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Idaho Archaeological Society Conference

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50th Annual Conference - 
October 12, 2024

49th Annual Conference - November 4, 2023

The 49th Annual Idaho Archaeological Society Conference was held at the University of Idaho's Water Center in Boise.

48th Annual Conference - October 22, 2022

The Idaho Archaeological Society held it's 48th annual conference at the College of Western Idaho in Nampa.

47th Annual Conference - Virtual Presentations

An Integrative and Data-Driven Framework for Idaho Archaeology

Erick Robinson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
Director, Center for Applied Archaeological Science
Boise State University

Abstract:  Chronology determines how we understand, protect, and preserve the archaeological record. This presentation proposes a chronological framework for Idaho archaeology based on a new national-scale, open-access radiocarbon database. This database was developed through collaborations between different stakeholder groups, and therefore provides a model for potential collaborations at the state level. The process of developing this database also highlighted some critical and immediate challenges facing archaeology as it transitions into an open-access, multi-stakeholder, and interdisciplinary future. This presentation focuses on some of these challenges and explores possible solutions that benefit all stakeholder groups in their collective interest to protect and preserve the archaeological record of Idaho. Key areas of focus will include the accessibility of culturally sensitive data, protecting sites from looting, tribal consultation, integrating tribal histories into project designs, public outreach, collaborations between academia, public, and private stakeholders, and developing sustainable ‘living’ cultural heritage databases. This integrative and data-driven chronological framework can provide a guide for future heritage management, research, and public engagement in Idaho archaeology.

Addressing Racism with Heritage Conservation: The River Street Project and Boise, Idaho

William White, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
University of California, Berkeley

Abstract:  Dr. White uses the Boise River Street Project/Erma Hayman House to explore the intersectionality of racism, segregated physical spaces, the dual role of historical archaeology and ethnography and how community outreach and volunteer archaeology can explore our complicated past in a constructive way going forward.

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