December Meeting Announcement

Join us on Fri­day, Decem­ber 15th at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archae­ol­o­gy Build­ing on the U of S Cam­pus (55 Cam­pus Dri­ve) for our annu­al Christ­mas meet­ing!  Tasha Hodg­son will be speak­ing on an “Intro­duc­tion to Micro-ana­lyt­i­cal Tech­niques for Lithics: Use-wear and Residue Analy­sis”.  All are wel­come!

Abstract: Intro­duc­tion to Micro-ana­lyt­i­cal Tech­niques for Lithics: Use-wear and Residue Analy­sis
Use-wear and residue analy­sis are exam­ples of micro-ana­lyt­i­cal tech­niques, which focus on the inter­pre­ta­tion of tool func­tion through micro­scop­ic, bio­chem­i­cal, or spec­tro­scop­ic data. Use-wear analy­sis inter­prets micro-dam­ages formed through spe­cif­ic tasks or motions through­out the use-life of an arti­fact, while residue analy­sis involves the inter­pre­ta­tion of amor­phous or invis­i­ble residues pre­served on tool sur­faces or edges. These approach­es are of par­tic­u­lar val­ue for assem­blages which lack organ­ic com­po­nents due to cor­ro­sive bur­ial envi­ron­ments, or for arti­facts which lack con­tex­tu­al infor­ma­tion.

This pre­sen­ta­tion offers an intro­duc­tion to using these tech­niques. Com­mon method­olog­i­cal approach­es of each will be pre­sent­ed, includ­ing detailed descrip­tions of char­ac­ter­is­tic wear pat­terns and micro­scop­ic residue com­po­nents. Results of an analy­sis of Ear­ly Pre-con­tact arti­facts from the North Supe­ri­or region will be dis­cussed to high­light the applic­a­bil­i­ty of these meth­ods to col­lec­tions recov­ered from areas with poor organ­ic preser­va­tion.

Biog­ra­phy: Tasha Hodg­son, MES
Tasha grew up in south­west­ern Man­i­to­ba and com­plet­ed her under­grad­u­ate degree in Anthro­pol­o­gy at Bran­don Uni­ver­si­ty. She lat­er com­plet­ed a Mas­ters of Envi­ron­men­tal Stud­ies at Lake­head Uni­ver­si­ty in Thun­der Bay, Ontario. Over the past nine years, Tasha has worked on sev­er­al archae­o­log­i­cal exca­va­tions, cat­a­logued archae­o­log­i­cal and eth­no­his­tor­i­cal col­lec­tions, par­tic­i­pat­ed in mul­ti­ple pub­lic out­reach and edu­ca­tion pro­grams, and assist­ed in the devel­op­ment of archae­o­log­i­cal data­bas­es in Man­i­to­ba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and British Colum­bia.