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Dana Channell presented her poster, entitled "Healing Waters: Re-creating and contextualizing the turn of the century site of Regent Spring in Excelsior Springs, Missouri" at the Society for Historical Archaeology's 2018 conference in New Orleans, LA January 3-6, 2018. The poster was presented as part of a session on Recreation and Public Archaeology, and discussed the site of Regent Spring, which was the focus of three years of archaeological field school through the University of Missouri - St. Louis. In addition to field work, Dana's involvement with the project included archival research to connect historic postcards and photographs with site mapping, as well as contextualize the site in the narrative of Excelsior Springs history. 

 

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pelch.jpgThe Anderson-Cutler Maize Collection consists of about 8,600 specimens gathered by many different collectors from the early 1900s to the 1980s from localities around the world. The collection includes over 6,500 ears of maize, as well as 1,925 glass or plastic vials and paper envelopes containing seeds belonging to the genus Zea, including teosinte (Zea mays subsp. mexicana (Schrad.) Iltis). The collection began with the efforts of Dr. Edgar Anderson, curator and geneticist at the Missouri Botanical Garden from 1923-1967, who worked with botanist Hugh Carson Cutler (curator from 1953-1977) in studying Zea mays domestication, cultivation, and diversity. In the 1940s, Cutler traveled extensively through the Southwestern U.S., Mexico, and Guatemala, collecting hundreds of specimens. Once at the Missouri Botanical Garden, previous specimens collected by Anderson and others since the early 1900s were integrated with Cutler’s collections. 
After being briefly transferred to the University of Illinois' Crop Evolution Laboratory (CEL), the collection was returned to MBG and given a permanent home at the Garden's Monsanto Research Center. Since its return, very little work has been done in rehousing the collection according to modern curation standards and best practices. My job here as Research Assistant is to rehouse the collection, make sure that it is cared for according to modern standards, and to database the 8,600 specimens so that researchers around the world can have access to one of the largest and most unique maize collections in the world.

Kathleen Rice

Kathleen's research focused on dental health of early settlers in Saint Louis from 1790-1850. The data collected comes from excavated remains of a 19th century cemetery. Shawn Edghill and Kathleen Rice analyzed and evaluated the health of these individuals by comparing the scores of carious lesions, tooth wear, and periodontal disease with comparable populations during this time period. The research addresses the transition of diet at a time of urbanization from the late 18th century to mid 19th century Saint Louis.

Kathleen presented this research at the 2018 American Association of Physical Anthropologists Conference in Austin, TX and UMSL’s URS.