Priscilla Mollard

  • Research Assistant
  • Anthropology

Research Interests:

Mortuary Archaeology and Bioarchaeology

Integration of the body into the study of the past

Biocultural interpretations of sex and gender in the mortuary record

 

Regional Interests:

Mesoamerica

Eastern Europe, particularly Romania

Priscilla Mollard

Education:

 

M.A. Archaeology, Dept. of Anthropology   2013    San Francisco State University

B.A.  Archaeology, Dept. of Anthropology   2005    San Francisco State University

 

Primary Research Interests:


  • Bioarchaeology

         Biodistance

         Stable isotope analysis

          Cranial and dental modification

         Bioarchaeology of identity


  • Mortuary Archaeology

         Biocultural context of cemeteries

         Sex and gender in the mortuary context

         Deviant burials

 

Current Academic Work:

 

  • Research Assistant to Dr. Zeresenay Alemseged, Senior Curator of Anthropology and Chair of Vertebrate Zoology and Anthropology, The California Academy of Sciences

2008 – present


  • Research Volunteer, Human Evolution Research Center (HERC) and Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Osteological Collection, University of California, Berkeley

2011 – present

 

Teaching Experience:

  • Lecturer, “Anthropology 110: Introduction to Archaeology”, Department of Anthropology, San Francisco State University

Summer, 2008

Summer, 2007

 

Field and Laboratory Experience:


Bioarchaeological Training (Field)


  • Nojol Nah, Belize, Maya Research Program 

Unit Supervisor

June 2009

 

         Chultun feature excavation

         Recovery and excavation of extremely fragmentary human remains

         Advanced bioarchaeological methods

 

  • Nojol Nah, Belize, Maya Research Program 

Bioarchaeology Field School Student

June 2008

 

         Survey and excavation methods 

         Principles in mortuary archaeology 

         Bioarchaeological methods 

         Excavation of 17+ burials


Bioarchaeological Training (Lab)


  • Haaz Rezso Museum, Transylvania, Archaeotek 

Bioarchaeology Workshop Participant

July 2013

 

         History and theoretical paradigms in bioarchaeology 

         Advanced bioarchaeological methods 

         Analysis of 68 perinate burials from the site of Telekfalva


Archaeological Training


  • Yucatán, Mexico, Cochuah Regional Archaeological Survey

Staff archaeologist

June 2012

 

  • Lower Dover, Belize, Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project

Archaeological field school student

June 2011

 

         Advanced survey and excavation methods

         Archaeological laboratory methods

         Artifact processing and typological sorting

 

Invited Talks at Professional Meetings:

  • 46th Annual Chamool Conference, University of Calgary

Trading Spaces: The Archaeology of Interaction, Migration and Exchange

November 2013

  • 1st International Student Colloquium on Osteology and Bioarchaeology, Romania

August 2013

  • 109thAnnual Meeting, Anthropological Association of America, New Orleans

November 2010

  • 4th Annual Maya at the Playa, American Foreign Academic Research and The Archaeological Institute of America, Florida

October 2010

  • 42nd Annual Chacmool Conference, University of Calgary

Identity Crisis: Archaeological Perspectives on Social Identity

November 2009

  • 41st Annual Chacmool Conference, University of Calgary

It’s Good to be King: the Archaeology of Power and Authority

November 2008

 

Conference Attendance and Participation:           

  • 1st Annual Meeting, Western Bioarchaeology Group (WeBIG) 

October 2013 

Conference volunteer

  • Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG) Conference, Stanford University

May 2009

Conference attendee

  • 6th Annual Tulane Maya Symposium and Workshop, New Orleans

Maya Calendars and Creation

February 2009

Conference attendee and workshop participant

  • 5th Annual Tulane Maya Symposium and Workshop, New Orleans

Sacred Cenotes, Hidden Caverns

February 2008

Conference attendee and workshop participant

  • 105th Annual Meeing, Anthropological Association of America, San Jose

November 2006

Conference attendee

 

Publications:

  • Mollard, P. 2013. A new road to Xibalbá: Caves and the Classic Maya Ballgame. MA thesis, San Francisco State University, San Francisco. 

 

  • Mollard, P. 2010. Who was that Masked Man: Iconography and Identity in the  Middle Classic Maya Ballgame. In Proceedings of the 42nd Annual (2009) Chacmool Archaeological Conference, Pp. 253-262. 

 

Contributions to Published Works:

  • Mollard, P. (in press) Map 1.4.1. Early hominin sites and species mentioned in the text [Chart], In: Renfrew, C. and Bahn, P. (Eds.) The Cambridge World Prehistory, University of Cambridge Press: Cambridge.

 

Awards:

  • Welker Memorial Scholarship

Maya Research Program

May 2009

 

  • Kianna Dressendorfer Scholarship in Archaeology

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

San Francisco State University

May 2008

 

  • Welker Memorial Scholarship

Maya Research Program

May 2008

 

 

  • Mollard, P. 2013. A new road to Xibalbá: Caves and the Classic Maya Ballgame. MA thesis, San Francisco State University, San Francisco.

 

  • Mollard, P. 2010. Who was that Masked Man: Iconography and Identity in the  Middle Classic Maya Ballgame. In Proceedings of the 42nd Annual (2009) Chacmool Archaeological Conference, Pp. 253-262.

Contact

  • Priscilla Mollard
  • Research Assistant
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • 55 Music Concourse Drive
  • San Francisco, CA 94118
  • 415-379-5386 (direct)