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Mara Vejby has worked as an archaeologist/anthropologist in California, Ireland, Armenia, and the UK, and currently conducts her research in California as the CEO of Locality Research and Preservation, LLC. She was born and raised in Sonoma County, where she pursued her love of cultures, languages, history, and art at SRJC and then at UC Davis. Mara began a research Masters in archaeology at the University College of Cork, Ireland, where she was primarily interested in answering the question: ‘how did people in the past interact with artifacts and structures from the more distant past?’ After a year she was upgraded to PhD candidate, and decided to transfer to the University of Reading, UK. Her thesis, Reinterpreting the Iron Age and Roman Reuse of Megalithic Tombs in Atlantic Europe, catalogued and analyzed  evidence of Iron Age and Roman period interactions with hundreds of Neolithic tombs across Atlantic Europe.

During the last year and a half of her thesis research Mara worked
simultaneously as a linguist and cultural anthropologist for the Pomo Indians in Northern California, managing a project on language documentation and preservation of the seven Pomo languages. After being awarded her PhD in archaeology she returned to California to complete this work.

Mara works for Woodside Priory School, in Portola Valley, and lectures for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Sonoma State University. As the CEO of Locality Research and Preservation she continues her anthropological work, focusing on preserving and promoting local history and culture. She also organizes and leads archaeological tours for those interested in traveling the world and exploring the past.


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