Collaborative fieldwork is an essential part of my work as a teacher-scholar. I am American co-director of the Bronze Age Körös Off-Tell Archaeological (BAKOTA) Project, a multidisciplinary field research program that brings together an international group of scholars and students to study the human burials and material culture of a Middle Bronze Age cemetery and settlement in eastern Hungary. Our research combines techniques from remote sensing, soil chemistry, systematic surface collection, and targeted excavations to identify the extent and activity areas of the site. Ceramic petrography, biological anthropology, CT scanning, isotope analysis and ancient DNA are used to understand demographic trends and mortuary customs. Results from the first field seasons have been presented at national and international conferences, and are being prepared for publication in several manuscripts. Eighteen undergraduate and graduate students have been trained in state-of-the-art field and laboratory techniques to-date, resulting in several ongoing research collaborations, as well as a student blog hosted on the project website.
We were recently awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF# 1460820) to establish the BAKOTA summer excavations as a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site field school for 2015-2017. Every summer, ten students will be accepted into the program and will work with an international, multidisciplinary research team on the excavation and analysis of a Middle Bronze Age cemetery and settlement in eastern Hungary. Student travel, housing, food, field trip fees, etc. will be covered by the NSF in addition to a $500/week stipend (total $3,000). Eligibility: students must be a US citizen or permanent resident, and currently enrolled in an undergraduate program.