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I’m happy to introduce another guest blogger to the Anthropology.net family, Jay Fancher. Jay is a recent graduate of Washington State University’s Ph.D. program in anthropology. His doctoral dissertation is an ethnoarchaeological analysis of animal bone assemblages produced by modern Aka and Bofi foragers of the Central African Republic. This research explores how observing hunting and butchering behaviors of modern African pygmies can help us better interpret animal bones discarded by prehistoric hunter-gatherers.

He also holds B.A. degrees in Theatre Arts (Film) and Anthropology at Humboldt State University and an M.A. in Anthropology at Washington State University. Jay’s professional interests include: hunter-gatherer studies, evolutionary ecology, zooarchaeology, vertebrate taphonomy, and sharing anthropological perspectives with non-specialists and the general public. In addition to academic writing, he is also currently interested in the popularization and politicization of science.

My undergraduate focus was in zooarchaeology, and I knew of the doctorate program at WSU back when I was exploring future options. I know it is an excellent program. Suffice to say, I’m very enthusiastic about having Jay on board. I believe he’ll offer a great mix of topics and look forward to reading his posts.

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