Anthropology at PSU
We're pleased to announce the upcoming 1st Thursday presentations by PSU's Anthropology Department, sponsored by the Anthropology Student Association. Mark your calendars! All talks begin at 4:00 pm.
October 3, 2013
Graduate Student Presentations
PSU graduate students Thomas Brown, Pat Rennaker, Reno Nims, Martin Plumer, and Justin Junge will give presentations about their recent projects.
Please join us after the presentation for a book signing with Dr. Kenneth Ames. He will be signing his latest book, Chinookan Peoples of the Lower Columbia.
November 7, 2013
Politics and Pottery: Reassessing Prehistoric Market System Development in the Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico
Dr. Leah Minc, Oregon State University
Ceramic studies have been key to understanding the political and economic processes marking the rise of the Zapotec state. To date, however, our models of intra-regional integration and inter-regional contact - as well as the organization of craft production and market exchange - have been largely based on subjective measures of interaction, such as shared ceramic styles and technologies. This talk reports on current research at the OSU Archaeometry Lab to update our understanding of market system development in Oaxaca, using compositional analysis of pottery via INAA. This on-going work combines extensive field survey to document regional variability in clay composition with spatial modeling to "source" pottery to a specific place on the landscape, and to track its movement from producer to consumer during key phases of political development. These trace-element studies greatly enhance our understanding of the ancient Zapotec economy, by providing a robust means for monitoring both the spatial organization and intensity of exchange interactions.
December 5, 2013
Smoking Pipes in Pits: Exploring the Significance of Ritual Objects in Unexpected Places
Elizabeth Bollwerk, University of Washington
Archaeologists have long relied on depositional context, in conjunction with other information, as an important piece of evidence for interpreting the use or function of artifacts in past societies. But what do we do when we find objects in unexpected places? Drawing from her case study of the depositional contexts of Native smoking pipes from the Middle Atlantic area of the United States, Dr. Bollwerk discusses how pipes are found in a variety of depositional contexts. She also considers the significance of pipes in past Native societies, how native viewpoints of ritual objects impact their final deposition, and how we can create a more holistic interpretative framework for pipes and other ritual objects that will provide additional insights into past Native societies.
January 9, 2014
Sarah Campbell (Western Washington University)
February 6, 2014
Briece R. Edwards (Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde)
March 6, 2014
April 3, 2014
Jay Noller (Oregon State University)
May 1, 2014
Scott Fitzpatrick (University of Oregon)
Cramer Hall 41
June 5, 2014
The archaeology of herring
Madonna Moss (University of Oregon)