Idaho Archaeological Society Conference


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47th Annual Meeting - Virtual
October 30, 2021

Welcome to the IAS conference web page.  As many of you know, the IAS in person conference was canceled, but our keynote speakers were gracious enough to agree to record their presentations so IAS could post them on our website.  We understand that this is not the same as an actual conference, but hope you enjoy the lectures.

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.