Brea McCauley

Email: bmccaule@sfu.ca  Website: breamccauley.com  Twitter: brea_mccauley

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: Extreme Rituals, Body Modification, Cognitive Science of Religion, Cultural Evolution

Research Interest: 

I am broadly interested in the evolution of religious systems, with particular interest in extreme rituals. I am fascinated by individuals who permanently modify their bodies voluntarily for ritual purposes, and the role these types of rituals have played in the past. My current M.A. work focuses on exploring archaeological instances of an extreme dysphoric ritual, finger amputation. 

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, 2018.

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

 

 Publications:

In Press (Brea McCauley) “Life Expectancy in Hunter-Gatherers” In: T. Shackelford and V. Weekes-Shackelford (eds.) Encyclopaedia of Evolutionary Psychological Sciences, Springer Verlag.

In Press (Brea McCauley, David Maxwell, and Mark Collard). Upper Palaeolithic Hand Images with Missing Fingers: An Ethnological Perspective. Journal of Palaeolithic Archaeology.

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:

2018 (Brea McCauley, Chris Carleton, André Costopoulos, and Mark Collard) Waste not wanted: testing Dunnell’s waste hypothesis with an agent-based model [Podium]. 30th Annual Human Behavior and Evolution Society Conference. Amsterdam, Netherlands. 

2018 (Brea McCauley, Dennis Sandgathe, and Mark Collard) Assessing archaeological assumptions about fire use through ethnographic survey [Podium]. 10th Annual International Young Archaeologists Conference. Vardzia, Georgia.

2018 (Brea McCauley, Dennis Sandgathe, and Mark Collard) Assessing archaeological assumptions about fire use through ethnographic survey [Podium]. 1st Annual SFU Faculty of Environment Graduate Research Day. Burnaby, Canada. 

2018 (Brea McCauley) Ritualized finger amputation globally and among the Classic Maya. 3rd Annual Power of Future Minds event, University Women’s Club. Vancouver, Canada.

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.