Anthropology 500: Proseminar
Fall 2013 Final Presentations
Set-up and refreshments
Whitney McClellan: Interpretive Research Design: Model for Community-Based Bioarchaeology
Within the last year, the human remains and associated artifacts of CA-MRN-27 have been inventoried in compliance with NAGPRA by the ASC at Sonoma State University. While the individuals and artifacts from CA-MRN-27 await reburial by their descendant community, the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria (FIGR), the human remains and associated artifacts present an opportunity to implement community-based bioarchaeological research in conjunction with the tribe. The development of this type of research model will shift the emphasis of study away from FIGR as research subjects, to instead working with the tribe as equal partners throughout the research process. This study aims to collaboratively create a research design, methodological criteria and final interpretations, which are relevant to the indigenous, archaeological, and bioarchaeological communities involved while adhering to NAGPRA guidelines.
Scott McGaughey: Coastal Archaeology: A GIS-Based Approach to Evaluating Sea Level Rise and Erosion Impacts on Coastal Archaeological Sites in San Francisco Bay
Climate change and sea level rise are currently impacting both historic and prehistoric cultural resources in San Francisco Bay. Current climate monitoring projects a sea level rise increase of 41 cm in San Francisco Bay by 2050, potentially placing archaeological sites under water. This project uses multiple methodological techniques from other similar studies to identify an area in the Bay that will provide an appropriate sample of study. The design will also identify coastal archaeological sites that are highly vulnerable to environmental change and evaluate these areas for alternate mitigation techniques based on topography, urban development and archaeological site location.
Evan Zufah: LIDAR and Shell Mound Landscapes in the Bay Area
This project seeks to examine the potential for LIght Detection And Ranging (LIDAR) to contribute to cultural resource management practices in California, specifically the identification and evaluation of shell mounds in the San Francisco Bay Area. LIDAR is a remote sensing technology that relies on laser scanning to map the built and natural environment in levels of detail that were not previously possible. Mapping the mounds that still exist, and what condition they are in, can provide a significant contribution to shell mound research, a field of California archaeology that is currently experiencing a resurgence in interest due to its relation to issues of hunter-gatherer complexity.
Julia Franco: Untold Stories of a Neglected Past: Archaeological Investigations at Fort Independence
The lack of archaeological research that focuses on indigenous peoples during the historic-era is a global issue. In particular, warfare between indigenous communities and colonial powers is a topic of study that researchers have neglected to investigate thoroughly. The result of this is the suppression of entire segments of history in a given region. Professional discourse on the need to address issues of importance to communities has led to a push for archaeologists to develop projects that conduct research in the context of collaboration. Application of a community-based framework and use of oral history can contribute to addressing these issues through the investigation of conflict between the peoples of the Owens Valley during the mid 19th century.