Post by Michelle Reed, PSU Undergraduate and Archaeology Lab Intern My second quarter working in Professor Anderson’s practicum lab was spent cleaning bones recovered from the Port Clarence Project in Alaska. As we progressed through the cleaning I found myself learning more and more about how to classify the bones in terms of marine and […]
Last summer I finally played around a little with taking video clips on-site and in camp. I don’t know why it took me so long to try out the video settings on various cameras? The results are mixed – obviously I need to practice a bit more – but I like having a record of […]
I wrote a short article on various climate change research projects that appeared in Witness the Arctic this last week. The publication is put together by the Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S.. If you’re interested, you can read the short piece here: http://www.arcus.org/witness-the-arctic/2014/1/article/20437
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.
Some friends in this video from the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center and Anchorage Museum.
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 […]
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 […]