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Watson Sarah

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Sarah Watson

MA Students
Department of Anthropology

McMaster Paleoethnobotanical Research Facility (MPERF)


I completed my B.A. Honours at McMaster University in Anthropology with a minor in Interdisciplinary Archaeology in 2018. For both of my undergraduate research projects I performed macrobotanical research on materials recovered from the Classic Maya site of Piedras Negras. During the summer of 2018 I performed paleoethnobotanical research at multiple Maya sites in the Usumacinta River region with the Proyecto Arqueológico Busiljá-Chocoljá.

For my M.A. research I will be be utilizing microbotanical and macrobotanical materials to assess current hypotheses targeted towards the abandonment of Formative Period sites in the Maya area. This research will contribute to the understandings of agriculture and consumption practices of Formative Period Maya people, the impact of these practices on the landscape, and abandonment of Formative sites in the Usumacinta River region.