Volume 6, 2016
Editor in Chief:
Alexander "Teddy" Mazurek
Britta Spaulding is a sixth-year Ph.D. student in Anthropology at the University at Buffalo. She holds a B.A. in Archaeology and the Culture of the Ancient Near East and Art History, as well as a minor in Biblical Languages, from Lycoming College (2010) and an M.A. in Anthropology from the University at Buffalo (2014). She has done archaeological work in Sweden, Pennsylvania, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and Wales. Britta also has museum experience from the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY. Her current research interests involve late medieval to recent historical periods in Sweden and northern Europe and developments in agricultural technology, rural settlement and identity at small farms, homesteads, and villages, and the uses of remote sensing and GIS for historical site identification and heritage preservation.
Ashlee Hart is a second-year Ph.D. student in Anthropology at the University at Buffalo, studying archaeology. She earned her B.A. in History and B.S. in Anthropology at the University of Idaho in 2013. Her archaeological fieldwork includes work in Idaho, New York, and Bulgaria. Ashlee's main research interests include the Thracian tribes in Bulgaria especially during the late Bronze Age and early Iron Age. Her interests include interaction and agency theory.
Ashlee's dissertation will focus on changing identities within indigenous populations as colonization arrives, bringing new ideas and material culture. She will examine ceramic artifacts to source the clay and technological processes. The interdisciplinary study will show to what extent Thracian identity changed due to Greek colonialism.
Teddy Mazurek is a 4th-year Ph.D. student in Mediterranean Archaeology in the Department of Classics at the University at Buffalo. He earned his B.A. in Archaeology and Classics from Boston University in 2012 and his M.A. from the University at Buffalo in 2014. He has conducted field work at Tell es-Sweyhat in Syria, and at the Etruscan sites of Veii and Rofalco in Italy. He is currently a staff member with the Rofalco excavation project and a graduate assistant of the Rofalco archaeological field school.
Teddy's academic interests include Etruscan Urbanism, Greeks and Romans in Etruria, and Ancient Warfare. He is interested in investigating Etruscan warfare as a means to better understand the complex political, social, and cultural beliefs within the region of Etruria.
Hannah Quaintance is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology at SUNY Buffalo. She earned her B.A. from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA in 2012 with a concentration in fine arts and cultural studies. She has museum experience from the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Washington in Seattle. She has participated in the excavation at Aktropraklik Hoyuk, a Neolithic site in northwestern Turkey. Hannah's current research focuses on heritage theory and practice, sustainable heritage tourism planning, and community outreach and colloboration.
Laura Harrison is a founding editor of Chronika, and served as Editor in Chief from 2009-2012. She completed her B.A. at Ithaca College in 2007 and her M.A. at SUNY Buffalo in 2012. Currently, Laura is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology at SUNY Buffalo. She has done archaeological fieldwork at Dispilio and Gournia in Greece, as well as Çatalhöyük and Seyitömer Höyük, in Turkey. In 2014 and 2015, Laura served as Director of an international Field School program at Seyitömer Höyük. Her Ph.D. research focuses on urbanism as a social process in Anatolia and the Aegean during the Early Bronze Age.
Darren Poltorak is an eighth year Ph.D. student in Anthropology at the University at Buffalo. He earned his B.A. in Anthropology and Classical Archaeology from the University of Michigan in 2007. He has participated in fieldwork in Michigan, Northern Ireland, Austria, Hungargy, and Romania. During his time in the Ph.D. program at the University at Buffalo, Darren’s primary research has been on identity in regions of shifting political control, focusing on Dacia post-Roman conquest
In addition to being an editor on Chronika, Darren currently is project director of the Cumidava Archaeological Research Project (CARP) in Rasnov, Romania, preparing dissertation research and running a field school for aspiring archaeologist.