Laura, our Lab Director, has worked in cultural resources management for Far Western since 2008. She received her Master’s degree in Archaeology from the University of California, Davis, in 2014. Her interests focus on California and Great Basin archaeology, with particular emphasis on the Early Period of Central California. As a staff archaeologist for Far Western, Laura worked on a wide range of Section 106 and 110 projects for a variety of clients. Laura’s recent research specializes in stable isotope analysis from archaeological remains to interpret migration patterns of prehistoric peoples through trade and kinship systems. In her current role as Lab and Research Director, Laura manages archaeological collections, database integrations, and quality assurance of analytical research.
Laura’s Featured Publications
Brink, Laura, Jelmer Eerkens, and Candice Ralston
Patrilocal Post-Marital Residence and Bride Service in the Early Period: Strontium Isotope Evidence from CA-SJO-112. Center for Archaeological Research at Davis Publication. Vol. 18. University of California, Davis.
Eerkens, Jelmer W., Eric Bartelink, Richard Fitzgerald, Laura Brink, Ramona Garibay, Gina Jorgenseon, and Randy Wiberg
Trophy Heads or Ancestor Veneration? A Stable Isotope Perspective on Disassociated and Modified Crania in Pre-Contact Central California. American Antiquity 81(1):114-131.
Eerkens, Jelmer W., Jeffrey S. Rosenthal, Howard J. Spero, Nathan E. Stevens, Richard Fitzgerald, and Laura Brink
The Source of Early Horizon Olivella Beads: Isotopic Evidence from CCO-548. Proceedings of the Society of California Archaeology 23.