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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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May 27th 2015:Put that in Your Pipe and Smoke it too! Archaeology of Smoking and Tobacco

What’s your favorite commodity? Various researchers have explored the impact certain goods have had historically, culturally, economically, socially, religiously etc. Today pull up a chair and stuff your pipe because we are chatting about tobacco and smoking. The Indy Team is joined by three guests Drs. Rafferty, Fox, and Tushingham who have all spent time researching different aspects of tobacco use throughout history and pre-history. Tobacco was used in the America for religious, shamanic, or spiritual purposes. After the European discovery of the Americas, tobacco spread as far as Asia and

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Dr. Sean M. Rafferty

Trained as a specialist in the archaeology of prehistoric Eastern North America, Sean Rafferty has conducted excavations throughout New York State on a variety of archaeological sites and conducted substantial laboratory research, using techniques from chemistry and physics, to understand the function of ancient artifacts. Rafferty received his bachelor's in anthropology from Hartwick College (1990), and his master's (1994) and doctorate (2001) in anthropology from Binghamton University. He joined UAlbany as an assistant professor of anthropology in 2002. Within the region of Eastern North America, he is particularly interested in the interplay between ritual practices and cultural variabi
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Dr. Georgia Fox

Dr. Georgia Fox is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at California State University, Chico, where she serves as Graduate Coordinator and teaches courses in anthropology. She directs the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology and Museum Studies Program and is Director of the Heritage Resources Conservation Laboratory. She received her B.A. in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Texas A&M University. Her academic interests and specializations include the archaeology of British colonization of the New World and the African Diaspora, maritime and underwater archaeology, material culture and museum studies, the c
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Dr. Shannon Tushingham

Shannon Tushingham is an anthropological archaeologist with a broad background in academic, private, and tribal archaeology. Dr. Tushingham studied Anthropology of the University of Connecticut (B.A.), the University of Memphis (M.A.) and the University of California, Davis (Ph.D.). She currently directs the Museum of Anthropology at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. Her research program focuses on understanding evolutionary trends in human-environmental dynamics over the long-term historical record and includes projects developed in collaboration with Native American descendant communities in the Pacific Northwest Coast and California. She is also a specialist in chemica
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