATORY OPEN HOUSE
June 20 –June 23, 2005
Después de la Excavación
de Tennessee Hollow Watershed
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Staff - 2003
Project Director and Principal Investigator
Professor Voss is on the faculty of Stanford University’s Department
of Cultural and Social Anthropology and of the Stanford Archaeology Center.
Her primary research interest is to better understand how the material
aspects of daily life shape social identities and culture, a question
that has drawn her into archaeological research on architecture and landscapes,
ceramics, foodways, and craft production in prehistoric and historic California.
She first began research at the Presidio of San Francisco in 1992 and
along with Sannie Osborn, Leo Barker, and Vance Benté discovered
the archaeological remains of the Spanish-colonial Presidio de San Francisco
site in 1993. She has conducted archaeological investigations here ever
since. Her work in the Tennessee Hollow Watershed began in 1997, when
she directed a survey of the valley floor that led to the discovery of
the sites that will be excavated during this project. Dr. Voss is particularly
excited to be back in the field this summer after spending 2001-2002 in
her laboratory, analyzing artifacts and writing up the results of previous
investigations at the Presidio of San Francisco. In
addition to Stanford’s research program at the Presidio of San Francisco,
Dr. Voss also directs the Market
Street Chinatown Archaeological Project, a study of an “orphaned”
collection of artifacts from the first Chinatown in 19th century San José.
She is also trying (rather unsuccessfully) to learn to play the guitar
and hopes that some of the many musically talented students on this summer’s
project might be able to teach her a few new chords!
Assistant Field Director
Cheryl is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Anthropology at University
of California, Berkeley. She is currently analyzing the faunal remains
from previous Presidio of San Francisco excavations in the main quadrangle
for her dissertation. Her research focus is on foodways and the construction
of identities in a pluralistic setting.
Senior Crew Chief
Bryn just completed his first year at the Ph.D. program in the department
of Cultural and Social Anthropology at Stanford University, where he studies
archaeology. He is primarily interested in the archaeology of the urban
Bay area and is enjoying the opportunity to work in the heart of San Francisco.
Field Lab Manager
Michelle is putting the finishing touches on her thesis for her Master’s
degree in Anthropology with a specialization in Historical Archaeology
from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She is
expecting to graduate in December 2003. Her research is focused on excavations
taking place at Mission San Juan Bautista (CSU Monterey Bay Excavations,
DPR 1991/1061 excavations Neophyte Housing Area), particularly the analysis
of faunal material. Michelle has also been working in the CRM sector for
the past 2 ½ years. She has experience in archaeological survey,
excavation, laboratory analysis, National Register Nominations, report
writing, and historical documentary research. Her interests focus on Spanish-colonial
history, Contact Period Archaeology, Military and Fortification History,
Assistant Field Lab Manager
Heather was born in Glasgow, Scotland. She first came to California in
the summer of 2000 to work at the Presidio on the Funston Avenue Archaeological
Project where Barb Voss was doing research for her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley.
Heather returned to Scotland where she finished her Masters degree in
Archaeology and Celtic civilization. Since then she has returned to California
and has worked for the USDA Forest Service at Modoc National Forest. Her
most recent work has been at the Sacramento City Hall Project where prehistoric
remains were recovered. Although Heather is from Glasgow, she does not
in fact like deep fried Mars bars.
Ingrid obtained her B.A. at the University of California, Berkeley in
Anthropology with emphasis in archaeology. She has a strong interest in
culture contact and colonialism, fostered from working on excavations
on a plantation in Louisiana and colonial deposits in Honduras. She plans
on attending graduate school in Fall 2004 in archaeology.
Public Outreach Intern
Karis is a fourth year undergraduate at Stanford University, where she
studies archaeology, with emphases on culture contact and colonialism.
Last summer she had a blast working in the Peruvian highlands, but she
is happy to working this summer at an altitude that allows her play pick-up
soccer. Karis also loves to travel, and just split her junior year between
studying in Santiago de Chile and Oxford, England.
Field House Manager and Cook
Osborn, PhD, RPA
Presidio Trust Supervisory Historical Archaeologist
Sannie joined the Presidio Trust's Stewardship and Compliance office in
March 2000 after spending eighteen years as an archaeologist with the
Sacramento District Corps of Engineers. It was through her work at the
Corps that she was originally connected to the Presidio's significant
archaeological resources, including the original discovery of the foundations
of El Presidio de San Francisco with Vance Benté and Barb Voss
in 1993. When the Trust presented the opportunity to return to the"northernmost
frontier of New Spain", Sannie could not pass up the chance to be
involved with continuation of the important archaeological research at
the Presidio. The colonial occupation of the Presidio coincides with her
doctoral investigations (1997 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) at the
Russian outpost of Fort Ross, just north of San Francisco in Sonoma County.
One of Sannie's responsibilities, along with colleagues Eric Blind, Megan
Wilkinson and Leo Barker, is the development of an archaeological management
strategy for El Presidio. She is also participating in the Doyle Drive
replacement project archaeological studies. Sannie was recently on the
Executive Board of the Society for California Archaeology including one
year as society president, continues to serve as the Pacific West current
research editor for the Society for Historical Archaeology and is a member
of the Repatriation Committee of the Society for American Archaeology.
In addition to her archaeological interests, Sannie is an avid cyclist
who bikes to work (watch out Lance Armstrong!) and is a member of the
Embarcadero YMCA Women's Triathlon Club.
Presidio Trust Archaeologist
Eric Blind was born on Friday the 13th. His first knowledge of the Presidio
was shared with him - while still a boy - by his father who passed out
in a Scotch Bar while awaiting an Army Transport from the Presidio to
Japan. Eric attended a small liberal arts college with a vigorous archaeology
program, which he disdained. He graduated without honors. After a brief
biological career intimidating alligators and dissecting various road-kill
in the Everglades of Florida, he accepted an opportunity to perform some
archaeological research at the Presidio in 1997. He journeyed by train
across the country to San Francisco, thus enabling him to fulfill a boyhood
fantasy of being a hobo. After successfully researching the amount of
horse manure and trash deposited in an old marsh at the Presidio, he accepted
a job offer with the Presidio Trust as an Archaeological Technician. During
the ensuing years Eric lost his technical proficiencies and was reclassified
as an Archaeologist. He has been a project advisor during Professor Voss's
fieldwork at the Presidio and is lead author with Barb Voss, Sannie Osborn,
and Leo Barker on an article for the journal 'Historical Archaeology'
about the Spanish Presidio. His research interests include geo-morphologic
change, ethno-botany, genetic and memetic colonization, and identity creation
in colonial cultures. His hobbies include surfing, black and white photography,
subverting corrupt power structures, and teasing missionaries.
National Park Service Historic Archaeologist
Leo is an historical archaeologist, and has worked with the National
Park Service since 1979. He was educated at De Anza College, San Jose
State University, and then again at San Francisco State University where
he received his Master's Degree in Anthropology in 1978. He also completed
graduate studies in Historical Archaeology at the University of California
at Berkeley between 1980 and 1984. He has worked in the Presidio and Golden
Gate NRA since 1995. Mr. Barker has conducted archaeological and historic
preservation work in California, the western United States, and in Polynesia
and Micronesia. His research interests include Hispanic material culture,
military and industrial historic archaeology, information technology,
integrated preservation planning, and beat culture history. He lives in
Woodacre, Marin County, with his wife Grace, son Wes, and pets Exeter
of Metaluna (collie), Ringo Kid (cat), and Jessie James (cat). He is currently
listening to live Led Zeppelin good and loud, and comes to the nicknames
Luthor Crissy and Raoul Duke. Oh yes, he works hard for your money.
Presidio Trust Archaeologist
Megan Wilkinson has perhaps the most varied position in the Presidio’s
Archaeology Lab. Her formal title is Museum Specialist for the Presidio
Trust. In this capacity, she manages the archaeological collections recovered
on Presidio lands. Megan is also trained as an Archaeologist, having received
her Master’s degree from San Francisco State University in 2002.
She implements those skills when she joins her lab co-workers monitoring
on site and in the field. Finally, Megan coordinates the education and
volunteer outreach programs of the Archaeology Lab. Through this role,
she created an education program in conjunction with the Crissy Field
Center that was awarded the Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation
in 2002. Megan has worked for the Presidio Trust for two years.
Charles is studying Anthropological Sciences at Stanford University. He
has always loved the Presidio, and digging it up has made him love it
even more. In his spare time he plays lead guitar and eats raw meat. He
would like to thank Allan Holdsworth, Aajonus Vonderplanitz, and Jacob
Fiss-Hobart for supplying inspiration.
Tanya recently graduated from Stanford University with a degree in English.
She has always been interested in archaeology and is grateful that Stanford
granted her the opportunity to explore a different field. After excavating
at the Presidio, Tanya will be working at the Orange County Legal Aid
Society and applying to law school.
Bea is currently working on her M.A. degree in Cultural Resource Management
at Sonoma State University. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology and a B.S.
in Business. She is particularly interested in Plantation archaeology,
African American mining communities of the 1850’s, and African American
frontier towns in California settled in the mid- to late-19th century.
She is also really interested in the Spanish-colonial period in California,
and hopes to one day take her trowel with her around the globe and work
on digs worldwide.
Jun is from Japan and is currently an undergraduate at UC Berkeley majoring
in anthropology, with special interests in Japanese archaeology and culture
contact. He’s particularly interested in identity formation when
two different cultures meet, as he himself is the product of an encounter
between two different cultures.
Aditi is going into her final year as a B.A. Combined Studies student
at the University of Manchester. As part of the program she is focusing
on Archaeology, Environmental Planning and Management, and Geography.
She is interested in the history and cultural contributions archaeology
makes that go into identity creation. She is enjoying getting some archaeological
field experience and also learning about the archaeology and history of
a place she doesn’t know too much about. Aditi plans to continue
her education in archaeology, and hopes that her experience this summer
will help point her to a more specific interest within the discipline.
Jen was born and raised in Southern California but now attends Boston
University, where she will be a junior in the fall, majoring in Archaeology
and American Studies. She joined this project to gain a view of the colonial
period that wasn’t biased towards New England, something that’s
tough to find in Boston (they haven’t quite accepted that the Revolutionary
War is over). Jen is proud to have bent two pick axes in her first week
Jolene is completing her undergraduate studies in Anthropological Sciences
and Biology at Stanford University. She will be working towards her M.S.
in Anthropological Sciences next year. This is her first archaeology dig
ever, and so far she really likes it. Especially the digging part. Besides
anthropology, Jolene also likes playing the clarinet, drinking milk, and
Krista is a junior at Stanford University. She is a feminist studies and
psychology major, but she is rapidly falling in love with archaeology
and may have to change her career goals. As a resident of San Francisco
herself, she is especially interested to learn about the land’s
Lee is a graduate student in Anthropology at the University of California,
Berkeley. His research interests include the archaeology of culture contact,
specifically the interactions between Native Americans and colonial institutions
and peoples in Western North America. He also dreams of one day becoming
a sea captain.
Maria was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and moved to London, England to
pursue her archaeological career at University College London. Her main
interests lie in Public Archaeology, as well as the archaeology of South-East
Asia and the Americas. She is currently thoroughly enjoying life in San
Fransisco, particularly seeing the sun for the first time all year!
Tsim received his B.A. in anthropology with honors and an M.A. in archaeology
from the University of Texas at Austin. He will begin the Ph.D. program
in archaeology at UC Berkeley in the fall. Tsim has worked at the Gault
site, a pre-Clovis site in central Texas, the George C. Davis site, a
Caddoan mound site in east Texas, and has done survey work in Tomales
Bay State Park. Tsim enjoys wiffle ball and likes to rock.
Erica is entering her third year at Stanford University where she will
probably either major in geology or urban studies. When not at Stanford
she lives in Calais, Maine. She is particularly interested in historical
archaeology. She enjoys photography (she currently shoots for the Stanford
Daily, Stanford’s campus newspaper), and singing early music and
is excited to explore San Francisco this summer.
Jonah, 21, was born in Paris and raised in San Francisco. A recent Berkeley
graduate, he is excited to be working on his first dig this summer, thus
breaking the shackles of dilettantism, a.k.a. armchair anthropology. He
is especially pleased to be working in the Presidio, which was one of
his favorite places to play as a child. Apart from archaeology, he is
absolutely obsessed with music, and loves to write as well as perform.
Alex is 15 years
old. He learned about the project online and decided to volunteer. He
doesn’t remember when he became interested in archaeology, but when
he was a little kid, he used to enjoy digging holes. He really enjoys