- PhD Candidate
- Anthropological Archaeology
- European Prehistory (Neolithic-Iron Age)
Sylvia Deskaj (M.A.) is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Anthropology. Her dissertation research aims to better understand the nature of prehistoric social interaction between foreign and indigenous human populations in the Balkans. She is beginning a dissertation on human mobility during the Bronze Age in the Shkoder region of northern Albania, where she has been working since 2010 as a member of the PASH project, and is particularly interested in the social aspects of death and tumulus burial. Last summer, she supervised the excavation of two prehistoric mounds — excavated materials included sherds, beads, and human and faunal remains. The data that will be generated from the analyses of these finds, in conjunction with survey and ethnographic data, will contribute towards Sylvia’s dissertation work, which seeks to identify some of the conditions through which space becomes ritualized, particularly through mortuary activities. To this extent, Sylvia will return to Albania in December 2014 in order to collect the last phase of her dissertation data.
In 2012, Sylvia began work on the DIROS project in Greece, focusing on the massive Neolithic cave complex called Alepotrypa (Fox Hole), where she is studying the distribution of 100s of pieces of scattered human bone. Doctoral Committee:Dr. Lynne Goldstein (Chair)Dr. William A. LovisDr. Helen PollardDr. Jon FreyDr. William A. Parkinson
2011 Chapter 21 contributed to The Routledge Handbook of Archaeological Human Remains and Legislation: an international guide to laws and practice in the excavation and treatment of archaeological human remains (with S. Schermer and E. Shukriu), edited by N. Marquez-Grant and L. Fibiger. Routledge. London.