2011 Team Members

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Oaxaca, Mexico

Heather Lapham

Associate Scientist, Curator, Adjunct Associate Professor
Center for Archaeological Investigations & Southern Illinois University

Dr. Heather Lapham has been analyzing animal remains from archaeological sites for almost two decades. She joined the El Pamillo team in 2007 as the project’s zooarchaeologist and now continues her work with the Mitla Fortress team. Her research focuses on ancient animal economies and animal use in southern Mexico and the American Southeast. Participating in the Field Museum’s Zapotec Expedition presents an exciting new research opportunity. To learn more about Dr. Lapham, visit her SIUC web page.


Lindsey Cadwell Baker

Project Bioarchaeologist
Southern Illinois University of Carbondale 

Lindsey Cadwell Baker received her Master's degree in physical anthropology, with a focus on human osteology and forensic anthropology, in 2008 at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC). She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at SIUC with a concentration in skeletal biology and bioarchaeology. Her dissertation research focuses on Mesoamerican bioarchaeology, specifically Classic Period Zapotec identity and health. Lindsey joined the Mitla Fortress team in 2009 as the project bioarchaeologist.


Lacey Carpenter

Project Field & Laboratory Assistant
University of Michigan

Lacey Carpenter is a first-year graduate student in the department of anthropology at the University of Michigan. Her interests include Oaxacan archaeology, household production, and economic anthropology. She was a member of the Mitla Fortress team during the 2009 season and rejoins this year as a field and laboratory assistant.


Kara Bantz

Project Field & Laboratory Assistant  
University of Illinois at Chicago

Kara Bantz is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Chicago in archaeology. Her research interests pertain to Mesoamerican archaeology and how the culture areas of this macroregion interacted. Specifically, she is interested in the archaeology of the Valley of Oaxaca and the function of obsidian and obsidian trade within the economic and social systems of the region. Kara has been interning with Dr. Gary Feinman and Linda Nicholas at The Field Museum since 2009, and this will be her second year working at the Mitla Fortress as a field and laboratory assistant.


Jill Seagard

Scientific Illustrator, Department of Anthropology
The Field Museum  

Jill Seagard is a graduate of Iowa State University where she obtained her B.A. in Biological & Pre-Medical Illustration (BPMI). She has illustrated objects from 65,000-year-old Palestinian stone tools to digitizing Classic period (A.D. 200-800) maps of Oaxacan houses. Jill is an accomplished scientific illustrator and creates many of the computer and pen-and-ink illustrations utilized by Field Museum curators in their research presentations and publications.


Katelyn McDonald

Project Field Assistant & Illustrator  
Iowa State University

Katelyn McDonald is a third-year student in the Biological & Pre-Medical Illustration (BPMI) undergraduate degree program at Iowa State University. While growing up in the small town of Nenana, Alaska, she was pleased to discover the field of scientific illustration, which married her two joys: science and art. She has worked on projects in which she illustrated beetles and bamboo and is excited to have this opportunity to illustrate archaeological objects. She is planning to continue her education with a Master's degree in medical illustration.


Eric Fagre

Project Field Assistant & Illustrator  
Iowa State University

Eric Fagre is an undergraduate student from Waverly, Iowa, majoring in Geology with minors in Scientific Illustration and Biology at Iowa State University. He is planning to go to graduate school in Paleontology in the future. He loves combining drawing and biology, along with the promise of studying paleontology. He enjoys drawing, reading, and practicing martial arts. He joins the project as both illustrator and field assistant.