Join us for a virtual research update from the Holzman site in Alaska, where a 14,000-year-old mammoth tusk was discovered and a team of experts from around the world work to better understand the first arrival of people into the Americas. Monday September 28, 2:00-3:00 pm (EST). Please save the date and invite your groups, classes, and clubs. For more information, see the attached flyer and abstract below. Register in advance and mark your calendars here.
Abstract: The Holzman archaeological site lies along the west bank of Shaw Creek, a northern tributary of the middle Tanana River in Interior Alaska. Recent excavations have yielded an expedient stone technology alongside well-preserved hearths, avifauna, and large mammal remains including abundant mammoth ivory in deeply buried deposits. Evidence of food preparation and ivory tool manufacture has been dated to at least to 13,700 cal BP. A smaller component at the site dates to 14,000 years ago making Holzman one of the earliest sites in the Americas. A multidisciplinary team including students from all over the world conducted wide-ranging analyses to contribute to our understanding of the human activities and local environmental change in the Shaw Creek valley—an area rich in Paleolithic archaeology.
Fairbanks, Juneau, or Anchorage – The Department of Transportation’s Statewide Design and Engineering Services division looks to provide technical services to support the Department’s mission to Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure. Our Environmental Office achieves this by developing and implementing environmental policies and procedures to ensure that Department projects and activities are carried out in accordance with state and federal environmental requirements. We also play a key oversight role in providing NEPA approvals, which are required for Federal Highway Administration funding for transportation infrastructure projects. We also prepare compliance reports for statewide programmatic agreements that streamline certain federal Section 106 reviews.
Dear Quaternary enthusiasts,
We hope you are staying well, and we look forward to your attendance at this online conference event, reorganized to share our mutual excitement in and dedication to Quaternary science in this time of global disruptions. As you know, the in-person AmQua meeting “Quaternary Futures” has been postponed a year. In its place we have organized an exciting Zoom meeting to help keep us engaged in the interim.
We invite you to join us for daily 2-hour sessions for:
1. a great lineup of speakers who have graciously agreed to present talks in this rapidly restructured online setting.
2. posters and poster “lightning talks” – we have several submissions and encourage new poster proposals (just submit a poster author/s, title, and abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of the day June 7th).
3. a Publishing Workshop hosted by Quaternary Research and Cambridge University Press (June 16th)
4. opportunities for collegial discussion about all of the above.
The full program (exclusive of posters at present) can be found on the AmQua 2020 Conference Web Site: https://sites.uw.edu/amq
Instructions for registration can be found on the website or below. To help us manage the meeting we ask you to follow the following 3-step process:
1. Sign-up at Eventbrite well before the conference to receive instructions for the Zoom meeting registration.
a. Sign-up in advance for this meeting: https://www.eventbrit
b. In Eventbright: select “1” ticket. The event is free, but you will be given the chance to donate to AMQUA to support student/early career participation in future in-person AMQUA meetings.
2. Register for the Zoom Meeting: When you receive an email from Eventbright, click on “View Now” button. This will take you to the Online Event Page, where you will follow instructions for registering for the Zoom meeting.
3. After registering with Zoom, you will receive a meeting access link and password, along with additional instructions for how to connect to the conference over Zoom, should you need them. This registration system will help us keep track of attendees and maintain the most secure meeting (i.e., minimize the risk of “Zoom bombing”).
The AmQua 2020 Conference Organizing Committee and the UW Quaternary Research Center
Guest co-editors are soliciting abstracts for a special issue of Alaska Journal of Anthropology on “Current Directions in the Anthropology of Health in Alaska.” Please send 150-200 word abstracts for papers, “research notes,” or any inquiries to corresponding editor, Sally Carraher at email@example.com. Abstracts are due August 1, with final paper submissions due December 31, 2020.
This is number two in a series focused on vital raw materials. Last year we focused on clever ways people used wood in the past. This year the poster highlights antler, a valued material in all corners of Alaska and for as long as people have been here because of its great resiliency and plasticity. The range of uses included snow goggles, combs, net shuttles, arrowheads, snowshoe needles, fish hooks, fish spears, war clubs, armor, harpoon heads, and even food, on occasion.
Due to the cancellation of the 2020 SAA Annual Meeting, voting for the 2020 State Archaeology Celebration Poster Contest will take place online. Voting is now open until April 8 at 5:00pm EST. Any SAA member or registrant for the 2020 annual meeting will be eligible to participate. View the entries below and consider casting your vote for Alaska’s entry on “Wood!”
Please click here for a copy of the presentation from the 47th annual meeting on our anti-harassment policy and how to prevent and respond to harassment. Thanks to STAR for facilitating!
Many of the AkAA members already know, but for those who don’t, the MA program in Anthropology at UAA is in jeopardy. The Dean has made a recommendation to delete the MA program in Anthropology at UAA. The BA/BS degrees are recommended for continuation. Alumni and friends of the department have stepped time and again over the last five years to support our program by writing letters and testifying before the Board of Regents and we appreciate your efforts. This time the situation is more dire and the UA budget will be cut by 70 million dollars of State support over the next three years. The loss of the MA program may be a consequence of this. The department submitted on February 28 our response to this decision – they are united in wanting to fight this decision and save the MA program for continuance in the future, once the budget crisis is over. UAA is asking that rather than deleting the MA program, the university suspend it so it can be re-established when conditions are more favorable.
The process will go through several steps. The Provost will review the recommendations from the Dean of our college and submit his findings to Chancellor Sandeen on March 9. There is a period from March 9 to March 18 for feedback, then the Chancellor makes her decision on March 23. This process will be finalized through a meeting of the Board of Regents on June 4/5.
So what can you do to help? UAA department of anthropology faculty are asking that you send letters of support by March 9 to Chancellor Sandeen (with a copy to the anthropology department) describing how their applied program is unique to Alaska, and our place and importance within the anthropological community. Chancellor Sandeen’s address is: University of Alaska Anchorage, 3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508. You can also email her at firstname.lastname@example.org (