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Getting Published Was Just the Beginning


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