Photo by Angela Eller, March 2020. Graphic Design by Antigone ©.

Founder & CEO, Antigone House Co. “I have been a stranger here in my own land, all my life.” (Sophocles, Antigone)
Ph.D. Research, Prehistoric and Evolutionary Archaeology (University of Cambridge, UK)
M.Phil., Biological Anthropology (University of Cambridge, UK)
M.A., Anthropology, CSU Fullerton (USA)
B.A., Anthropology, CSU Fresno & College of the Sequoias (USA)
B.A., Journalism, (PUCRS) (Brazil)

Antigone was born in Brazil (Porto Alegre, 07/20/1967). She immigrated to the United States in the 1990s. Antigone is a former undocumented-immigrant. She became a naturalized citizen when she married an American citizen – they have been married for 25 years. On the day of her American citizenship naturalization, an immigration officer urged her to Americanize her name, so she did. When Brazilians (officially rejected the Americanization of her name and) considered her a Brazilian tourist, she renounced her Brazilian birth citizenship. Her father was a business owner and real estate broker, her mother a homemaker. Her paternal side is of intercontinental Portuguese and northern Italian ancestries. Her maternal side is of Portuguese and southern German ancestries.

Antigone graduated from the University of Rio Grande do Sul State with Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and briefly worked as a Press Secretary. In the U.S., she attended Fresno State University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology. She studied at Fullerton State University and graduated with a Masters in Anthropology. She then attended the University of Cambridge, U.K., for her M.Phil in Biological Anthropology and Doctoral studies in Prehistoric and Evolutionary Archaeology.

Antigone went to France to study the lithic assemblages of Neanderthals and prehistoric humans. She was an Anthropology Professor (Adjunct-Faculty) at Napa Valley College, Napa, California. Courses taught at Napa College: Intro. Biological Anthropology & Laboratory, Intro. Cultural Anthropology, Anthropology of Childhood, Anthropology of Religion, Linguistic Anthropology

  • Ph.D. Research Article & Abstract: “Middle Paleolithic Pigment Use: Results of the Use-Wear Analysis of Pech de l’aze Pigment Lumps and its Implications for the Modern Behavior of Neanderthals and Early Modern Humans.”
  • Ph.D. Poster Presentation: “Did Neanderthals Use Mineral Pigments to Modify the Body Symbolically?”
  • M.Phil. Thesis: “The Emergence of Symbolic Behavior Among Neanderthals.”
  • M.A. Thesis: “The Feeding Behavior of the Paranthropines Based on Paleontological Evidence and Comparative Morphology.”
  • B.A. Thesis: (Journalism–film emphasis) “Georges Melies: The Magician Filmmaker.” Thesis Advisor: Anibal Damasceno Ferreira, Journalist, Professor, Filmmaker, Actor.

  • Society for American Archaeology, 77th Annual Meeting, Memphis, Tennessee.
    • 1. 75 myo Site: Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania, Africa.  The excavation goal was to savage a representative sample of the threatened fossils and artifacts from sediments below Tuff IB at FLK Site.
    • 5 k yo Site: Native American Grinding Rock, California, U.S.  Excavation, screening, and use wear analysis of Native American Lithic and Faunal Remains.
  • Ph.D. RESEARCH (to be completed)
    • French Museum of Prehistory, Les Eyzies de Tayac, Dordogne, France. Use-wear analysis of Late/Middle Upper Paleolithic Mineral Pigments & Neanderthal Lithic Assemblages (Levallois & Mousterian Techniques).
    • The Fitzwilliam Museum & The Hamilton Kerr Institute. Visual examination and microscopy of mineral pigments. Introduction to restoration and conservation of paintings.
    • Mineralogical Analysis, Microprobe Laboratory, University of Cambridge.
    • Colin Renfrew (former Ph.D. Advisor, Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn) Department of Archaeology, McDonald Institute, University of Cambridge, U.K.
    • Simon Redfern (former Ph.D. Advisor) Department of Earth Sciences, Emeritus Professor of Mineral Physics, University of Cambridge, U.K.


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