Professor Sarah Neusius recently led the first meeting of the Eastern Archaic Faunal Working Group, a zooarchaeological research group formed under the recent National Science Foundation Award titled “Adaptation and Cultural Practice During the Archaic Period in the Interior North American Eastern Woodlands: Creating and Integrating Digital Faunal Databases in tDAR.”
The meeting, held January 15–17, 2015, at the Research and Collections Center of the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, Ill. included training in the use of the Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR), the ingest of significant databases into tDAR, and discussion of the collaborative research to be undertaken under this grant.
Neusius’ co-principal investigator, Bonnie Styles, is director of the Illinois State Museum. Zooarchaeologists and tDAR’s director of Technology, Adam Brin, representing eight institutions participated in this meeting and uploaded a large number of significant faunal databases from Archaic period sites (ca. 10,000–3,000 BP). Graduate assistant Allen Huber, a student in the Applied Archaeology program, also participated in this meeting.
Above: Members of
the Eastern Archaic Faunal Working Group touring the exhibits at the
Illinois State Museum. From left:
Steven Kuehn (Illinois State Archaeological Survey), Adam Brin
(director of Technology, tDAR, Arizona State University), George
Crothers (University of Kentucky), Tanya Peres (Middle
Tennessee State University), Sarah Neusius (Indiana University of
Walker (State University of New York-Oneonta), Allen Huber
(graduate assistant, Indiana University of Pennsylvania), Beverley
Smith (University of Michigan-Flint), and Mona Colburn (Illinois
Department of Anthropology