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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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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.

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