Saturday, March 26, 2011

California Dreamin' - SAS annual business meeting

The annual SAS business meeting will be held at the SAA meeting in Sacramento, California, this coming week.

Meeting time and location:
Thursday, 31 March
5:00 pm–6:30 pm
Bataglieri (S)
Society for Archaeological Sciences
Business Meeting

Tentative agenda items:
SAS student travel research award
Wiley Encyclopedia
Membership
Officers' reports
Budget
Meeting site for 2012 (ISA, Belgium)
American venue for ISA 2014

Friday, March 18, 2011

Archaeometry at the MTAA Conference


I have been attending (and presenting at) the Modern Trends in Activation Analysis conference in College Station, Texas this week. There was a special session on Archaeometry organized and chaired by Mike Glascock. There were several interesting papers and posters on the archaeometry applications and methods development for NAA in archaeological science. Here are the papers and posters presented:

EVALUATION OF RELATIVE COMPARATOR AND k0-NAA FOR CHARACTERIZATION OF ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIAN OCHRE,Rachel S. Popelka-Filcoff, Claire E. Lenehan, Michael D. Glascock, John W. Bennett, Attila Stopic, Jamie Quinton, Allan Pring and Keryn Walshe, Flinders University, Australia

RAISING THE TEMPER - μ-SPOT ANALYSIS OF TEMPER INCLUSIONS IN EXPERIMENTAL CERAMICS, Johannes H. Sterba,Frans Munnik and Nick J. G. Pearce, Atominstitut, Vienna University of Technology, Austria

MODELING CLINAL VARIATION IN CLAY GEOCHEMISTRY FOR CERAMIC PROVENANCE DETERMINATION IN THE VALLEY OF OAXACA, Leah D. Minc, Oregon State University, USA

COMPOSITIONAL ANALYSIS OF PREHISTORIC SHELL FROM EASTERN NORTH AMERICA, Matthew T. Boulanger, University of Missouri, USA

PAST AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS OF ARCHAEOMETRY AT TAMU’S CENTER FOR CHEMICAL CHARACTERIZATION AND ANALYSIS, Suzanne L. Eckert, Texas A&M University, USA

ELEMENTAL ANALYSIS OF FINE-GRAINED BASALT ARTIFACTS FROM SAMOA: AN INVESTIGATION OF PROCUREMENT,PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION, AND CONSUMPTION DURING THE TRADITIONAL SAMOAN PERIOD (1700-300BP) ON TUTUILA ISLAND, Phillip R. Johnson, Texas A&M University, USA

REVITALIZING ARCHAEOMETRY IN AUSTRALIA WITH THE 20 MW OPAL RESEARCH REACTOR, John W. Bennett, Attila Stopic, Peter Grave, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization, Australia

NEUTRON ACTIVATION ANALYSIS OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL ARTIFACTS USING THE CONVENTIONAL RELATIVE METHOD: A REALISTIC APPROACH FOR ANALYSIS OF LARGE SAMPLES, Patricia Bedregal Pablo Mendoza, Isaac Marcos Cohen, Eduardo Montoya, Instituto Peruano de Energía Nuclear, Perú

THE FENN CLOVIS CACHE: NEW ANALYSES OF ARTIFACT FORM AND FUNCTION, Ted Goebel, Jim Wiederhold,Heather Smith, and Michael R. Waters, Texas A&M University, USA

TRACKING INTRA-ISLAND MOVEMENT OF TOOL-STONE: CHEMICAL CHARACTERIZATION ON LITHIC TOOLS FROM AGANOA VILLAGE, TUTUILA ISLAND, AMERICAN SAMOA, Christopher T. Crews, Texas A&M University, USA

INAA AND DISTRIBUTION PATTERNS OF CLASSIC MIMBRES BLACK-ON-WHITE VESSELS DURING THE CLASSIC PERIOD, Eleanor S. Dahlin, Texas A&M University, USA

INAA OF PRE-CONTACT BASALT QUARRIES ON THE SAMOAN ISLAND OF TUTUILA: A PRELIMINARY BASELINE FOR AN ARTIFACT-CENTERED PROVENANCE STUDY, Phillip R. Johnson, Texas A&M University, USA

FINDING A SUCCESSFUL TECHNIQUE TO DETERMINE THE PRODUCTION PROVENANCE OF 13TH AND 14TH CENTURY SANTA FE B/W POTTERY MADE FROM IGNEOUS CLAYS, Suzanne L. Eckert, Texas A&M University, USA

COMPARISON OF INAA ELEMENTAL COMPOSITION DATA BETWEEN LAGO GRANDE AND OSVALDO ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES IN THE CENTRAL AMAZON: A FIRST PERSPECTIVE, Roberto Hazenfratz, Guilherme Mongeló, Casimiro S. Munita, Eduardo G.Neves, University of São Paulo, Brazil

PROVENANCE STUDIES OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL ARTIFACTS FROM BUDDHIST SITES OF INDIA BY INTERNAL MONOSTANDARD NEUTRON ACTIVATION ANALYSIS, N. Lakshmana Das, K.B. Dasari, R. Acharya, A.V.R. Reddy, GITAM University, India



Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Steven Shackley to receive SAA Award for Excellence in Archaeological Analysis

One of the awards to be presented at the SAA meeting in Sacramento in two weeks:

Steven Shackley has earned the SAA’s Award for Excellence in Archaeological Analysis for his analytical and technical contributions using raw material sourcing in the interpretation of the social relations underlying lithic assemblage patterning. Dr. Shackley’s achievements combine outstanding scholarship in XRF analysis, geoarchaeology, archaeometry, flintknapping, and lithic technology with an anthropological perspective on a diversity of cultural processes and interactions, including quarrying, long-distance trade and exchange, ethnicity, migration, style and group identity, and gender interaction. His published work on these topics spans both cultural resource management and academic projects, and focuses on regions as diverse as the North American Southwest, Mexico, South and Central America, Ethiopia, the Middle East, and the Russian Far East, as well as temporal periods from the Middle Stone Age to Paleoamericans to the Neolithic to the ethnographic present. This award recognizes Steven Shackley’s significant role in advancing archaeological research in the field of lithic analysis.

Steve Shackley, Josh Feinberg, Rob Sternberg at the American Geophysical Union meeting, Dec. 2010