Anthropology Faculty and Students a Strong Presence at Society for American Archaeology’s 82nd Annual Meeting

Posted on 4/6/2017 12:52:08 PM

Anthropology Department faculty and students participated in the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, held March 29–April 2, 2017, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Besides the IUP SAA Ethics Bowl Team, two undergraduate students, four graduate students, and two faculty members gave papers or posters at the meeting, and the department participated in the annual CRM Expo.

Eden VanTriesSarah Neusius organized and chaired the symposium “Making Fauna Matter in Archaic Period Research: Exploring Adaptation, Population Growth, and Cultural Practice through the Digital Integration of Eastern Archaic Faunal Datasets,” which reported on aspects of her current NSF grant research. 

Graduate student Scott Rivas and Neusius coauthored and presented a paper in this symposium titled “Second Line Resources? Evaluating the Relationship between Human Demography and Aquatic Resource Use during the Eastern Archaic.”

Neusius also co-authored three additional papers in this session titled “The EAFWG and Multiscale Analyses of the Use of Fauna during the Archaic Period in the  Interior Eastern Woodlands” with Bonnie Styles; “Exploring Comparability of Archaic Period Faunal Datasets for the Interior Eastern United States” with Styles and Mona Colburn; and “Exploring the Effects of Stabilizing Riverine and Lacustrine Environments on Archaic Faunal Exploitation in the Great Lakes and Prairie Peninsula” with Beverley Smith, Styles and Steven Kuehn.

Graduate student Katherine PeresolakFrancis Allard presented the paper “The Maritime Silk Route and Southeast China during the Han Dynasty: A View from Panyu, Hepu, and Lingnan’s Hinterland” in the symposium “Recent Developments in East and Southeast Asian Archaeology II: Sites, Landscape and Environment.” Further, Allard, as president of the Society of East Asian Archaeology, hosted an evening event for archaeologists of East Asia and Southeast Asia.

Graduate student Jared Divido presented a poster titled “Testing the Use and Reliability of 3D Scanning Technology in the Construction of a Digital Comparative Faunal Bone Collection,” while graduate student Danielle Kiesow presented a paper titled “Reservation Archaeology in an NPS Setting: Native-White Relations and Land use on the Grand Portage Reservation, 1854–1930,” and graduate student Katherine Peresolak presented a poster titled “Advocating for the Morrow Jones Cabin: Archaeological Investigations at a Historic Homestead.” In each case, these presentations were related to these students’ MA thesis research.

James MillerUndergraduate students also presented posters related to their undergraduate Anthropology Honors theses. James Miller presented a poster titled “Porcelain and White Salt Glazed Stoneware at Hanna’s Town,” and Eden VanTries presented a poster titled “Historic Hanna's Town: Prehistory?”

In addition, faculty members P. Neusius, S. Neusius, and W. Chadwick staffed a booth about IUP’s MA in Applied Archaeology program as part of the annual Expo on Cultural Resource Management, sponsored by the American Cultural Resources Association, that was held Saturday, April 1.