Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Sponsored Symposium: Technology and the Modern Archaeologist: Technological Applications for Marine and Terrestrial Archaeology

For those of you attending the 45th Annual Meeting for the Society of Historical Archaeology in Baltimore on January 5th, 2012, consider checking out the following symposium:

Sponsored Symposium: Technology and the Modern Archaeologist: Technological Applications for Marine and Terrestrial Archaeology
Modern archaeologists are using GPR, AUVs, portable XRF and other “high technologies” borrowed from geology, chemistry, physics, biology, and soil science to better understand past human behaviors. This symposium’s intent is to review emerging technological topics including: digital archiving, 3d scanning, adaptation of handheld touch devices to fieldwork, web based applications, 3d artifact scanning, and more. It is the Technologies Committee’s goal to present as varied a program as possible based on the technologies archaeologists are currently using in the field, lab, and office. While few historical archaeologists have access to all of these state of the art technologies it is important that they be aware of new equipment and techniques that maybe applicable to their research and occupation.

 [SYM-182a] 9:00 am –  2 pm (Harborside - Essex A & B)
Sponsor: SHA Technology Committee, organized and chaired by: Jonathan R. Libbon, Richard J. Lundin
Richard John Lundin, Closing the Circle: The Evolution and Promise of Portable Archaeogeophysical and Archaeogeochemical Technologies (VLF-EM, pXRF, pXRD, pRAMAN and FLIR) for Archaeological Field Studies
Jean B. Pelletier, Anthony G. Randolph, Marine Remote Sensing and Dive Operations on an early 19th century Sailing Canal Boat in a Super Fund Site.
Robert A. Church, Robert F. Westrick, Daniel J. Warren, AUV Camera Capabilities for Deep-Water Archaeology
Peter Leach, Ben Ford, Through-Ice GPR on Lake Ontario: The Search for the Ice Gunboat
Benjamin P. Carter, Cheap, Durable and Affordable Digital Data Collection in the Field: Is There an 'App' for That?
Adam Brin, Francis P. McManamon, The Digital Archaeological Record: Providing Access to and Preservation of Archaeological Information
Clinton King, John Haynes, Bernard Means, Digitizing the Past in Three Dimensions: Virtual Curation of Historical Artifacts
Edward Gonzalez-Tennant, Dark Tourism, Social Justice Education, and Virtual Archaeology
Christopher Polglase, J.B. Pelletier, Integrating Terrestrial and Marine  Remote Sensing Techniques in a Near-shore Area
Peter Holt, Applying Technology to Site Data Management using Site 446Recorder 4 - Results from the Field
Elizabeth Davoli, “Seeing Through a Lakebed with a Sub-Bottom Profiler
Jackson Cothren, High Density Survey in Historic Archaeology: a Digital Ecosystem Approach
Geoffrey J. Avern, A Metrological Tracking System as a Powerful Multi-purpose Tool for Excavation Recording and Geophysical Survey.
Jonathan P. Smith, Artifacts In (Cyber)Space: Low-Cost 3D Scanning Techniques
Angela Jaillet, Beyond Big Words: A Methodological Approach to LiDAR in Historical Archaeology

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

2012 International Association for Obsidian Studies PXRF Shootout

Society for American Archaeology Meeting, Memphis, TN
April 18, 2012 from 8:00–6:00 (exact location TBD)

Jeff Speakman,
Center for Applied Isotope Studies, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
M. Steven Shackley,
Archaeological XRF Laboratory, Albuquerque, NM
Michael D. Glascock,
Archaeometry Laboratory, University of Missouri Research Reactor, Columbia, MO
Arlen Heginbotham,
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Over the past 10 years, widespread availability in portable XRF instrumentation has resulted in a major paradigmatic shift in how obsidian source studies are conducted. This has resulted in concerns by some about the potential misuse of this emerging technology as well as a host of questions regarding accuracy, precision, and reproducibility. Following Shackley’s recent essay in the SAA Archaeological Record (see Nov 2010 pdf article ), we will hold a PXRF “shootout” at the 2012 SAA Meeting in Memphis. The purpose of this round robin exercise will be to evaluate the current state of inter-laboratory reproducibility when conducting quantitative portable XRF analyses of obsidian.

The round robin will occur from 8:00–6:00 on Wednesday April 18, 2012. Participants will be asked to analyze 10-12 obsidian samples (and optionally 4 ceramics) using their portable instrument and preferred calibration routine. Upon completion of the measurement, participants will complete a worksheet that describes their experimental setup, calibration routine, and values they determined from the analyses. Participants will receive 2–3 pieces of obsidian (and ceramics) that were included in the round robin to take with them. Results from this study will be tabulated and published in an appropriate venue.

If you own a portable XRF instrument and have analyzed or are contemplating the analysis of obsidian, this is something you will not want to miss!

Preregistration for this event is required and participation is limited.
Contact Jeff Speakman to reserve your spot.