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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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October 30th 2013:Extreme Archaeology: Doing Archaeology above the Arctic Circle

Imagine that you are an archaeologist carrying your equipment to site only to meet a polar bear along the way! Once you’ve arrived at site, weather conditions may mean the ground is too frozen to dig or you have a chance of getting hypothermia if you try waterscreening. While Indiana Jones is well known for his travels to far off places and harrowing recovery of artifacts, what are the dangers of archaeology in less desirable destinations? Our guest, Dr. Anne Jensen, has over 30 years experience working in Barrow, Alaska, the ninth northernmost city in the world! Although remote, the clima

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Dr. Anne Jensen

Dr. Anne Jensen has over 31 years of anthropological fieldwork experience in Alaska. She is currently the PI on the NSF-funded project “Learning From the Past: Archaeology of Nuvuk” which analyzes the excavations of a major Thule cemetery and newly discovered Ipiutak habitation site, as well as smaller NSF-funded projects working with collections from Walakpa and Utqiaġvik. Much of the work on these projects has been done by local and international high school and college students and volunteers. Dr. Jensen’s current research focuses on human adaptation in Arctic and subarctic environments, coastal adaptations in the North, global change effects on the archaeological and paleoecologic
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