Current Graduate Students
Marisol is from Los Angeles, CA. Her background is eclectic to say the least. She started out with a career in journalism, writing and editing for the school paper while interning with a small local magazine and working on a community film crew. After receiving her AA in Journalism from East Los Angeles College, she moved on to UC Santa Barbara where she earned a degree in Psychology. Initially she intended to study human memory systems, attention, and problem solving. It is within this endeavor that she solidified her interest in studying the evolution of human cognition and what led her to archaeology. Prior to arriving at Texas State she was working in a cognitive psychology lab studying implicit racial biases as well as working on a Cognitive Archaeology certificate from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Marisol’s Master’s thesis is studying the transition between Middle to Later Stone Age in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. She will be conducting a lithic analysis of an assemblage from Malony’s Kloof, a site near Kimberley. She will be returning to South Africa to finalize her analysis this summer.
Sarah is originally from North Sutton, New Hampshire. After pursuing a Criminal Justice degree, her evolving interests in anthropology brought her to San Marcos where she began her Bachelor’s at Texas State University. Texas State’s diverse undergraduate Anthropology program and supportive faculty aided in her pursuit of a wide range of undergraduate research endeavors, including microscopic use-wear analysis of lithic materials from Archaic archaeological sites. She graduated from Texas State in 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Anthropology and minor in Geography. After working on various academic archaeological projects affiliated with Texas State University in Texas and South Africa, and later with the George Washington University in Kenya, Sarah decided to pursue her Master’s degree at Texas State. Texas State’s Anthropology Master’s program has a strong archaeological component which allows her to pursue geoarchaeological research in Africa under the guidance of specialized faculty.
Sarah’s Master’s thesis concerns the characterization of Pleistocene paleoenvironments at a Middle- and Late Stone Age archaeological site in South Africa. Her research focuses on the use of geoproxy evidence such as paleosols and pedogenic carbonates, to elucidate the nature of sedimentation regimes reflective of South Africa’s continental paleoclimate at the Pleistocene-Holocene transition. She will carry out her field research in Summer 2017.