Knox alumna Mrinalini Chakraborty '12, national field coordinator for the Women’s March, was recently intervi...
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Pune, Maharashtra, India
Major in Anthropology-Sociology, Minor in History
Describe your experience.
I traveled to the United Kingdom, where I worked on a Welsh Iron Age archaeological site. I worked with students from other U.S. state universities and students from the University of Liverpool. My work consisted of excavating, surveying, illustrating, cooking, etc. I was also assigned to give heritage tours to enthusiastic locals of the section we were excavating.
After the first couple of weeks, I was assigned to a single area of excavation and was responsible for all the related paperwork that had to be done with it. With each day that I spent there, I felt more integrated into the project due to the way I was given responsibility.
How did Knox help you prepare for this opportunity?
My anthropology and sociology classes helped me build a base on some of the hypothesis that we discussed at the site. I took my First-Year Preceptorial “Archaeology's Dirty Secrets” with Professor Fatkin, and during one of the practical elements of that class, she had us excavate out of a box, which helped me gain a basic understanding of single context excavations. Knox has helped me understand my love for fieldwork.
How do you see this experience having an impact on your future plans?
I would like to go on further excavations, either at Penycloddiau, or at other places like Cahokia. I am also working toward starting an archaeology club at Knox.
Did any Knox resources help you obtain this internship?
I received a tremendous amount of support from professors, the Stellyes Center for Global Studies, and the Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study. Professor Fatkin and Professor Breitborde encouraged me to apply for the excavation through the Institute of Field Research (IFR), while Sandy Jones and Robin Ragan helped me apply for Stellyes travel funds and a Richter Award.
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