Rachel Kalisher

Mentor: Dr. Andrew Nichols
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"I plan on continuing on with my education until the PhD level. Starting my own independent research now will better prepare me for a future in academia. I've been on three archaeological excavations, two of them being in Israel, which helped me to begin thinking like a scientist rather than a student. These experiences have all inspired me to become a better scholar and begin research."


Anthropology; Classics



Research Interests

  • Archaeology
  • Funerary Customs
  • Ancient Middle Eastern Cultural Customs

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program
  • Essenpreis Scholar
  • Biblical Archaeology Society Scholar
  • Florida Bright Futures


  • Lambda Alpha Honor Society
  • UF Women's Ultime Frisbee


  • Libros de Familia

Hobbies and Interests

  • Frisbee
  • Kick Boxing
  • Traveling

Research Description

Evaluating Cultural Identity within Middle Bronze Age Burials in the Levant

Burials are a part of humanity that has always had its own sense of mystery. Back in the Middle Bronze Age Levant, there was no writing down of burial customs and rituals, yet many scholars today believe that there is much that we can learn about these burials based on the archaeological evidence. Most archaeologists see a burial and use it to evaluate the culture that it comes from rather than the uniqueness and individuality of the person inhumed. My thesis aims to evaluate what data we can objectively gain from these Levantine Middle Bronze Age burials, and what published data is just assumption.