2020 Student Presentation Series


Kasey E. Cole, PhD Student, University of Utah

Conflict and Resource Competition in Northern California: Evidence from Paleoclimate and Zooarchaeological analyses

Kasey and her panelists discuss her dissertation research which asks how competition for the same finite resources on the landscape influenced prehistoric settlement and territorial decisions in northeastern California. To address this question, Kasey will discuss agent-based modeling approaches in combination with modeling trans-Holocene variation in human population density, temperature, precipitation, and seasonality to understand how these factors affected regional variation in artiodactyl abundance and distribution. Following her presentation, Kasey will be joined in a roundtable discussion with panelists:

• Shannon Tushingham, Assistant Professor, Washington State University;
• Adrian Whitaker, Principal Investigator, Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc.; and,
• Brian Codding, Associate Professor, University of Utah.

This evening we also announce and celebrate the 2020 Charles E. Rozaire Award for Student Research in California Archaeology, this year given to Jessica Morales, at UC Davis.

Recorded on October 8, 2020.

2020 Student Presentation and Discussion Series No. 2

Kyle Palazzolo, CSU Chico M.A. Candidate

Assessing and Contextualizing Flower-Pot Mortars

Kyle presents ongoing research that attempts to assess and contextualize flower-pot mortars in the Central Coast region of Alta California by reconstructing their social life history. Costly-signaling theory is employed to determine whether flower-pot mortars can be considered prestige goods and gender theory will be used to address major theoretical issues such as the association of ground stone technology with women, the need for critical examination of gendered task differentiation, and the significance of food economies in the negotiation of power.

Following the presentation, Kyle will be joined in a roundtable discussion with panelists:
• Tammy Buonasera, research associate, University of California at Davis, Senior Archaeologist, Far Western Anthropological Research Group;
• Sandra Hollimon, professor, Santa Rosa Junior College; and,
• Joan Schneider, archaeologist Department of Parks and Recreation, Colorado Desert District (retired).
On this evening we also celebrated Kyle’s 2020 Outstanding Student Paper Award.

Recorded October 15, 2020

2020 Student Presentation and Discussion Series No. 3

Peter Banke, University of Nevada, Reno PhD 

Characterization of Monterey Formation Chert Sources for Purposes of Material Provenance

By primarily focusing on elemental characterizations of chert sources, Peter’s discussion focuses on findings from a lithic provenance study conducted to determine variability within, and between three known chert sources, or quarries in Central California within the Monterey Formation, ranging from San Mateo County to San Luis Obispo County. Presented as a pilot study for future and expanded research exploring the potential role of high-resolution elemental analysis with Laser Ablation-Ionically Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) for chert artifact provenance, this discussion addresses findings at three known chert sources and quarries at CA-SLO-1760, SLO-2610, and Point Año Nuevo.
Following the presentation, Peter will be joined in a roundtable discussion with panelists:

  • Dr. Jon Erlandson, Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, University of Oregon
  • Dr. Jennifer Perry, Professor of Anthropology, California State University, Channel Islands;
  • Dr. Chris Jazwa, Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Reno;

Recorded October 22, 2020