Preliminary abstract: The project aims to explore into the early development of metallurgy in Eastern Xinjiang using metal artifacts uncovered from several Bronze Age and Early Iron Age cemeteries. Because of political and language barriers, this body of materials has been under-studied in international scholarship. The project will first deal with the origin of metallurgical knowledge in Eastern Xinjiang in the broad context of technological transmission and population migration across the Western Hexi Corrdor, the Mongolian Plateau, and the Minusinsk Basin.
Preliminary abstract: This project is an international research and training collaboration between Kristin Elizabeth Yarris of the University of Oregon (USA) and Juan Manuel Mendoza Guerrero of the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (Mexico). The project explores the impact of transit migration on the State, civil society, and communities along the 'Ruta Pacifica' (Pacific Route) of Central American migration North through Mexico.
Preliminary abstract: We propose renewed fieldwork at the earliest Australopithecus site of Kanapoi, Kenya. Until recently, our understanding of Australopithecus origins was based on A. afarensis. However, the dramatically different morphology of earlier hominins, and differences between A. anamensis and A. afarensis, suggests that not all of the adaptations seen in A. afarensis evolved together at the origins of the genus.
DR. MARIA VARELA-SILVA, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, United Kingdom, and DR. FEDERICO DISKINSON-BANNACK, University of Merida, Merida, Mexico, were awarded an International Collaborative Research Grant in October 2009, to aid collaborative research on 'Nutritional Status and Health Outcomes in a Dual-Burden Population of Maya in Yucatan.' Developing countries are currently facing a dual burden of chronic malnutrition (stunting) and overweight/obesity.
Preliminary abstract: Between the monument sites of Mitla and Yagul in Oaxaca some the earliest evidence for human existence in the Americas is preserved. This rugged, elevated terrain has been in use by humans throughout the Holocene for a variety of purposes: habitational, subsistence, economic and artistic. The area is currently nominated by Mexico as a World Heritage Area. This project will provide a focused, detailed technical analysis of the rock art pictographs and petroglyphs in the Valley Oaxaca between the monument sites of Yagul and Mitla.
Preliminary abstract: This international collaborative research grant proposal outlines a multi-sited project to study the role of designers in the shifting cultural meanings of indigo dyes in contemporary China and India. In the project, four international research partners will conduct two field study trips and two Design Anthropology workshops with students.