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.