Serenela Pelier, '15
Serenela Pelier was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Orlando, Florida. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology. Her research interests include bioarchaeology, mortuary archaeology, human osteology, paleopathology, skeletal trauma, stable isotope analysis, and human migration patterns. In Spring 2014, Serenela had the opportunity to accompany Dr. Arlen Chase, and several other undergraduate and graduate students, on his archaeological dig in Caracol, Belize. While in Belize, she had the opportunity to excavate an underground double chambered chultun burial that held seven skeltonized individuals and discovered her love for bioarchaeology. Serenela has also completed a summer undergraduate research project on Egyptian funerary items with Dr. Colleen Manassa at Yale University. She is currently working on her undergraduate Honors in the Major thesis with Dr. Tosha Dupra conducting research on the geographic origins of Napoleonic soldiers that were found in a mass grave in Vilnius, Lithuania. Her future educational goal is to obtain a Ph.D in Bioarchaeology with a focus in stable oxygen isotope analysis and migration.
Ph.D. in Anthropology
A Stylistic Analysis of Scarab Amulets in the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History Collection Conducted at Yale University as part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program and Leadership Alliance Mentor: Dr. Colleen Manassa, Associate Professor- Department of Egyptology, Yale University Abstract: A general stylistic analysis of scarab amulets from the Yale Peabody Museum's Victor Clay Barringer Collection is conducted and the various aesthetic attributes, such as body shape, that occur within each type are described. A literature review concerning the stylistic chronology of scarab amulets reveals a lack of detailed information about the amulets. Most scarabs cannot be properly dated because previous research concentrated strictly on base inscriptions and decorations instead of analyzing them as a whole. Scarab amulets are an abundant resource and could be an extremely valuable tool for both classifying the scarabs themselves, as well as for the relative dating of archaeological sites. The sample of scarab amulets analyzed in this study, forty in total, has never been studied or cataloged. The amulets are divided into the following eight categories: royal names, images, and titles (names of individual kings and unspecified kings), divine figures, geometric design, heart scarabs (plain bottoms and inscribed bottoms), scarabs without bottom design, naturalistic scarabs, icons and script signs (animals and pseudo-hieroglyphs), and ring mounts. Additionally, a detailed catalog of the sample is also provided. This research is a crucial foundation to creating another relative dating method because it will provide yet one more corpus of scarab seals that could aid archaeologists and Egyptologists in their study of Egyptian material culture.
Summer Research Institution
Pelier, Serenela, "Serenela Pelier, '15" (2017). McNair Scholars. 91.