Jayde Hirniak, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University, 900 Cady Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Jayde Hirniak is a PhD student in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. Her research interests include modern human origins, timing and impact of volcanic eruptions, archaeological site formation processes, and advancing field survey methods. She has worked on various archaeological projects in Italy, South Africa, Greece and Kenya. Her current work focuses on using cryptotephra, microscopic glass shards from a volcanic eruption, to better date and correlate archaeological sites in northern Italy and South Africa. Jayde chaired the Student Research in Archaeological Chemistry symposium sponsored by SAS at SciX 2020.
Rachel Lee Johnson is an archaeology PhD student and a 2016 recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSFGRFP). Prior to coming to Tulane, Johnson earned a B.A. in anthropology and a B.S. in geology from the University of Pittsburgh, graduating Suma Cum Laude. Her current research examines the economic and social relationships between the Andean highlands and the Upper Amazon during the Initial Period (1700-800 BCE) and Early Horizon (800-300 BCE) through the application of archaeometric techniques, like ceramic petrography and portable X-ray fluorescence (pXRF). At a broader level, she is interested in questions surrounding the development of social complexity, social and economic processes relating to craft production, distribution, and consumption, and in developing frameworks to better discuss trade and exchange in the ancient past.
Ahana Ghosh, Archaeological Sciences Centre, Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar; email Ahana
Ahana Ghosh is a doctoral scholar and teaching assistant at the Archaeological Sciences Centre, under Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar. Previously she also held an Early Career Researcher position in the Rewriting World Archaeology program at Durham University and Antiquity. She is using scientific tools like lipid residue analysis to understand the ancient foodways of the Harappan culture. Her work also focuses on the concept of the culinary landscape and different aspects of realities and representations of food. Before joining IITGN, she held a position as Visiting Researcher at Archaeological Research Laboratory, Stockholm University, Sweden. Ahana has been awarded the Student Research Support Award by The Society of Archaeological Sciences for conducting a substantial part of her doctoral research. Recently, she has also been nominated as a Fulbright-Nehru doctoral research scholar for the year 2023 -2024.
AJ White is an anthropology PhD candidate at UC Berkeley who has conducted geoarchaeological research in Jordan, Egypt, Vietnam, and the United States. He is primarily interested in using geochemistry to link archaeological and paleoenvironmental data sets to better understand human/climate relationships in the past, including at Cahokia, Illinois during the Mississippian Period (c. 1000-1400 CE) and Kharaneh IV, Jordan during the early Epipaleolithic (c. 20,000-18,000 BP).
Iride Tomažič is a PhD candidate in Anthropological Archaeology at the University of Michigan. Prior coming to Michigan, she earned a MA in Archaeology at the University of Cardiff, Wales and a BA in History at the University of Primorska in Koper, Slovenia. She has conducted extensive fieldwork (research and CRM) and laboratory work in continental Europe, the UK, Peru, and North America. Her research interests include human/environment/animal relationships in relation to technological changes. Her current research examines the impacts of metallurgy on communities, their animals, and the environment by tracking changes over time from the Copper Age to the Bronze Age in the Southern Carpathian Basin with ICP-MS and LA-ICP-MS techniques.