By Katherine A. Dungan, Research Assistant
Our last update for the time being comes from Ahren Wardwell, who was one of our students in 2008, at the first Mule Creek field school.
Ahren writes: “I finished my BA in anthropology at Hendrix in 2009 and immediately started seeking CRM work around the country. Eventually I was hired by a CRM firm out of Georgia to do survey and testing in Mississippi and Arkansas.”After I finished my contract with them, I got hired by the Forest Service in 2010 as an archaeology technician in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona. My experience in Mule Creek really benefited me on that job because much of the material culture in the national forest was similar to that of Mule Creek.
“In 2011, I decided to change things up a bit, got married, and began a graduate program in geography and environmental sustainability at the University of Oklahoma, where I am focusing on the applications of geographic information systems (GIS). My experiences at Mule Creek and my work senior year with Dr. Hill and Archaeology Southwest maintaining the Coalescent Communities Database without a doubt sparked my interest in the application of geospatial technologies.”
Thank you to all the former students and staff who have shared their stories! We’ve been privileged to work with a lot of wonderful folks over the years, and we’re looking forward to meeting this season’s students.