Dr. Megan McCullen is the current Director of the Gordon L. Grosscup Museum of Anthropology and the Planetarium. Dr. McCullen is an archaeologist and ethnohistorian with research interests in the protohistoric period of the Great Lakes region.  Dr. McCullen has worked in museums since she was an undergraduate student, and her research has been based on the analysis of archaeological collections curated at several museums across the midwest.  

 

Dr. Tamara L. Bray is the former Director of the Gordon L. Grosscup Museum of Anthropology and a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Wayne State University. Dr. Bray is a theoretically oriented archaeologist specializing in the study of precolumbian societies of the northern Andes and the Inca empire. Her research focuses on archaic imperialism, Andean-Amazonian linkages, ancient political economy, long-distance exchange, and the politics and place of archaeology in the modern world. Articles based on her work in Ecuador have appeared in World Archaeology and Journal of Field Archaeology. In addition to her work in South America, Dr. Bray also has considerable expertise in North American archaeology, having conducted research at sites spanning the chronological spectrum from paleoindian to the historic period.

 

Dr. Thomas W. Killion is a Mesoamerican (Mexico and Central America) archaeologist and Associate Professor of Anthropology Department at Wayne State University. His theoretical emphasis in anthropological archaeology is the evolution of complex societies and the development of agricultural systems in tropical lowland environments. He examines the related issues of agricultural intensification, economic specialization, urbanism, warfare and monumental architecture in books (Gardens of Prehistory, University of Alabama Press, 1992) and journal articles (Journal of Field Archaeology, Latin American Antiquity, Journal of Anthropological Research). His fieldwork background includes site survey and excavation on archeological projects in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Peru, the American Southwest, New England and the southeastern part of the United States. Dr. Killion also has ongoing research projects focusing on the archaeology of Detroit. 

 

Dr. Krysta Ryzewski is an anthropological archaeologist who conducts fieldwork in North America and the Caribbean, with a particular focus on issues of land-use, material culture, colonialism, abandonment and disaster management during the relatively recent past (past 500 years to present). Her expertise is in historical and contemporary archaeology, urban archaeology, archaeometry, and cultural heritage management (especially community archaeology, digital media, and ethics).

Before arriving to Wayne State in 2011, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Archaeology and Engineering at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World and in the School of Engineering at Brown University. Dr. Ryzewski received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Brown in 2008 and a M.Phil in Archaeological Heritage Management and Museum Studies from the University of Cambridge in 2003. She is currently an Associate Profesor in the Department of Anthropology at Wayne State, affiliated faculty in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Wayne State and a faculty research affiliate at the Joukowsky Institute at Brown.
 

 

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Carly Slank is a Ph.D. student in archaeology and the Graduate Research Assistant at the Gordon L. Grosscup Museum of Anthropology. Carly oversees volunteer work, collections management, and overall museum organization. She received her B.S. in Anthropology from Eastern Michigan University and completed bioarchaeological fieldwork in Peru and ethnographic fieldwork in Guatemala during her undergraduate studies. Her current research examines osteological indicators of stress among individuals of the Osmore River Valley during the Late Intermediate period.

 

 

Student volunteers and work-study employees

The bulk of work that happens in the museum is done by student employees and volunteers.  To become a volunteer in the Museum of Anthropology, e-mail GrosscupMuseum@wayne.edu.  If you are a Wayne State student that has accepted work-study as part of a federal financial aid package you are also eligible to work at the Museum.  Please send an e-mail with a resume and evidence of your work-study eligibility to us at the same address.

 

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