Email: cmikeska at live.unc.edu
Areas of Interest:
Zooarchaeology, Southwest Asia, Eastern Mediterranean, Human-Animal Relationships, Development of Complex Societies, Geometric Morphometrics (GMM), Isotope Analysis
In Progress University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Ph.D.
Expected 2019 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, M.A.
May 2016 Boston University, B.A. Archaeology and Classical Civilizations
I am an anthropological archaeologist with a specialty in zooarchaeology. I am interested in human-animal interactions in Southwest Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean, though I have also worked on archaeological faunal assemblages from Europe, Africa, and North America. My research methodology combines traditional faunal analysis, isotope analysis, and geometric morphometric (GMM) approaches to understanding human-animal interactions. My dissertation research will combine these methods to study the development and maintenance of Bronze Age complex societies in Southwest Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean.
I am currently involved in three archaeological projects in Turkey and Cyprus, as both an excavator and faunal analyst. My current fieldwork includes my work as a faunal analyst at the Hattusa-Boğazköy Expedition, where I am investigating human-animal interactions at the former capital of the Hittite Empire during the Middle and Late Bronze Age. Additionally, I work as a trench supervisor at the Makounta-Voules Archaeological Project and the Prastio-Mesorotsos Archaeological Expedition in western Cyprus, focusing on the pre- and protohistoric occupation of the island.