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Lillia McEnaney '17 at the Institute for American Indian Studies.

Lillia McEnaney ’17 has pursued archaeology since high school, and at Hamilton she discovered a love for a related subject ­­– religious studies. She’s been piling up accomplishments and hands-on experience related to both academic passions throughout her College years. As a sophomore McEnaney published an article in the international journal Museum Anthropology.

As a rising junior McEnaney spent a summer excavating a Greek island and making three-dimensional models of stone inscriptions in Macedonia.  She was a field volunteer at Despotiko, a late archaic to early classical sanctuary to the Greek God Apollo in he Cycladic islands. That same summer she took part in a field school at a Balkan Heritage Foundation course, also in Macedonia.

As a rising senior, McEnaney and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Seth Schermerhorn presented at the European Association for the Study of Religion at the University of Helsinki. They co-wrote, “Through Indigenous Eyes: A Comparison of Two Tohono O’odham Photographic Collections Documenting O’odham Pilgrimages to Magdalena.”

It was a busy summer. McEnaney took on five job opportunities, including two part-time internships, one of which was as in collections management with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. 

Now a senior, McEnaney’s long-term plan after Hamilton – pursue a doctorate in anthropological archaeology.

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