Team

Project Director:
Dr. Krysta Ryzewski – (for more information about this and related WSU projects in Detroit, visit Dr. Ryzewski’s webpage Urban Archaeology | Detroit)

Team Leaders:
Kate E. Korth

I am a senior student assistant and the co-leader of the Renaissance Center Artifact and Historical Research team.  I’m an MA candidate in the Anthropology program at Wayne State, focusing on Historical Archaeology.  My work on the project focuses on class issues and the convergence of multiple communities (Native American, French, and English) in eighteenth and nineteenth century Detroit.  Outside of Unearthing Detroit, I am also interested in the expansion of colonialism and capitalism and the resulting reactionary political movements in Latin America, specifically Mexico.  I love Detroit’s rich history and the pride Detroiters have for the city.

Samantha Malette

Sam working MI Room  I am a senior student assistant and co-leader of the Renaissance Center Artifact and Historical Research Team, and an MA candidate in the Anthropology program at Wayne State. My interests are firmly rooted in historical archaeology, with an emphasis on urban and colonial contexts. Aspects of my research involve looking at the various intersections between class, health, and identity among the early citizens of Detroit. I have developed a love for Detroit because of its liveliness, and enjoy exploring the city’s rich social scene.

Kaitlin Scharra

 I am a senior student assistant and the public outreach team leader. I am a part of the MA program here at Wayne State.  My personal focus is on developing a bridge between our collections and the community of Detroit.  I look at how to develop public outreach programs with longevity as well as the reach and interaction to and from larger audiences. My favorite part of Detroit is exploring all the unique restaurants and breweries in the area.

Student and Project Assistants:

Sarah Beste

I’m an MA candidate in the Anthropology program at Wayne State with a focus on Bioarchaeology. I have a background in mortuary science and anatomic pathology. I’ve lived in the suburbs of Detroit all my life (so far at least). I love Detroit with all its hidden beauty and imperfections, which makes being apart of Unearthing Detroit very exciting for me.

Mark Jazayeri

I am a manager of software development for Thomson Reuters. I am also an MA candidate in the Anthropology program at Wayne State University, focusing on Physical Anthropology and Archaeology.  I have a BS in Computer Science from Albion College, and I am honored to be working on the Unearthing Detroit Project. I am currently working on digitally recording the artifacts in the collections.

Slava Pallas

IMG_4830I am an MA student in the Anthropology Program at Wayne State. My research interests include food ways, Historic Archeology of Detroit, urban ethnography and social movements. I am currently working on the Detroit Food Politics project with Dr. Jung and Dr. Newman of Wayne State Anthropology faculty. My interest in food ways and food culture of Detroit brought me to examine the faunal remains of the Ren. Cen collection.I hope to be able to describe the dietary practices of early Detroiters. I am very inspired by the Detroit’s vibrant food activist and urban garden culture.

Sue Villerot

I am the academic advisor in the Department of Anthropology at Wayne State University. I have both my BA and MA degree in History from WSU. My concentration was in Native American studies during the colonial period. I am interested in the political relationships between the Native Americans, the French and the British during the 18th century in the Great Lakes and Ohio River Valley area. I am presently a volunteer on the Unearthing Detroit Project. My work on the project involves historical research on the growth and development of the city during the 1700’s. Through living, working, and studying Detroit over time, I cherish the connection I have with the city. And, I love Lafayette Coney Island!

Team Affiliates:

Don Adzigian, Lorin Brace, Jeri Pajor

Faculty Affiliates:
Dr. Thomas Killion and Dr. Tamara Bray are both professors of Archaeology here at Wayne State University. Dr. Bray is the Director of the Gordon L. Grosscup Museum of Anthropology.

For More Information about this and related WSU projects in Detroit, visit Dr. Ryzewski’s webpage Urban Archaeology | Detroit

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