Saturday, September 17, 2016

Parker Academy

  Founded in 1839, the Parker Academy was one of but a scant few college preparatory schools to promote racial integration and co-gender education in the Antebellum Ohio. #nku #history #ohio #historicalarchaeology  #racialintergration  #education

Founded in 1839, Parker Academy represents the first school in Ohio, possibly the first in the country, to offer gender and racial equality-based education in the same classroom between 1839 to 1889. 

NKU  faculty and students from the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Philosophy and Department of History and Geography have been working at the Parker Academy site since spring 2015.

Follow their progress and check out their findings.



Also follow the Parker Academy project on Instagram, @parkeracademydig.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Supporters and Friends: Standing with Standing Rock!



Kiksuya/First Nations is standing with Standing Rock Reservation as they organize to protect our water!  We will be driving a U-Haul to North Dakota this fall with needed supplies.  Watch here for more information as it becomes available, and please come to our meeting on Wednesday, September 14 at noon in Landrum 207 to help us plan!  Contact Dr. Grant at grantn@nku.edu if you have questions.

Here are some links to learn more about what is happening at Standing Rock and why we stand with them:
https://www.facebook.com/lakotacountrytimes/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED
http://www.thehoodwitch.com/blog/2016/9/7/defend-the-sacred-10-ways-you-can-help-the-standing-rock-sioux-fight-the-dakota-access-pipeline

If you would like to consider signing the petition to support Standing Rock, go to this link:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/275/077/005/demand-for-legal-action-against-dapl-protest-attackers-and-energy-transfer-partners/  

September is Kentucky Archaeology Month!

Kentucky Archaeology Month 2016 – 30 Days of Kentucky Archaeology

Photo: Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C./Art Resource (The earliest writing in the system developed by the Cherokee known as Sequoyah has been found in a Kentucky cave.)

By: Nicolas R. Laracuente, MA

Archaeology Review Coordinator, Kentucky Heritage Council


Welcome to Kentucky Archaeology Month 2016! For the last two years the Governor has proclaimed September as Kentucky Archaeology Month and we have celebrated a wide array of interesting archaeology projects and public events that take place throughout the Commonwealth, especially the annual Living Archaeology Weekend (http://www.livingarchaeologyweekend.org). LAW is Kentucky’s oldest and largest public archaeology event, which has taken place since 1989 in Daniel Boone National Forest/Red River Gorge. This year the 28th annual LAW will be Sept. 17 at Gladie Visitor Center in Slade, KY, and as always this is free to the public.

To kick things up a notch from previous years, we are borrowing an idea from our neighbors to the south. For the last two years, Tennessee has celebrated Archaeology Awareness Month (also during September) with a blogfest. 30 posts in 30 days on any aspect of Tennessee Archaeology (https://tennesseearchaeologycouncil.wordpress.com/2015/09/01/30-days-of-tennessee-archaeology-2015-day-1/). Surely, we have more than enough material here in Kentucky to join them.
We are already starting to see posts roll in, so check the KyOPA website (http://www.kyopa.org/30-days-of-kentucky-archaeology/) daily for new posts! There may be a story on something that is right in your backyard.

Aside from LAW there will be plenty of other things to see and do during September. Watch for future posts on public archaeology days at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site (http://parks.ky.gov/parks/historicsites/wickliffe-mounds/) or archaeology during the Gaslight Festival in Louisville (http://www.jtownchamber.com/gaslightfestival.aspx). I wouldn’t be surprised to see some invitations to artifact wash nights, where volunteers join archaeologists and students at the Office of State Archaeology in Lexington to sort and clean artifacts recovered from field schools and other excavations.

There are a few upcoming presentations as well – The Eastern Kentucky Archaeology Group will be hosting a Larry Gray at the Boonesborough Campground Recreation Building on September 28. Gray will be discussing his research on prehistoric ceramics recovered from a site in the Red River Gorge.
Watch the Kentucky Archaeology Month Calendar (http://www.kyopa.org/kam-calendar/) for details on these and other events.

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Check out these links for more information on Kentucky Archaeology:
http://www.livingarchaeologyweekend.org/
http://archive.archaeology.org/0907/trenches/cherokee.html
http://heritage.ky.gov/kas/

http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/kentucky/8-things-archaeologists-ky/


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Museum Studies Internships at UAB

In the fall of 2013, the Anthropology department at the University of Alabama Birmingham added a Museum Studies course to its curriculum. The Museum Studies course introduced graduate and undergraduate students to Museum history, philosophy, and function. Students gained practical experience with the UAB Josselyn Archaeological Collection. In working with the collection, students were instructed in the proper techniques for object handling, storage, object processing, and record keeping and maintenance. The class afforded students experience for their resumes while fulfilling departmental goals of curating the UAB Josselyn Collection. 

The success of the class and the need to continue the inventory of the collection opened up internship opportunities for two students during the Spring 2014 semester. Based on their outstanding work in the Museum Studies course, undergraduate students Jessica Brodt and Anna Lathem were chosen for the internship.
During the Spring 2014 internship Anna and Jessica completed a total of 25 drawers full of artifacts including stone tools, pottery, historic glass, soil samples and botanical remains. The internship afforded them opportunities to work with a wider range of artifacts, to discover and solve several curation problems, and to develop long-term procedures for working with the collection. Anna, for example, developed and implemented records curation procedures as part of her Honor's Thesis. Her research highlights the necessity for records curation in the collection and provides procedures outlining how records should be processed in the future. Her thesis addressed records management issues, including inconsistencies between records and site names, linking UAB records to the Alabama State Site Files, and development of an inventory of Site Records.

Both students gained an appreciation for the size of the collection and the amount of work it will take to complete the inventory. Jessica stated “I was shocked at how many artifacts and sites the Josselyn Collection contains", and Anna explained that, "During the internship I gained a better understanding of just how much work is needed to accession and complete the inventory of the Josselyn collection."
The Josselyn interns gained crucial hands-on experience that museums and institutions with collections value in potential employees. As work continues with the collection through the Museum Studies class and internships, opportunities to learn and gain hands on experience with other Museum aspects, such as exhibit design and community involvement will become available.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Kiksuya First Nations Student Organization at NKU


 The Kiksuya First Nations Student Organization at NKU has a google+ page. You can follow their activities here or if you are an NKU student, at Orgsync. The Kiksuya Student Organization/First Nations serves the Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River Indian Reservations in South Dakota. Members work to raise awareness in our local communities about issues facing Native American people. They raise funds to support self-help projects on the reservations, providing building supplies, propane, books, bedding, and other items, as needed. The organization also trains selected representatives who will periodically travel to do volunteer work on the reservations, including housing repair and construction, organic gardening, and/or work with children and youth. KSO is committed to support the health and well-being of its members, stressing healthy choices in the way we eat, live, work, play and interact with each other and with the communities Kiksuya serves. Kiksuya respects core Lakota values including humility, compassion, generosity, and perseverance, and we strive to practice these values in our lives and work.

Kiksuya is looking for volunteers for their summer 2014 work. Contact Dr. Nicole Grant (grantn@nku.edu) if you have questions. 

Monday, August 5, 2013

Fiji NSF REU 2013!


Dr. Jones returned to Fiji for the Research Experiences for Undergraduates fieldschool with a new group of students earlier this summer. Students, Catrina Callahan, Lauren Bridgeman, Kelly Ledford, Shelby Mullins, Kaitlyn Reed, Alea Rouse, Yoonhee Ryder, Phil Pearson, and Jerred Schafer learned and applied archaeological skills in during this six week field school.


Dr. Jones along with field assistant Christel Carlisle, instructed students in archaeological methodology allowing them first hand experience in archaeological research.




Through this experience the students were allowed first hand knowledge of the many facets of field work. They were taught archaeological techniques such as, excavation, surveying, mapping in the field.There were also lessons in professional ethics in archaeology. Following the close of the excavation site, students learned about artifact maintenance at the Fiji Museum and in the laboratory.
                                                                                                                                                       

                                       
                             Alea Rouse digging.


   

 Jerred Schafer screening.
                           
                                                                  











Kelly Ledford mapping.




A major feature of the field school was that the students had to live and work together in a rustic environment.


At the end of the field school all of the students had experienced the many aspects of archaeological field work and returned to the U.S. to apply the lab skills to cataloging the Fijian artifacts. For more information about the Fiji NSF REU Fieldschool contact Sharyn Jones.

Friday, April 5, 2013

UAB Attends the SAS

This past March, members of the UAB Department of Anthropology travelled to Johnson City, Tennessee, attended the Southern Anthropological Society (SAS) annual conference.

The department was well represented with six graduate students presenting papers, including Brian Nichols, Sherrie Alexander, Ashley Wilson, Christel Carlisle, Brandon Grisaffi, and Daniel Lowery. Dr. Sharyn Jones (Chair) and Mallory Messersmith (Adjunct Instructor) also presented. Undergraduate Miriam Hood attended the conference as well. Miriam is a math major, but working on her minor in anthropology.

From left to right: Jonathan Daniel Lowery, Miriam Hood, Christel Carlisle, Brandon Grisaffi, Mallery Messersmith, Sherrie Alexander, Brian Nichols, and Ashley Wilson.

The topics presented were broad and ranged from biological to cultural anthropology, and certainly reflected the diversity of interests within our department, not to mention the field of anthropology!
  • Dr. Sharyn Jones: “Feasting and Ritual in Fiji.”
  • Christel Carlisle: “Archaeology after the field: Assessment of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Collection.”
  • Brian Nichols: “The Potential for Functional Analysis of the Josselyn and Analogous Collections.”
  • Ashley Wilson: “Afflictions of Tradition: Perspectives on traditional African American foodways in relation to health problems in contemporary African American communities."
  • Sherrie Alexander: “Ethnoprimatology of the Barbary Macaque: Cultural Perceptions of Endangered Macaca sylvanus in the Rif Mountains of Morocco."
  • Jonathan Daniel Lowrey: “Priests and Players: A Cross-Cultural Survey of Astragalus Dice Utilization."
  • Brandon Grisaffi: “Experimental Production of Nothing: Understanding the Lack of Bone Modifications in the Archaeological Record.”
  • Mallory Messersmith: "Beyond Idealism: Teaching Anthropological Peace Studies."
The following students were awarded ANTHRO-TEACH scholarships to cover the costs of travel and attendance: Brian Nichols, Sherrie Alexander, Ashley Wilson, Christel Carlisle, Brandon Grisaffi, and Daniel Lowery.