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Research Collections Fellowship

In 2006, the Burke Museum Archaeology Department began the Burke Museum Archaeology Research Collections Fellowship (BMACRF). This program is made possible by the support of our generous donors and the income generated from the department’s endowment. The fellowship provides a stipend for one graduate and one undergraduate student to conduct summer research on Burke archaeological collections. 

Application Information

2014 Fellow

Joyce LeCompte-Mastenbrook

2013 Fellow

Emily Peterson

2012 Fellow

Anna Cohen

2011 Fellows

Jenn Huff
Molly Odell

2010 Fellows

Aaron Nauman
Shannon Rosenbaum - Reflection on the fellowship

2009 Fellows

Due to budgetary constraints, the Burke Museum did not offer a research fellowship in 2009. Fortunately, it has been reinstated for 2010.

Phoebe Anderson on excavation in the San Juan Islands.
Photo courtesy of Marcus Donner

Featured in Archaeology

4Culture Heritage Collections Care

We received funding through 4Culture to rehabilitate and make available a post-contact era archaeological collection.


Learn more about the Biderbost Site and what you can do to preserve ancient basketry.

Summer Research Fellowship

The Burke Museum Archaeology Research Collections Fellowship (BMARCF) is available to both graduate and undergraduate students.

Artifact Identification

Do you have an artifact you would like identified?
The Burke Museum Archaeology Division Staff are happy to help!

Research in Southeast Asia

Learn how this research is finding links between warfare, trade, and climate change in this island nation.

Archaeology Web Exhibits


Explore Seattle's dramatically changing landscapes in this compelling web exhibit.

Re-discovering Ancient Basketry

The Biderbost baskets began their lives nearly 2,000 years ago near the Snoqualmie River. Follow their story here.

The Archaeology of Seattle’s West Point

This award-winning Web exhibit tells the story of a remarkable archaeological find and the people who lived in Seattle's Discovery Park 4,000 years ago.

Kennewick Man

Find out what has been learned from the remains popularly known as "Kennewick Man" and find links to resources.

Salish Bounty

Explore traditional Native American Foods of Puget Sound and how food is the essence of culture.

2007 Fellows

Phoebe Anderson
Studying Gender through Shellfish Analysis

Phoebe Anderson, a University of Washington Anthropology graduate student, is currently testing her hypotheses about gender in shellfish exploitation as well as prehistoric human impacts on shellfish populations. Her research involves analyzing the bulk shell samples from two collections from the San Juan Islands which are housed at the Burke Museum (45SJ24 and 45SJ280). 

In order to test the gender hypotheses she is identifying and counting each shellfish species present in the collections to identify changes in relative abundance through time. She is also measuring the size of several species to determine if there have been changes in mean size throughout the past.  Finally, to control for environmental impacts on species relative abundances and size, she is sampling shells of sea surface temperature and upwelling reconstruction.