What brings an intern to Crow Canyon? The answers may vary somewhat, but essentially, the message is the same: It’s the extraordinary chance to work side-by-side with respected scholars in the field of archaeology. Since 1988 nearly 250 outstanding young men and women have participated in the Center's internship program. Many of them have found a path to their future through the experience they gained at Crow Canyon. Find out about the exceptional students who are interning with us this year, starting with our lab and zooarchaeology interns. We'll introduce the field interns next month.
Shaza Wester Davis is from Yulee, Florida. She comes to Crow Canyon with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a minor in religious studies from the University of North Florida. She is applying to graduate school and is planning to resume her research into historic cemeteries and continue her fieldwork at Amelia Island in Florida. Her special archaeological interests are mortuary practices and migration. “It is a huge honor to be a Crow Canyon lab intern,” Shaza said. “Everyone is so nice and knowledgeable. The environment is wonderful. I love that everyone I talk to is an expert on something!”
Laura Ellyson, from Culpeper, Virginia, is our zooarchaeology intern. This summer she is working with zooarchaeologist Dr. Steve Wolverton, Crow Canyon’s faunal consultant. Laura is a senior at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is planning to graduate in December 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and minors in studio art and mathematics. She is looking forward to continuing her studies in graduate school. The chance to work in Southwestern archaeology as a zooarchaeologist drew her to Crow Canyon’s internship program. She said, “This is a great experience. The staff is excellent and very experienced with this area.”
Laura Holthus is from Littleton, Colorado, and is currently a senior at the University of Wyoming, working on a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a minor in museum studies. She is planning to attend graduate school, studying either anthropology or museum studies. “I have always been interested in Egyptology and have taken three years of Arabic because of that interest, but it’s not currently available where I am. So, Southwestern archaeology is my other interest. I attended Crow Canyon about five years ago for High School Archaeology Camp and fell in love. So, five years later, I am finally back and loving working in the lab!”