Three graduate students studying archaeology at the UMMAA have received very good news this month: Jordan Dalton, Hannah Hoover, and Jo Osborn have all been awarded fellowships to continue their research.

Jordan Dalton was awarded the Kalbfleisch Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York. The appointment is for two years.

During the fellowship, Dalton wrote, she will be working with archived data from an archaeological project in Peru.

“The Proyecto Arqueológico-Histórico Chincha-Pisco, which was directed by Craig Morris, Heather Lechtman and Luis G. Lumbreras … conducted research in the Chincha and Pisco Valleys of Peru during the 1980s,” Dalton explained. “I will be focusing on their research in the Chincha Valley at the sites of La Centinela, the capital of the Chincha polity, and Huacarones, a small elite agricultural center. Data from these sites builds on my dissertation work at the site of Las Huacas, which was a secondary center in the rich agricultural fields of the Chincha Valley. Through combining and comparing data from across these three sites, I will be able to create a more comprehensive picture of how Inca expansion affected various sites in the Chincha Valley.”

Hannah Hoover received a three-year National Science Foundation grant through the Graduate Research Fellowship Program—she was one of just nine archaeologists among more than 2,000 awardees. Hoover will use the award to fund work on her dissertation research, which focuses on the archaeology of colonialisms, particularly in the southeastern United States.

“I seek to further considerations of diversity in colonial landscapes by enhancing how archaeologists identify and understand the dynamics of multiethnic communities,” explained Hoover. “My dissertation will explore these concepts through Yamasee coalescence and their engagement with the British in the Indian slave trade at the turn of the eighteenth century in coastal South Carolina.”

Jo Osborn received a Lewis and Clark grant, as well as a prestigious one-year fellowship at Dumbarton Oaks.

The Museum community sends congratulations to all three for the hard work and brilliant thinking that led to such impressive recognition. Way to go, Jordan, Hannah, and Jo!!  

Below: Jordan Dalton did her dissertation work at the site of Las Huacas, in the Chincha Valley of Peru; Hannah Hoover gave a public tour last summer while working with the Aventura Archaeology Project near Corozal, Belize.