Sarah Neusius recently participated in the 12th International Conference of Archaeozoology, held in San Rafael, Mendoza Province, Argentina. Her invited presentation, “The Eastern Archaic Faunal Working Group: Extending Collaboration and Data Integration to the Interior North American Eastern Woodlands,” was part of the symposium “The Prospects and Challenges of Faunal Data Integration and Comparative Analysis,” held on Monday, September 22, 2014.
Her presentation discussed the research she and colleague Bonnie Styles, director of the Illinois State Museum, are conducting on the varying use of aquatic animals by the peoples of interior Eastern North America between approximately 10,000 and 3,000 years ago. This work builds upon the research and protocols developed by colleagues working in the U.S. Southwest using the Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR) to integrate large digital faunal databases generated by archaeological investigations in order to address macro-scale questions about the past.
The conference was attended by archaeozoologists from around the world and was sponsored by the International Council of Archaeozoologists (ICAZ), a nonprofit scientific organization with members from 57 countries who pursue research on human-animal interactions related to archaeology. ICAZ holds international conferences once every four years, and this was the first conference to be held in South America.
Department of Anthropology