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Kathryn Thomas

Undergraduate Student

Kathryn is a Sophomore at the University of Washington and is currently pursuing an Archaeological Sciences degree. Previously, she obtained an AA degree from Grays Harbor Community College (GHC) and was the 2021 Valedictorian. Additionally, she has been an employee at the Washington State Legislature for both the House of Representatives and the Senate where she has been able to exercise her experience in civic advocacy and lobbying.

Her archaeological studies have landed her presentations at the University of Washington Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, UC Berkeley Poster Fair, and has nominated her for the University of Washington's "Weinker Awards" for the "Best Undergraduate Honors Thesis.". One of her archaeological papers landed her the award of "Best Anthropology Essay" of the 2021-2022 school year.

On digital technologies in archaeology...

Through the use of Python coding, she has conducted an Independent Study that was showcased at the University of Washington's Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium this last May of 2022. In this study, she was able to sift through data pertaining to recorded graffiti spots all across the Seattle area. This consisted of more than 8,000 entries of individual graffiti pieces! She utilized data mapping tools to create heat maps, scatter charts, and plots showcasing these artist's choice of direction and graffiti coverage throughout the city.

In the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization (NELC), she has worked extensively with seniors and graduate students on preserving diary entries found from the late 19th century. These documents pertain to the Egyptian archaeological findings and societal observations of that time, specifically during the excavation of the Valley of the Kings. Within this study, coding was utilized to help transcribe these written pieces and translate them into an online platform. Her role in this project was to identify people of interest within the work, find historical information about their lives, review related genealogical trees, and write biographies. In spring of 2022, she was able to represent the University of Washington at the UC Berkeley Poster Fair where she talked about this project in further detail with students and professors alike.

Lastly, she was able to recreate Renaissance woodblock artifacts found in Western Europe, dating back to the 15th century. Her paper discussing this process was nominated for the "Wienker Awards'' for undergraduate distinction, "The Best Undergraduate Honors Thesis", and "The Best Anthropology Essay." Her paper subsequently earned the award of "The Best Archaeology Essay of this Year" from the UW's Anthropology Department. Furthermore, she was even able to have her artifact displayed in the Burke Museum in Seattle, which was an accomplishment Kathryn is forever pleased to have achieved with the undeniable support of her teachers!

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