Ashley Long


Academic Interests: Decolonizing methods and collaborative archaeology, indigenous studies, Cultural Resource Management, applied anthropology, ethnoarchaeology, Participatory Action Research, social theory, power relations, structure and agency, and human-animal relationships.

Status: M.A.

Previous Degree: B.A. (2012) University of Southern Mississippi (Anthropology with minors in Spanish and Human Rights and Civil Liberties), Magna Cum Laude

BA Honors Thesis: Human-Animal Relationships in Traditional Healing Methods: A Cross-cultural Analysis

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Biography: Ashley is a second year master's student from the Mississippi Delta.  Her BA research focused on an Andean cleansing ritual from the Ancash region of Peru.  During her time in Peru, Ashley gathered data through Participatory Action Research methods, which inspired her to focus on collaborative methods in archaeology.  She is currently working alongside Dr. Sarah Cowie on the Collaborative Historical Archaeology Project at Stewart Indian School in Carson City, Nevada.  Her thesis will focus on the benefits of using collaborative methods in archaeology.

Conference Presentations:

  • 2014 "Inspiration for Collaboration: A reflection on the influence of methods taught at the Center for Social Well Being." Paper presentation at the 74th annual meeting of Society of Applied Anthropology; Albuquerque, NM. (March 21, 2014).
  • 2013 "Collaborative Archaeology and Collections Management on the Stewart Indian School Project." Co-author of presentation at the annual meeting of Nevada Museum Association; Reno, NV. With Dr. Sarah Cowie. (October 17, 2013).