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Student Presentation: “Characterization of Monterey Formation Chert Sources for Purposes of Material Provenance”, Peter Banke, University of Nevada, Reno PhD Student

October 22, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The virtual student research presentation series concludes on Thursday, October 22nd from 6:00pm to 7:30pm with University of Nevada, Reno PhD Student Peter Banke’s presentation: “Characterization of Monterey Formation Chert Sources for Purposes of Material Provenance.” Please join the us at https://zoom.us/j/99381369892

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:

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

This evening we also announce and celebrate the 2020 Outstanding Student Poster Award, this year given to Austin Dietrich and Enkhbayar Oyuntsetseg at CSU Chico.


October 22, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm