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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2016

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The Problematical, The Cave, and The Maya: A Theoretical Discussion and Ethnoarchaeological Investigation, Haley N. Austin
Department: Archaeology

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Insurgency in the Late Bronze Age Levant: A World-Systems Analysis of Three Egyptian Garrison Sites, Eric T. Hubbard
Department: Archaeology

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Phoenician Colonization of Nuragic Sardinia: A World-Systems Model of Periphery-Semiperiphery Interaction, Jade Robison
Department: Archaeology

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Subaltern Realities and Cultural Identities: The Emergence of Creolization through Analysis of an Archaeological Assemblage at Betty's Hope Plantation, Katelyn Schoenike
Department: Archaeology

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The Queen’s Serpent: An Examination of the Serpent Vessel from Burial 61 from El Perú-Waka’, Sarah Van Oss
Department: Archaeology; Art and Art History

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2015

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Forming and Debating National Identity: Three Case Studies of the Ownership of Ancient Artifacts, Rachael Aleshire
Department: Archaeology

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Do You Have the Heart For It?: An Anthropological Examination of Portrayals of Aztec Human Sacrifice in Popular Culture, Courtney F. Astrom
Department: Archaeology; Sociology and Anthropology

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Reflections of Foreign Influence and Social Class in Cypriot Art During the Hellenistic and Roman Periods, Bianca Hand
Department: Archaeology

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Tomb of the Goblets: Revisiting a Middle Bronze Burial from Pella in Jordan, Blair Heidkamp
Department: Archaeology

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The Domestication and Migration of Zea mays L. in Association with Holocene Climatic Variance, Kelsey L. Salmon Schreck
Department: Archaeology

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Anglo-Saxon and Viking Ship Burials as Indicators of Status and Power, Meagan Shirley
Department: Archaeology; Art and Art History

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Sacred and Mortuary Landscapes in Iron Age Cyprus: A GIS Analysis, James P. Torpy
Department: Archaeology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2014

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Lithic Raw Material Procurement at the Prehistoric Wansack Site (36ME61) in Mercer County, Pennsylvania: Evidence for Mobility and Trade Patterns from the Archaic to the Late Prehistoric in Elemental XRF Data, Stephanie Bosch
Department: Archaeology

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The Accuracy of the Ethnohistoric Data by La Page Du Pratz about the Natchez, Jensen L. Buchanan
Department: Archaeology; Sociology and Anthropology

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Further Down the Spiral: Analyzing Calleva Atrebatum in the Context of Collapse and Abandonment During the Withdrawal of Roman Britain, Peregrine Grosch
Department: Archaeology

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Confronting Archaeology's Political Nature: An Evaluation of Archaeology as a Tool of Social Action in the Post Conflict Societies of Spain and the Former Yugoslavia, Allison C. Ham
Department: Archaeology

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An Investigation of Cultural Identity: A Comparison of Mortuary, Ceramic, and Architectural Traditions between Cerro Magoni, Teotihuacan, and Northwestern Mexico, Emily J. Kate
Department: Archaeology; Sociology and Anthropology

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If You Were Buried In A Ship, You Might Be A Viking: An Investigation of Scandinavian Influence Over Anglo-Saxon Identity in Mortuary Practices, Kathryn Z. Libby
Department: Archaeology; History

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Finding the Thread of Transmission: An Examination of Hohokam Ceramic Production Through Regional Distribution and Production Patterns, Anna Mazin
Department: Archaeology

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Canaan as a Contested Periphery: An Investigation of the Core and Peripheral Cultural Interactions of the Early Bronze Age Levant through World-Systems Analysis, Brian Porrett
Department: Archaeology

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Written In Stone: Mortuary Analysis of the Cemetery in Athienou, Cyprus, Ashleigh Sims
Department: Archaeology; Sociology and Anthropology

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The Roman Military Industrial Complex: A Study of the Relationship of the Evolution of Roman Equipment and the Roman Economy, Owen E. Yeazell
Department: Archaeology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2013

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Monongahela Site Usage in the Late Prehistoric Period As Expressed in the 33ME61 Wansack Site (2-03), Jared Prestenbach
Department: Archaeology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2012

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Preserving the Past: A Comparison Between the United States and India, D. Claire Burns
Department: Archaeology

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Sailing on the Edge: a World-Systems Analysis of Pirates and Privateers in the Atlantic and Caribbean in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, Emily Butcher
Department: Archaeology

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Mom, What Are We? Culture Contact Between Maya and Olmec in Pre-Columbian Honduras, Anarrubenia P. Capellin Ortega
Department: Archaeology

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Journey to the New World: a World-Systems Approach to English Colonization at Jamestown, Catherine Gullett
Department: Archaeology

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Consumerism in the Caribbean: a Study of Consumer Trends Within the British Colonial Caribbean, Christopher Gordon Haslam
Department: Archaeology

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Gift That Keeps on Giving: Exploring the Role of Scenes Involving the Offering of Gifts on Egyptian Non-Royal Coffins and Tombs, Renee Hennemann
Department: Archaeology; Art and Art History

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Off With Their Heads: The Use of Human Heads as Trophies in Central and South America, Katie Kowicki
Department: Archaeology

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Determining Site Usage of the Orange Township Earthworks in Highbanks Metropark, Delaware, Ohio: Chert and Lithic Analysis, Anastasia Wallace
Department: Archaeology

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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The Historic Built Landscape of The College of Wooster: An Investigation into Architecture, Curriculum, and Memory, Jacob L. Dinkelaker

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First Century Judean Synagogue Architecture: How Understandings of Identity, Space, and the Sacred Influenced This Development, Derek Greeley
Department: Archaeology

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Stewards of Their Own Lands: An Evaluation of Tribal Cultural and Historic Preservation Effectiveness, Sarah Tate
Department: Archaeology

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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Social Metaphors: An Analysis of Social Structure through a Study of Paracas Textile Motifs, Emma Schmitt

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2009

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Emergence and Development of Medieval Walled Towns: An Examination of Settlement Structure in Cork, Ireland From the Ninth Century Through the Fifteenth Century, Brittany Christine Rancour
Department: Archaeology

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Relationship of Architectural Energetics and Architectural Symbolism at Selected Sites in Ancient Egypt and Mesoamerica, Karolina M. Walls
Department: Archaeology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2008

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Putting Her in Her Place: Gender, Archaeology, and the Anglo-Norman Castle, Elizabeth Sand Eckel
Department: Archaeology; History

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Interpreting Africa's Past: the Use of Ekistics and Oral Tradition in the Examination of Great Zimbabwe, Ashley Marie Jirsa
Department: Archaeology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2007

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Excavting the Excavated: Reevaluating the Uhle Textiles For Future Studies, Katherine Duffus
Department: Archaeology

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Stories in the Stones: a Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Historic Cemeteries in Lewes, Delaware and Wayne County, Ohio, Erin Toohey
Department: Archaeology

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This Should Be in a Museum! the Illegal Trade in Chinese Antiquities and What Can Be Done to Stop It, Andrew Womack
Department: Archaeology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2006

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Analysis of Ceramics From the Malloura Valley of Central Cyprus to Determine Social and Economic Change During the Late Roman Period, Christin M. Jones
Department: Archaeology

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Celtic Invasion of Ireland: Myth or Fact? Revisiting the Late Bronze Age-Early Iron Age Transition, Catherine McMahon
Department: Archaeology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2004

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Residue Analysis of Ceramics From Late Byzantine and Mediaeval Contexts at Pella, Jordan, Hanneke Aaltje Hoekman
Department: Archaeology; Chemistry

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Settlement Dynamics of Central Cyprus: a Gis Analysis, David Massey
Department: Archaeology

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Wayne County Cemeteries, Aaron Orszag
Department: Archaeology

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Osteological Analysis of Irish Bronze Age Populations: Searching For Nutritional Deficiencies As Evidence of Social Complexity, Joyce Stockins
Department: Archaeology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2003

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Using An 18th Century Cemetery and Interviews With Parishioners of St. Genevieve to Determine How Religion Reinforced Ethnic Identity in the French-Catholic Settlement of Calmoutier, Holmes County, Ohio, Jeanne Harrington
Department: Archaeology; Sociology and Anthropology

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Conflict, Warfare, and Viewshed Analysis: the Pueblo III Period in the Silver Creek Drainage, East-Central Arizona, Leslie Nicole McCluskey
Department: Archaeology; Geology

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Plain and Simple: Health Care Decision-Making Among the Amish and Its Implications on the Process of Cultural Evolution, Cori Philips
Department: Archaeology

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Silent Houses: An Examination of Social and Economic Pressures Present in Residential Architecture During the Classic/Postclassic Transition in El Coyote, Honduras, Georlin Denise Thorne
Department: Archaeology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2002

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Aniconic Images in Ancient Aegean Cultures, Michael Ludwig
Department: Archaeology; Classical Studies

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May His Shoul Be Bound up in the Bond of Eternal Life: Religious and Ethnic Self-Identity at the Ashne Hesed Cemetery, Erie, Pennsylvania, Heather L. McEwan
Department: Archaeology

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Lithic Reduction Strategy of the Archaic: Manufacturing and Use Traces in the Maccorkle Bifurcate Tradition of Ohio, Michael J. Miller
Department: Archaeology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2001

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Anglo-Saxon and Romano-British Burial Practices: Signs of Migration and Cultural Interaction, Christopher Jeremy Barney
Department: Archaeology

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Implications of Ptolemaic Rule on Traditional Egyptian Culture, Matthew J. Breznai
Department: Archaeology; Classical Studies

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Combining Archaeological Databases, Geographic Information Systems, and Multimedia Digital Reconstruction; An Application of the Modern Archaeology Lab in Settlement Pattern Analysis, Aaron Fuleki
Department: Archaeology

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Tressie Mcintosh Site, Clinton, Ohio: Using Nineteenth Century Ceramics As Indicators of Socioeconomic Status and Consumer Choice, Aileen Heiser
Department: Archaeology

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Lithic Analysis of the Action Site (33KN345) and the Millwood Rockshelter (33KN395), Knox County, Ohio: a Study in Methodology, Kimberly House
Department: Archaeology

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Archaeology of Mummification and Its Significance in Egyptian Culture, Thomas Frederick Johnson
Department: Archaeology

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Who Owns the Past? An Analysis of the Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act, Kathryn Joynt
Department: Archaeology

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Future Is in the Leaves, But the Present Is in the Pot: Reflections of Political, Economic, and Ideological Changes of the Ming Dynasty in Yixing Teapots, Crystal Miller
Department: Archaeology

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Historical Archaeology Analysis of Slave Life on Plantations in Louisiana and Throughout the Southern United States, Amanda Moreland
Department: Archaeology

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Translating Theran Wall Paintings, Sarah E. Nichols
Department: Archaeology; Classical Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2000

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It's Not the Size of the Road; It's What You Do With It: A Study on the Effects of Transportation Routes and Trade on the Romanization of Gaul, Michael P. Krackenberger
Department: Archaeology; Classical Studies

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Lithics and Prehistoric Economy in Knox County, Ohio: A Lithic Debitage Analysis From the Acton Site (33Kn395), Jonathan Vanderplough
Department: Archaeology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 1999

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Billman Family As a Case Study of German-American Farming Families in the Archaeological Record, Laura Baird
Department: Archaeology

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Settlement Patterns Along the Vermillion and Black Rivers in Lorain County, Ohio and Subsistence Patterns Seen Through Microwear Analysis, Steven Brandes
Department: Archaeology

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Etruscans and Rome: A Relation of Influences, Gabriel Califano
Department: Archaeology

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Testing the Possibilities: A World-Systems Perspective on Interaction Between Mesoamerica and the Southeastern United States and the Development of the Mississippian Culture, Jody Clauter
Department: Archaeology

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House of the Vetii at Pompeii, Sarah Conway
Department: Archaeology; Art and Art History

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Wooster in Pella: a History of the Site, the Excavations, and the Collection, E. Michael DiPaolo
Department: Archaeology

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Preservation of American Heritage, Carrie Simmons
Department: Archaeology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 1998

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Examination of Astronomical Alignments As Related to Public and Religious Structures in the Maya Region, Rebecca Crane
Department: Archaeology

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Viking Women: An Exploration of Female Roles and Activities in Late Iron Age Scandinavian Society, Ann-Catherine Frederick
Department: History; Archaeology

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Phoenician-Punic Tophet: An Analysis of the Evidence Concerning Child Sacrifice, Sarah Harris
Department: Archaeology; Classical Studies

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Manipulation of Greek and Cypriot Rural Sanctuaries From 1050 to 450 B.C.E., John Oswald
Department: Archaeology; Classical Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 1997

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Analysis of a Mastodon Trackway Located Near Saline, Michigan, and Its Implications For the Systematic Hunting of Mastodon By Paleo-Indians, William Hubbard
Department: Archaeology; Geology

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Pottery Types of the Protohistoric Ohio Region, Timothy Montbach
Department: Archaeology

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God's Golden Box: the Role of the Ark of the Covenant As a Relic Within Both Ancient and Modern Societies, Erik Lars Peterson
Department: Archaeology

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Examination of the Collapse of the Anasazi Civilization in the Chaco Canyon Region, Terressa Skinner
Department: Archaeology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 1996

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Analysis and Interpretation of the Aurelian Column, David Carew
Department: Archaeology

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Space Matters: The Maya Articulation of Myth and Cosmology as represented in the Spatial Elements of Building Construction and City Planning: The Example of the Ball Court Sector of Late Classic La Sierra, Garrett W. Silliman

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Space Matters: The Maya Articulation of Myth and Cosmology as Represented in the Spatial Elements of Building Construction and City Planning: The Example of the Ball Court Sector of Late Classic La Sierra, Garrett W. Silliman

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Arthurian Legend Revisited: the Archaeological Investigation and Historical Resolution of the Figure of King Arthur in Dark Age Britain, Jennifer Szemer
Department: Archaeology

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Warriors and Farmers: the Expansion of Scandinavia Between 800 and 1100, Damien Seattle Tietjen
Department: Archaeology

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Report of the Excavations at the Norman Cullison Site: a Protohistoric Village in Coshocton County, Ohio, Andrew Vellenga
Department: Archaeology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 1995

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Evolution of Medical Practices Before the Fall of the Roman Empire, Laurie Warneke
Department: Archaeology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 1994

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Tlingit Art and Archaeology, Christopher Caputo
Department: Archaeology

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Scientific Archaeological Method, Oral Narrative, and Advice Literature: a Multidisciplinary Approach to Interpreting the Material Culture of Rural America, Anamaria Mihalega
Department: History; Archaeology

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Reconstruction of the Paleotopographic and Paleogeologic Landscape Including An Archaeological Spatial Component Within a One By Three Kilometer Area Containing the Akrotiri Excavation on Thera in the Southern Aegean Sea, Marcus Pillion
Department: Archaeology; Geology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 1993

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Cult of Yahweh: An Archaeological Perspective, Eric Dyrhsen
Department: Archaeology

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Search For a Pre-Clovis Occupation of the Americas, John Esson III
Department: Archaeology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 1992

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Treasures of the Earth, Moon, and Sun: An Archaeological Study of the Items Associated With the Roman Mystery Cults of Cybele, Isis, and Mithras, Gary DeVore
Department: Archaeology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 1989

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Archaeoastronomical Features in the Maya Civilization, Christopher McLaren
Department: Archaeology