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 […]
I was checking out the NPS Bering Land Bridge National Monument webpage and saw that one of the interns, Andrea, who visited us in the field last summer wrote a post about her experience. It is fun to read about one’s project, in this case a climate change related collaboration with the NPS, from another […]
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 […]
1949 to be precise. I have been reading old field journals written by Charles Lucier in hopes of untangling prior work done near a site where I am working. The archaeology is fascinating of course, but the notes on life and Alaskan fieldwork back in the day are really fun to read. Part of that […]
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 […]
As part of my collaborative project with the National Park Service I led two weeks of fieldwork last summer on the northern Seward Peninsula Coast. I took a small team into the field to survey a section of coastline near the villages of Shishmaref and Wales. We had three goals: 1) to look for previously […]