West – Archaeology
Options: Volunteer Basis, Independent Funding Available
This research project focuses on zooarchaeology, or the analysis of animal bones from archaeological sites. We will be sorting archaeological animal bones from sites in coastal Alaska to address the question of whether bird populations have changed through time in that region. The student working on this project will:
1) Learn the differences among fish, bird, shell, and marine mammal skeletons.
2) Screen the material in the archaeology lab.
3) Sort the archaeological material to isolate the bird bones.
4) Rehouse the bird bones for later analysis.
In the spring of 2014, I will welcome up to 5 students who would like to volunteer, and I expect volunteers to work at least 4 hours per week. I have the funding to pay one undergraduate 10 hours per week to work on this material in the spring 2014 semester. No experience with archaeology is necessary, but majors and students who have taken some courses will be considered first.
You may contact me at:
Dr. Catherine West
Department of Archaeology