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.