Heidi Miller

Heidi Miller is a Ph.D. student and the Zooarchaeology and Historic Archaeology Lab coordinator. Her primary focus is on bioarchaeology of the African Diaspora, especially the Caribbean region. She is interested in the way enslaved peoples retained and created a new identity and the ways in which that can be seen in the skeletal record. Her work uses multiple lines of evidence, including skeletal remains, historic archaeology, and written records. In addition, Heidi is interested in historic archaeology and assists with the summer field school at Gamble Plantation. Outside of school, Heidi works in cultural resource management and has worked in several states, but conducts most of her CRM work in North Dakota.

EDUCATION

M.S., Bioarchaeology, University of Indianapolis

B.A., Anthropology, Ohio University

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Historic Archaeology

  • Caribbean

  • Archaeological Theory

  • Ancestry and Identity

Bioarchaeology

  • Materiality of the Body

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology

  • Mortuary Archaeology

  • Paleopathology

  • Osteology

Zooarchaeology and Archaeology 

Matt Litteral

Matt Litteral's research interests include the modern-day implications of historic structural inequalities, and he utilizes archaeology as advocacy for marginalized communities. Matt is currently conducting thesis research at Gamble Plantation Historic State Park. Through the integration of archaeological excavation, remote sensing technology, and community memory, he hopes to provide a more accurate and less biased interpretation of enslavement at the site.

EDUCATION

B.A., Anthropology, Eastern Kentucky University

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Historic Archaeology

  • Disenfranchised historic people 

  • Modern structural inequality 

Archaeology

  • Advocacy for marginalized groups

  • Excavation 

Ofelia Sanchez

Ofelia Sanchez is currently a Master’s student at USF.  Her current research deals with illicit economies in rural central Florida, specifically at the Desert Inn in Yeehaw Junction, and how women attained power and agency through their participation in them. Ofelia is also interested in the ways in which these illicit economies were impacted by trade and changes in technology throughout the late 19th and early 20th century.

EDUCATION

B.A., Anthropology, University of Central Florida

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Historic Archaeology

  • Southeastern U.S. archaeology 

  • Post-colonial studies

  • Advocacy, agency and identity of marginal people 

Public and Community Archaeology

  • Race and gender 

  • Informal and Illicit Economics

  • Social conflicts

Dina Rivera-Moore 

Dina Rivera-Moore is currently a Master's student at USF. Her research focuses on precontact Native American bioarchaeology and NAGPRA.

EDUCATION

B.A., Anthropology, University of South Florida

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Molecular Archaeology

Historic Archaeology

  • Social Networks of Pre-Columbian Caribbean Societies

  • Native hertiage of Southeastern US, Mexico, Caribbean

  • Social Change

  • Colonialism 

Shana Boyer

Shana Boyer's bio: 

Shana is a first year master's student focusing on Paleoethnobotany of historic Florida.

EDUCATION

B.A., Anthropology, University of South Florida

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Archaeology

  • Paleoethnobotany of Historic Florida

  • Prehistoric Florida Archaeology

Tracy Lovingood

Tracy's bio: 

Tracy is a graduate student interested in environmental archaeology and colonial era relationships between colonists and native populations. She is interested in how interactions between colonists and natives changed how natives used the landscape, and also how those interactions changed how natives viewed themselves and changed their lifestyles. She will be working with Dr. Diane Wallman starting in the fall and is excited to be developing her interests in Florida's history and rich culture. Tracy is a navy veteran and her service allowed for her to finish her undergraduate degree at the University of Central Florida before coming to the University of South Florida. She is glad to be a part of the USF community and to contribute to understanding the past and making that knowledge available for the public. 

EDUCATION

B.A., Anthropology, University of Central Florida

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Archaeology

  • Environmental Archaeology

  • Contact Period Interactions

  • Landscape Archaeology

  • Identity and Lifeways

Elizabeth Southard Razzouk

Elizabeth Southard Razzouk is a PhD student in the Applied Anthropology program at USF. 

EDUCATION

B.A., Anthropology, 

M.A. Applied Anthropology, University of South Florida

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Archaeology

  • Precontact Archaeology

  • Zooarchaeology

  • Florida Archaeology

Sophia Sciandra

Sophia's bio: 

Sophia is an undergraduate at the University of South Florida. She is completing an honors thesis focused on the analysis of faunal remains from Gamble Plantation.

EDUCATION

Current BA Student in Anthropology

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Faunal analysis, Victorian Foodways

University of South Florida

Department of Anthropolgy

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