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Anthropology Capstone Projects I
SUNY Oswego
Ossa, Alanna ( Speaker )
Cameron, Max ( Speaker )
Carr, Bethany ( Speaker )
Colbert, Alanna ( Speaker )
Maring, Keaton ( Speaker )
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Quest 2021


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These represent the original research projects undertaken by Anthropology Seniors for their CAPSTONE experience. ( ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, )
Max Cameron. Title: The feasibility of geophysical surveys to identify sites with a year or less of occupation. Abstract: I conducted research on the ability of geophysical equipment to detect sites with a year of active occupation. Archaeology is a destructive science and the use of geophysical surveys as a tool to peer into the ground have grown in popularity since the 1950’s. Particularly in suburbs and cities, geophysical surveys are a cheaper and less destructive method of documenting archaeological sites. The French and Indian War fortification Fort George in Oswego New York was used occupied by the British from its construction 1755 until its destruction in 1756. Previously, Dr. Grahame Bradley and Jeremy Fontaine conducted a ground penetrating radar (GPR) survey of parts of the VFW 5885 and the Oswego OB-GYN parking lots in order to attempt to find the fort’s remains. Based on soil samples detailing sub optimal circumstances for GPR use, Dr. Bradley’s GPR survey has been called into doubt. I will utilize an electromagnetic resistivity (EM) survey of the site where Dr. Bradley presumed the remains of Fort George to be. I will then compare my results to Dr. Bradley’s results to determine if Fort George’s remains can be detected using geophysical surveys. If Fort George is found, the applications for geophysical surveys would broaden and more ephemeral sites with as little as a year of occupation could be found.
Bethany Carr. Title: Attributes that Define Crime in Contemporary U.S. Society. Abstract: Patterns of racism have been present throughout the history of the United States in many different forms such as systematic, environmental, institutional, and systemic racism. These continuous patterns have drastically impacted the way individuals of minority groups conduct their lives. For example, individuals who are a part of a minority group are guaranteed to receive harsher sentencing for committing a crime and are likely to remain entrapped between the cycle of poverty and reincarceration. In the city of Syracuse, located in New York State, there are individuals who committed nonviolent crimes but are sentenced harsher than individuals who committed violent crimes. When examining these circumstances, it becomes clear that this is merely due the ethnicity of the individual as well as our government system being designed to benefit and function off of racism. The sample of individuals I will be collecting data from will be individuals who have been sentenced to the Syracuse City Jail as this group of individual’s experiences would be an example of the racism in present time of a city that has a long history of racism. I would gather information about individuals online to get a larger sample size of what crimes individuals are being placed in prison for and how long their sentence is as well as researching interviews online. Racism has been present and studied throughout the history of anthropology in the United States of America, but there has not been much research gathered that compares how various forms of racism contribute to how individuals of minority groups are sentenced for prison terms. Additionally, this research would provide data that supports Boas’ theory of race being created by society to divide individuals into social classes. Several factors contribute to maintaining the divide between social classes, but racism in various forms is the largest and most impactful. Therefore, analyzing the racial bias present when individuals are sentenced for crimes is vital to comprehend how we perceive and define crime.
Alanna Colbert. Title:The Impacts of Globalization on Individualism. Abstract: The idea of individualism has changed since the start of globalization and this is clearly shown within the changes to gender ideals over time. When one thinks of globalization, they usually think of technological advancements. The progress that can be seen through the world globally is thanks to the constant growth of these technological advancements, but globalization growth doesn’t just stop there. The world is growing through individual advancements as well. This growth can be seen within global cultures through the spread of individualism. In order to truly understand globalization's impact on the spread of individualism, I will be looking at individualism in relation to gender ideologies. Globalization has given people a voice in order to protect their individual identities and promote others to not be afraid to do the same. The sample I will be using is data recorded about current topics in relation to gender ideologies, with comparisons to past gender constrictions. I will take public sources that touch on abortion liberalization, men’s liberation, and same-sex marriage. The idea is to show how these topics have changed over time and its effect on gender ideologies today as a result of globalization. Gender has moved from just being a means of biological differentiation to becoming something more complex and open. Individualism has paved the way for people to become more comfortable in their own skin and open with the people around them. As a result of this, the world has become more open-minded in regard to self-expression.
Keaton Maring. Title: Role of a Woman. Abstract: This research will analyze the shift of how young women (18-28) are presented in mass media focusing specifically on printed magazines in the 1950s and comparing that decade to media from the 2010’s in order to see the evolution of how women are perceived in society. I will identify the ideal role of a woman in society for both decades by interpreting imagery within magazines depicting successful women such as Vogue, Cosmopolitan, etc.
Session Chair: Alanna Ossa
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