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Holly Aslinger

Graduate Student



I am an archaeologist with a focus on identity construction, mobility, and interaction in the pre- and protohistoric Carpathian Basin, as well as processes of community cohesion involved in the emergence of more complex state societies in Southeastern Europe. However, much of my recent research has involved data from salvage excavations in the American Southeast, specifically in Middle Tennessee. Through macrobotanical analysis and analysis of dental remains from sites spanning the Early Archaic to the Middle Woodland, I have examined the subsistence strategies and health of the represented populations. Excavation methods and spatial analysis also factor into my research.

Region: Eastern Europe, American Southeast

Notable Honors

2020, Undergraduate Research Experience and Creative Activity (URECA) Grant, Middle Tennessee State University

2018, Outstanding Undergraduate in Sociology and Anthropology, Middle Tennessee State University


2020 – present pursuing M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago
2018 B.S. Anthropology, Middle Tennessee State University
2018 B.M. Orchestral Performance – Viola, Middle Tennessee State University