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Aloha from SAA 2013 Hawaii!

April 6, 2013

Hawaii SAA 2013This week project bioarchaeologists Kate Britton and Ellen McManus made it to the far shores of Honolulu, Hawaii, to spread the word about Nunalleq at the Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archaeologists – the largest archaeological conference in the world! Speaking in a symposium session on Thursday entitled ‘Old Dogs, New Tricks: Recent Research on Dogs in the Past’, PhD student Ellen talked about her work on the amazingly well preserved archaeological animal remains found at Nunalleq, and about human relationships with “man’s best friend” at the site. Kate spoke about the stable isotope analysis of human hair from Nunalleq in a symposium session on Isotope Ecology in the Pacific, revealing the 700-yr-old subsistence menu at the site and exploring the fascinating adaptations early communities made to life on the Bering Sea. Both talks were very well received, and it was extremely exciting to introduce Nunalleq to so many new people and to a few “famous faces” too (well, famous faces in the world of archaeology!). The research was making it’s debut ahead of forthcoming publication in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology – so watch this space!

Kate

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