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Elyse M. AndersonElyse M. Anderson

Ph.D. student, Anthropology, Univ. of Florida
M.A., Anthropology, Univ. of Florida, 2009
B.A., Anthropology, Univ. of Washington, 2005

Background and Research Interests

Before joining the Laboratory of Southeastern Archaeology in 2010, Elyse’s previous research focused on the ritual use of animals in Maya society. Her Master’s thesis explored the historical relationship between contemporary and ancient Maya hunting ceremonial practices. This project involved an ethnozoological study of the ritual practices of modern Maya hunters around Lake Atitlán in highland Guatemala and a zooarchaeological investigation of cave assemblages within the ancient Maya sites of Aguateca, Dos Pilas, and Las Pacayas.

Current Research Projects

Elyse continues to explore the complex relationships that emerge between humans and animals in hunter-gatherer societies and how these relationships are grounded in material practice and potentially informed by an animistic worldview. As part of the St. Johns Archaeological Field School, she is investigating the St. Johns II period occupation at Silver Glen Run. Her dissertation is focused upon tracing the movements of animal bodies through St. Johns II period space in order to reveal the practices that took place during the stages of capture, processing, consumption, and eventual deposition. In particular, she is developing a methodological approach to investigating animistic practice from a relational ontological perspective that places an emphasis on contextual difference, structured deposition, and the life histories of other-than human persons.

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