Archaeology lab practicum – beginnings

By Kathryn Berg, PSU undergraduate student This winter term, 2019, I’ve been working with Shelby Anderson and her collection excavated from a NW Alaskan site in the Bering Land Bridge region. Most of this work has been helping organize sections of the collection that became disorganized over a few years. This collection is mainly of […]

Open MS Graduate Research Assistant Position at PSU

I am currently accepting MA/MS students interested in a degree in Anthropology with a specialization in Archaeology. I have an open position for a student on a ceramic research project, with up to two years of funding. Portland State University M.S. Graduate Research Assistant Position Past Beringian Cultural Exchange and Interaction: A Study of Ceramic […]

Lower Columbia Figurines: Part II

Post by Dianna Woolsey, PSU graduate student In my previous post, I described the unusual clay figurines that have been found in the Lower Columbia: simple incised anthropomorphic tablets, and finely-sculptured zoomorphic items described as pipe bowls or club heads.  Neither of these artifact types seems to resemble the clay objects reported from other areas […]

Back to the Source: 40th Meeting of the Alaska Anthropological Association

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 […]

More on Clay Balls from PNW

Post by Dianna Woolsey, PSU Graduate Student and PNW clay/pottery project Research Assistant  Last month Shelby posted about the remarkable spread of clay ball artifacts in both prehistoric and historic contexts, and the spread just keeps on spreading.  Two weeks ago I went to Lewis and Clark National Park in Astoria as part of our continuing research […]

Thoughts on Temper (or Tempered Thoughts?)

Post by Nikita Collier, PSU undergraduate and Archaeology Lab Intern Temper is material that is added to clay that changes the properties of ceramics as they are fired, preventing rapid shrinkage or expansion.  Temper also helps the clay heat evenly, which prevents cracking and breakage. All of the materials in the bags were collected from […]