PSU Anthropology Presents Archaeology First Thursdays

Portland State University Anthropology Department Presents Archaeology First Thursdays   Join via Zoom every 1st Thursday at 4:00 p.m.  https://pdxscholar.library.pdx.edu/archaeology-first-thursdaysArchaeology First Thursdays

Archaeology First Thursdays are an opportunity to take a deep dive into archaeology practice.

Each month our distinguished guests present research. You have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss their research directly with them. 

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5/5: Indigenous Women and Pre-Contact Rock Art in the Northern Plains Region by Emily Van Alst
Petroglyphs in the Northwest Plains region of the United States transmit Indigenous knowledge across generations and require interpretations rooted in Indigenous ontologies to fully contextualize and understand these images. An often-overlooked aspect of this type of research is the role that Indigenous women played in the creation of these images. This talk, which is grounded in methods of Indigenous archaeology and rock art research, will explore how we can improve our interpretations of rock art images by foregrounding Indigenous knowledge, and in particular, Indigenous women’s voices and experiences.

Past Events:

People and Plants in the American Far West: Synthesizing Archaeobotanical Data from Oregon's Great Basin by Jaime Kennedy

People and Plants in the American Far West: Synthesizing Archaeobotanical Data from Oregon’s Great Basin

Jaime Kennedy

Archaeobotanical data from sites in the Great Basin and surrounding areas have demonstrated the persistent and continuous presence of specific plant taxa in cultural featuresRead More

People and Places on the Dynamic Shoreline Landscape of Southern Puget Sound by Kate Shantry

People and Places on the Dynamic Shoreline Landscape of Southern Puget Sound

Kate Shantry

This talk is an overview of Kate’s landscape study concerning the Osceola Mudflow Event ca. 5700 years agoRead More

 

Archaeological Chronometrics by Obsidian Hydration Dating by Alexander (Sandy) Rogers

Archaeological Chronometrics by Obsidian Hydration Dating

Alexander (Sandy) Rogers

Obsidian hydration dating (OHD) is a chronometric method based on measuring the water absorbed through a fresh surface of obsidian, and is widely used in the inter-mountain westRead More

 

Urban Archaeology in the City of Salem by Kimberli Fitzgerald

Urban Archaeology in the City of Salem

Kimberli Fitzgerald

Archaeology practiced within an Urban Setting is often more challenging than archaeology practiced in more rural settings because of the challenges to excavation Read More

Truth, Reconciliation and Ground Penetrating Radar: The Role of Archaeologists in Recent Research on Indian Residential/Boarding Schools by Colin Grier

Truth, Reconciliation and Ground Penetrating Radar: The Role of Archaeologists in Recent Research on Indian Residential/Boarding Schools

Colin Grier

The summer of 2021 produced a series of geophysical studies at Indian Residential Schools in Canada. The results — the discovery of hundreds of unmarked and/or undocumented gravesRead More

The Landscape of Klamath Rock Basin Art by Robert David

The Landscape of Klamath Rock Basin Art

Robert David

Robert David’s presentation is based on his dissertation research, in which he considers how rock art imagery in the Klamath Basin served different purposesRead More

The Vulva Monologues: 'Female' signs in the Upper Paleolithic by Melanie Chang

The Vulva Monologues: ‘Female’ signs in the Upper Paleolithic

Melanie Chang

Binary models of sex and gender are often uncritically applied in paleoanthropology. In the Upper Paleolithic, abstract representations ranging from simple bifurcating lines to overt representations of secondary sex characteristics Read More

 

Kernels of Truth in Archaeological Temporal Frequency Analysis by William A. Brown

Kernels of Truth in Archaeological Temporal Frequency Analysis

William A. Brown

Temporal frequency analysis (TFA) broadly refers to statistical tools both for the description of temporal fluctuations in the abundance of recovered archaeological materialRead More

Reflections on the Past 40 Years of Archaeology in the Pacific Northwest by Virginia L. Butler

Reflections on the Past 40 Years of Archaeology in the Pacific Northwest

Virginia L. Butler

Butler reviews changes she has witnessed in the practice of archaeology in the Pacific Northwest since her 1975 field school at Lind Coulee. While enormous changes have occurred in technology Read More

Investigating Ancient Cooking Practices in Northern Alaska: Molecular and Isotopic Analysis of Pottery Residues and Hearth Sediments by Tammy Y. Buonasera

Investigating Ancient Cooking Practices in Northern Alaska: Molecular and Isotopic Analysis of Pottery Residues and Hearth Sediments

Tammy Y. Buonasera

Animal fats used as food and as fuel preserve exceptionally well in may Alaskan sites, even where bone preservation is poor. Focusing on recent collaborative work with Shelby AndersonRead More

Intertidal Fishing Weirs: “Go-Help-Yourself” Subsistence on the Oregon Coast by Bradley Bowden

Intertidal Fishing Weirs: “Go-Help-Yourself” Subsistence on the Oregon Coast

Bradley Bowden

Intertidal fishing weirs were used by indigenous Oregonians as an efficient and dependable method of procuring several fish species. Investigation of fishing weirs is challengingRead More

Pulling at the Thread: Why Climate Change Driven Relocation is such a Difficult Problem to Solve by Elizabeth Marino and Dennis Davis

Pulling at the Thread: Why Climate Change Driven Relocation is such a Difficult Problem to Solve

Elizabeth Marino and Dennis Davis

This talk will discuss the climate change planning in Alaska. We will first show a series of photographs by Inupiat photographer and Shishmaref resident Dennis Davis. Following we will talk Read More

Collective Action to Reduce Wildfire Risk Across Land Ownerships in the Pacific Northwest by Susan Charnley

Collective Action to Reduce Wildfire Risk Across Land Ownerships in the Pacific Northwest

Susan Charnley

The past two decades have made it clear that there is a need to increase the resilience of fire-adapted forest landscapes to wildfire. One part of the equation is to Read More