MEET THE PROFESSOR: Dr. Marcie Venter
Dr. Venter is an archaeologist specializing in Mesoamerican archaeology, but she has broad-ranging research experience and interests in the United States and the Caribbean. This past year has been a busy one. Dr. Venter has been working with the Delaware Tribe of Indians on a National Park Service Grant to archaeologically identify and protect cultural heritage sites occupied during their relocation west from the Atlantic Coast. Second, she has coordinated, with the City of Springfield, Missouri and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, to provide Archaeological education to public middle school students. Students received a hands-on introduction to archaeological field and laboratory work and interpretation. Dr. Venter has also been collaborating in the study of a ca. AD 600-900 Amerindian site on the island of Trinidad in the West Indies, where she is the project ceramicist. Students interested in assisting with this analysis may contact Dr. Venter. She also has been collaborating with a colleague at the University of Kentucky in a study of how community tourism entrepreneurs and government agencies differently incorporate archaeological heritage into a struggling domestic tourism economy in the Tuxtla Mountains of Veracruz, Mexico. Finally, Dr. Venter is planning a multi-year archaeological project in the Tuxtlas Biosphere in southern Veracruz, Mexico. This project is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2013; the proposal for that project is currently under consideration by the National Science Foundation. When funded, student assistants will be needed to help with the field and laboratory analysis, as well as consult with Biosphere administrators, biologists, and inhabitants.