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Diversity of Institute research showcased at SAA 2013

9 April 2013

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The diversity and global reach of Institute research has been showcased at the recent Society for American Archaeology's 78th Annual Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Institute staff and students joined friends and colleagues, including a large number of Institute alumni, at the SAA Annual Meeting held in Hawaii from 3-7 April 2013.

  • Cyprian Broodbank presented a paper on 'Did Islands Make Much Difference to World Prehistory? Perspectives from the Mediterranean' in the Symposium Seas of Permutation: Global Perspectives on the Archaeologies of Islands (sponsored by the Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology).
  • Enrico Crema presented his research on 'An Abstract Model of Endogenous and Exogenous Fission-Fusion Dynamics' in the Symposium on New Directions in Modeling Dynamics for Coupled Social-Natural Systems.
  • Research by EUROEVOL Project members Kevan Edinborough, Stephen Shennan, Adrian Timpson, Sean Downey and Mark Thomas on 'Boom and Bust in Europe’s Early Farming Populations' was presented in the Frison Institute Symposium entitled Dates as Data: New Applications of Radiocarbon Dating to Archaeological Problems as was James Steele's research on 'Dates and Dispersals: Comparing Observed and Modeled Spatial Demographic Trends with Noisy Datasets'.
  • Kris Lockyear organised a Symposium entitled From Pinyon Canyon to Ogallala: A Quarter Century of Remote Sensing in the US, presenting his own paper 'An Englishman Abroad'.
  • Giovanni Massa presented his research with Marcos Martinon-Torres and Mark Aldenderfer on 'Chemical Compositions and Technological Traditions: A Study of Funerary Metal Artefacts from Samdzong (Upper Mustang, Nepal, c. 400-600 C.E.)' in the Symposium on The Origins, Spread and Development of Metal Production in Southwest China, Southeast Asia and Beyond.
  • Miljana Radivojevic co-organised the Symposium Invention as a Process: Pyrotechnologies in Pre-Literate Societies, presenting a paper on 'Inventing Metallurgy II: A Look through the Microscope Lens'. Thilo Rehren also presented his research on 'Inventing Technical Ceramics' in this session.
  • Andrew Reynolds co-organised the Symposium Performing Death: Archaeologies of Funerary Drama in Early Medieval Europe and presented his research on 'Funerary Drama in the Early Middle Ages'.
  • Fabio Silva and James Steele presented their research on 'New Numerical Approaches to Modeling Hunter-Gatherer Geographical Range Dynamics' in the Symposium on Modeling the Impact of Environmental Variability on Hominin Dispersals.

In addition collaborative research involving Institute staff was presented by project partners including:

  • John Murphy, Mark Altaweel, Lilian Alessa, and Andrew Kliskey— 'Water Then and Water Now: Computational Approaches to Modeling Archaeological and Contemporary Water Management'.
  • Mark Aldenderfer and Margarita Gleba— 'Textile Technology in Nepal in the 5th-8th Centuries CE: The Case of Samdzong'.

Research activity at the Institute of Archaeology takes place world-wide with projects across 5 continents and the Pacific. Further information about the global diversity of staff research is available on the Institute's Research Directory. Read more about student research on their 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.