Date of Defense




First Advisor

Dr. Andrea Gerstle

Second Advisor

Dr. Arthur Helweg

Third Advisor

Dr. Allen Zagarell


In the summer of 1990, a group of five Western Michigan University students, led by Dr. Andrea Gerstle of the Department of Anthropology, spent two months excavating at the archaeological site of Ceren in El Salvador, Central America. Each student had a personal project to work on in addition to the excavation. As a special project in conjunction with the 1990 Proyecto de Ceren I was to perform an analysis of the ground stone assemblage from the Ceren site. The excavation of the courtyard area of one of the households at the site had been the original plan. This excavation was expected to lead to the delineation of activities areas within the household. We also expected to find material related to the use and/or manufacture of ground stone tools. However, the excavation of large areas of the courtyard was made impossible by the rainy season, which endangered the preservation of the contents of the site. Our excavations were limited to areas less likely to yield data on ground stone tool technology.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only