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Accepted Papers and Poster Abstracts

Submitted by lance.evans on Thu, 05/13/2010 - 8:51am

Key Speakers:


Claire Smith, Flinder’s University

Engaged Archaeology: Breaking Barriers Between Archaeologists and Indigenous Communities


Maurizio Forte, Duke University

Envisioning Neolithic at Çatalhöyük: Symbolism, Embodiment and 3D Archaeology


Paul Lane, Uppsala University

Peripheral Vision: Reflections on the Death and Rebirth of Ethnoarchaeology


Carl Knappett, University of Toronto

‘Theoretical barriers’: method as theory


Alexandre Livingstone-Smith, Royal Museum for Central Africa

Ethno-archaeology. What for?


Innocent Pikirayi, University of Pretoria

“Archaeology of the Future” – Towards relevant approaches in postcolonial African development agenda


Peter Dawson and Richard Levy, University of Calgary

From Science to Survival: Using Virtual Heritage Environments to Communicate the History and Heritage of Fort Conger, a 19th Century High Arctic Research Station.



Digital Archaeology: Applications of Technology to the Study of Human Culture

Session Co-Chairs: Lindsay Amundsen-Meyer, Taylor Graham


In the modern world, technology is consistently breaking barriers of time, distance and knowledge in all aspects of life. This is no less true in anthropology, where the application of new technologies can be used to increase our knowledge of both past and present cultures. This use of technology not only leads to an expansion of knowledge, but also breaks through previously impervious analytical barriers, and allows for new ways of thinking and new ways of approaching anthropological problems. This session will examine how a variety of technologies are being applied to the study of human cultures in both the past and present. This may include, but is not limited to, the application of GIS, remote sensing, spatial syntax, unmanned aerial vehicles and 3D modeling to the study of archaeological and anthropological cultures.



  • Lindsay Amundsen-Meyer
  • Dave Blaine
  • Aaron Coons
  • Lance Evans
  • Robert Gustas
  • Mitch Hendrickson
  • Colleen Huakaas and Lisa Hodgetts
  • Mike Moloney
  • Haskel Greenfield, Deland Wing, Aren Maeir, and Itzhaq Shai
  • Robin Woywitka


Handmaiden No More: Ethnoarchaeology as an Autonomous Science

Session Co-Chairs: Diane Lyons, Joanna Casey, Jerimy Cunningham


This session aims to assess whether ethnoarchaeology might prosper as a distinct research program that studies relationships between people and things. Although ethnoarchaeology emerged within processual archaeology as a means to discover covering laws about the material correlates of human behaviour, the subsequent four decades have diversified the scope of mainstream ethnoarchaeological research.  We invite papers that bravely project what ethnoarchaeology might be in the future and explore its potential to become an autonomous field of study based on entirely new premises.  We ask contributors to reflect on the benefit of having archaeologists undertake ethnographic research and explore human-object entanglements and mutual constitutions that occur in richly social worlds.  How might a reconfigured ethnoarchaeology contribute to a nuanced deployment of anthropological theory in archaeology, or introduce a more critical form of praxis that accesses archaeology’s theoretical tools through new understandings of objectification?  This session opens a conversation about a new direction for ethnoarchaeology – one that expands its scope beyond the generation of analogues for archaeologists or sees it as a hybrid of archaeology and anthropology, and instead focuses on the complex relationships between people and things. 



  • Stefano Biagetti
  • Joanna Casey
  • Kimberly Consroe, Rebecca Ferguson, and Marin Kurti
  • Jerimy Cunningham
  • Per Ditlef Fredriksen
  • Diane Lyons
  • Scott MacEachern
  • Kevin McGeough, and Jerimy Cunningham



Place and People Boundaries

Session Co-Chairs: Colleen Hughes, Peter Dawson


Archaeology, by its very nature, is place bound and people sensitive. Archaeologists sometimes use place to explain human migration, locate resources, and to explore how attachment to a certain place can create a unique material record. Boundaries of place can be cognitive or physical, limiting or comforting, broken or enforced. This session will explore the changing ideas and theories around, but not limited to, spatial analysis, place names, place as identity and the boundaries or frontiers implied by place. The central questions to this session are: What can we learn about past people by learning about place? And what approaches and methods can we use to accomplish this?



  • Peter Dawson, Colleen Hughes, and Kenneth Buck
  • Donalee Deck
  • Darren Keith, Amos Hayes, and Brendan Griebel
  • Patricia McCormack
  • Lynn Peplinski
  • Laura Peterson, Donalee Deck and Patricia McCormack
  • Ken Pratt


Recreating Mesoamerica: Explorations in Experimentation, Innovation, and Interdisciplinary Research

Session Chair: Cara Tremain


The theme of Breaking Barriers encourages us to explore new methodologies and theories in archaeological research. This session aims to bring together Mesoamericanists to explore ways in which we attempt to better understand the past through experimental research, innovative technology, and interdisciplinary research. Taking advantage of improving technologies, such as imaging services like 3D laser scanning, have obvious benefits for archaeology, but less elaborate and not quite so ‘in-vogue’ approaches, such carrying out experiments or teaming up with scholars outside of our discipline and are equally important and valuable. Not only can all of these approaches integrate new methods and perspectives into our research, but collectively they help to ‘recreate’ the Mesoamerican past.



  • Sarah Bednar
  • George Micheletti and Terry G. Powis
  • Thomas Guderjan, Timothy Beach, Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, Samanta Krause
  • Jennifer Chmilar
  • Holley Moyes, Shayna Hernandez, and Lauren Phillips
  • Nicholas Bourgeois
  • Marieka Arksey, Holley Moyes, Jamie Awe, Lauren Phillips and Mark Robinson
  • Emiliano Melgar and Reyna Solis
  • Destiny Crider
  • Erin Ray
  • Ana Morales



Breaking Epiclassic Barriers: Change and Resilience in Central Mexican Archaeology

Session Co-Chairs: Sarah Clayton and Geoffrey McCafferty


The Epiclassic period in central Mexico, dating between 600-900 CE, has been characterized in several ways: as a time of ‘balkanization’ following the collapse of Classic period empires, as a period of intense highland/lowland interaction, and as a transitional ‘dark age’. Recent research is shining new light on the Epiclassic period in areas throughout central Mexico, with greatly expanded interpretations related to a variety of problems, including migration and multi-ethnicity, regional political change, and the resilience of daily and ritual practices at the community scale. This session will bring together prominent scholars working in diverse areas to share new data and revise previous interpretations from a pan-regional perspective.



  • J Heath Anderson
  • Sarah Clayton
  • Linda Manzanilla
  • Geoffrey McCafferty
  • Martha Adriana Sáenz Serdio and Carlos Cedillo Ortega
  • Sugiura Yoko, Wesley Stoner, Carmen Perez, and Gustavo Jaimes


Shattering the Ceramic Curtain: Breaking Barriers in Central American Heritage

Session Co-Chairs: Geoffrey McCafferty and Carrie Dennett


The archaeology of Central America has often been characterized by a regional focus that rarely includes larger interpretations encompassing other regions, much less crossing national boundaries. This problem has been exacerbated by limited opportunities for international dialogue between scholars and few publication outlets to disseminate information. As a consequence, Central American archaeology remains relatively compartmentalized. This situation is particularly serious when it comes to ceramic typologies which are often the backbone of chronologies and cultural reconstructions, but localized classification systems and poor publication tend to create communication barriers for cross-cultural comparisons. The goal of this session will be to expand dialogue beyond regional and national boundaries, bringing together scholars actively working with the material culture of the region with experts in heritage management from Central America. The University of Calgary’s recently acquired collection of Central American objects will form the backdrop for substantive discussion of heritage and material culture.



  • Robert Rosenswig and Ricardo Vasquez Leiva


The Use of LiDAR in Eastern Mesoamerica

Session Chair: Kathryn Reese-Taylor


During the last decade, LiDAR has become the tool of choice for archaeologists working in tropical areas because of its ability to “see” through gaps in the canopy to the bare earth surface. As a result, LiDAR collects data that can be used to produce high-resolution digital elevation models (DEM). The papers in this session result from the application of LiDAR in the heavily forested areas of eastern Mesoamerica since 2009. Many authors discuss the array of previously unknown infrastructure features, settlement zones, and architectural complexes identified using LiDAR. Other papers address the limits associated with the new technology, as well as its further potential. In sum, these papers provide a snapshot of landscape and settlement studies in the tropics of eastern Mesoamerica at the inception of what Chase et al. (2012) call “an archaeological paradigm shift.”



  • Jamie Awe, Claire Ebert, and Julie Hoggarth
  • Kathryn Brown
  • Pedro Carvajal IV and Holley Moyes
  • Juan Carlos Fernandez-Diaz, William Carter, and Ramesh Shrestha
  • Timothy Hare, Marilyn Masson, Bradley Russell, and Carlos Peraza
  • Scott Hutson
  • Scott Macrae and Gyles Iannone
  • Kelly Monteleone
  • Keith Prufer, Amy Thompson, and Elizabeth Small
  • Kathryn Reese-Taylor, Armando Anaya Hernandez, Ramesh Shrestha, and Juan Carlos Fernandez
  • Robert Rosenswig
  • Travis Stanton, Jose Osorio, Francisco Perez, and Aline Magnoni
  • Jason Yaeger and Bernadette Cap



Methodological Approaches to Studying Past Diet and Health

Session Co-Chairs: Adrianne Offenbecker, Kyle Waller, Courtney McConnan Borstad, and Kim Edwards


The study of past diet and health is a cornerstone in understanding ancient cultures and their populations. The dietary and health status of past populations can indicate how variables such as environmental changes, domestication of plants and animals, and migration will influence human evolution and adaptation. The study of past diet and health may also shed light on prehistoric sociocultural practices and population dynamics. Archaeologists and physical anthropologists have therefore used many and varying approaches to explore this important topic of past human diet and health. This session will explore new and revised methods in the study of past diet and health including stable isotope analysis, phytolith analysis, new approaches to paleodemography, and various other methods.



  • Bjorn Peare Bartholdy
  • Alexandra Burchill
  • Christina Cheung, Zhichun Jing, and Michael Richards
  • Kyle Waller



New Methodologies in Archaeology

Session Chair: Kalista Sherbaniuk


Archaeological methods have varied and transformed through time.  As new methodologies emerge, archaeologists are better able to the bridge gaps between archaeology and other disciplines.  Additionally, the combination of new methods has the ability to break barriers between the factions and sub-disciplines within archaeology itself. The use of new technology combined with geographical landscape or ethnographic data has the ability to broaden archaeological interpretation.  Employing methods such as ancient DNA analysis, phytolith analysis, statistical approaches, and archaeoastronomy, has led researchers to consider the archaeological record in innovative ways.  In this session, we will explore how these methods are being developed and utilized around the world.



  • Dita Auzina
  • Ana Castro and Tatum McKelvie
  • Colin Christiansen
  • Shalcey Dowkes
  • Tyler Murchie
  • Jeffrey Werner
  • Lindsay Wright



Other sessions will include:


Indigenous Archaeology

Session Chair: Gerald Oetelaar



  • Evelien Deelen
  • Carrie Heitman
  • Alice Kehoe
  • Camina Manychief and Claren Copp-LaRocque



Gender and Identity

Session Chair: Maegan Huber



  • Robyn Crook
  • Ryan Espersen
  • Grace Kohut
  • Ian Kretzler and Ben Marwick
  • Myles McCallum
  • Sarah Taylor