Brea McCauley

Email: bmccaule@sfu.ca

B.A.: B.A. (Hons), Archaeology; Simon Fraser University 2017

Other Credentials: Liberal Arts and Cultural Resource Management Certificates; Simon Fraser University 2017

Supervisor: Dr. Mark Collard

Research Areas: Cultural Evolution, Evolution of Religion, Mesoamerican Archaeology

Research Interest: 

I am broadly interested in the evolution of cultural diversity, with particular interest in the evolution of religious systems. My current M.A. work focuses on the impact of costly religious rituals play in promoting cooperative warfare in the Classic Maya.

Honours Research:

A Test of Competing Hypotheses Concerning the Impact of Demography on Cultural Evolution

Other Activities:

Excavator; Hopoate (Kingdom of Tonga) 2014, Langmadhalde (Germany) 2016.

Lab Assistant; La Ferrassie (France) 2015, South Pacific Archaeology Lab (SFU) 2014-Present.

 

Digital Publications:

2017 (Brea McCauley) Why Archaeology Could Save Our Fish; SFU Faculty of Environment Undergraduate Op-Ed Contest Finalist. http://www.sfu.ca/fenv/news/why-archaeology-could-save-our-fish.html

 

Conference Presentations:

2017 (Brea McCauley and Mark Collard). A test of competing hypotheses concerning the impact of demography on cultural evolution [Podium Presentation]. 1st Annual Cultural Evolution Society Conference. Jena, Germany.

2017 (Brea McCauley and Mark Collard). A test of competing hypotheses concerning the impact of demography on cultural evolution [Podium Presentation]. 29th Annual Meeting of the Human Behaviour and Evolution Society. Boise, U.S.A.

2017 (Brea McCauley and Mark Collard). A test of competing hypotheses concerning the impact of demography on cultural evolution [Podium Presentation]. Society for American Archaeology 82nd Annual Meeting. Vancouver, Canada.

2017 (Brea McCauley and Mark Collard). A test of competing hypotheses concerning the impact of demography on cultural evolution [Podium]. 5th Annual SFU Faculty of Environment Student Symposium. Burnaby, Canada.