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Alumni- 1999

 Ryan Gifford

I graduated in '99 with a Bachelor's in Anthropology. My seniorproject involved researching Trance Possession in Bali, and was conducted under the supervision of Nancy Lutz (tell her I said hi!).

I then worked for ITARP's American Bottom Survey Division until late 2000, when I transferred to the Western Illinois Survey Division.In 2003, I returned to SIUE to work on a Master's of Science in Geography (with a specialization in GIS and Historical Geography), which I completed in 2005.My Thesis was "A Cultural Landscape Analysis of the Edwardsville Shale Pit: A Retrospective Approach". Bill Woods was my mentor, and it was a lot of fun to research.I also went with Bill and some other Geography students to a field school in Belgium, where we dug at an 11th century castle. I have since returned to ITARP's ABSD with a supervisory position.

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