Laurel Engbring, MA

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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.

Inventory Evaluation and Testing Effects Mitigation Geoarchaeology Sensivity and Constraints Environmental Planning Support GIS and Cartography Monitoring Public Outreach and Interpretation

Laurel’s Featured Publications

Byrd, Brian F., Laurel Engbring, Michael Darcangelo, and Allika Ruby


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.

Byrd, Brian F., Shannon DeArmond and Laurel Engbring


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. 

Eerkens, Jelmer W., Ruth V. Nichols, Gemma G. R. Murray, Katherine Perez, Engel Murga, Phil Kaijankoski, Jeffrey S. Rosenthal, Laurel Engbring, and Beth Shapiro


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.

Engbring, Laurel, Brian F. Byrd, John Grebenkemper, Adela Morris, Monica V. Arellano, and Alan Leventhal


Assessing Canine Forensic Results with Archaeological Excavations at Protohistoric Site Síi Túupentak (CA-ALA-565/H) in the San Francisco Bay Area. Society for California Archaeology Proceedings, Volume 33.

Buonasera, Tammy, Jelmer Eerkens, Alida de Flamingh, Laurel Engbring, Julia Yip, Hongjie Li, Randall Haas, Diane DiGiuseppe, Dave Grant, Michelle Salemi, harlene Nijmeh, Monica Arellano, Alan Leventhal, Brett Phinney, Brian F. Byrd, Ripan S. Malhi and Glendon Parker


A Comparison of Proteomic, Genomic, and Osteological Methods of Archaeological Sex Estimation. Scientific Reports Issue 11897 Volume 10.

Byrd, Brian F., Laurel Engbring, Michael Darcangelo, and Allika Ruby


Protohistoric Village Organization and Territorial Maintenance: The Archaeology of Síi Túupentak (CA-ALA-565/H) in the San Francisco Bay Area. Center for Archaeological Research at Davis 20. University of California, Davis.

Grebenkemper, John, Adela Morris, Brian F. Byrd, and Laurel Engbring


Applying Canine Detection in Support of Collaborative Archaeology. Advances in Archaeological Practice 9(3): 226-237.

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