Food Production Past and Present: Multidisciplinary Perspectives

Poster Symposium
Organizer: Jason King
62nd Annual Midwest Archaeological Conference
Notre Dame
McKenna Hall
Saturday, October 6, 2018
9:30-11:30 a.m
Room 210-214

During the summer of 2018, eight students participated in the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates “Long-term Perspectives on Human-River Dynamics at the Confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers: Interdisciplinary Research for Students in Ecology and Archeology” program at the Center for American Archeology, Kampsville, IL. Program activities combined conceptual and theoretical topics with practical activities designed to provide students with knowledge and experience necessary for research and careers in STEM fields. This unique program allowed students to participate in archaeological, archaeobotanical, and ethnographic research focused on human-plant interactions during the approximately 10,000 years of human occupation of the Lower Illinois Valley. As part of their experience, students conducted original research projects investigating various dimensions of past and present human-plant dynamics as documented by archaeological, paleoethnobotanical, and ethnographic approaches. In this symposium, student participants present results of research.

1. Cultivating Opportunities: STEM Education and Research at the Center for American Archeology
Jason King (Center for American Archaeology), Jane Buikstra (Arizona State University), Natalie Mueller (Cornell University) and Joshua Raymond (Arizona State University)

2. Why is Archaeological Little Barley Naked: A Carbonization Experiment
Monica Corley (University of Central Arkansas) and Kathryn Kuennen (University of Iowa)

3. Exploring Contemporary Agricultural Identity: Community, Landscape, and Connections to the Past
River Fuchs (Centre College) and Joshua Raymond (Arizona State University)

4. Calhoun County Landscape, Infrastructure, and Cultural Identity
John Jadrich (Illinois State University) and Morgan Tanner (University of Missouri-St. Louis)

5. The Golden Eagle Site (Illinois): An Attribute Analysis of Lithics
Blaine Burgess (Beloit College) and Dana Mineart (Iowa State University)

6. Sumac for Food or Ceremony? Paleoethnobotanical Analysis of Middle Woodland Medicinal Plants
Wendi Wingerson (Beloit College) and Natalie Mueller (Cornell University)