Samantha Bomkamp, one of only two 2018-2019 Coinman Grant Awards recipients, completed her thesis for her Master's of Science in Anthropology degree at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee in May 2020. She kindly sent us a copy of her thesis, entitled "Typological and Iconographic Analyses of Casas Grandes Pottery at the Milwaukee Public Museum," to share with our membership. Click here to read her thesis: Download Bomkamp-Thesis-Casas-Grandes-Pottery-MPM-2020.pdf (15666.2K)
Sam explains that she concentrated her analysis on 80 ceramic vessels from the Casas Grandes region of Mexico that are currently housed at the Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM). The challenge for her was that this collection, most of which had been donated to the MPM in 1977, had little to no provenience information. Moreover, no research had been conducted on the materials since MPM had taken possession. Therefore Sam developed a detailed coding scheme in order to record the kinds of data that could be used to classify the ceramic vessels both typologically and chronologically.
We hope to keep following Sam's research in Anthropology, Museum Studies, & Nonprofit Management at the UW-Milwaukee and wherever else her studies take her. Congratulations, Sam, and thank you for sharing your research with the GCAS!
/s/ webmaster [olla from the Mound of the Offerings, museum at Paquime, CHIH, Mexico; photo by M.Smith]