Archaeology First Thursday, October 2021

Thursday, October 7
4 p.m.

VULVA MONOLOGUES: ‘Female’ Signs in the Upper Paleolithic

Melanie Lee Chang, Portland State University

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https://pdx.zoom.us/j/87524504421

Summary
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 may be used to identify an illustration, engraving, or piece of portable art (no matter how ambiguous) as “male” or “female.” The taxonomic rubrics that are applied are rarely stated explicitly. We present an empirical survey of human representations in Paleolithic art employing an explicit classification scheme that relies on anatomical markers to identify images as male or female representations. Within this context, we discuss the difficulties inherent in recognizing sex (much less gender) in Paleolithic art, and the consequences of such unfounded assumptions in scientific and popular discourse.

Bio
Dr. Chang is a paleoanthropologist whose primary interests are Middle to Upper Paleolithic human evolution, the Neandertals, hominin systematics, feminist archaeology, and the role of reflexivity in human evolutionary studies. She has taught biological anthropology and human evolution at PSU since 2014. Dr. Chang graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a dual degree in physical anthropology and ecology/evolutionary biology in 2005, completed a postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral genetics at UCSF in 2008, and has done fieldwork in Paleolithic archaeology in France, Morocco, and Jordan. She is a former TEDx speaker (2014) and was featured in a documentary series, Human: The World Within, that is currently airing on PBS and Netflix (2021).

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Linked Lives: Elder Care, Migration, and Kinship in Sri Lanka

The American Institute for Lankan Studies Colombo has organized a book talk on Michele Gamburd’s Linked Lives: Elder Care, Migration and Kinship in Sri Lanka (Rutgers University Press, 2020). Bambi Chapin will preside. Please feel free to circulate the attached poster.

Wednesday, September 8th
9:00-10:00 PM in Sri Lanka & India
11:30 AM-12:30 PM EDT
8:30-9:30 AM PDT

Here is the Zoom registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAucOuqqT8qHNBFCj0pdUvcx-EiVM5mCwT9

You can also reach the registration link at https://www.aisls.org/virtual-events/

About the book:

When youth shake off their rural roots and middle-aged people migrate for economic opportunities, what happens to the grandparents left at home? Linked Lives provides readers with intimate glimpses into homes in a Sri Lankan Buddhist village, where elders wisely use their moral authority and their control over valuable property to assure that they receive both physical and spiritual care when they need it. The care work that grandparents do for grandchildren allows labor migration and contributes to the overall well-being of the extended family. The book considers the efforts migrant workers make to build and buy houses and the ways those rooms and walls constrain social activities. It outlines the strategies elders employ to age in place, and the alternatives they face in local old folks’ homes. Based on ethnographic work done over a decade, Michele Gamburd shows how elders face the challenges of a rapidly globalizing world.

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Archaeology First Thursday Lecture, June 2021

PSU Anthropology
Archaeology First Thursday

June 3, 2021 at 4:00 P.M.

Kernels of Truth in Archaeological Temporal Frequency Analysis

Will Brown, University of Washington

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https://pdx.zoom.us/j/82472628786

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Archaeology First Thursday Lecture, May 2021

PSU Anthropology Dept invites everyone to our Archaeology First Thursday Lecture:

Reflections on the Past 40 years of Archaeology in the Pacific Northwest with Virginia Butler

Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021
Time: 4-5 pm
Please register early at Zoom link below

Prof. 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 (e.g., computers, GIS), analytic methods (e.g., aDNA, isotope geochemistry), and research questions and goals, the most profound change has been the increasing role of tribes and Indigenous peoples.  Enlarging the scope of “who” does archaeology gives us new insights about our collective past, but also supports justice, equity and inclusion, values of increasing importance to society at large.

BIO: Virginia Butler earned a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Georgia, and an M.A in Anthropology and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Washington. She joined the Department of Anthropology at Portland State University in 1995 and retired in 2020. Her primary research focuses on the long-term relationships between people and animals, especially fishes, which she has addressed mainly through zooarchaeology.  Her regional focus is the Pacific Northwest, but she has also carried out work in Oceania and the Great Basin of western North America. Since 2012, Butler has been the lead organizer of the Archaeology Roadshow, an annual large-scale public outreach event that takes place on PSU campus and sister communities in Oregon. 

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will receive a confirmation email containing
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https://pdx.zoom.us/j/82472628786

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Spring 2021 PSU Day of Giving

Support Anthropology Undergrads

We have all lived through a challenging year. All of our students have done an amazing job of continuing their studies and adapting to attending classes remotely. Seriously, their resilience is extraordinary!

With the end of the pandemic in sight, we decided to dedicate our Spring 2021 Day of Giving to our undergraduate students. We’re raising funds for the Daniel Scheans Endowed Student Support Fund, which provides professional development support for undergraduate Anthropology students, giving them the hands-on experience that is so valued by employers.

By supporting the payouts of this fund, you will be helping our talented students’ complete internships and research projects, as well as attend conferences, workshops, and other training activities that expand their professional toolkits. You will also be helping more BIPOC students engage with Anthropology and ensuring that Anthropology fulfills its critical role in promoting social justice throughout the US and the world.

https://psudayofgiving.org/anthropology

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Archaeology First Thursday Lecture, April 1, 2021

Archaeology First Thursday
Thursday, April 1, 2021
4-5 pm
Everyone invited to attend

with Tammy Buonasera, University of California-Davis

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

Animal fats used as food and as fuel preserve exceptionally well in many Alaskan sites, even where bone preservation is poor. Focusing on recent collaborative work with Shelby Anderson and others, Prof. Buonasera will discuss how the application of molecular and isotopic techniques to northern Alaskan residues is providing new insights into what types of resources people were cooking in pots and burning in hearths. 

Tammy Buonasera is an archaeologist who uses molecular and isotopic techniques to study archaeological residues related to past diets and foodways. She is particularly interested in ways that food processing, and individuals engaged in food preparation, helped to expand the breadth and quantity of available foodstuffs among prehistoric hunter-gatherers. 

Register in advance for this Zoom meeting with
the link provided below. After registering, you
will receive a confirmation email containing
information about joining the meeting.
https://pdx.zoom.us/j/82472628786

Questions? contact us at anthdept@pdx.edu

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Practicing Anthropology Speakers, March 2 and 4

This week in Practicing Anthropology (Anth 345) the themes are Human Health (Tues) and Consumer, Business, and Design (Thurs). Join us!

Tuesday, March 2: Michael Duke, Director of Research, Center for the Study of Early Childhood Care Employment, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, UC Berkeley
Thursday, March 4: Dawn Nafus, Senior Research Scientist, Intel and
Liam McGranahan, Senior Experience Design Manager, Cambia Health Solutions

All are welcome to attend from 2-3:50 P.M.
Join via Zoom: https://pdx.zoom.us/j/8507608196

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Archaeology First Thursday Lecture, March 4, 2021

Oregon Coast Fishweir Technology

Brad Bowden, Historical Research Associates

March 4, 2021
4 p.m.

All are welcome to join!
Register in advance for this Zoom meeting with
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will receive a confirmation email containing
information about joining the meeting.
https://pdx.zoom.us/j/82472628786

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Practicing Anthropology Speakers, Feb 16 and 18

This week in Practicing Anthropology (Anth 345) the theme is Federal Agencies on Tuesday and then move to CRM, Heritage, and Interpretation on Thursday. Join us!

Tuesday, Feb 16: Anan Raymond, Regional Archaeologist, Region 1 and 8, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and
Jesse Stephen, Archaeologist, JPAC, Department of Defense
Thursday, Feb 18: Kevin McDonald, Practicing Anthropology and
Danelle Gutierrez, Big Pine Paiute tribal member and THPO

All are welcome to attend from 2-3:50 P.M.
Join via Zoom each day at 2 pm: https://pdx.zoom.us/j/8507608196

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Practicing Anthropology Speakers, Feb 9 and 11

This week in Practicing Anthropology (Anth 345) the theme is Federal Agencies.

Tuesday, Feb 9: Brian Lefler, Planning and Partnerships Specialist, Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail, U.S. Forest Service-PSU MS 2014
Thursday, Feb 11: Kendra Wendel, Research Social Scientist, U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station-PSU MS 2014 and Christopher Page, Chief, Cultural Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

All are welcome to attend from 2-3:50 P.M.
Join via Zoom each day at 2 pm: https://pdx.zoom.us/j/8507608196

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