Stephanie Anne Salwen
MA 2010, Archaeology, University of California, LA.
BA 2007, Anthropology, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
North American archaeology, California, Great Lakes Region, hunter-gatherers and foundations of complex society, economic anthropology, exchange systems, waterways and landscape archaeology.
My dissertation explores how waterways were used to promote social and economic strategies for integration or differentiation and will present archaeological indicators for these uses of waterways. My research on the 17th century Great Lakes region focuses on how surface water provided options in building social connections on the landscape among Native communities and between these communities and the French fishers, trappers, and missionaries with whom the indigenous communities primarily interacted. My MA research addressed the exchange of highly-valued, natural asphaltum resources in the Santa Barbara Channel region in relation to contemporaneous (1150-1300 AD) local sociopolitical shifts toward complex society.
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