The GCAS was pleased to award funds through our group’s inaugural Nancy Coinman Grant Awards program for the 2018-2019 scholastic year to two graduate students of archaeology: Samantha (Sam) Bomkamp and Thatcher Rogers. They have each provided us with interesting progress reports describing their research that our group’s Coinman awards helped support. Today, we begin at the front of the alphabet with Samantha Bomkamp’s research; on October 16 we will publish Thatcher Rogers’s report.
Sam Bomkamp is a second-year graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee having earned her BA in Anthropology there in 2016. She expects to complete her Master’s degree in the Spring of 2020. Our grant award helped offset some of her transportation and related expenses in her travel from Wisconsin to the Southwest during the summer of 2019. She spent her summer working on her university’s archaeological survey project in the Jornada Mogollon highlands near Ruidoso, and independently traveled to the Center for New Mexico Archaeology in Santa Fe and the El Paso Museum of Archaeology to study and analyze their respective collections of northern Chihuahua/Casas Grandes ceramics.
An accomplished archaeological technician in both lab and field, Sam previously engaged in: field school and cultural resource management work in Wisconsin; a succession of museum internships including at Beloit College; and a research internship at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. She was awarded a competitive internship at Milwaukee Public Museum to research their collection of Casas Grandes pottery comprising 80 ceramic vessels. Organizing and performing a comparative analysis of the data from this research with her extended research this past summer form the basis of the master’s thesis she is writing and will defend in the spring of 2020.
We congratulate Sam on her hard work and archaeological research, and look forward to hearing more good news from her next year when she earns her Master’s degree!