BA Dickinson College, Archaeology and Art History, 2008
MA University at Albany, SUNY, Anthropology, 2011
Formative period archaeology in Mesoamerica, development of sociopolitical complexity, starch grain analysis.
Rebecca Mendelsohn is a Ph.D. candidate and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology with an emphasis in Mesoamerican archaeology. Since 2006, she has conducted archaeological fieldwork in Greece, Cyprus, Belize, Costa Rica, and Mexico. Her dissertation research focuses on the investigation of commoner houses at the Formative period site of Izapa (1000 BC-200 AD), one of Mesoamerica’s first cities, located in the Soconusco region of Chiapas, Mexico. She hopes to determine how the urbanization of the site and development of sociopolitical hierarchy affected Izapa’s commoners. Currently on a Fulbright-García Robles grant in Mexcio (2013-2014) with a project entitled Agriculture, Daily Life, and the Rise of Mesoamerican Civilization: View from Izapa, Rebecca is also investigating the archaeological plant remains (starch grains and macrobotanicals) from Izapa, in collaboration with Dr. Guillermo Acosta Ochoa and Dr. Emily McClung de Tapia of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. In addition to her work with Formative period archaeology, Rebecca has worked with both museum anthropology and the application of 3D methods (photogrammetry and 3D scanning) in cultural heritage fields.