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Shannon Monroe

First Year

I am from North Carolina, and graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Classics & Archaeology and Modern Languages (French and Mandarin) with a minor in Asian and Pacific Studies from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California in 2018. While there, I worked as a Teaching Assistant to Dr. John Dionisio in his Honors Research and Exhibition class, and to Dr. Caroline Sauvage in her Archaeological Methods and Techniques class. I also spent three years as Dr. Sauvage's Rains Research Assistant. During the summer of 2016 I participated in the Yangguanzhai Archaeology Field School in Xi’an, China, which excavated a neolithic settlement situated in the Jing River Valley, and in 2017 I joined the Western Mongolia Archaeology Project Field School in Uvs Province, Mongolia to survey Bronze Age sites and excavate settlements as well as graves in this region. I am interested in early interactions between sedentary Chinese communities and nomads of the Inner Asian steppe, and the respective life-ways of these groups. While at ISAW, I plan to study these interactions through bioarchaeology: analyzing human remains from archaeological contexts to learn more about the health of past populations.