AIA-OC 2016 Educational Grants
The Orange County Society of the Archaeological Institute of America is pleased to announce its 2016 grant recipients.
winner of our inaugural 2016 AIA-OC Society Award of $2000 is Jacob
Bongers, a PhD candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Mr. Bongers’ research will investigate Inca imperial strategies for
integrating conquered societies into their spheres of influence,
particularly in relation to local religious ideologies. His work in the
Chincha Valley of Peru will examine data on funerary practices across
fifteen cemeteries in this coastal valley. The funds will be used to
cover the costs of additional C-14 dating analyses, which will help
establish a chronology for funerary practices in the valley. Mr.
Bongers will use these dates to determine the extent to which
differences in funerary practices represented changes in local
religious ideologies that coincided with the establishment of Inca
imperial control in the region.
Society initially planned for one grant. However, with additional
generous donations from our members and Friends, the Society has agreed
to grant an additional stipend of $1000 to Cinthia Marlene Campos,
working toward a M.A. at California State University, Los Angeles. Ms.
Campos will undertake site surveying, mapping, data collection and
analysis—including radiocarbon and strontium analysis of human remains,
at a newly discovered archaeological cave site located near La Laguna
de Tacámbaro in the Turicato Sierra, Michoacán, Mexico. During
pre-Colombian times, the area fell within the Tarascan state, a
powerful rival of the Aztec empire. This presents a tremendous
opportunity to learn about the religious practices of a unique and
virtually unknown Mesoamerican culture.
of these recipients will also receive memberships in the AIA, as will
Mr. Scott Sunnell from UCLA, who was in the top 3 finalists. His
project involves hunter-gatherer resource exploitation strategies on
Santa Cruz Island off California at times of socio-political changes
Evaluation Committee consists of seven Society members, all of whom
read, evaluated and discussed the grant requests to reach its
thank all of the applicants who presented wonderful proposals and those
who provided them with stellar references. We hope to see some again
Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all!
Cinthia Marlene Campos