Tozzer Library Room 203 21 Divinity Ave, Cambridge, MA
Dr. Stanley H. Ambrose is a pioneer of archaeological science - his early work on bone chemistry provided important insights into past human diet and past environments, while his more recent geochemical and ethnographic studies are illuminating social networks through the movements of raw materials such as obsidian (a volcanic glass) and red ochre (a pigment).
Center for Nanoscale Systems Laboratory for Integrated Science and Engineering 11 Oxford St Cambridge, MA 02138
Workshop: "FTIR Spectroscopy for the Study of Material Culture"
Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) is a versatile method for chemical analysis of materials. As such, it is a standard technique in the analytical toolkit of any chemist, materials scientist, or conservation scientist. However, in fields related to cultural heritage, many unexploited opportunities remain in which FTIR could help to identify new evidence of past human behavior and to better understand the production, history, and conservation of artifacts.
Unarmed Aerial Systems (UAS), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or simply “Drones”, represent a new type of remote sensing platform which is inexpensive, easy to use, and provides users with many new options regarding where, when, and how geospatial imagery and data is collected. As the technology proliferates, it is revolutionizing both spatial data collection and… Read more about The Drone Revolution in Spatial Analysis
Speaker: David Carballo, DRCLAS Santander Visiting Scholar & Associate Professor of Archaeology, Boston University Moderator: William Fash, Bowditch Professor of Central American and Mexican Archaeology and Ethnology
Two dimensions that make the ancient Mexican metropolis of Teotihuacan remarkable in terms of pre-modern societies are its enigmatic political organization, which presents a “faceless” system of governance, and the fact that the majority of its occupants lived in multi-family apartments—unique in the ancient world for a… Read more about Daily Life and Governance at Ancient Teotihuacan, Mexico
Tambos and the Andean Longue Durée: Landscapes of Mobility in Far Southern Peru Noa Corcoran-Tadd
Long acknowledged as an important component of Inka imperial infrastructure, the Andean tambo or way station has had surprisingly little synthetic treatment in the archaeological and ethnohistorical literatures. The post-conquest trajectory of the tambo as a colonial and later Republican institution is even less known, despite its role in tying together the fractured geography of the central Andes. In seeking to address this exclusion, I aim to offer an… Read more about Archaeology Dissertation Presentations
Dr. Peter W. Stahl (Department of Anthropology, University of Victoria) will present his research in Ecuador: "History, Archaeology, and Ecology in the Galápagos Islands"
This presentation explores issues involving conservation biology, the emergence of novel ecosystems, and the historic production of humanized landscapes in Ecuador’s Galápagos National Park. It considers the development of a unique and internationally renowned biota and the inevitable materialization of a “Galápagos Paradox” when human interest undermines those features of the… Read more about History, Archaeology, and Ecology in the Galápagos Islands