The Archaeological Underground was created in order to make archaeology more accessible to the public. Over the course of my education, I have noticed a large divide between the ivory tower of academia and the public. The intent of this website is to provide the public with an easy to understand discussion of current topics in archaeology. This website will discuss archaeological theory, famous archaeologists, new archaeological discoveries and the importance of archaeology in our modern world.
Ariel Taivalkoski is a PhD student in Anthropology at the University at Buffalo. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan in Anthropology. She has worked on archaeological excavations in Italy, Romania, Northern Ireland and Illinois. Her lab work has primarily focused on the analysis of human and animal remains (i.e.
bones). She has performed faunal analyses for the Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia, Bronze Age Settlement Project at Pecica Romania, and the Rat Islands Research Project. Her current research investigates the role of birds within the human landscape of the Kiska Islands by examining the skeletal part representation and spatial distribution of avian remains within several sites. She also runs the Dermestid Laboratory at the University at Buffalo.