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'Mapping the Royal Necropolis': Pima student discusses archaeology work in Sudan

April 25, 2019

10th Annual Arizona Undergraduate Research Symposium, April 27

Tucson, AZ –Pima Community College student Daniel Montoya, part of a Pima team that participated in an archaeological expedition to Sudan, is the keynote speaker at Saturday’s 10th annual Arizona Undergraduate Student Research Symposium.

What: 10th annual Arizona Undergraduate Student Research Symposium

When: 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., April 27, 2019

Where: J-G05, Saguaro Community Room, Pima West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road [map]

Cost: Free and open to the public to attend;

Questions? Dianna Repp, Ph.D.,

The title of Montoya’s keynote is “Mapping the Royal Necropolis at Nuri, Sudan.” He was part of a team from Pima’s Centre for Archaeological Field Training that joined an expedition to the royal necropolis containing 56 pyramids near Nuri, Sudan in January 2018. Leading the expedition were teams from University of Arizona, Cleveland Museum of Natural History and University of Michigan that are collaborating with Sudan’s National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums. Work at the 160-acre site continues.

Most of this year’s presenters are Pima archaeology students, many of whom presented at the Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting earlier this month. Non-archaeology topics include a study to discover whether women or men tend to experience a greater level of shame than their partners in heterosexual relationships, and a survey of dozens of high school valedictorians to discover “what creates such a student.”

Presenters and oral presentation/poster presentation topics are:

  • Adeena Black (Pima): Shame and Gender in Relationship (oral presentation)
  • Christopher Dziadosz (University of Arizona): Growing A Healthy Community: White Mountain Apache Food Sovereignty and the People’s Farm (oral presentation; in Whiteriver)
  • Kyle Eckerstrom (Pima): Analysis of Projectile Points from Burro Creek/Pine Creek (oral and poster presentations; sites in the Burro Creek-Pine Creek Survey Area, Yavapai County)
  • Stephanie Egurrola (Pima): Land Use in the Burro Creek-Pine Creek Survey Area Based on Ceramic Analysis (poster presentation)
  • Margaret Fye and Wolfgang Whitney-Hul (Pima): Twentynine Wash AZ BB:5:47(ASM) Excavations and Collaboration (oral and poster presentations; site in Pima County)
  • Joseph Garcia-Fox (Pima), Jesse A. M. Ballenger (UA), and Mary Prasciunas (Pima): Prehistoric Land Use in the Upper San Simon Valley and Chiricahua Mountains: A View from the Finley and Sally Richards Projectile Point Collection (poster presentation; sites in Arizona/New Mexico borderlands)
  • Christian Mathews and Emiliano De La Rosa Walker (Pima): Pima Community College Excavation at De Anza, The Dairy Site (AZ AA:12:285[ASM]) (oral and poster presentations; site in Tucson)
  • Jordan Patron (Pima): Historical Horse Remains ca. 1870s (poster presentation; U.S. Army Cavalry horse present at “Custer’s last stand”)
  • Rebekah Thimlar and Lea Mason-Kohlmeyer (Pima): The National Register of Historic Places and a Stations of the Cross-Eligible? (poster presentation; site in Pima County)
  • Abi Verplanke (Pima): Mission San Xavier Faunal Analysis (poster presentation; historic wild and domestic animal bones excavated in 1972)
  • Rebecca Whitmer (Pima): Valedictorians by the Numbers (oral presentation)
  • Katy Young (Pima): The Resilience of Tangihanga (poster presentation; tangihanga is a traditional Maori ceremony done after a death)
  • Katy Young: Our Two Worlds (oral and poster presentation; set of two original paintings on the interrelationship between man-made and natural objects)

In addition, several posters presented by Pima instructors at the Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting also will be featured:

  • Jon Boyd (Pima): Footprint Analysis of Feature 52, AZ AA:12:788(ASM): A 2,500-year-old Cold Case (a local archaeological site that many Pima students have visited)
  • Helen L. O’Brien (Pima) and Cristin A. Lucas (Arizona State Museum): 100 Years Later: Georeferencing Early Maps and Present Day Field Work at the Site of Nuri, Sudan (to add more context to this expedition involving Pima)
  • Mary Prasciunas, Lea Mason-Kohlmeyer, David Stephen, Tineke Van Zandt (all Pima), O’Brien and Lucas: Community Matters: Enhancing Student Learning Opportunities through the Development of Community Partnerships (highlights of the Archaeology Centre’s Community Partnership Program that provides field and research opportunities for Pima students)
  • Timothy Watkins (U.S. Bureau of Land Management), Van Zandt and O’Brien: What Can We See From Here? Hilltop Sites Northwest of Prescott, Arizona, and their Local and Regional Connections (an analysis of site inter-visibility among sites identified by Pima students in the Burro Creek-Pine Creek Survey Area)

Pima’s symposium, sponsored by Pima Student Life, is noncompetitive event that allows undergraduate students from Arizona to present original research. It is the only one of its kind in the state. A panel of judges evaluates and gives feedback to oral and poster presenters, based on the rigor of research, organization, professionalism of presentation, and interest and importance of the subject matter. Pima faculty member and symposium organizer Dianna Repp, Ph.D., said it is designed to encourage and support students’ research and continued academic success.


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