Forensic anthropology is presented in the popular media as a dramatic and exciting scientific discipline that is central to solving high-profile crimes. As is often the case, reality is more measured but no less interesting. Using real-world case studies, this presentation will focus on methods developed and used by forensic anthropology, what information can be derived from the study of human remains, and why the public is fascinated.
Kimberly Spurr has been a professional archaeologist for nearly three decades, working in the American Southwest, the Rocky Mountains, and the Great Plains. She specializes in bioarchaeology—the study of human remains and mortuary features—which focuses on innovative ways to understand and reconstruct the past and the lives of people. Ms. Spurr currently supervises the Archaeology division at the Museum of Northern Arizona and is director of Past Peoples Consulting, LLC. She also consults as a forensic anthropologist.
This is an open lecture. Reservations not required.
Join Al Cornell in this workshop where you will be instructed on how to make strong, reliable cordage, completely from nature. We will study the types of plants, trees, and animal fibers that make the best fiber and cordage as well as learn several manufacturing techniques.
There will be demos relating to the above, followed with a hands-on component, wherein the participants will have an opportunity to experiment in making cordage.
Stable isotope analysis is regularly applied to address questions concerning human diets around the world. An overview of the history and principles of isotope analyses is provided and how the results have contributed to our understanding of “we are what we eat.” Isotope analyses provides quantitative data that complement floral, faunal, ethnohistoric, and other information about dietary practices.
The Annual Members Meeting will include reports by the President, Executive Director and Treasurer and election of Directors for 2015.
Following the business meeting will be a presentation by Director of Archaeology on the Dyck Ranch Collection.
Tonto National Forest Archaeologist Scott Woods will conduct a class on the pottery types found in the Tonto National Forest. Salado knew and used their surroundings well. They learned to cultivate crops in small patches of fertile land on the craggy hillsides. They collected rain water for later use. Some group members wove textiles from native plants, including cotton; others made pottery from local red clay and decorated the vessels with intricate black and white designs. The unique style of black and white designs on red pottery is associated with the Salado culture. However, archaeologists found that not all ceramics were decorated. They believe that plain pottery was used for daily use and decorated ware was probably reserved for ceremonies. Because Salado pottery was found throughout the Southwest, decorated ware may also have been used for trade with other American Indian groups.
Class size is limited to 24.