Traveler Bio

Olá pessoal (Hello all)! My name is Trent Trombley, and I grew up in Chico, California, a relatively small city in northern California. As a kid growing up near the mountains, I always loved exploring the outdoors and pretending I was an archaeologist as I dug in the sandbox, looking for artifacts. I went to college at the University of California, Berkeley where I majored in anthropology and had amazing opportunities to work on archaeological excavations at both local sites in the San Francisco Bay Area and abroad in places such as Kenya, Italy and most recently, Portugal! I conducted a senior honors thesis on how health and diseases such as osteoporosis (bone loss) have changed over time by analyzing bones from over nine different archaeological sites, spanning thousands of years.

I was fortunate enough to stay at the University of California, Berkeley for graduate school, and I received a U.S. Fulbright Research Grant to be able to carry out my archaeological research in Santarém, Portugal. Here, I am helping local city archaeologists examine bones and other artifacts from the Middle Ages. I look forward to unearthing more about the history of Portugal with you all, and cannot wait to embark on this journey together!