Workshops & Field Trips

Please be aware that all workshops are scheduled for Thursday, March 12, 2020, and are presented concurrently.

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OSTE1: Introduction to Comparative Osteology

Instructor: Melanie Beasley

Encountering human or non-human bone in the field is something many of us experience. This hands-on workshop is designed to help archaeologists and monitors get acquainted with basic osteological identification methods. The workshop will use comparative materials to focus on identifying human versus non-human bone. This course is a basic introduction to the skeleton and features that can be useful for differentiating human from other mammal bone. Preregistration is required.

Maximum enrollment: 25 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Cost: $40.00

OSTE2: Advanced Human Osteology

Instructor: Melanie Beasley

Often we encounter human bone in the field and it is the only opportunity to capture information to contribute to the analysis and interpretation of human remains. This hands-on workshop is designed to help archaeologists and monitors recognize the key features to distinguish sex, age, ancestry, and distinguishing life history features. This workshop is not intended as a substitute for consulting with a biological anthropologist for the analysis of remains, but rather to equip archaeologists to recover and recognize information that is important for skeletal analysis that is sometimes lost after remains are removed from the field context. Emphasis will be placed on what information can be gained from highly fragmented human remains. Preregistration is required.

Maximum enrollment: 25 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Cost: $40.00

Foraging Theory and Practice

Instructor: Robert L. Bettinger, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, UC Davis

This workshop will introduce the theoretical foundation of foraging theory, beginning with the concept of rational choice and definition of costs and benefits. Explores application of the foraging models most amenable to application to the archaeological and ethnographic record. Participants may sign up for morning and afternoon, morning only, or afternoon only. Session costs cover flash drive programmed with spreadsheets to execute application of all models covered. Must bring laptop to obtain full benefit. Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel highly useful. Preregistration is required.

FORA1: Foraging Theory and Practice

Morning Session
Rational choice theory
Foraging costs and benefits
Diet breadth
Front vs. backloaded resources

Maximum enrollment: 30 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Cost: $35.00

FORA2: Foraging Theory and Practice

Afternoon Session
Linear programming
Marginal value theorem
Field processing
Technological investment (including newest, unpublished models)

Maximum enrollment: 30 1:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Cost: $35.00

ROCK1: Rock Art Conservation Management for Site Stewards and Managers

Instructor: Jeremy Freeman

Rock art is a resource that captures people’s attention and provides a way for modern people to relate to ancient people.  However, it is also one of the most sensitive resources due to its high visibility and changing climatic conditions that threaten the stability, integrity, and aesthetic quality of the sites.  In this workshop participants will learn how to identify the transformational processes affecting rock art sites.  Participants will learn how to complete a condition assessment form and collect conservation management data that will provide a better understanding of the conservation needs of a rock art site.  Participants will learn about preparing a conservation management plan along with intervention procedures used by professionals to help conserve rock art sites.  Participants will, additionally, learn about methods used to collect conservation management data and how it can be used to make better-informed decisions by site managers. Preregistration is required.

Maximum enrollment: 30 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.. Cost: $40.00

ROCK2: Using 21st Century Technology for Non-intrusive Rock Art Documentation

Instructor: Jeremy Freeman

Advances in technology have resulted in a metamorphosis in archaeological methods with an increasing emphasis on non-invasive, non-destructive techniques.  Modern technology is allowing researchers to adapt of new analytical methods without compromising the integrity the archaeological evidence.  This is particularly true in rock art research that has experienced an increased push for non-intrusive documentation.  In this workshop participants will learn about some of the technologies available to researchers to document rock art non-destructively using modern technology.  Participants will learn about collecting and storing data, creating high resolution imagery and virtual 3D models, creating digital renderings of figures and panels, deducing super-positioning and sequences of figure placement, collecting objective color data, assessing chemical composition of paint, and collecting geospatial data. Preregistration is required.

Maximum enrollment: 30 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.. Cost: $25.00

OBSI: Obsidian Hydration Dating Workshop

Instructor: Alexander (Sandy) Rogers

As with all chronometric techniques, obsidian hydration dating cannot be treated as a black box. The goal of this workshop is to provide insight into the theory and methods of obsidian hydration dating (OHD). It should enable the archaeologist to perform OHD analyses and the manager to ask the right questions. The workshop will cover the basic principles of obsidian hydration and the models employed in dating; how to develop an appropriate effective hydration temperature (EHT); various methods of computing a hydration rate; guidelines for data analysis; and numerous cautions. An Excel spreadsheet with numerical models for conducting an OHD analysis will be provided, and we will do some hands-on exercises. Mathematics will be kept to a minimum, but cannot be avoided entirely. Some familiarity with Microsoft Excel is desirable, so please bring your laptop with Excel.

Maximum enrollment: 25 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Cost: $40.00

Walking Tour of the Mission Inn

The Mission Inn Foundation offers a 75-minute walking tour led by trained docents on the art, architecture, and history of the Mission Inn. This is your opportunity to see parts of the National Historic Landmark that are inaccessible to the general public based on hotel availability.

Maximum enrollment: 45 1:00 p.m. Cost: $15.00