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Meet Your Instructors!
Priscilla B. Mollard
Priscilla Mollard (she/her)

Priscilla is the founder of Rivulus Dominarum Bioarchaeology and the project's Primary Investigator. Her work with the Piaţa Cetăţii collection began in 2017, when she came to Baia Mare under the National Science Foundation’s Culture and Heritage in European Societies and Spaces Grant (NSF:IIA-1261172), and has been supported since then by a Fulbright Fellowship as well as several grants and fellowships from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Priscilla is a biocultural bioarchaeologist with a background in mortuary archaeology and field experience in Belize, Mexico, Guatemala, the American Southwest, and Romania. Her primary objective with the Piaţa Cetăţii collection lies in exploring the selective factor that living in a medieval Transylvanian mining town may have played in determining health, mortality, and social relationships in Rivulus Dominarum. To that end, her research interests include biocultural approaches, the archaeology of mining and mining heritage, community-integrated bioarchaeologies, collaborative bioarchaeology, material expressions of social identity, and mortuary traditions.

Crystal Miller
Crystal Miller (she/they)

Crystal Miller is a Teaching Assistant at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, where she earned her Bachelor of Archaeology degree with specializations in Human Biology and Cultural Anthropology. Crystal's research interests primarily encompass the interdisciplinary fields of Bioarchaeology and Bioanthropology, with a particular emphasis on exploring the intersection of human biology and archaeological inquiry. Methodologically, she engages in the domain of Digital Archaeology, incorporating cutting-edge technologies such as photogrammetry, 3D laser scanning, and digital illustrations into her bioarchaeological research.

Crystal is pursuing postgraduate studies at Macquarie University with a specific focus on the Piața Cetății collection. She aims to increase the legibility of a fragmented and commingled mass grave complex, shedding light on the lived experience of injury and trauma.

Returning Local Students
George-Andrei Pop
George-Andrei Pop (he/him)

Andrei is a first year History student at the Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania and will be returning to Rivulus Dominarum Bioarchaeology in 2024 as Junior Faculty. His primary interests lie in the diverse histories of the cultures that inhabited the region of Transylvania during the Middle Ages.

Andrei first joined the project in 2022, with the goal of broadening his knowledge of humanistic approaches to the study of history. He plans to apply the osteological training he receives with us to his future work in archaeology.

Lian Achim
Lian Achim (he/they)

Lian is a student in Baia Mare's Colegiul Național "Gheorghe Șincai", studying social sciences. They have interests in biology and chemistry, with a special focus on forensics that they were able to pursue with the project.

Lian joined Rivulus Dominarum Bioarchaeology as a student in 2023, and will be returning as a Teaching Assistant in 2024. His goals for next summer are to expand on his osteological skills and deepen his knowledge of bioarchaeological research methods.