This opportunity does not have a specified deadline.
Approximate Offer Date:
Monday, April 1, 2024
This opportunity is being re-advertised for Spring quarter 2024
Indian Ocean Glass Networks: Archaeological Science Undergraduate Research Internship
Are you interested in how archaeological detective work connects people and objects across vast distances? Do you want to learn more about how these connections are established and how they can be used to challenge settled histories of Asia and Africa?
Come learn how small glass artifacts like beads, bangles and vessels can be tracked as they journeyed across the Indian Ocean from Taiwan through South Asia to East Africa and beyond over the last 2000 years? Students are invited to join a major research project ~ Changing the Glass bead game ~ which is based at Prof. Mudit Trivedi’s Traces lab at the Stanford Archaeology Center. This student research opportunity will introduce students to handling multiple lines of evidence around archaeological glass artifacts including historical, typologial, technical, chemical (elemental) and introduce students to the use of statistical and GIS techniques in effectively combining these to narrate new decolonial pasts from these objects. This Undergraduate Research Internship is for students willing to dedicate up to 10 hours a week from Aug15th to Dec 15th 2023.. Students will receive a stipend. If students are so inclined the term of the internship may be extended further. Students will be actively involved in ongoing research and will learn first hand a range of valuable skills in addition to gaining first-hand experience with archaeological research with large datasets combining typological and chemical data on glass artifacts.
What students may do:
Developing analytical reviews of existing arguments on Indian Ocean Glass exchange
Detailed work summarizing literatures on any of the following regions:
East and South Africa
Island and Mainland South-East Asia
Coding in R and Python (If student has such skills)
Microscope work with artifacts for documentation
Design and finalization of Archaeological Reports
Eligibility and Requirements:
No prior student experience with archaeological research is required - only an enthusiasm for any aspect of this wide topic.
Intake interviews will ascertain the nature of student interest and skills and the mentor/PI (Mudit Trivedi) will work with students to craft quarter-length tasks and projects which match student interests and skill sets.
Depending on the specific tasks-projects chosen this research internship can be conducted fully in-person, fully remotely, or in a hybrid format to afford maximum flexibility especially over Spring 2024.
Spring Quarter 2024
Write a one paragraph (~250 words) submission describing your interest in the Changing the Glass Bead Game project.
Submit a list of skills with Data management and Data wrangling (Excel, Google sheets, R, etc). Note: This is not a requirement for this opportunity, beginners and interested learners welcome!