Department of Anthropology News and Events
The festivities in honor of National Anthropology Day were enormously successful! There were great turnouts from faculty, staff, undergraduates, and graduate students. The food provided by Havana Rumba was well enjoyed, door prizes were won by several faculty, staff, and students, and all had the opportunity to view research posters produced by Anthropology students and faculty.
I presented a poster at the University wide Undergraduate Research Symposium. I spoke with other students about my research and theirs. People from other departments that it was interesting that Anthropology can cover such a wide range of disciplines. I thought it was interesting that so many people from different academic fields were receptive to my research.
This March, I and several fellow students from the department attended the annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in St. Louis, Missouri. My research with Dr. Fabian Crespo was selected for a podium presentation, where I gave a short talk introducing and sharing some of the work being done by our department. These meetings provide a great opportunity to network and exchange ideas between many disciplines within biological anthropology. The work we presented represents a way to unite the disciplines of experimental immunology with bioarchaeology. More specifically, we are trying to understand how infectious diseases may have influenced subsequent pathologies that are detectable using skeletal markers. Our research was well-received by several esteemed colleagues within the field who have kindly offered their advice and support as our project moves forward. This experience significantly impacted my development as a graduate student and I could not be more humbled by the opportunity afforded to me by our department to represent a small part of the fantastic work being done here in the Department of Anthropology at UofL.
Professor Jennie Burnet is traveling into enemy territory today to give a lecture at the University of Kentucky. As part of UK’s Department of Anthropology Colloquium Series, Dr. Burnet will speak on “Women & Peacebuilding: Lessons from Post-Genocide Rwanda” on Friday, April 17 at 4:30 PM in Lafferty Hall, Room 213. For additional details, please refer to the event flier.
I was lucky and excited to be able to present at the Undergraduate Symposium at the AAPAs this year. It was a bit nerve racking at first since I knew that a lot of big names in the field were going to be there, but it was also exciting to know that I could potentially meet those people and create new connections. My experience presenting was great and I feel as though I was able to improve upon my presentation and communication skills. I learned the best way to discuss my research with others and ways in which to address their questions. For the rest of the meeting I was able to look at the other research projects that graduate students and professors in the anthropology field are working on and I enjoyed being able to see what my peers are working on. I also enjoyed being able to get to know the people from the UofL anthropology department more and the research that they are working on.
The opportunity to go to the American Association of Physical Anthropology conference is invaluable for a (hopefully) up and coming biological anthropologist! Being able to see the vast collection of research interests that make up biological anthropology is worth it alone. We also got the chance to see fellow students present their own research in poster and presentation symposiums. The biological anthropology conferences are great for networking with anthropology students, educators, researchers and writers sharing ideas and sparking collaborations throughout the week. The conference was very productive for us and we are eager to continue the dialogues we started and take what we've learned to bring more research to next year's meeting!
This was my first year attending the AAPAs! The energy and excitement that top scholars and other students in the field expressed while presenting their research was incredibly inspiring. While at the meetings, we attended several talks and poster sessions, spoke with students conducting a range of projects all the way from population genetics to skeletal morphology and energetics. The papers presented during one of the anthropological genetics sections covered engaging topics such as adaptive introgression among humans and other hominins, and the consequences of range and demographic expansion/contraction events upon the genome. The talks and posters given by fellow UofL students gave me the opportunity to become more familiar with their work. I also took the opportunity to network at the AAPAs with Dr. Abigail Bigham, who is the lead PI on a biological anthropology field school that I will be attending this summer, and is also a professor at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. I can't wait to go to next year's meetings and present my own research!
The 2015 AAPA meeting this past March was my first anthropology meeting. I was able to present a poster at the undergraduate symposium, as well as meet and talk with different professors and researchers from a variety of specialties. The meeting was an excellent opportunity to hear the latest research in the field, as well as hear presentations from individuals you read about in your classes. The experience was very motivating, and I am looking forward to the 2016 meeting.
Going to conferences is a great experience as a student, especially as an undergraduate student. I presented a poster in the conference and kept getting asked if my research was going to be included in my master thesis or PhD dissertation. Being mistaken for a student that is further along was a great confidence booster. Going to conferences gives me a chance to talk with the people who write our textbooks and do research I read about in my classes, mainly I get a chance to network. I met many people that I will be getting in touch with for graduate school. Most notably, I spoke with Charlotte Roberts. She is a leader in the bioarchaeology of tuberculosis and leprosy, she wrote books on both subjects. Now I am looking into earning a masters degree with her. I never would have had the opportunity to meet her If I had not gone to the AAPA this year.
From March 25th till March 28th, 3 anthropology majors (Cori Dennison, Megan Duncanson, and Jacob White), and 3 anthropology graduate (MA) students (Roxanne Leiter, Neha Angal, and Chris Klaes) attended the 84th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in St. Louis, MO. Cori, Megan, and Jacob presented their research during different poster sessions, while Chris had a very successful podium presentation. Also Nick Short (former anthropology major) has a booming poster presentation on periodontal disease and alcohol consumption. All students had the great opportunity to attend different sessions and talk with experts within a broad spectrum of areas within biological anthropology. This is the highest attendance and research presentations by our students at the AAPA; congratulations!!
Dr. Alan Smart will be speaking about economic relations between Hong Kong and China Monday April 13th, in the Shumaker Building. For additional details regarding Dr. Smart's talk, refer to the event flier.
LALS is having a Solidarity guest speaker come to talk on Friday, April 17th. It will take place at 9:00am in room DA 206. For additional information, please refer to the image in this post.
The rescheduled Anthropology Day will be on Tuesday, April 7th, from 11:00-1:30. If the weather is nice, we will be outside of Lutz Hall (on the SRB side of the building). The rain location will be in the Lutz Hall Lobby.
This is what we have planned—
-Lunch by Havana Rumba around noon
-Some great door prizes (glass skulls, Mexican pottery, woven blankets, totes, and more). Drawing will be at 12:40. Must be present to win. One entry per person, please.
-Student research posters will be on display. If you would like to submit your work, please let Sheila know.
*****The following information is provided by the IEP. See the attached image and syllabus for additional information regarding this opportunity.
The Institute of Peruvian Studies (IEP), one of the most prestigious research institutions in social sciences for Latin America, announces the fourth season of its international Field School in archaeological methods Peruvian Central Coast. Fieldwork will take place at the site of Panquilma, a XII XVI century community located in the hinterland of one of the most important religious centers of the Andean coast: Pachacamac.
Panquilma is a multi- component site where the preservation of public, domestic and funerary architecture remains impressive. Based on the beach town of Punta Hermosa, 30kms south of Lima, this Field School offers personalize training in field methodologies, including the excavation and recording of a variety of archaeological contexts, as well as the cataloguing, preservation and analysis of amazingly well preserved botanical remains, ceramics, textiles, lithics, animal and human bones, among others.
Workshops on a variety of subjects will be carried out onsite to complement the training. Also, we will be visiting some other important sites in the region as well as prestigious museums in Lima.
2015 SESSIONS: MAY 26 TO JUNE 20, JUNE 23 TO JULY 19 AND JULY 21 TO AUGUST 18
Students may be able to obtain credit from their department after discussing that option with their department chair. Senior staff would be willing to discuss this with the department and provide feedback on student participation after the field season is completed.
Additional Information about lodging facilities, school’s program, and costs can be found in our webpage: www.iep-pachacamac.org. Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/arqueologia.iep
Registration is now open to graduate students and many undergraduates. Be sure to review the Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 Anthropology Course Listings to see which classes are available. If you have not done so, now is also the ideal time to meet with your adviser to discuss your academic career and requirements.
*****The following information has been provided by the sponsor of the field schools, ArchaeoTek.
Graduate and Undergraduate summer field opportunities in archaeology in Transylvania (Romania):
- Life by the Imperial Road – Landscape and Settlement Strategies - Roman Provincial Settlement Excavation and Survey (topographic, geochemical)
- Sarmizegetusa Ulpia Traiana, Capital of the Dacian Provinces and First Roman City North of the Danube - Roman Imperial Urban Excavation
- A Soldier’s Life on the Edge of Europe – Castrum Cumidava, Home of the VI Cohors Cumidavensis - Roman Imperial Military Excavation and Survey (geophysical, geochemical, remote sensing)
All our projects are designed as intensive hands-on field experience programs, complemented by evening lectures, and, as such, are open to both credit students and non-credit participants. For thousands of pictures and perspectives from our past participants, visit our Facebook ArchaeoTek Community page.
Introduction: The region of Transylvania (Romania) has been one of the most important frontiers of Old Europe. Its huge and easily accessible salt deposits made it unavoidable since domestication took place in the early Neolithic. Large deposits of copper, tin, iron, silver and gold transformed this region into political, economic, cultural and, of course, military focal point from the rise of the Metal Ages forward. Its prehistory saw the rise of great civilizations such as the Ariusd-Cucuteni Culture during the Eneolithic and the mighty Dacians during the second Iron Age.
The Dacians played an important role in the evolution of the Roman Republic and Empire, as attested by the pervasive Dacian imagery present throughout the Empire after the Dacian Wars. The conquest of Dacia has been a long and arduous process. After the humiliating peace forced on Domitian in 88AD and the destruction of several legions, Trajan managed to conquer Transylvania after two hard fought wars in 102 and 106AD. Dacian resources has allowed the Roman Empire to keep its economy afloat for another two centuries.
Our three distinct Roman archaeology programs in Transylvania are exploring the processes of Roman colonization from various anthropological perspectives. We are first and foremost studying the various vectors of creolization resulting from the dynamic cultural, social, economic, religious, political and military interaction between the “representatives” of the Empire and the autochthonous Dacians. Our multiscalar and multidirectional approaches aim at exploring the various elements that constitute the daily lives and practices of different groups of individuals – respectively urban, rural and military – and how they respond to the pressures generated by the liminal environments emerging on the imperial frontier.
Life by the Imperial Road – Landscape and Settlement Strategies
Location: Rapolt, Hunedoara County, Transylvania, Romania
Type: Roman Provincial Settlement Excavation and Survey (topographic, geochemical)
Period: Imperial Roman - Provincial
Excavation dates: May 31 - July 4, 2015
Description: Our research area is situated between the richest gold deposits in Europe, the Dacian Kingdom’s political and religious capital and its fortified satellites in the Carpathian Mountains, and Sarmizegetusa Ulpia Traiana, the Roman capital of the Dacian provinces and the first Roman city North of the Danube, southwestern Transylvania was a highly integrated military, political, and economic region. During the Roman colonial occupation, 102-271AD, our target area around Simeria and Rapolt shows a very dynamic and intensive synthesis of Roman provincial life, where a multitude of processes of colonization and creolization take place side by side.
Our project seeks to explore and understand the integration of all these structural provincial elements along the main Roman axes of communication and transport. Our excavations will aim at evaluating the importance and impact of the proximity of the main axis of movement, communication and commerce on the Roman provincial rural life, and its evolution through time.
Sarmizegetusa Ulpia Traiana, Capital of the Dacian Provinces and First Roman City North of the Danube
Location: Sarmizegetusa, Hunedoara County, Transylvania, Romania
Type: Roman Imperial Urban Excavation
Dates: July 5 – August 8, 2015
Description: In the plains at the foot of the majestic Retezat Mountains in Southern Transylvania, rose the first Roman civitas north on the Danube: Colonia Ulpia Traiana Augusta Dacica Sarmizegetusa. Located less than 50km from the former capital of the mighty Dacian Kingdom, finally defeated in 106AD by Trajan’s legions, it was built on a strategic point where a battle between the Roman legions and the Dacian troops took place.
Sarmizegetusa Ulpia Traiana quickly became the largest city in Roman Dacia and the capital of the Dacian Provinces. With an area of over 30ha, it was a very imposing cosmopolitan center, featuring four Palmyrene temples (among many others), a large forum with associated buildings, an amphitheater, gladiator schools, imposing fortifications and several necropoles. At the present time, less than 15% of the site has been exposed, revealing a cosmopolitan and rich metropolis. Our excavation will continue the exploration of the structures associated with and surrounding the north gate of the imperial city and examine their architectonic integration at different scales. Intra muros, we are excavating the architectural environment of the cardo maximus (i.e. Horreum, Domus Procuratoris, etc.). Extra muros, we will continue to investigate the aria sacra and its temples.
A Soldier’s Life on the Edge of Europe – Castrum Cumidava, Home of the VI Cohors Cumidavensis
Location: Rasnov-Cumidava Castrum, Brasov County, Transylvania, Romania
Type: Roman Imperial Military Excavation and Survey (geophysical, geochemical, remote sensing)
Period: Imperial Roman - Provincial
Dates: July 5 – August 8, 2015
Description: The Transylvanian Limes (Limes Alutanus) was the richest, hard fought and unstable European frontier of the Roman Empire. The VI Cohors Cumidavensis, one of the imperial army units guarding it, stationed in Castrum Cumidava, was potentially formed in Noricum, from German Romanized conquered populations. Through the exploration of their barracks, we will focus on the evolution of their personal and military practices as they dynamically integrate their Germanic origins, Roman imperatives and Dacian local realities. Our excavation takes us from the early Dacian Wars wooden castrum to the stone fort abandoned during the Aurelian Retreat of 271AD.
Our project will introduce our participants to multidisciplinary integrative approach, combining excavation, remote sensing, and geophysical, geochemical and field survey. They will learn to operate a ground penetrating radar, conduct phosphate surveys and perform geospatial analysis, such as military terrain analysis and /or using various vegetation indices to locate other structures as well as the civilian settlement associated to the castrum.
Our Castrum Cumidava is situated half way between the amazing medieval city of Brasov and Bram Stocker’s Dracula’s Bran Castle, at the foot of the imposing Bucegi Mountains, near the small city of Rasnov with its medieval fortress overlooking the Barsa Valley. It is one of the best places to experience Transylvania and its incredibly rich archaeology, history and natural beauty.
His talk is entitled "The last Neanderthals? The Middle-Upper Paleolithic transition in Western Iberia as seen from Lapa do Picareiro, Portugal." It will take place at the University of Cincinnati, at the Max Kade Center (736 Old Chem) for the second-to-last The Charles Phelps Taft Research Center.
The United Nations Association of the USA Louisville Chapter is holding an essay contest. Essays must be between 750-1,500 words, on the topic of "Promoting a Better World: The Post-2015 UN Agenda". As the United Nations’ 8 Millennium Development Goals are coming to a close in 2015, essays should respond to the question "What should be the focus for the next 15 years?". There are prizes for top essays. For submission rules and all other pertinent details, refer to the attached file.
The Department is hosting Anthropology Day on Tuesday, April 7th. There will have goodies, door prizes, and food. We also want to showcase your hard work. If you have an anthropology research poster, we would love to display it. Your work could’ve come from a class, an independent study, a conference, or a thesis. Posters are due to Sheila Day (Lutz room 205) by 4p.m. on Friday, April 3rd.
The University of Florida is offering online courses on research methods in cultural anthropology this summer. These courses may be taken for university credit or as continuing education and are open to anyone interested in advancing their skills in research methods. Courses combine online lectures and exercises with interactive sessions, and are limited to 20 participants. Tuition for these courses is $1200 each. Additional information, including applications and syllabi, can be found through this link.
The five courses are offered this summer are listed below:
May 11th-June 19th
Methods of Behavioral Observation
June 27th-August 7th
Questions may be directed to:
H. Russell Bernard
Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus
University of Florida