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Circumpolar Job Talk: "An Emerging Synthesis of Beringian/Western Subarctic Archaeology" by Ben Potter

Friday, December 7, 2012
5:00 AM
411 West Hall

"Recent developments in eastern Beringian archaeology have transformed our perspectives on technological, subsistence, and land use strategies implemented during the Pleistocene/Holocene transition and into the later Holocene. This talk encompasses my intersite and intrasite investigations geared towards exploratory data analysis and model construction/testing. Athabaskan ethnographic and ethnogeographic data provide robust frameworks to evaluate the earlier prehistoric record, and results indicate surprising levels of connectivity between ancient and recent lifeways in the subarctic. Significant differences suggest changing responses to risk and serve to emphasize the importance of social contexts of site structure/organization and regional land use."