I am Sage King and I am earning a baccalaureate of science degree in Anthropology, from Southern Oregon University, with an emphasis in archaeology. I anticipate graduating in December 2014.
I am interested in the areas of osteoarchaeology and mortuary archaeology, particularly in the geographic region of Europe. My current research interests revolve around human remains and burial ritual. The numerous things bones can tell about an individual’s life, such as age, sex, diseases, cause of death, and diet are crucial in understanding the demographics of past cultures. How artifacts included in a burial can indicate age, gender, and status within a culture is also important and can tell a lot about the values within that culture at the time. I am particularly interested in the field methods of excavation, documentation, recovery, and repatriation of human remains. In the summer of 2013, I participated in an archaeological field school through the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. The purpose of this project was to gain a better understanding of what remained archaeologically on the grounds of Thornton Abbey. The excavation revolved around four trenches, three of which were excavated buildings. The fourth trench turned out to be an unmarked mass grave, which was something that wasn’t expected during this project. When the grave was excavated, it was found that it included men, women, and children which were an indication that it was not a monastic grave, even though it was located on the monastic grounds. The information which human remains and burial goods are able to tell us about the lives of past people is crucial to the understanding of humanity, past and present.
I am a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and graduated with honors from Umpqua Community College with my Associate of Arts degree in Anthropology. While in attendance at UCC I received an award for the most Outstanding Student in Anthropology. Currently, I am volunteering in the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology. I participate in cleaning and cataloging the collections that the lab receives and recovers. I also participate in their surveying efforts for which they are hired. Recently, I participated in a public archaeology day which the lab held during one of their data collection efforts in Jacksonville, Oregon.
After completing my baccalaureate degree in Anthropology from Southern Oregon University I am looking forward to continuing my studies in mortuary archaeology and osteoarchaeology by attending a doctoral program in Anthropology. After earning my doctoral degree I hope to become a faculty member at a college or university where I can teach and continue my research in the mortuary archaeology of Europe.
McNair Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mark Tveskov, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology
Sage King in Guatemala, 2013