Tombstone Condition Survey (2013)

This project documented deterioration of the 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 … Continue reading Tombstone Condition Survey (2013)

Morgan, C. L. (2012). Emancipatory Digital Archaeology (Summary)

This chapter from Morgan’s dissertation provides a historical background of understanding of digital artifacts in the field of archaeology. As Morgan points out, artifacts in digital form are too often considered to be ephemeral representations of tangible artifacts. This perspective does little to provide a deep understanding of digital artifacts as actual artifacts in their … Continue reading Morgan, C. L. (2012). Emancipatory Digital Archaeology (Summary)

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 indigenous uses of 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 and … Continue reading A History of Gold Mining Technology in California and Subsequent Impacts on Natural Resources (2012)

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

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 … Continue reading Interpretive Poster Activity for Archaeology Courses

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

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 … Continue reading Ritual Experience: Stable Isotopes in Archaeological Interpretation

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