WRITING SAMPLES

This is a collection of archaeological essays and lab reports from my time at SMU.

CHIEFLY INSTITUTIONS IN ANCIENT HAWAII

This paper discusses how chiefs both established and stayed in
power in prehistoric Hawaii. It looks at archaeology from Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i, O‘ahu, Maui, and Moloka‘i and discusses what is known from those sites as well as the oral histories associated with the social systems of Hawaii. Four factors are discussed as they relate to current archaeological evidence on the topic; religion, monumental architecture, warfare, and geo-social hierarchy. 

THE PUEBLOAN DISAPPEARANCE

This paper was written for a group project on the archaeology of Chaco Canyon in the Four Corners Region of the Southwest. The report focuses on using current artefactual evidence from the region to deduce the reason for the disappearance of the Ancient Pueblo that once inhabited the land. We tie into our analysis a discussion of why is it important to accurately portray this history, and the current popular portrayals of this history. We concluded that the Anasazi fled their homes due to environmental, social, and
political pressures.

LITHICS LABORATORY WRITE-UP

This is the write-up of our lithic analysis portion of our archaeological methods course.

FAUNAL LABORATORY WRITE-UP

This is a write-up of our faunal analysis portion of our archaeological methods course.

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