Abigail Houkes

Abigail Houkes

Friday, 17 July 2020 15:12

Feeling Grateful for My Experiences

Heading towards the end of July, I have been implementing mindfulness into my daily practice. For example, I have been thinking about how I am extremely grateful for the ability to enhance my career, and my cultural identity has been a reoccurring theme.

During my time at SEAC, I have not only been able to learn archaeological skills concerning comparative collections but, I have also been able to engage and connect to the Latinx community that I never experienced before.

Over the past few weeks working at SEAC, I have developed a morning routine that consists of me pouring myself a cup of coffee and heading straight to the “office” to start my day at work. However, the office is my desk at my apartment!

For the first two weeks at SEAC I have worked on expanding their lithics comparative collection. Then in the third week, I shifted to working on cataloging and expanding their shell comparative collection! Before starting at SEAC, I learned in university that shells were very significant in archaeological excavations because the shells can reveal important information about the inhabitant’s lifestyle and culture. Before SEAC, I never thought critically about the importance of shells, or the abundance of different species that inhabit these shells. Now that I am working on cataloging their comparative collection, I am excited to learn and investigate more about what these shells can reveal about the past!

I also have been working on the Latino Conservation Week project for SEAC! I hope to engage the Latino community through online videos! These videos would help explain what archaeology is, how to get involved in SEAC (and archaeology in general), and what are the steps of becoming an archaeologist. Since Covid-19, in-person events cannot happen, I hope these videos can engage the Latino community and help inspire volunteering or even pursuing a career in archaeology! I also hope to bring in interviews and testimonies from Latino archaeologists! These interviews would allow Latino archaeologists to share their experiences, struggles, and accomplishments within the field. The Interviews would also allow for the Latino archaeologists to share advice on how they got into the field!

Throughout my time at SEAC I have been able to learn and contribute through their comparative collections and I look forward to the rest of the summer!

     Coming into my internship this summer, during a pandemic, I was unsure of how my internship would go. Would I be able to contribute and learn about the SEAC Center, gain experience in archeological techniques and curation, and assist in archaeological work?

Thursday, 23 April 2020 21:48

Abigail Houkes

Abigail Houkes is a Mexican-American recent anthropology graduate from Florida State University. During her undergraduate career, Abigail focused on researching biological anthropology, specifically osteological analysis of different populations and researching forensic anthropology at the University of South Florida. Also, during her time in undergrad, Abigail was involved in her local community through a community service co-ed fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. Her passion for community service can be seen through working on the Menstrual Hygiene Project, which assists in providing menstrual hygiene materials to the local homeless shelters and being on the leadership board for three consecutive semesters. In the future, in fall 2020, Abigail will begin her master’s program in anthropology studying forensic anthropological methodologies in the hopes of helping victims and their families. Other passions Abigail has is hiking, cross-stitching, thrifting, attending music concerts, and going to her local coffee shops.