Alaska archaeology

Professor Catherine West Alaska radio interview

New squirrels on the block? Not so fast, researchers say By Shahla Farzan, KBBI-Homer, December 19, 2016 Featured News, Outdoors, Science & Tech, Southcentral, Wildlife Catherine West, a research assistant professor in the Archaeology Department at Boston University, said Arctic ground squirrels are voracious grazers and can strip an area of vegetation. “They’ll prey on bird eggs […]

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Professor Catherine West article on Conservation Biology is receiving some press coverage

The article coverage on EurekAlert!  December 15, 2016 “The archaeological record in the Gulf of Alaska provides us with a long-term look at human-environmental interactions, where Native Alaskans have harvested resources for thousands of years. This relationship can help us understand the complexity of contemporary human-environmental interactions and what this means for conservation,” said West.  […]

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Professor Catherine West uncovers prehistoric fishing community

Archaeology Daily News article Led by Boston University professor Catherine West, the expedition excavated a handful of ancient garbage dumps, searching for animal bones. By comparing the bones in the 3,000-year-old middens to wildlife today, West will be able to establish how American and Russian visitors changed the island’s ecosystem.      

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