Thursday, April 30, 2009

David Meltzer elected as NAS fellow

photo from http://smu.edu/anthro

The National Academy of Sciences announced the election of 72 new members and 18 foreign associates from 15 countries in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

The election was held during the business session of the 146th annual meeting of the Academy. Those elected bring the total number of active members to 2,150.

The lone archaeologist selected was David J. Meltzer, Henderson-Morrison Professor of Prehistory and executive director, QUEST Archaeological Research Program, department of anthropology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas.

According to Prof. Meltzer's web page:
My research interests center on the origins, antiquity, and adaptations of the first Americans (Paleoindians), who colonized the North American continent at the end of the Pleistocene (Ice Age). I seek to understand how these hunter-gatherers met the challenges of moving across and adapting to the vast, initially unknown, ecologically diverse, landscape of Late Glacial North America, during a time of significant climate change. This has evolved in several directions, including an interest in understanding landscape learning, the demographics of colonization, and how such processes might play out over centuries and be visible archaeologically.
The National Academy of Sciences is a private organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to the furtherance of science and its use for the general welfare. It was established in 1863 by a congressional act of incorporation signed by Abraham Lincoln that calls on the Academy to act as an official adviser to the federal government, upon request, in any matter of science or technology.

Congratulations, David!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Why did the SAA get so little media coverage?

You'd think that a major national archaeology meeting would get good media coverage. Yet when I did a Google news search on the SAA Atlanta meeting, I get only 4 hits on 3 different stories. (Lexis Nexis Academic does no better.) What's up with that? Are the newspapers too busy trying to survive? Or is the SAA, well, just pre-occupied with other things?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

SAS business meeting on Friday at SAA

SAS Business Meeting
Friday, April 24
3:30 pm–5:00 pm
Marriott Marquis 109

Sorry about the conflict with sessions.
(I wish SAA could do this another way.)


Tentative agenda:
  1. Election results for President-elect
  2. New editor of the SAS Bulletin
  3. Officers' reports
  4. Taylor Poster Award,
  5. Supporting the new Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences Journal
  6. Becoming SAA-affiliated society
  7. ISA 2010
  8. Membership - recruitment emails; contact list; student meeting reps; new pamphlets
  9. SAS blog and wiki - update; traffic evaluation; additional useful content; how to sustain
May we all think of Earth Day as we stomp our carbon footprints on the way to Atlanta!

(photo credit: http://www.jpgmag.com/people/kwilliam71)

Monday, April 20, 2009

Archaeometry at SAA - Saturday, 4/25

Here are some sessions for Saturday that have an archaeometric focus. Come to SAS-sponsored session 184, but don't miss those gems in other sessions.

[134] GENERAL SESSION DIGITAL DATA
Room: International A
Time: 8:00 AM–9:30 AM
Chair: Sarah Kansa

Participants:
8:00 Margaret Bruchez, Elizabeth I. Louden and Joel Gordon—Painted Indian Cave (41BC1), Blanco County, Texas: A Study in 3D Cultural Visualization and Acoustic Mapping
8:15 Christopher Goodmaster—Mapping at a Scale of One to One: The Implications of High Definition Documentation for Archaeological Sites and Artifacts via 3D Laser
Scanning
8:30 Sarah Kansa and Eric Kansa—Yes, it is all about you: User Needs, Archaeology and Digital Data
8:45 Jessica Freas—3D Scanning Using the NextEngine Generations for Artifact Analysis and Public Education
9:00 Bulent Arikan—A New Approach in Site Mapping: Grass GIS and Vector Repositioning
9:15 Jorgen Bergstrom—Computer Assisted Radar Tomography for Geophysical Investigations of Archaeological Sites


[168] SYMPOSIUM PROVENANCE STUDIES IN ARCHAEOLOGY
(Sponsored by Society for Archaeological Sciences and the International Association for Obsidian Studies)
Room: International A
Time: 1:00 PM–4:30 PM
Organizers and Chairs: Mostafa Fayek and Sharon Hull

Participants:
1:00 Carolyn Dillian, David Braun and Emmanuel Ndiema—Obsidian Characterization and Theories of Interaction, Koobi Fora, Kenya
1:15 Anne Hamilton, Mostafa Fayek and S. Brooke Milne—Palaeo-Eskimo Lithic Exploitation Strategies: Assessing Inferences of Culture Change Through Chert Sourcing on Southern Baffin Island
1:30 Rachel ten Bruggencate and Mostafa Fayek—Sourcing quartz quarries from Granville Lake, Manitoba, Canada using trace elements and oxygen isotopes
1:45 Alyson Thibodeau, Joaquin Ruiz and John Chesley—Tracing Turquoise from Site to Source Using Radiogenic Isotopes
2:00 Judith Habicht-Mauche—Studying Glaze-Paint Production and Exchange in the American Southwest Using Lead Isotope Analysis
2:15 Mostafa Fayek and Sharon Hull—Fingerprinting Turquoise Provenance Regions in the American Southwest and Northern Mexico
2:30 Matthew Boulanger and Michael Glascock—Salvage Archaeometry: Rescue, Preservation, and Dissemination of Geochemical Data
2:45 Tom Fenn, Peter Robertshaw, Marilee Wood and John Chesley—Early IslamicCommerce with sub-Saharan Africa: Chemical and Isotopic Analyses of Late 1stMillennium A.D. Glass Beads from Igbo-Ukwu, Nigeria
3:00 Lisa Molofsky and David Killick—Sources of Tin in Prehistoric Bronzes: A Novel Approach
3:15 Jeffrey Dobereiner, William Saturno and Robert H. Tykot—Source Analysis of Obsidian from San Bartolo and Xultun, Guatemala by X-ray Fluorescence
3:30 Daniel Contreras and Nicholas Tripcevich—Research at the Quispisisa obsidian source in the central Peruvian highlands
3:45 Steven Shackley—Discussant
4:00 Hector Neff—Discussant
4:15 Robert Tykot—Discussant


[175] POSTER SESSION: GEOARCHAEOLOGY INTEREST GROUP POSTER SESSION:
GEOARCHAEOLOGY AND INTERPRETATION
(Sponsored by Geoarchaeology Interest Group)
Room: Marquis Lobby
Time: 2:00 PM–4:00 PM
Organizers: Melissa Goodman-Elgar and Kelly Derr
Chair: Melissa Goodman

Participants:
175-a Louis Fortin—Lithic Investigations Along the Tambo-Ilo Coast of Southern Peru
175-b Kara A. Rothenberg and E. Christian Wells—Soilscape Legacies of the Palmarejo Valley, Northwestern Honduras
175-c Donald Thieme, Suanna Selby Crowley, Joseph Schuldenrein and Michael Michael Aiuvalasit —Cultural and Natural Site Formation Processes in Stratified Alluvium of the Susquehanna River, southern New York
175-d Louise Purdue—Geoarchaeology and Micromorphology of the Long Term Hohokam Irrigation System
175-e Bonnie Blackwell, Anne R. Skinner, Joel I.B. Blickstein and Andres Montoya—Answering Key Questions with Geoarchaeology: ESR's Ability to Determine the Site Age
175-f Risa Carlson and James Baichtal—Paleogeography of the Late Pleistocene and Quaternary Coastlines of Southeast Alaska and their potential Archaeological Significance
175-g Gavin Gillmore, Doug Sims and Peter Hooda—Environmental contamination associated with historic mining and milling within Nelson, Nevada, USA
175-h Melissa Goodman-Elgar and Louis Fortin—Geoarchaeological Assessment of floor variability in a Formative sunken court complex, Taraco Peninsula, Bolivia
175-i Kelly Derr, Patrick Dolan and Colin Grier—Shaping the Past: Interpreting Landscape Management in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia, Canada
175-j Patrick Dolan, Melissa Goodman-Elgar, Colin Grier and Kelly Derr—Tracking Dirt: Bringing Geoarchaeology into the House


[176] POSTER SESSION: SCIENCE IN SUPPORT OF ARCHAEOLOGY
Room: Marquis Lobby
Time: 2:00 PM–4:00 PM
Organizer and Chair: Linda Cummings

Participants:
176-a Linda Cummings—Synergy: The Whole is Greater than the Sum of the Parts
176-b Kathryn Puseman—Know What You're Dating! A Look at the Top Three Reasons why you Should Identify Material Being Radiocarbon Dated
176-c R.A. Varney—Adapting to change: Subsistence and mobility in response to climate change
176-d W. Gear and Linda Cummings—People, Food, Residues, and Meals
176-e Chad Yost—Recent Applications of Plant Opal Phytolith Analysis of Coprolites, Privies, Sherds and Stratigraphic Columns
176-f Elizabeth Hickey—Subsistence at O'Neill Crater
176-g Peter C. Condon and Maria E. Hroncich—An Assessment of Late Puebloan Socio-Economic Dynamics in the Trans-Pecos Region. Excavations at 41EP1623, El Paso County, Texas


[182] GENERAL SESSION: ZOOARCHAEOLOGICAL STUDIES IN THE MAYA AREA
Room: M302
Time: 4:00 PM–5:00 PM
Chair: Elyse Anderson

Participants:
4:00 Erin Thornton—Zooarchaeological and Isotopic Perspectives on Ancient Maya Economy and Exchange
4:15 Erol Kavountzis—Evaluating cave use through spatial analysis of animal remains from Maya caves in Guatemala and Belize
4:30 Elyse Anderson—Animals and Ritual: A Zooarchaeological Analysis of Petexbatun Caves
4:45 Nawa Sugiyama and William Fash—Reinterpreting the Copan Felines

Monday, April 13, 2009

Archaeometry at SAA - Friday, 4/24

Here are some sessions heavier on archaeometry
(by my reckoning) for Friday. But search for that archaeometric gem that is part of some other session.

And don't forget to enjoy Atlanta, with Coke!


[76] SYMPOSIUM 2009 FRYXELL AWARD: MICHAEL D. GLASCOCK AND THE MURR
ARCHAEOMETRY LABORATORY
Room: Marquis Ballroom Salon B
Time: 8:00 AM–9:45 AM
Organizer and Chair: Robert Speakman

Participants:
8:00 Hector Neff—Twenty Years of Ceramic Provenance Research at MURR
8:15 Ron Bishop, M. James Blackman and Erin L. Sears—Toward a Common Pool: INAA research in Mesoamerica
8:30 Robert Speakman, Darrell Creel and Myles Miller—New Perspectives on Mimbres Pottery Production and Exchange
8:45 Robert Tykot—Mike's Multiple Methods at MURR for Mediterranean Obsidian Sourcing
9:00 Cyndi Charlton and Thomas H. Charlton—The Malpaís Obsidian Source Area in the Basin of Mexico
9:15 Barbara Stark—Discussant
9:30 Michael Glascock—Discussant


[83] SYMPOSIUM THE GREAT MAYA DROUGHTS IN CULTURAL CONTEXT
Room: Marquis Ballroom Salon A
Time: 8:00 AM–12:00 PM
Organizer and Chair: Gyles Iannone

Participants:
8:00 Jim Aimers and Gyles Iannone—Introduction: The Dynamics of Ancient Maya Developmental History
8:15 Gyles Iannone, Jason Yaeger and David Hodell—The Great Maya Droughts: A Critical Introduction
8:30 Nicholas Dunning, McCormick Carmen, Timothy Beach and John Jones—Drought and the Preclassic-Classic transition in NE Peten and NW Belize
8:45 Tom Sever, Robert Griffin, Udaysankar Nair and Matthew Welch—Agricultural Land Use, Deforestation, and Drought Severity
9:00 Kitty Emery and Erin K. Thornton—Effects of Precipitation Variation on Wetland Habitat Use as Reflected by Animal Remains from Maya Archaeological Sites
9:15 Antoine Repussard, Henry P. Schwarcz, Kitty F. Emery, Erin K. Thornton and Jonathon Malatesta—Oxygen Isotopes from Maya Archaeological Deer Remains: Experiments in Tracing Drought using Bones and Teeth
9:30 David Webster—Maya Drought and Niche Inheritance
9:45 George Brook, Holley Moyes, Jaime Awe and James Webster—Stalagmite Evidence from Belize Indicating Significant Droughts During the Classic Maya Era
10:00 Holley Moyes, James Webster, Jaime Awe and George Brook—Ritual and the Environment: Evidence for a Late Classic Drought Cult in Western Belize
10:15 Matt O'Mansky and Arthur Demarest—Water, Politics, and the Earliest Manifestations of the Classic Maya Collapse: A Holistic Perspective from the Western Maya Kingdoms
10:30 Andrew Scherer and Charles Golden—Water in the West: Chronology and Collapse of the Classic Maya River Kingdoms
10:45 Arlen Chase and Diane Chase—A Drought of Thought: The Maya Collapse in the Southern Lowlands
11:00 Fred Valdez and Vernon Scarborough—The Prehistoric Maya of Northern Belize: Issues of Drought and Cultural Transformations
11:15 Doug Kennett, Patrick Bartlein, Kevin Cannariato, Yemane Asmerom and Megan Walsh—The Complex Role of Climate Change in Socioeconomic Integration and Fragmentation in the Southern Maya Lowlands
11:30 Keith Prufer, Brendan Culleton, Bruce Winterhalder, Jaime Awe and Douglas Kennett—Modeling Complex Human Behavioral Responses to Climate Change in the Eastern Periphery of the Maya Lowlands
11:45 David Hodell and Jason Yaeger—Understanding the Role of Climate Change in the Maya Past: Toward a Multidisciplinary Collaborative Methodology


[85] SYMPOSIUM ENVISIONING THE SHORE: NEW INSIGHTS INTO THE OCCUPATION AND ANTHROPIC CONFIGURATION OF COASTAL SETTINGS
(Sponsored by Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology)
Room: M102
Time: 8:30 AM–12:00 PM
Organizers and Chairs: Ximena Villagran and Silvia Peixoto

Participants:
8:30 Ximena Villagran and Daniela Klokler—Building coastal landscapes: Zooarchaeology and Geoarchaeology as tools to understand ritual shell deposits
8:45 Scott Fitzpatrick and Torben Rick—Cataclysmic Events in Coastal Archaeology
9:00 Roger Wikell and Mattias Pettersson—Show me your shore - and I can tell who you are
9:15 Winifred Creamer, Jonathan Haas, Jesus Holguin and Edward Jakaitis—Far from the Shore: The role of Marine Resources in the Late Archaic (3000 to 1800 B.C.) Norte Chico Region of Peru
9:30 Karen Coutts, John Krigbaum and Alejandro Chu—Inferences of social complexity in Preceramic Period (3000-1800B.C.) Peru revealed through isotopic analyses at the Bandurria site
9:45 Colin Grier, Patrick Dolan and Kelly Derr—Managing Coastscapes: Long-term Processes of Settlement and Coastal Landform Development in the Gulf Islands of Southern British Columbia, Canada
10:00 Paulo DeBlasis and Paulo C. F. Giannini—Dynamics and interaction of geological and archaeological processes in the Southern coast of Santa Catarina, Brazil
10:15 Jennifer Perry—Island Interiors and Coastal Interfaces on the California Channel Islands
10:30 Carola Flores Fernandez and Bernardo Broitman—A critical review of the use of ecological data and the anthropological applications of coastal archaeology around the world
10:45 Marcello Mannino, Kenneth D. Thomas, Sebastiano Tusa, Emiliano Tufano and Michael P. Richards—Becoming insular? Human responses to climate change and rising sea levels along the coasts of western Sicily from the Late Pleistocene to the Mid-Holocene
11:00 Rebecca Knapp—Space and Society: Spatial Analysis of Dorset Palaeoeskimo Slate Tools at the Phillip’s Garden Site
11:15 Silvia Peixoto—Formation processes of the small-size shellmounds located at the southern coast of Brasil
11:30 Lauren Willis, Andrew Boehm and Torben Rick—Coastlines, Canyon Bottoms, and Rockshelters: Human Settlement Strategies in Lobo Canyon, Santa Rosa
Island, California
11:45 Andre Colonese, Jordi Estévez Escalera, Edgard Camaros and Ester Verdun—Integrated Archaeozoological Research Of Shell Middens: New Insights Into Yamana Coastal Exploitation In The Tierra Del Fuego (Argentina)


[100] POSTER SESSION SOIL GEOCHEMISTRY IN THE MAYA AREA OF MESOAMERICA
Room: Marquis Lobby
Time: 12:00 PM–2:00 PM
Organizer and Chair: Richard Terry

Participants:
100-a Eric Coronel, Richard Terry, Daniel Bair, Rachel Bair and Chelsea Katseanes—An Ethnographic study of Soil Geochemical Signatures of Butchering Activities at the Contemporary Maya Village of Telchaquillo, Yucatan
100-b Chris Balzotti, Richard Burnett and Richard Terry—Vegetation and Soil Resources of the Ancient Maya site of Ramonal, near Tikal, Guatemala
100-c Daniel Bair, Richard Terry, Bruce Dahlin and Marilyn Masson—Soil Geochemical Analysis of Public Squares at the Postclassic City of Mayapan, Yucatan
100-d Richard Terry, Daniel Bair and David Anderson—Geochemical Soil Analysis of a Possible Preclassic Marketplace and Other Features at Xtobo, Yucatan, Mexico
100-e Gordon Rees, Richard Terry and Chris Balzotti—Soil Resources of the Ancient
Maya at Tecolote in the Usumacinta River Basin


[110] SYMPOSIUM BEYOND PROVENANCE: CERAMIC PETROGRAPHY AND CERAMIC TECHNOLOGY
(Sponsored by Society for Archaeological Sciences)
Room: M103
Time: 1:00 PM–4:45 PM
Organizer and Chair: Maria Masucci

Participants:
1:00 Maria Masucci—Fabric and Culture: Technological Change in Ecuadorian “Finger-Painted” Pottery
1:15 George Pevarnik—Not Everything that Glitters is Gold and not Every Whitish Aplastic is Quartz: Theoretical and Methodological Implications for Pottery Analyses and Interpretations
1:30 Patrick Quinn and Margie Burton—Ceramic Petrography, Craft Technology and Cultural Identity in Pre-Contact Southern California
1:45 Yukiko Tonoike—Beyond Style: Petrographic analysis of Dalma ceramics in two regions of Iran
2:00 David Hill—Regional Mobility and the Sources of Ceramics Recovered in Southeastern New Mexico and West Texas
2:15 Thomas Charlton and María Eugenia Guevara Mendoza—Petrographic and INAA Studies of Teotihuacan Period Ceramics from Rural Sites
2:30 Sophia Kelly, Gordon Moore, David Abbott and Christopher Watkins—Technological Choices Related to Sand Temper Selection in Perry Mesa Plainware Pottery
2:45 Jerolyn Morrison and Mara T. Horowitz—Studies in Replicating Bronze Age Cooking Fabrics from Two Mediterranean Sites
3:00 Miriam Cantor—Petrographic and Microprobe Analysis of Plain Ware from Chogha Sefid to Determine Cultural Origin
3:15 Sandra Lopez—New routes for characterization studies: analyzing the process of modernity
3:30 Anabel Ford, Frank Spera and Brianne Catlin—Nothing Is Simple: Identifying The Source of Late Classic Maya Volcanic Ash
3:45 Evangelia Kiriatzi—Beyond Provenance: Ceramic petrology as Tool in the Reconstruction of Technological Landscapes
4:00 Marie-Claude Boileau—Integrating macro-feature analysis to ceramic petrography for the identification of technological traditions
4:15 John Hoopes—Discussant
4:30 Charles Kolb—Discussant

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Archaeometry at SAA - Thursday, 4/23

There will be lots of archaeometry at the upcoming Society of American Archaeology meeting. I'll extract some sessions from the program which (in my opinion) are largely archaeometric in nature. But please browse the program yourself for those many archaeometric presentations that are appropriately integrated into other sessions.

So here are some sessions for Thursday, 23 April, just one day of the four-day meeting. More to come.

[4] GENERAL SESSION BIOARCHAEOLOGY
Room: M304
Time: 8:15 AM−9:15 AM
Chair: Jennifer Marla Toyne
Participants:
8:15 Danielle Kurin and Enmanuel Gomez—"Aguerridos Chanka": A Bioarchaeological Study of Group Violence in Peruvian Prehistory
8:30 Peter Kakos—The Fertility Zone: Body Fat, Hormonal Responses, and the Effects on Population Growth
8:45 Benjamin Fuller, Colin Smith, Kyungcheol Choy and Michael Richards— Development of an LC-IRMS technique to measure carbon stable isotopes in
amino acids from archaeological bone collagen
9:00 Jennifer Marla Toyne—The violence that ended it all: Bioarchaeological analysis of interpersonal trauma at the site of Kuelap, Chachapoyas, Peru

[26] GENERAL SESSION ADVANCES IN METHODS
Room: Marquis Ballroom Salon A
Time: 11:00 AM–11:45 AM
Chair: Amanda Evans
Participants:
11:00 James Allison—The Use of Confidence Intervals for Calibrated Radiocarbon Dates
11:15 Amanda Evans, Graziela da Silva, Patrick Hesp, Jennifer Gardner and Barry Keim—Oceanographic and Geomorphological Impacts to Potential Submerged
Prehistoric Sites
11:30 Michael Faught—Comparison of Averaged Ages of Early Sites in the Western Hemisphere

[28] SYMPOSIUM FORENSIC ARCHAEOLOGY: A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY APPROACH
Room: M106/107
Time: 1:00 PM–3:00 PM
Organizer and Chair: Kimberlee Moran
Participants:
1:00 Vaughn Bryant—Pollen: A valuable technique for forensic archaeology
1:15 Nicole wall, Karl J. Reinhard and Matthias I. Okoye—Determining Location of Homicide through Palynology
1:30 Nick Loizou—Entomology and archaeology – The effects of carbon dioxide on larval development
1:45 Susan White—Chemistry and Forensic Archaeology –A Marriage Made In Heaven
2:00 Karl Reinhard, Michael Welner, Matthias I. Okoye and Melissa Marotta— Applying Anthropological Data to the Welner Depravity Standard of Depravity
2:15 Melissa Connor—Professionalism in forensic archaeology: Transitioning from ‘cowboy of science’ to ‘officer of the court’
2:30 Richard Gould—Handling the Handoff: Seamless Transitioning from Field to Laboratory in Forensic Investigations
2:45 Mike Hochrein—Convincing LEO: Successful Interaction between the Archaeologist and Law Enforcement Officials in Crime Scene Investigations

[41] GENERAL SESSION HUNTER-GATHERERS AND SUBSISTENCE
Room: M104/105
Time: 1:00 PM–3:30 PM
Chairs: Edward Knell and Meredith Wismer
Participants:
1:00 Christopher Noll and William Andrefsky, Jr.—Late Holocene Occupation Of The Birch Creek Site (35ML181), Southeastern Oregon
1:15 A. Dudley Gardner, William Gardner, Gabrielle Elliott and Laura Pasacret–High
Elevation Cultivation at Middle Latitudes in Northwest Colorado from ca. 500 - 1500 BP
1:30 Robert Nash—The Role of Maize in Low-Level Food Production Economies of Northeastern Utah
1:45 Frederick Lange—Archaeological and Geomorphological Research at the McSweeny Farms Project
2:00 Seetha Reddy—Seeds of Change: Intensive Plant Exploitation in Protohistoric coastal Southern California
2:15 Edward Knell and Matthew E. Hill—Cody Bones and Stone: Regional Variation in Cody Complex Foraging Behavior
2:30 Meredith Wismer—A New Analysis of Bison Subsistence at Cherokee Sewer, Iowa
2:45 Susan Lukowski and Colin Grier—Zooarchaeological Investigations of Household Economics at the Dionisio Point Site, southwestern British Columbia, Canada
3:00 Justin Lev-Tov and Sarah Wollwage—Mission Period Impacts on Hunting and Fishing along Santa Monica Bay, Southern California
3:15 John Robbins—Stable isotopes and marine temperatures from CA-SRI-147 (ca. 7300 to 350 CYBP)

[49] GENERAL SESSION LITHIC TECHNOLOGY AND RAW MATERIAL SELECTION
Room: M303
Time: 2:15 PM–4:45 PM
Chair: Jeffrey Rasic
Participants:
2:15 Magen Coleman, Jeffrey Ferguson, Michael D. Glascock, J. David Robertson and Stanley Ambrose—Further Studies into the Geochemistry of Obsidian from Kenya
2:30 David Purcell—Ground Stone Manufacturing at the Great Basin/Southwest Interface
2:45 Jim Railey—The Bow and Arrow and Changes in Debitage Assemblages
3:00 Julie Esdale—Archaic Raw Material Procurement and Tool Production Strategies in the North
3:15 Karen Caffrey, Michael R. Bever, Matthew T. Boulanger and Michael D. Glascock—Chemical Variation in Edwards Chert from the Callahan Divide, Texas
3:30 Adam Nazaroff and Lee Drake—Examining the Validity of PXRF for Obsidian
Sourcing in the Maya Lowlands
3:45 Andrew Riddle and Alexandra Sumner—Making Tool-Making Tools: A Comparative Technological Analysis of Burin and Burin-Like Tool Production in the Eastern North American Arctic
4:00 Jeffrey Rasic—A Functional Classification for Stone Tool Caches
4:15 Jim Cassidy—On the Enigmatic Stone-Tool Reamers from the Early Holocene Component at Eel Point, San Clemente Island, California
4:30 Javier Iñañez, Jaume Buxeda i Garrigós, Vassilis Kilikoglou, Amelia Rodríguez
Rodríguez and Robert J. Speakman—Obsidian From Canary Islands (Spain): A
Multidisciplinary Investigation

[58] SYMPOSIUM INNOVATIVE ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES IN COASTAL GUATEMALAN
ARCHAEOLOGY
Room: Imperial Ballroom Salon A
Time: 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
Organizer: James Daniels
Chair: Hector Neff
Participants:
6:00 Kristin Safi, Hector Neff, Carl Lipo and Oswaldo Chinchilla—Measuring spatial organization at El Baul, Cotzumalguapa, Guatemala
6:15 Tony Quach, John G. Jones and Hector Neff—Paleoenvironmental Investigations of the Tecojate Region of Coastal Guatemala and Implications for
the Classic Maya Collapse
6:30 Adrian Abella and Dr. Hector Neff—Innovative Analytical Techniques in Coastal Guatemalan Archaeology
6:45 James Daniels—Using Distributional Archaeology and GIS to Determine Functionality of Subsurface Structures Detected with Geophysics at El Baul
7:00 Brigitte Kovacevich, Rafael Castillo, Molly Morgan and Hector Neff—The Use of Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) on Obsidian Microdebitage: Case Studies from Chiquiuitan and El Baúl
7:15 Maureen Lynch—The Effects of Moisture on Ground Penetrating Radar in La Blanca, Guatemala
7:30 Victor Castillo, Hector Neff, Ronald Bishop and M. James Blackman—Mold made figurines from the South Coast of Guatemala: sources of raw material and proveniences
7:45 Barbara Arroyo—Discussant

[70] GENERAL SESSION PALEOLITHIC SUBSISTENCE, ECOLOGY, AND SYMBOLIC BEHAVIOR
Room: M304
Time: 8:30 PM–9:45 PM
Chair: Clare Tolmie
Participants:
8:30 James Enloe, Francine David, Vladimir D’Iatchenko, Michel Girard and Maurice Hardy—Middle Paleolithic Spatial Analysis in Caves: Discerning humans from hyenas at Arcy-sur-Cure, France
8:45 Nikolaas van der Merwe—The Rain on the Serengeti Plain: Climatic change in
Tanzania during past 1.5 million years
9:00 Erik Otarola-Castillo, Benjamin Schoville and Janni Pedersen—Are Pleistocene Engravings The Result Of Symbolic Behavior Or A Random Process?
9:15 Jonathan Thomas and Grant McCall—Experimental Replication and Scanning Electron Microscopy of a Possibly Worked Middle Stone Age Hematite Bead from the Central Namib Gravel Plains, Western Namibia
9:30 Clare Tolmie—Faunal remains from Abri Cellier, France

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

UK Archaeological Sciences 2009 Biennial Conference



UKAS 20009

UK Archaeological Sciences 2009
Biennial Conference
8 – 10 September, 2009
The British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham
Hosted by NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory and the Department of Archaeology, University of Nottingham.




A workshop entitled "Analysing the Bronze Age" will be held, after the UKAS conference, on Friday 11th September. (I'm not sure if the statue of Robin Hood at left from Nottingham is bronze or not.)

Programme

We are looking for talks and poster presentations on the following themes:
  • Materials and technologies
  • Mobility and migration
  • Geo-Archaeology
  • Forensic Archaeology
  • Human Environment Interaction
  • Dating
  • Plants, Animals and Domestication
  • Genetics
  • Issues surrounding destructive analysis
  • Laser ablation isotope analysis in archaeology
We welcome additional theme topics, please submit relevant suggestions to Dr Jane Evans.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

SAS-sponsored symposium at the SAA - II

Society for American Archaeology meeting, Atlanta, April 22-26
Session 168 - Saturday, April 26
PROVENANCE STUDIES IN ARCHAEOLOGY
Sponsors: Society for Archaeological Sciences; International Association for Obsidian Studies
Provenance of Mediterranean obsidians from Tykot (JAS, 1997)

Room: International A
Time: 1:00 PM–4:30 PM
Organizers : Mostafa Fayek and Sharon Hull
)
Participants:
1:00 Carolyn Dillian, David Braun and Emmanuel Ndiema—Obsidian Characterization and Theories of Interaction, Koobi Fora, Kenya

1:15 Anne Hamilton, Mostafa Fayek and S. Brooke Milne—Palaeo-Eskimo Lithic Exploitation Strategies: Assessing Inferences of Culture Change Through Chert Sourcing on Southern Baffin Island

1:30 Rachel ten Bruggencate and Mostafa Fayek—Sourcing quartz quarries from Granville Lake, Manitoba, Canada using trace elements and oxygen isotopes

1:45 Alyson Thibodeau, Joaquin Ruiz and John Chesley—Tracing Turquoise from Site to Source Using Radiogenic Isotopes

2:00 Judith Habicht-Mauche—Studying Glaze-Paint Production and Exchange in the American Southwest Using Lead Isotope Analysis

2:15 Mostafa Fayek and Sharon Hull—Fingerprinting Turquoise Provenance Regions in the American Southwest and Northern Mexico

2:30 Matthew Boulanger and Michael Glascock—Salvage Archaeometry: Rescue, Preservation, and Dissemination of Geochemical Data

2:45 Tom Fenn, Peter Robertshaw, Marilee Wood and John Chesley—Early Islamic Commerce with sub-Saharan Africa: Chemical and Isotopic Analyses of Late 1st Millennium A.D. Glass Beads from Igbo-Ukwu, Nigeria

3:00 Lisa Molofsky and David Killick—Sources of Tin in Prehistoric Bronzes: A Novel Approach

3:15 Jeffrey Dobereiner, William Saturno and Robert H. Tykot—Source Analysis of Obsidian from San Bartolo and Xultun, Guatemala by X-ray Fluorescence

3:30 Daniel Contreras and Nicholas Tripcevich—Research at the Quispisisa obsidian source in the central Peruvian highlands

3:45 Steven Shackley—Discussant
4:00 Hector Neff—Discussant
4:15 Robert Tykot—Discussant