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Mary Ellin D’Agostino

San Pablo, California 94806–4212 

Phone / fax:  (510) 236-2313  

Email:  mary@medacreations.com                                          

Education:

Ph. D. Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, 1998

Dissertation:            Household Stuffe:  Material Culture and Identity in the Seventeenth-Century Anglo-Colonial World.  Professors Margaret Conkey and James Deetz, co-chairs; Professor Dell Upton

Field Statements:     The American Frontier, Professor William Simmons

                                 Historical Archaeology, Professor James Deetz

                                 Introduction to Archaeology, Professor Kent Lightfoot

M. A. in Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, 1989

A. B. in Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, 1986

Honors Thesis:         Images and Structures:  Facets of the Black Diamond Mining Communities

Teaching Experience:

1992 recipient of the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate's Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award for excellence in teaching.  University of California.

Silver Metal Clay, Art Clay USA and PMC Connection

Senior Instructor.  Certified senior instructor in the uses of silver and gold metal clays for jewelry, hobbies, and sculpture. 2000-present.

Independent Contractor

Computer consulting and training.  Instruction in computer use, troubleshooting hardware and software problems. 1998-present.

Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

Historical Anthropology of Contact (Anthro 227).  Primary responsibility for organizing and selecting readings, scheduling and moderating discussions and lectures for a graduate level seminar.  Fall 1993.

Introduction to Computer Use (Anthro 193/UGIS 193). 

Instructor:  Primary responsibility for course, approx.  130 students.  Fall 1992.

Head Graduate Student Instructor.  Edit/update course manual and assignments, general administration, manage staff of 2-4 GSIs.  Spring 1992, Spring 1993.

Graduate Student Instructor.  Four weekly (3-hr) lab sections, 14–18 students.  Spring 1988, Fall 1988, Fall 1991.

Archaeology, Material Culture & Ethnicity in America, 1580–1980 (Anthro 121B). 

Course Reader.  Attend lectures, read and grade papers, and exams.  Spring 1991.

 

History of Anthropological Thought (Anthro 114A). 

Graduate Student Instructor.  Four weekly discussion sections of 15–20 students, grading, exams, and student consultation.  Fall 1989, Fall 1990.

Introduction to Archaeology (Anthro 2). 

Graduate Student Instructor.  Four weekly discussion sections of 15–20 students, grading, exams, and student consultation.  Spring 1989, Spring 1990.

Division of Diving Control, University of California, Berkeley

Introduction to Scientific Diving (IDS 407). 

Senior Instructor.  In-water instructor in a rigorous introduction to SCUBA diving for research purposes.  Spring 1992, Spring 1993.

Assistant Instructor.  Diving buddy and safety monitor.  Spring, 1987–1991.

Archaeological Experience:

Anthropological Studies Center, Sonoma State University and the California Department of Transportation.

Historical archaeology field and lab specialist, Cypress Archaeological Project, Oakland, California.  Excavation, artifact identification, conservation, curation, and analysis; 19th–20th c. urban sites.  August 1994–October 1995.

Bermuda National Trust and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Project leader, Stewart Hall archaeological excavations, St. George’s, Bermuda.  Excavation director and collections management, managing a crew of 4-10; 17th-20th c. urban domestic site.  6 weeks, June–August, 1990–1994.

Archaeologist, excavation & survey, St. George’s, Bermuda.  Survey director, managing a crew of 4-6; 17th–20th c. sites.  Excavator; 18th–20th c. site; 6 weeks, June–August, 1989–1991.

Archaeology in Annapolis and the University of Maryland. 

Assistant supervisor, field school excavations at the Charles Carroll site, Annapolis, Maryland.  Supervising field school excavation of approx. 15 students; 18th-19th c. site.  10 weeks, June–August 1988.

Texas A & M University. 

Crew chief, underwater field school excavations at Port Royal, Jamaica.  Coordinate underwater excavations for a crew of 4–5 divers.  8 weeks, June–August 1986.

Bass Lake Ranger District, Sierra National Forest, California.

Summer volunteer intern, archaeological survey.  Survey of prehistoric-20th c. sites.  8 weeks, June–August 1985.

Department of Anthropology University of California, Berkeley. 

Field school, survey, & excavations at Somersville and Morgan Territory, Contra Costa County, California.  Spring, 1985.Department of Anthropology University of California, Berkeley. 

The Flowerdew Hundred Foundation and the Department of Anthropology University of California, Berkeley. 

Field school, excavations at Flowerdew Hundred, Virginia.  17th-19th c. sites.  9 weeks, June–August 1984.

Museum Experience:

Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley.  Formerly the Lowie Museum of Anthropology.  All aspects and stages of collections curation and management; exhibit research, preparation, and installation.

Senior Museum Preparator.  1987–1994.

Graduate Research Assistant.  Spring 1991.

Museum Preparator.  1986–1987.

Student Intern & Volunteer.  1984–1986. 

Exhibits:  Alaska Commercial Company: Commerce & Curios; Art from Australia’s Northern Territory; Back Roads to Far Towns:  Folk Art of Rural Japan; British Earthenware; Ethnography through Photography in Central Greece; Focus on Egypt’s Past:  The Excavations of George Reisner, 1899–1905; Historic Textiles from the Design Collection; Introduction to the Permanent Collection; Ishi and the Invention of Yahi Culture; The Living Web:  Contemporary Expressions of Northern California Indian Basketry; Money:  Tokes of Value; Paradise & Survival:  Ceremonial Indian Dances in Northern California; Seychelles:  Commerce in Paradise; Teaching Exhibits for Introduction to Archaeology, Indians of North America, and Natives of California; Too Good to be True:  Fakes, Forgeries & Replicas from Anthropological Collections; Written Down & Dug Up

Other Professional & Community Experience & Service:

Society for Historical Archaeology

Reviewer for Historical Archaeology.  1996–present.

Archaeological Research Facility, University of California, Berkeley. 

Participant Lecturer, Archaeology Outreach Program.  Lecture on such topics as material culture studies, archaeology, and colonial history.  1993–present.

Cardiff Rose Fencing Academy, Northern Renaissance Pleasure Faire, Novato, California. 

Fencing Instructor & Stage Crew.  Teach and demonstrate fencing (all ages); living history presentations.  Weekends, August–October 1990–present.

Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

Editor of the Kroeber Anthropological Society Papers & Co-president of the society.  Member, editorial committee, vol. 77; chief editor, vols. 78 and 79.  Organize, run society meetings and events, train editors; responsible for all stages of publication.  1993–1996.

Student Member, Historical Archaeology faculty job search committee.  1994–1995.

Graduate student representative.  Represent students to department faculty.  1987–1988.

Instructional Computing and Collections Facility, University of California, Berkeley. 

System Operator.  Assist patrons, backups, restoration, and maintenance.  1987–1992.

Research & Teaching Interests:

Introduction to anthropology/archaeology

Historical anthropology/archaeology

Material culture and museum studies

Communities and Landscapes

The American Frontier

History of anthropological thought

Fellowships, Grants & Awards:

Stahl Grant.  Archaeological Research Facility, University of California, Berkeley, 1996–1997.  For statistical consulting related to dissertation research.

Townsend Center for the Humanities Working Group Grant.  University of California, Berkeley, 1993–1995.  Funded the reading group/lecture series Historical Anthropology of Contact, Co-organizer with Elizabeth Prine and Margot Winer; grant written by E. Prine.

Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award for Excellence in Teaching.  Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, 1991–1992.

Robert H. Lowie Grant.  Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, 1987–1992.  Five grants awarded for travel and research.

California State Graduate Fellowship, 1988–1990.

Specialized Skills:

Archaeology:

Archaeological lab and fieldwork, North America 17th–20th centuries, historic period artifact identification, dating artifact processing, archaeological illustration.

Research and Analysis:

Archival research, general historical research, document transcription, data management and analysis, database design and use, graphical presentation, multivariate analysis.

Linguistic:

Spanish, 17th-century English paleography. 

Computer:

UNIX, DOS and Windows operating systems, Structured Query Language (SQL), wide range of database programs, SPSS, internet research, word processing, desktop publishing. 

Other skills:

Text and content editing, historic costume and food production, blacksmithing, fencing.

Professional Memberships:

Register of Professional Archaeologists

American Anthropological Association

Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology

Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture

Society for American Archaeology

Society for Historical Archaeology

 


Seminars, Symposia & Museum Exhibits:

2000      Interdisciplinarity:  Collaboration or Competition?  Symposium in preparation for the Society for Historical Archaeology Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology.  Quebec, Canada.  January 4-9.

1998      Appraising Inventories:  Interdisciplinary Approaches to Probate Inventories and Related Documents.  Session chair.  Symposium presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology.  Atlanta, Georgia.  January 7–11.

1993–95   Historical Anthropology of Contact.  Graduate seminar/reading group and associated visiting lecture series organized with Elizabeth Prine and Margot Winer.  Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley.  Visiting lecture series funded by a grant from the Townsend Center for the Humanities, University of California, Berkeley.  Fall 1993–Spring 1995.

1994      The Written and the Wrought:  Complementary Sources in Historical Anthropology.  Co-chair with Margot Winer, Eleanor Casella, and Elizabeth Prine.  Symposium presented at the Society for Historical Archaeology Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology.  Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  January 5–9.

1987–94   Teaching Exhibits.  Exhibits for Introduction to Archaeology, Indians of North America, and Natives of California at the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology (formerly the Lowie Museum of Anthropology).  Collaborated with instructors on content and installation.

1993      Written Down and Dug Up.  An Exhibit at the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology (formerly the Lowie Museum of Anthropology).  Responsible for all content and installation.  August–October.

1992      Site to World System:  Theoretical and Analytical Perspectives on Contact.  Session chair.  Session presented at The Archaeology of Contact:  Processes and Consequences, 25th Annual Meeting of the Chacmool Conference.  University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  November 12–15.

1987      Bark Paintings from Australia’s Northern Territory.  An Exhibit at the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology (formerly the Lowie Museum of Anthropology).  Responsible for all content and installation.  Fall–Winter.

Publications:

2000         Privy Business: Chamber Pots and Sexpots in Colonial Life.  Archaeology 53:4, July/August.

(in press)   Theoretical and Analytical Perspectives on Contact:  An Overview.  In The Archaeology of Contact:  Processes and Consequences.  Edited by B. Kulle, K. Lesick. Department of Archaeology, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

1997      Point.  In Point–Counterpoint, ROPA.  Society for American Archaeology Newsletter 15(4):34.

1995      A Full Complement:  Employing Diverse Sources in Historical Anthropology.  In The Written and the Wrought:  Complementary Sources in Historical Anthropology.  Essays in Honor of James Deetz (Special Issue), edited by Mary Ellin D’Agostino, Elizabeth Prine, Eleanor Casella, and Margot Winer.  Kroeber Anthropological Society Papers 79:116-136. 

1995      The Written and the Wrought:  Complementary Sources in Historical Anthropology.  Essays in Honor of James Deetz (Special Issue) of the Kroeber Anthropological Society Papers 79.  Senior editor with Elizabeth Prine, Eleanor Casella, and Margot Winer.

1995      Cumulative Index, 1950–1994.  Kroeber Anthropological Society Papers, Vol. 78.  With Robert V. Kemper.

1995      Review of James Deetz:  Flowerdew Hundred:  The Archaeology of a Virginia Plantation, 1619–1864.  Historical Archaeology 29(1):  103–104.

Manuals & Reports:

1993      Introduction to Computer Use:  Anthropology 193 Manual.  14th edition revised.  Edited with Chris Hoffman.  Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley.  January.

1992      Introduction to Computer Use:  Anthropology 193 Manual.  12 and 13th editions revised.  Edited with Gurcharan S. Khanna.  Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley.  January, August. 

1990      Summary Report on the Archaeological Investigation of Stewart Hall, St. Georges, Bermuda, 1989–1990.  Preliminary report prepared for the Bermuda National Trust and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. 

1990      A Report of the Diverse & Sundry Researches into the History of Stewart Hall.  With Carl Thelen.  Preliminary report prepared for the Bermuda National Trust and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

1989      The Ceramic Assemblage from Melville Island, Australia:  Report on ceramics recovered from an early 19th century British Military Outpost.  Manuscript on file at the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley.

Papers Presented:

 2000      Introduction, Archaeologists and Academic Others.  Paper in preparation for the Society for Historical Archaeology Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology.  Quebec, Canada.  January 4-9.

1999      Reification, Reality, and Gender.  Paper presented at the 98th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association.  Chicago, IL.  November 17-21.

1999      Material Correlates of Social Identity in the Anglo-Colonial World.  Paper presented at the 64th Annual Meetings of the Society for American Archaeology.  Chicago, IL.  March 24-28.

1998      An Archaeological Approach to Historic Documents.  Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association.  Philadelphia, PA.  December 2–6.

1998      An Archaeological Approach to Probate Inventories.  Paper presented at the Fall Meeting of the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology.  University of Durham, Durham, England.  September 21–22.

1992      Theoretical and Analytical Perspectives on Contact:  An Overview.  Paper presented at The Archaeology of Contact:  Processes and Consequences, 25th annual Chacmool Conference.  Department of Archaeology,  University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  November 12–15.

1987      Plymouth Colony Room-by-Room Inventories, 1633-1684.  Co-author with James Deetz and the Berkeley Historical Archaeology Seminar.  Paper presented at Early American Inventories, the Annual Meeting of the Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife, Deerfield, Massachusetts.  July 11–12.

Society for Historical Archaeology Annual Meetings

1999      The Chamber Pot in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Culture.  Revised version presented at the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology Annual Meeting, St. Mary's City, Maryland. October 23-24, 1999.

1998      An Archaeological Approach to Probate Inventories.

1996      Etic and Emic Material Culture Categories in Archaeological and Anthropological Interpretation.

1994      A Full Complement:  Employing Diverse Sources in Historical Anthropology.

1991      Goods & Chattels:  Comparing Probate Inventories from Seventeenth Century Plymouth Colony, Maryland, and Bermuda.

1989      Household Stuffe:  A Comparison of Probate Inventories from Essex, England & Plymouth Colony, New England.