Julie Near is a graduate student at the University of California at Berkeley.
She is assisting Dr. Hastorf and is writing her doctoral dissertation on the uses of
plants at Çatalhöyük. In the dig house you often see Julie bending over her microscope,
identifying broken fragments of burned seeds and other plant parts. Julie trains and
supervises women from the nearby villages who do the important work of sorting delicate
plant remains from other finds.