Rachel L. Johnson
Rachel Lee Johnson is an 4th year archaeology PhD student at Tulane University and a 2016 recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF-GRFP). Prior to coming to Tulane, Johnson earned a B.A. in anthropology and a B.S. in geology from the University of Pittsburgh (2016). Her dissertation research seeks to evaluate 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 reconstruction of trade networks via material sourcing and the application of archaeometric techniques, like ceramic petrography, portable x-ray fluorescence (pXRF), and instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA). At a broader level, she is interested in questions surrounding the development of social complexity and in the social and economic processes relating to craft production, trade, and material consumption.