Archaeology First Thursday, Feb 4, 2021

Pulling at the Thread: Why Climate Change Driven Relocation is Such a Difficult Problem to Solve

Date: February 4, 2021
Time: 4 PM

We will meet virtually via zoom. All are welcome. 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:

This talk will discuss the climate change planning in Alaska. We will first show a series of photographs by Inupiat photographer and Shishmaref resident Dennis Davis. Following we will talk about co-production of knowledge and trying to pair experiences of climate change with policy analysis to understand how best to create community-based solutions.

Elizabeth Marino is an assistant professor of anthropology and sustainability at OSU-Cascades. Her work centers on community-based risk perceptions, disasters, and adaptation. She is interested in the interactions of places and people, as mitigated by collectively-held visions and discourses of the good.

Dennis Davis is a self-taught Inupiat photographer that has been taking pictures and videos of the western coastline of Alaska for over 20 years. He uses an Inupiat vision of the connections between land, animals, and people to create new forms of photography and video, that offer a glimpse into the subsistence lifestyle. Dennis’s goal is to show others what his culture is all about; to highlight the risks that Arctic peoples face with the coming of climate change; and to give a voice to his people.

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Practicing Anthropology Speakers, Feb 2 and 4, 2021

This week’s theme: NGO, Non-Profits, International Agencies and Consulting

Feb 2: Sebastian Africano, Executive Director, Trees, Water and People
Feb 4: Jeremy Spoon, Applied Environmental Anthropologist, PSU

All are welcome to attend from 4-5:50 P.M.
Join via Zoom each day at 4 pm:

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Anthropology Career Opportunities Presentation

Professors Jeremy Spoon and Doug Wilson will be speaking on Anthropology Career Opportunities at 4 pm on Wednesday, January 13. Register via Zoom:

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1/7/21 Archaeology First Thursday

Join us for the first virtual Archaeology First Thursday of 2021!

Susan Charnley of the US National Forest Service will speak on
Collective Action to Reduce Wildfire Risk Across Land Ownership in the Pacific Northwest

Event begins at 4 pm. Everyone is welcome. Please register in advance here.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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10/8/20: Archaeology First Thursday

Hope your fall quarter is off to a good start! Please join us for our first Archaeology First Thursday of 2020-2021, Oct 8, 4-5pm (zoom of course)!

Michele Punke (Historical Research Associates), will be talking about her geoarchaeological work in Eastern Oregon: Secrets in the Sand: Excavations at Site 35WS27/28 in Eastern Oregon

Please register in advance for this meeting with the link below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

If you have any questions, contact us at Thanks!

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Public Archaeology Class Gallery


Vanport's Flood
Each year, students in the Public Archaeology course (ANTH 460) review ways archaeology contributes to the modern world as a science and a humanity through addressing issues such as community heritage, social justice, and conservation biology.  Their assignment is to develop a project that shares the benefits of archaeology with the public. These projects are often part of the annual Archaeology Roadshow.

Just weeks before the start of the Spring 2020 term, the PSU campus closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and we were thrust into a virtual world. The impact has affected every aspect of our lives. Everyone involved in ANTH 460 has had to rethink how to share projects without the benefit of the Archaeology Roadshow’s three events, which are host to thousands of visitors each year. Students were challenged with creating a project that is fully online, yet engages the public. They chose to create a blog describing the projects in their words.

“I invite you to read their blogs and consider the connections they’ve forged – between the past, the present and the future.  Think about and respond to their questions and ask your own.” 
-Virginia Butler, Professor and Dept Chair

Spring 2020 Public Archaeology Class Gallery Blog



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Caveman Confidential

A few weeks ago, Adjunct Professor Melanie Chang did an interview for a podcast called “Every Little Thing” that basically answers random questions that people have. During the episode, she took questions about the “caveman” stereotype and whether it’s rooted in scientific fact or science fiction. The broadcast is now live on Spotify:



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Practicing Anthropology (Anth 345)

During the Spring 2020 term, the Anthropology Department is again offering the course  Practicing Anthropology.  Dr. Jeremy Spoon has put together a list of speakers who have taken their  anthropology or archaeology degrees and gone out into the world in diverse directions. Each week, they focus on different fields. This week is city, state, and federal agencies. See the website for a full list of speakers:

Classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday from 4-6 pm in Cramer Hall 71. Everyone is welcome to attend!

PA Instagram Post Feb 4-6

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PSU Day of Giving

This year, PSU Anthropology is celebrating Giving Tuesday by joining in the PSU Day of Giving.

We are asking for donations to support summer experiences for our undergraduate and graduate students. Feedback from students tells us that summer research opportunities—in the form of field schools (for archaeology, bio and cultural anthropology) or travel for internships to work in museums or non-profit organizations—can truly be “life changing.”

Please consider making a donation of any amount ($5, $10, $50 or more!) towards our summer scholarship fund. We want to send as many of our students as possible to  practice their anthropology out in the world. Your support will make a big difference in the lives of our students!

Anthropology Day of Giving Page

The featured photo is Shannon Hoke, recipient of the 2019 Daniel Scheans Scholarship, who used her scholarship to participate in an archaeological field school in Bulgaria.




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Dec 2019: Archaeology First Thursday

Join us on Thursday, December 5, for a talk by Yoli Ngandali, University of Washington, on Revealing Rock Art: New Approaches to Ground Stone Analysis Using Multispectral Imaging Techniques. 4pm in Cramer 41.

December 2019 First Thursday


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