Interpretive Poster Activity for Archaeology Courses

Assignment: You have been the lead archaeological researcher at a site for years, but a recent decrease in tourism has severely threatened your funding. In an effort to promote new visitors and attract funding, the site management team has decided to produce an advertisement campaign. You are each responsible for creating a travel poster with […]

Ritual Experience: Stable Isotopes in Archaeological Interpretation

“Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure science”~Edwin Hubble Stable Isotopes as Archaeological Data Stable isotopes are the non-radioactive versions of an atom (Malainey, “Stable Isotopes”, 2011). Atoms are the smallest unit of a unique element. Atoms are comprised of protons, neutrons, and electrons in different unique […]

Three Views of a Cave Painting: How Intention Influences Archaeological Interpretations (2015)

Abstract This paper discuss three base perspective which influence interpretive efforts in the study of rock-art. The researcher’s view focuses on consuming rock-art as data. The manager’s view seeks to control and protect rock-art sites form contemporary site interactions. The creator’s view refers to the original experience at the site. These views reflect a tendency […]

What to Consider When Visiting Rock Art Sites

Visiting archaeological sites can be a great way to connect with nature and involve kids in a fun, family-oriented adventure. Yet when visitors flock to these important locations, they might end up littering or even damaging the site itself. It is practices like that, among others, which have slowly eroded the beauty of these sites. […]

Rock-Art Vandals: An Assessment of Public Interactions with Archaeological Resources

Word Cloud From Rock-Art Vandals Research Project Abstract: This project studied the public opinions and discussion of the effects contemporary humans have at archaeological rock art sites in the United States. Preservation of rock art sites is attempted by a perpetual separation of visitors, by creating physical barriers at sites, or keeping site locations a […]

Modeling Consciousness in Archaeology: A Non-Invasive Approach

Presenting at the 2014 Undergraduate Research Symposium presented by the Humboldt State University Library Abstract: Modeling the thoughts and beliefs of ancient persons is an arduous calling for archaeologists, as this data falls into the intangible realm. Often the most direct material link to the ancient mind is found in rock art. With resilience to […]

Tombstone Condition Survey (2013)

This project documented the deterioration of older tombstones in Saint Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. To accomplish this, I first created a data dictionary using GPS Pathfinder software, and uploaded this dictionary to my Juno Trimble unit. I chose to use points for the tombstone survey. The fields in my dictionary included Name, Year of birth, Year […]

Breaking Barriers | Integrating Native Scientific Perspectives into Resource Management Frameworks (2013)

Many cultures have worldviews which are similar in process to science but have been designated to be myth or magic for not being disseminated in a standardized manner. This paper examines the social and historical development of Indigenous Stewardship Models. There has been a lack of integration between the native science perspective and the scientific […]

Creating a Typology of Cave Function and Ideology in the American Southwest (2013)

Introduction In a typology, material remains are classified for use as the basis of inferences whose evidence are originally unrepresented in the materials (Gardin 1980). The purpose of this project is to create a functional typology, which can be used to analyze data for specified research questions. Focusing in various caves across regions in the […]

A History of Gold Mining Technology in California and Subsequent Impacts on Natural Resources (2012)

This paper explores the evolution of gold mining technology in California, and the negative repercussions for people’s access to use natural resources. First, I have provided an exploration of the different techniques used by California placer miners, and their subsequent effects on the environment. My discussion looks at the difference in worldview between Indigenous people […]