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Time Again to Gather, Oct 15-17

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30th Annual California Indian Conference.
This year we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the California Indian Conference by bringing it back to where it began in 1985! The University of California, Berkeley is excited to host this historic occasion.

The California Indian Conference (CIC) is committed to the sharing and exchange of knowledge, scholarship, and issues of importance related to California Indians, past to present. The conference also supports the promotion of excellence in collaborative, multidisciplinary, cutting-edge scholarship in Native American Studies, anthropology, history, social and environmental sciences, and other disciplines.

The opening day of the conference (10/15) will be held at California Memorial Stadium. The following two days (10/16 - 10/17) will be held at the UC Berkeley School of Law in Boalt Hall. The conference program, schedule, and additional information about visiting the Berkeley area will be posted to the conference website as soon as these resources become available.

Accommodations & Travel
Hotels in the Berkeley area

">Traveling to and around Berkeley

Keynote Speakers and Panels
Dr. Deborah Miranda

Chairman and Dr. Greg Sarris

CIC Retrospective Discussion with Past Organizers

Elders Panel Discussion

Please send inquiries to

**If you have copies of photographs or other memorabilia from past conferences you would like to share, please send them to the above email address as well! We hope to showcase memories and experiences from past conferences**

The Iceman Otzi and Prehistoric Landscape Use in the Northern Tyrolean Alps, Oct 21

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Since his discovery in 1991 the Iceman Otzi been the focus of international interest and study. This talk will review the history and major findings stemming from analysis of the body and finds. It will then discuss some of the evidence for prehistoric, particularly Neolithic, landscape use in the Northern Tyrolean Alps, including pastoralism, transhumance and early agriculture. It will close with thoughts about future research directions.

*Note: This talk may include images of human remains.

Brown Bag Lecture, Oct 28

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This is part of a series of brown bag lectures.

Brown Bag Lecture, Nov 4

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This is part of a series of brown bag lectures.

Matching Marks, Sep 30

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Ainu objects at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology are a valuable resource for comparative research due to the variety of times and locations in which they were collected. The collections have only recently become accessible to researchers in preparation for the museum's reopening. Following previous research on collections in the Smithsonian, the American Museum of Natural History, the Penn Museum, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, this talk focuses on examining these newly available objects for marks of use and ownership. These marks serve as the basis for interpretations of the events of their creation and collection.

Integrating Archaeological Evidence on the Origins of Sociopolitical Complexity in the Holocene, Oct 7

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Investigating changes in sociopolitical complexity is an important theme in archaeological research. Building upon previous work, the research project presented investigates the changes in complexity worldwide, questioning where increasing complexity first occurred and whether identifiable stages exist. The assessment compares patterns of change by pulling from archaeological and economic theories and data. Global archaeological sites are recorded from authoritative sources and digitized in a data set that records, through the use of covariates, time since initial settlement of regions and the subsequent changes in complexity. Covariates that have been identified for each site incorporate geographic, technological and ethnographic variables. Approaching the question of increasing complexity at the granularity of the archaeological ‘site’ as opposed to pre-established cultural complexes allows for a more explicit analysis that considers the impact of regional change on the daily lives of ancient peoples. The future goals of the project include the incorporation of site information from a wide range of regional experts in order to build a robust database that will allow for an increasingly sound analysis utilizing multiple lines of evidence. The resulting data will add to our archaeological and economic knowledge of temporal and spatial change in sociopolitical complexity.

Bioarchaeological Approaches to Looting, Oct 14

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Looting is a destructive force at archaeological sites and sites of cultural heritage around the world. Looting is historically specific and situated in culture practice, religious beliefs and practices, political climate, and economic stability. With the prevalence of looting both in antiquity and modernity it has become increasingly important to understand the effects of looting on archaeological and skeletal collections from recent fieldwork as well as remains in museum storage. This research contributes to the development of quantitative bioarchaeological methods, which are utilized here to understand taphonomic processes and reconstruct mortuary practices. Based on qualitative (in situ and laboratory conditions) and quantitative (fragmentation size and weight) observations, there are statistically significant differences between skeletal remains from looted and unlooted contexts, but not within each context, which point to consistent and differential taphonomic patterns recognizable at any point during or after excavation.

*Note: this lecture may include images of human remains.