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Dr. Naomi Martisius, recent UC Davis Anthropology Ph.D., was a recent Fulbright Scholar and contributed to UC Davis being recognized as a top-ranked producer of Fulbright Scholars

UC Davis is a “top producer” of Fulbright U.S. Scholars in 2019-20, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Dr. Naomi L. Martisius, who earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology in 2019, was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant to conduct five months of research in Bulgaria, which she completed at the end of February 2020. She was awarded this funding to conduct an archaeological investigation of the osseous (bone, teeth, and ivory) artifacts at the Middle to Upper Paleolithic site of Bacho Kiro, Bulgaria. Bacho Kiro is well known for its Initial Upper Palaeolithic assemblage, produced by some of the first Homo sapiens in Europe. This techno-complex includes a variety of osseous artifacts, including bone tools and ornaments, making it one of the earliest bone artifact assemblages in Europe. Of note are the numerous pendants made from a variety of teeth from both carnivores and herbivores. Dr. Martisius's research is providing a high-resolution reconstruction of technological development at Bacho Kiro, while considering its placement within the regional landscape at an essential crossroads in Europe.