“Life is all about what worked, what didn’t, lessons learned. There is time for work and time for love. That leaves no other time.”~antigone~
Photo: Angela Eller 2020.
Graphic Design by Antigone ©
10s. Born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, 1967. Language: Portuguese.

20s. Studied journalism in Brazil. Life took a sharp turn, Antigone immigrated to the US in the early 1990s. Didn’t speak English.

30s. Got married, worked part-time, and attended grad school full-time.

40s. Part-time college professor. Attended University of Cambridge, UK, for her PhD Research.

50s. Global citizen, multilingual.

Antigone, founder and CEO, Antigone House Co., is a former undocumented-immigrant. She became a naturalized citizen when she married an American citizen. On the day of her American citizenship naturalization, a Senior US Immigration Officer urged her to Americanize her name, so she did. When Brazilians considered her a ‘Brazilian tourist’ (officially rejected the Americanization of her name), she renounced her Brazilian birth citizenship.

  • Antigone went to France to study the lithic assemblages (stone tools and the byproducts of how they were made) of Neanderthals and prehistoric humans (PhD Research).
  • She was an Anthropology Professor (Adjunct-Faculty) at Napa Valley College, Napa, California. Courses taught at Napa College: Intro. Biological Anthropology & LaboratoryIntro. Cultural AnthropologyAnthropology of ChildhoodAnthropology of Religion, Linguistic Anthropology
  • In Cambridge (Peterhouse, UK), Antigone lived in a building (basement flat) contiguous to the flat Charles Darwin once lived back in the 1820s.

Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D. Research, Prehistoric and Evolutionary Archaeology (University of Cambridge, UK), to be completed

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)

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.
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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