SAA 2014: Diversity of Institute research highlighted

24 April 2014

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The diversity of Institute research and extent of its collaborative links are being showcased at the Society for American Archaeology's 79th Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.

Institute staff and students are joining friends and colleagues, including a large number of Institute alumni, at the SAA Annual Meeting being held in Austin, Texas from 23-27 April 2014. 

Current research being presented includes:

  • Ariane Burke, Dario Guiducci and James Steele - Seeing our way: perception of the landscape and patterns of hominin dispersal in the Symposium entitled Moving On: Anthropological Perspectives on Human Mobility
  • Elizabeth Graham - Mobility and resilience: a perspective from the eastern Maya lowlands in the Symposium entitled Mobility and Migration over Mesoamerica in Classic and Postclassic Times
  • Andrew Bevan and Daniel Pett - Spatial sovereignties, archaeological access and the big data landscape in the Symposium entitled Place and Space in a Digital Landscape: New perspectives on analyzing and sharing geospatial data in archaeology
  • Eugenio Bortolini - Fashion or social meaning? Analysing change in monumental burials of prehistoric eastern Arabia in the Symposium entitled Archaeology, Death and Change in Ancient Arabia
  • Tracie Mayfield, David Pendergast and Elizabeth Graham - Consumerism, Industrialism, and Agriculture: Consumption and Productive Practices at Lamanai, Belize, During the Nineteenth Century in the Symposium entitled Technology and Tradition in Mesoamerica after the Spanish Invasion
  • Katherine Wright - Domestication and inequality? Households, corporate groups and ground stone processing tools at Neolithic Çatalhöyük and other early villages in the Near East in the General Session on Southwest Asia
  • Kevin MacDonald - Sorotomo (AD 1200-1500): Excavations at a Malian Centre of Power in the Symposium entitled Dynamics of Trade and Sociopolitical Developments in West Africa
  • Petra Cunningham-Smith and Elizabeth Graham - Trade Winds: Animal Use and Exchange at the Ancient Maya Sites of Marco Gonzalez and San Pedro, Belize in the Symposium entitled Animals in Ancient New World Economy and Exchange
  • Linda Howie, Terry Powis and Elizabeth Graham - Sitting on the Dock of the Bay: Ceramic Connections between Lamanai and the Chetumal Bay Area over More Than Two Millennia in the Symposium entitled Investigations in the Land of Chocolate and Honey: Recent Archaeological Research on Chetumal Bay
  • Matthew Jones, Lisa Maher, Tobias Richter, Danielle Macdonald and Louise Martin - Human-Environment Interactions through the Epipalaeolithic of Eastern Jordan in the Symposium entitled Correlation is Not Enough: Building Better Arguments in the Archaeology of Human-Environment Interactions
  • Lisa Maher, Danielle Macdonald, Adam Allentuck, Tobias Richter and Matthew Jones—Occupying Wide Open Spaces? Late Pleistocene Hunter-Gatherer Activities in the Eastern Levant in the Symposium entitled Late Pliestocene Landscape Strategies in the Levant: Social, Technological and Economic Innovations in Open Spaces
  • Brian Byrd, Andrew Garrard and Paul Brandy—Modeling Territorial Ranges and Spatial Organization of Late Pleistocene Hunter-Gatherers in the Southeastern Levant in the same symposium.
  • Fergus Byrne, Tomos Profitt, Adrian Arroyo and Ignacio de la Torre - Bipolar experiments with quartzite from Olduvai Gorge (Tanzania)  in the Symposium entitled Exploring Variability in Bipolar Technology
  • Anke Marsh and Mark Altaweel - Palaeoenvironmental investigations in the Shahrizor Plain, Iraqi Kurdistan in the General Session on the Near East
  • Alastair Key, Ignacio de la Torre and W. James Stemp - Is Loading a Significantly Influential Factor in the Development of Lithic Microwear? An Experimental Test Using LSCM in the Symposium entitled Multi-Scalar Approaches to Archaeological Interpretation
  • Lindsay Duncan - Waste and the environment: Long-term environmental signatures at a coastal Maya site, Marco Gonzalez in the Symposium entitled People and Environments in Mesoamerica
  • Gail Hammond, Thomas Guderjan, Samantha Krause and Marc Wolf -  Continuing Research at the Edge of the Alacranes Bajo, An Ancient Maya Landscape in Northwestern Belize in the Symposium entitled Maya Architecture and Settlement Patterns in Belize

Research by team members on the ERC-funded EUROEVOL Project is being presented in their Symposium entitled Cultural Evolution of Neolithic Europe being chaired by Stephen Shennan.

Papers include:

  • Stephen Shennan—Demography and the Cultural Evolution of Neolithic Europe
  • Adrian Timpson—European Neolithic population surface
  • Katie Manning—Cycles of change in Neolithic animal exploitation strategies
  • Sue Colledge—Stability and change in European Neolithic and early Bronze Age agricultural systems
  • Kevan Edinborough, Enrico Crema and Stephen Shennan—Evolution of Arrowhead Complexity in Neolithic Europe
  • Tim Kerig—Population dynamics and the flow of knowledge and substances: a new perspective on flint mining and the earliest metallurgy in Neolithic Europe
  • Enrico Crema—Simulating isolation by distance in space and time
  • Anne Kandler and Stephen Shennan—A non-equilibrium framework for analysing cultural change

Research activity at the Institute of Archaeology is truly global with projects across 5 continents and the Pacific. Further information about staff research is available on the Institute's Research Directory. Read more about student research on research student profile pages.

The Society for American Archaeology (SAA) is an international organization dedicated to the research, interpretation, and protection of the archaeological heritage of the Americas.