Back from about 5 weeks of fieldwork on the north and south sides of the Seward Peninsula and there is a lot of lab work to do! These materials are mainly from an excavation in the Port Clarence region of northwest Alaska but we also collected some new samples from survey on the Bering Land […]
A student sorting bulk samples from Cape Krusenstern found this fragment of woven material earlier this week. The feature this sample is associated with dates from 300 years ago to the present day. So the fiber is not that old but an interesting find given the context.
This time lapse video of an excavation of a site in the Outer Hebrides has me thinking about ways to document and share remote fieldwork. We are going to be heading out in about a month for 6 weeks of fieldwork in several areas of the Seward Peninsula. I am going to give video documentation […]
Two month time lapse goes viral – via NSF
On Monday, Terry Ozbun from Archaeological Investigations Northwest gave a flintknapping demonstration to my intro to archaeology class. It was a perfect time for the demonstration as we have covered many tool types from Oldowan technology up to Clovis (quite a sweep!). I am tired of gesturing at photos and drawings of tools on PowerPoint […]
More Ladies in the Field via John Hawks weblog: http://trowelblazers.tumblr.com/ For example – Jane (Jeanne) Dieulafoy (1851-1916)
One of the themes that emerged from the back to back conferences I attended recently (hence no blogging) was that Archaeology Matters. Actually, Archaeology Matters was the theme of the Northwest Anthropological Conference, held in Portland March 27 to 30th. Paul Minnis gave a great key note speech on Utilitarian Archaeology. He discussed some of the […]
For fun and fodder for my classes next quarter I am reading Ladies of the Field: Early Women Archaeologists and Their Search for Adventure by Amanda Adams. Adams focuses on seven women of the Victorian Era whose work influenced the field during a critical period in the discipline. She profiles Amelia Edwards, Jane Dieulafoy, Zelia […]
Some friends in this video from the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center and Anchorage Museum.
I just got home from Anchorage, Alaska, where I spent the last few days at the Alaska Anthropological Association Meetings. I presented a paper on my work with northern ceramics as part of the Cape Espenberg Session. I focused on the challenges specific to studying northern ceramics, including methodological issues, environmental constraints, and mobility issues […]