Independent Study

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Senior ARCH Majors, joined by Claire Miller on far left (ANTH), celebrate I.S. Monday: March 26, 2012. (1 to r) Catherine Gullett, Anarrubenia Capellin-Ortega, and Emily Butcher

Independent Study (I.S.) at Wooster provides a chance for each student to pursue in depth an area of their own choosing, with the one-on-one guidance of a faculty member.  Many archaeology students elect to do their I.S. projects on laboratory or field studies in which they have engaged.  The Archaeology Department encourages students to present their I.S. work at regional or national professional meetings, such as the Central States Anthropological Society or the Society for American Archaeology, or at student colloquia on campus.  Students find that I.S. prepares them well for graduate study.

Learn more about Independent Study.


Students have chosen wide-ranging topics, including

  • “Great Spirits of All Who Lived Before”: Exploring the Original Peopling of the Americas Through the Examination of Paleoindian Skeletal Remains, by Hannah Matulek ‘17
  • All Hands on Deck: The Role of Ship Burial Reentry in the Maintenance and Construction of Narrative in the Vendel and Viking Periods, by Gina Malfatti ‘17
  • Phoenician Colonization of Nuragic Sardinia: A World-Systems Model of Periphery-Semi-periphery Interaction, by Jade Robison ‘16
  • The Queen's Serpent: An Examination of the Serpent Vessel from Burial 61 from El Peru-Waka', Guatemala, by Sarah Van Oss, ‘16
  • Sacred and Mortuary Landscapes in Iron Age Cyprus: A GIS Analysis, by James Torpy ‘15
  • The Domestication and Migration of Zea mays L. in Association with Holocene Climatic Variance, by Kelsey Salmon Schreck ‘15
  • Lithic Raw Material Procurement at the Prehistoric Wansack Site (36ME61) in Mercer County, Pennsylvania: Evidence for Mobility and Trade Patterns from the Archaic to the Late Prehistoric in Elemental XRF Data, by Stephanie Bosch ‘14
  • Written in Stone: Mortuary Analysis of the Cemetery in Athienou, Cyprus, by Ashleigh Sims ‘14
  • Confronting Archaeology's Political Nature: An Evaluation of Archaeology as a Tool of Social Action in the Post-Conflict Societies of Spain and the Former Yugoslavia, by Allison Ham ‘14
  • Sailing on the Edge: A World-Systems Analysis of Pirates and Privateers in the Atlantic and Caribbean in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, by Emily Butcher ‘12
  • The Historic Built Landscape of The College of Wooster: An Investigation into Architecture, Curriculum, and Memory, by Jacob Dinkelaker '11
  • Interpreting Royal Portrait Stelae as Political Strategy: An Analysis of Iconography and Social Competition at Tikal and Copan, by Chelsea Fisher '11
  • Shiny Rocks: Studying the Transition to Horticulture Using the Techniques of Microwear Analysis, by Andrew Marley '10
  • Paleoclimate Teleconnection Between the American Mid-Continent and North Pacific Driven by Shifts in Atmospheric Circulation, by Terry Workman '10
  • Excavating Hallowed Ground: An Assessment of the State of American Civil War Battlefield Archaeology, by Allison Young '10
  • The Manufacturing of Paints and the Mineral Trade in Ptolemaic Egypt: Analysis of Material from the Wooster Mummy, by Jenna Arculeo '09
  • The Emergence and Development of Medieval Walled Towns: An Examination of Settlement Structure in Cork, Ireland, from the Ninth Century Through the Fifteenth Century, by Brittany Rancour '09
  • Welcome to the Past: An Analysis of the Historiography and Archaeology Behind Early Colonial Living History Museums in America, by Emily Long '08
  • Stories in the Stones: A Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Historic Cemeteries in Lewes, Delaware and Wayne County, Ohio, by Erin Toohey '07
  • Residue Analysis of Ceramics from Late Byzantine and Medieval Contexts at Pella, Jordan, by Hanneke Hoekman '04

For detailed information, please refer to our I.S. Handbook.