Beta Analytic Co-sponsors Alaska Anthropological Association 2011 Meeting

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Beta Analytic is one of the sponsors of the Alaska Anthropological Association’s 38th Annual Meeting which started March 9, 2011. The four-day event is held at Westmark Hotel in Fairbanks, Alaska, and is hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Department of Anthropology.

Guest speakers include Dr. Michael Richards (University of British Columbia and Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology) and Dr. Thomas F. Thornton (University of Oxford). Dr. Richards will talk about his research on “Determining Past Human Diets and Subsistence Using Isotope Analysis.” Dr. Thornton will present an anthropological view on Alaska Native Corporations. Aside from parallel poster sessions, the meeting also includes workshops on linguistic anthropology and stable isotopes.

ISO/IEC 17025:2005-accredited AMS dating lab Beta Analytic provided lanyards to meeting participants and sponsored a coffee break.

Below are some researches presented at the annual meeting that involved radiocarbon dating:

Taphonomy of Faunal Assemblages from Early to Late Holocene Components at Quartz Lake Sites, Mid-Tanana Valley, Interior Alaska (Gelvin-Reymiller, Carol; Joshua Reuther, Matthew Wooller, Ben Gaglioti, Nancy Bigelow, and David Klein)

Four sites at Quartz Lake have preserved bone in a variety of temporal and spatial contexts. The poster is a brief view of discernable patterns of faunal resource uses at the sites with considerations of the effects of taphonomic agents on these patterns. Finer scale analyses are based on tests of basic soil chemistry, radiocarbon dating results, and examinations of cultural bone reduction processes. Broader scale analyses are based on observations regarding changes in isotopic signatures from lake cores, lake hydrography, and area geomorphology.

The Owl Ridge Site: Multiple Occupations of the Teklanika Valley at the Pleistocene-Holocene Boundary (Graf, Kelly and Angela Younie)

Owl Ridge was initially excavated by University of Alaska-Fairbanks archaeologists nearly 30 years ago. Its remoteness on the landscape made it difficult for full-scale excavations so that information recovered by these initial tests was fairly incomplete. In 2009 and 2010, the researchers revisited the site, opening nearly 60 m2, to reassess the stratigraphic contexts of cultural components, collect dating samples for AMS analyses, and increase the archaeological sample to include diagnostic artifacts and cultural features. At this year’s annual meeting, the researchers will present the results of their excavation, focusing on site formation and lithic analyses.

Update on Continuing Excavations at the Serpentine Hot Springs Site, BEN-192, Alaska: Site Context and Dating (Younie, Angela M., Ted Goebel, and Michael R. Waters)

The Serpentine Hot Springs site (BEN-192), located on a bluff overlooking Serpentine Valley in the Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, was discovered in 2005 by NPS archaeologists. In 2009 and 2010, archaeologists from Texas A&M University revisited BEN-192 to conduct excavation and evaluate the site’s geological context, in the process discovering a fluted-point assemblage in a sealed stratigraphic layer associated with two hearth features. Both features included concentrations of burnt bone and charcoal; one has been dated to approximately 10,000 14C BP and more dates are forthcoming. This paper discusses site location, geomorphological context, and radiocarbon dating of the hearths.

NOTE: Research descriptions above were lifted from the AAA 38th Annual Meeting Final Program.

The company wishes to thank conference organizers Dr. Ben Potter and Charu Uppal for their assistance.


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