Dr. Nicole Slovak

"Unpacking the Mummy-Pack: New Insights into the Field Museum of Natural History’s Archaeological Collection from Ancón, Peru"

Dr. Slovak will be joining our Stanford AIA Chapter on Friday, November 2 at 8:00pm, Packard Bldg., Room 101
Reception to follow.
Lecture is free and open to the public.

Nicole Slovak's biography states:
I'm a full-time Anthropology instructor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences. In 2007 I completed my doctorate at Stanford University, where I concentrated on the archaeology and bioarchaeology of the Andes. My major research interests lie in examining the archaeological record, particularly the human skeleton, to investigate processes of colonization and culture contact, as well as human mobility and diet. I am especially interested in the application of isotopic methodology to archaeological questions.

Currently I am involved in two research projects. The first is an invesitgation into the ancient burial practices and inhabitants of the Peruvian coastal town of Ancon. The collections that I have and am currently focusing on date to time periods known as the Middle Horizon and Late Intermediate Period (600AD-1438 AD). I am also involved with the Chavin Archaeological Project, and presently am analyzing faunal, floral, soil, and ancient human strontium isotope data from the site of Chavin de Huantar.

Most of my fieldwork has been conducted in Peru, but I have also participated in excavations in Guatemala, Montana, and the Mid-Atlantic U.S. and have worked with Andean collections in museums here in the U.S. I am thankful that my archaeological work has afforded me the opportunity to travel all over the world. There are tons of opportunities to get involved in archaeological projects here in northern California and elsewhere and I am always more than happy to talk to students about how they can get involved.

For more information on Dr. Slovak:

Dr. Slovak's University site, Santa Rosa Junior College