A Saint Jude’s Box for Zooarchaeologists In the Making

Author(s): Jun Sunseri

Year: 2015


Taking on graduate students and shepherding them through the harrowing process of becoming PhD’s is something few faculty take lightly. Within the rigorous methodological sub-discipline of Zooarchaeology, even fewer would commit to the requisite long and close apprenticeship with students whose backgrounds lay "outside of the box" of faunal-focused research. Yet, Diane populated her research cluster with a dynamic mixture of scholars from disparate backgrounds, just as she kept the famous "Saint Jude’s Box" in her lab for those pieces defying some element of analysis. Though some of these scholars seemed hell-bent on tackling impossible projects, the mentorship and support network sustained among those bone-filled cabinets has resulted in scholarship based around the world and sometimes in the most unlikely of research directions, drawn from the spirit of adventure and resilience modeled by the lab director herself.

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A Saint Jude’s Box for Zooarchaeologists In the Making. Jun Sunseri. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395780)


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