A seminar presenting information about the changing paradigms in teaching bioanthropology and human evolution, new data on the biochronology and biogeography of the Levant and Caucasus, and using old lithic collections to gather new data.
In 2013, the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) is sponsoring Dr. Miriam Belmaker and Dr. Ruzan Mkrtchyan to curate (preserve, catalogue, and digitize) the human remains collection at the Yerevan State University through the ARISC Collaborative Heritage Management Grant in Armenia. As part of this grant, they will also make the content of the collections accessible via publication and online platform to the research community, thereby drawing new research to Armenia and preserving knowledge regarding the heritage of Armenia, which can be derived from its paleo-population.
At the seminar, the speakers will speak of the collection, its importance and scientific uses.
1:00 - 1:30 "Changing paradigms in teaching bioanthropology and human evolution" Ruzan Mkrtchyan
1:30 - 2:00 "Biochronology and biogeography of the Levant and Caucasus - new data from the museum" Miriam Belmaker
2:00 - 2:30 "Using old lithic collections to gather new data" Colleen Bell
Venue: Museum of Geology, Institute of Geology, Bagramyan 24a, Yerevan, Armenia
Time: Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Miriam Belmaker, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. Dr. Belmaker is a co-recipient of the ARISC Collaborative Heritage Management Grant and an ARISC Fellow. She has research focuses in Paleoanthropology and paleozoology with an expertise on climate change and human evolution. She has excavated in South Africa, Israel, Armenia and Jordan and has published in journals such as Journal of Human Evolution and Journal of Archaeological Sciences.
Ruzan Mkrtchyan, Lecturer at the Department of History of Yerevan State University and Senior Researcher at the Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia. Dr. Mkrtchyan is a co-recipient of the ARISC Collaborative Heritage Management Grant and an ARISC Fellow. Her research focus is on anthropology and bioarcheology. She has excavated throughout Armenia, studying human osseological material from the Bronze Age to the Middle Ages.
Colleen Bell, Graduate student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. Her dissertation focuses on lithic production sequences and use wear analysis in the Levant and the Caucasus in the Paleolithic. She has widely published on the issue of chemical analyses hafting residues using high level microscopy.
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This event is free and open to the public and made possible by funding from Project Discovery!
This talk is co-sponsored by the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus and the Institute of Geology of the Armenian Academy of Sciences.
ARISC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, or status as a covered veteran.
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