Announcing..... "Frontiers in Archaeological Sciences: An International Workshop Organized By CHES"



Social networks in Fiji

CHES associate reports on a summer in Fiji

This past summer CHES associate, Matt Gervais continued his research as part of the Human Generosity Project. He worked in rural villages in Yasawa, Fiji for two months, conducting interviews on social support networks. Specifically, he conducted social network interviews, asking how do kin of different genealogical and spatial distance help one another buffer risks of different sorts, including asynchronous injuries and illnesses and larger-scale synchronous needs from droughts and cyclones?

 Yasawairara, Fiji, 2016: A research assistant sits with an elder villager in her family's kitchen, conducting an interview on social support networks. She is asking about help the woman has given and received for injuries, illnesses, droughts, and cyclones.


Yasawairara, Fiji, 2016: A group of men from different extended households cooperate to unload baked cassava and chickens from an earth oven prepared to feast a boatload of visiting tourists.


Yasawairara, Fiji, 2016: Following a seaside path at sundown, a villager carries a basket of fresh net-caught fish to another household as part of an extensive inter-household sharing network that helps to buffer risks for villagers living in rural outlying islands.

Congratulations Dr. Shapiro!

CHES graduate affiliate Darcy Shapiro has defended her dissertation! Go ahead and call her Dr. Shapiro.

Dissertations are big deals. And dissertation defenses mark the emergence of new scholars. They are so worth celebrating. They are momentous occasions for the new PhD, the supervisng faculty member, and for the whole dissertation committee.

Beginning at 11:00 am this morning, my student and CHES graduate affiliate Darcy Shapiro defended her dissertation - "Characterizing Density and Anisotropy in the Trabecular Architecture of the Primate Ilium and Ischium." She gave an excellent presentation, handled all questions and has passed! We learned (among other things) that in the primate ilium and ischium trabecular bone anisotropy is likely more useful for reconstruction of locomotion in fossil species than density. Congratulations Dr. Shapiro!

 ---Rob Scott, September 16, 2016


 Dr. Shapiro with her internal committee members. Erin Vogel, Rob Scott, and Susan Cachel.