Bryce Allyn has been a valued member of the Pacific Northwest Archaeological Services (PNWAS) team since 2010. Having been involved extensively with research and lab work concerning the shellfish assemblage found at the Qwu?gwes (45-TN-240) wet-site, his addition to the PNWAS organization brings a solid background in shellfish utilization and identification to future projects. He brings experience in wet-site and dry-site excavation at sites located in South Puget Sound, report writing, and research design. Through various projects, he has worked cooperatively with members of the Squaxin and Nisqually Tribes, most recently during excavations at the Kalakala project (45-TN-434). Bryce also has a keen personal interest in Meso and South American archaeology, having lived in Peru on two occasions and attended a Global Information System (GIS) Technology field school offered by UCLA and the University of Arkansas during the summer of 2009. The work performed by himself and other students in Cuzco and Machu Picchu was used in part by National Geographic for an April 2011 feature on the Inca. His time in Peru not only strengthened his abilities to work with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds, but also helped improve his Spanish language skills.
SELECTED PROJECT EXPERIENCE:
Qwu?gwes/Mud Bay Archaeological Wet Site (45-TN-240), 2003-2004, 2008-2009. Student in field school, lab technician and research associate. Worked on research involving native use of clam steaming ovens and the TAR (Thermally Altered Rock) created from their use. Headed research project on the age and size at harvest of butter clam remains found at the site. Responsible for writing portion of 10 year report detailing the numerous shellfish species found at the site, including identification, spatial and temporal analysis, quantification and interpretation of shellfish data, as well as detailing Age at Harvest studies. Also worked in partnership with Squaxin Island Museum Library and Research Center concerning curation and storage of shellfish remains. Dr. Dale Croes, Supervisor.
UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology/University of Arkansas Center for Advanced Spatial Studies (CAST) Geomatics Field School, Cuzco and Machu Picchu, Peru, 2009. Student and research assistant. Emphasis on GIS (Geographical Information Systems) technology and its application in the field of archaeology. Work was focused on the location and identification of remaining Inca period walls, terraces, and structures remaining in Cuzco, Peru. Also assisted in the creation of 3D laser scans of buildings at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu. Data from both areas was used to create detailed 3-dimensional renderings for use by future researchers. Worked in cooperation with researchers from National Geographic Magazine as well as with representatives of Peru's National Institute of Culture (INC). Some of the data collected during this field school was used in a feature on the Inca in the National Geographic issue dated April 2011. Dr. Alexei Vranich, Supervisor.
Kalakala Archaeological Project (45-TN-434), 2012-2013, Cultural resource technician. Assisted in Washington State Permit application process, cultural resource survey, excavations and research for final report. Worked in cooperation with Nisqually Cultural Resources Specialists Jacqueline Wall and Kareem Gannie with Joseph Kalama. Dr. Dale Croes, Supervisor.