Kampsville: Celebrating Six Decades of Anthropological Research

Invited Poster Symposium.
Chair: Katie J. Zejdlik. Co-organizer: Kathryn E.D. Kulhavy
84th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists
Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark
St. Louis, MO, March 25-28, 2015
Gateway Ballroom 3
8:00 am – 12:00 pm

For over six decades students and scholars have come to Kampsville, Illinois in association with programs through the Center for American Archeology (CAA). Many of these individuals were already committed to careers in biological anthropology or have gone on to such careers largely as a result of their experiences in Kampsville . Located just one and a half hours drive from St. Louis, MO, Kampsville’s rich archaeological history has produced collections that have allowed insight into health, diet, ancestry, and mortuary customs of indigenous peoples as well as the methods and theory necessary for accumulation of knowledge about these various topics. Some of the most cited literature in biological archaeology is a result of the collections, training, and experience arising out of the Kampsville community of practice. Every year researchers whose roots can be traced back to tiny Kampsville, Illinois present their work at professional conferences all over the world and their contributions to the American Association of Physical Anthropology meetings have been substantial. On-going collaboration and mentorship among accomplished Kampsville alumnae/i and emerging professionals illustrates the legacy of cooperation fostered by the Kampsville Experience. This symposium highlights current research being conducted by the multiple generations of scholars who have been or are part of the Kampsville community. The breadth of research both theoretically and geographically demonstrates how this network continues to train and encourage new ideas and reassess old ones in an effort to promote the overall vitality of physical anthropology.

  8:15 am Introduction: Jane Buikstra
11:00 pm Discussion: Lyle Konigsberg

1. From there to here: Biological distance in prehistoric West-Central Illinois. Frankenberg, Susan R. (Dept. of Anthropology, University of Illinois and Champaign-Urbana) and Konigsberg, Lyle W. (Dept. of Anthropology, University of Illinois and Champaign-Urbana).

2. An odontometric analysis of interregional biological variation in the prehistoric Midwest. Thompson, Andrew R. (West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine).

3. An examination of biodistance between Late Woodland and Mississippian individuals from the northern Mississippian hinterlands using odontometric analysis. Zejdlik, Katie (Indiana University; JPAC).

4. Relatedness and Social Organization at the Ray Site (11BR104): A Biological Distance Analysis of a Middle Woodland Ridge Top Cemetery in the Illinois Valley. Bullion, Elissa A. (Department of Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis) and King, Jason L. (Center for American Archeology).

5. Studying Mississippian Societies in the Lower Illinois Valley: What We Have Learned & What We Need to Know. Goldstein, Lynne (Michigan State University, Department of Anthropology).

6. The Bioarchaeology of Midwestern Archaic Rockshelters 30 Years Later – Revisiting Modoc Rockshelter, Randolph County, Illinois. Hargrave, Eve (Illinois State Archaeological Survey, Prairie Research Institute).

7. From the Illinois to the Nile Valley: The Bioarchaeology of Nubia Expedition, Baker, Brenda J. (Arizona State University).

8. Famine and Frailty: Crisis Mortality and Stature in Medieval London. DeWitte, Sharon N. (University of South Carolina, Department of Anthropology) and Yaussy, Samantha (University of South Carolina, Department of Anthropology).

9. Dissection and Social Inequality: the Bioarchaeology of Structural Violence. Nystrom, Kenneth C. (Department of Anthropology, State University of New York at New Paltz).

10. A preliminary analysis of dental metrics from Mycenaean tombs at Sykia and Kalamaki, Greece, Kulhavy, Kathryn E.D. (University of Tennessee, Knoxville).

11. Evidence of Fluvial Transport of Human Skeletal Remains at Actun Tunichil Muknal, Belize. Halling, Christine L. (Louisiana Department of Justice), Nawrocki, S. P. (University of Indianapolis), and Gibbs, S. A. (Galen University).

12. Digitizing Standards with OsteoSurvey: A case study in open access data collection at Deir el-Medina, Egypt. Austin, Anne (Stanford University).

13. Femur Subtrochanteric Shape and Ancestry Estimation in Japanese Individuals. Tallman, Sean D. (University of Tennessee, Knoxville).

14. Ancient DNA sequencing of a Middle Woodland variant: a discussion of the Ray Site and recent findings. Nelson, Elizabeth (University of North Texas Health Science Center), Buikstra, Jane E. (Arizona State University), Planz, John V. (Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics, University of North Texas Health Science Center).

15. Validation of a Non-destructive DNA extraction Method Applied to Forensic Samples. Steadman, Dawnie W. (University of Tennessee, Knoxville), Pack, Frankie L. (University of Tennessee, Knoxville), Algee-Hewitt, Bridget F. (Stanford University), Hulsey, Brannon I. (University of Tennessee, Knoxville), and Cabana, Graciela S. (University of Tennessee, Knoxville).