After growing up in Davis, Laurel Engbring received a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia in 2009, and a Master’s degree in Osteoarchaeology from the University of Southampton in 2011, with her dissertation focused on the analysis of an Estonian cremation grave with commingled human and faunal remains. She worked as a physical anthropologist for the British Museum in Sudan and spent a summer as a bioarchaeology collections intern at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in 2012 before starting as a full-time staff archaeologist at Far Western Anthropological Research Group in 2013. At Far Western she performs identification, excavation, and in-depth analysis of osteological remains, and has also been involved in a wide variety of other archaeological work throughout the state of California including test and data recovery excavations, database and digitization projects, surveys, monitoring, records searches, and technical report writing. She enjoys volunteering with the California Archaeological Site Stewardship Program and guest lecturing at local schools, and is especially interested in mortuary practices with a focus on the Bay Area.
Laurel’s Featured Publications
Protohistoric Village Organization and Territorial Maintenance: Archaeological Data Recovery at Síi Túupentak (CA-ALA-565/H), Sunol Long-term Improvements Project, Alameda County, California. Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc. Davis, California.
Re-visualizing Indigenous Persistence during Colonization from the Perspective of Traditional Settlements in the San Francisco Bay-Delta Area. Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology Vol 38, No. 2, pp. 163-190.
A Probable Prehistoric Case of Meningococcal Disease from San Francisco Bay: Next Generation Sequencing of Neisseria meningitidis from Dental Calculus and Osteological Evidence. International Journal of Paleopathology Volume 22, p. 173-180.