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 […]

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 […]

Yup’ik Traditions: Qantaq (Bentwood Bowl)

Video from the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center and Anchorage Museum.  The conversation about the life history of a wooden bowl is interesting when thinking about archaeological objects.  I especially enjoyed the discussion of village specific wooden bowl decorations – I am very interested in parallel practices in pottery production techniques and decorations.  On-going research northwest […]