October 2010 Archives

Bone_and_Picture_day.jpgThe Department of Anthropology at Penn State would like to invite you to join us in room 107 of the Carpenter Building from 10:00 a.m -2:00 p.m. on November 6, 2010 for Bone and 3D Picture Day!  See the attached flyer for additional details.
Dean Snow was guest speaker at the annual banquet of the Midwestern Archaeological Conference (MAC) on the campus of Indiana University on the evening of October 23, 2010. The title of his presentation was "Making Sense of the Evidence: Eastern Woodlands Archaeology in the 21st Century." By coincidence the business meeting of the MAC on the same day marked the beginning of George Milner's presidency of the Conference.

Graduate Student Chris Percival is now ABD

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Congratulations to Chris Percival who passed his comprehensive exam today (October 20, 2010).  Way to go Chris!! 
This week's colloquium speaker is Dr. Kenneth Broad of the University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, and Columbia University.  Dr. Broad's visit is being sponsored by the Department of Geosciences and the Center for Climate Risk Management (CLIMA), and supported in part by the PSU Science Diving Program, the Department of Anthropology, Penn State Institutes for Energy and the Environment (PSIEE), and the Rock Ethics Institute.  Dr. Broad will give two talks on Friday, one at 10:00 a.m. in 541 Deike Building and the other at 4:00 p.m. in 22 Deike Building.  Attached is a flyer describing both.  The Bahamas' "blue holes" and dry caves have long been centers of human activity in that island group, from the beginning of human occupation there about 2000 years ago and continuing well into the historic period.

On Saturday October 23, at the 29th Northeastern Conference on Andean Archaeology and Ethnohistory, Margaret Brown Vega and Nathan Craig will present a paper entitled "Ground-truthing of remotely identified fortifications in the Huaura Valley, Perú".
Paper abstract:
We will present results from ground truthing of remotely identified anomalies in the Huaura Valley, Perú. These anomalies, located atop hills and mountains, were hypothesized prehispanic fortifications. 81 anomalies were identified remotely. 58 of these were ground truthed. Field verification resulted in 49 positive and 9 negative identifications. 36 additional anomalies were identified in the field. We discuss the feasibility of using satellite imagery for identifying hilltop fortifications. Our results significantly increase the number of fortifications identified for the Huaura Valley for three major time periods: the Early Horizon, Middle Horizon, and Late Intermediate Period.

Nina Jablonski will give two lectures in Paris during the week of October 18th.  She will be the keynote speaker at the 10th annual symposium of LVMH Recherche to be held in Paris on October 19th.  Her lecture will be, "The skin, an universal interface of colors".  On October 21st Jablonski will give a lecture at the Institut de Paléontologie Humaine in Paris entitled, "Environmental Change and the Evolution of Primates in Asia".

Frank Marlowe from Florida State University will be the speaker for the Friday, October 15 Department of Anthropology colloquium.  The title of his talk is "The Sexual Division of Forager Labor."  The colloquium will begin at 3:30 p.m. in 202 Carpenter Building.

All are welcome.  Please plan to attend.
The university's press release on our NRC ratings can be seen on Penn State Live at http://live.psu.edu/story/48956Anthropology is mentioned prominently. 

Jonathan Burns from Axis Research Inc., will be this week's speaker at the department colloquium on Friday, October 8.  The title of his talk is "Finding Fort Shirley: Preliminary Findings of the 2010 Penn State Archaeological Field School."

The colloquium will begin at 3:30 p.m. in 202 Carpenter Building.

All are welcome.  Please plan to attend.

Tim Ryan Receives NSF Grant

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Assistant Professor Tim Ryan has been awarded an NSF grant to study bone development in humans, chimpanzees, and macaques. The project is a collaborative effort among researchers at Penn State, Ohio State University, and the University of Arizona.  Details of the project can be found here: http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1028904&WT.z_pims_id=5407