Former PIT Leader Awarded $10,000 PhD Research Scholarship
Former PIT project leader Mark Hill was awarded the first annual $10,000 SRI Foundation Research Fellow Scholarship. Mark is currently a PhD Candidate in archaeology at Washington State University. His dissertation research examines exchange, social networks, and the development of social complexity in Late Archaic societies of the western Great Lakes. These studies will build on data gathered through previous archaeological investigations from Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
After earning a BA in anthropology at the University of Iowa and an MA in anthropology at Wichita State University, Mark worked as an archaeologist with the USDA Forest Service in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, and Michigan. As the Forest Archaeologist of the Ottawa National Forest in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, he helped develop the Passport in Time program in the early 1990s.
Interest in the public benefits of cultural resource management continues to be an important thread in Mark’s career. The public-oriented products of his research will include an Interpretive Plan developed in coordination with Ottawa National Forest and an educational booklet written for the interested public visitor on and around the Ottawa National Forest.