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Rose Moir is pictured in Greece, on an archaeological dig.

Anthropology Undergrad to receive Undergraduate Student Research Award

Congratulations to Rose Moir! She is the recipient of an Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA). The funds will allow her to spend the summer working on a research project with Dr. Tristan Carter in the McMaster Archaeological XRF Lab. Her project is entitled ‘Forms of Household Consumption of Obsidian at the Neolithic Site of Hasankeyf Höyük’.

Feb 05, 2019

Rose is working on a project to detail how obsidian was used and procured by analyzing artifacts from three distinct buildings from the 10th millennium B.C. site Hasankeyf Höyük in Southeastern Anatolia. Her intention is to reconstruct social practices at the household level, as opposed to the community-level narratives that archaeologists typically produce. The study involves comparing raw material and technical choices involved in tool production, with the former achieved through geo-chemically sourcing the obsidian artifacts at the McMaster XRF Laboratory.

For more information on USRA awards, please visit the Experiential Education website

For more information on the McMaster Archaeological XRF lab lab, visit the MAX lab website