Science Club’s Anthropologist Guest Speaker


Daniella Mahler, Reporter

On Tuesday, April 4th 2017 Shannon Twilling, an archaeologist with a Masters Degree in Anthropology, came to Sahuaro’s Science Club and gave an informative presentation. She first began with introducing herself and explaining her profession, “Anthropology is the study of human culture, beliefs, customs, and distinguishing the differences between different cultures and the different time periods.” Twilling shared with the club that she works as an anthropologist for the Arizona State Museum, and loves it. She then went on by explaining that anthropology has four major fields, Biological Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology, and Archaeology.

She brought multiple books, artifacts, and pottery to share during her presentation. She discussed what each historical artifact and pottery was used for. One of her examples was a bowl and mallet used for rituals. She knew that the ancient pottery was used for rituals because of the quality and usage. She then briefly explained some of the techniques archaeologists use to find out when the artifact was used.  Some examples that she discussed was carbon dating, potassium argon dating, luminescence dating, and dendrochronology.

Sahuaro’s Science Club provides future scientists or lovers of science the opportunity to explore various career paths. Meetings are once a week, every Tuesday. “I love the science club a lot! It has helped me make new friends and learn about a lot of cool stuff,” states Gabe Galarva, a Sahuaro junior in the club.  Leaders of the Science Cluband Sahuaro’s anatomy teachers, Mr. Veil and Ms. Hartman, welcome anyone who is interested in the world of science.