Congratulations to Laura Shuttleworth, Master's student at University of Saskatchewan, for successfully defending her MA thesis on April 3rd (remotely, of course)! Laura was co-supervised by Dr. Angela Lieverse and Dr. Hugh McKenzie. Title: "Analysis of Mortuary Variability, Diet, and Area-of-Birth at the Early Bronze Age Cemetery of Khuzhir-Nuge XIV, Cis-Baikal, Siberia" Her project was part of the Dr. McKenzie's Small Cemetery Project, funded by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant (Dr. Hugh McKenzie was PI, Dr. Alexei Novikov and [...]
February 11th was the International Day of Women & Girls in Science. We'd like to take this opportunity to celebrate the wonderful women of BAP.* We're lucky to have you! *Newest addition to our BAP Women in Science group: Karolina Werens, MSc Archaeological Science, University of Oxford!
Rebecca Bourgeois and Lauren Michelman present at Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology Annual Meetings
BAP was well represented by our University of Saskatchewan graduate students at the Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology 47th Annual Meetings held in Banff, Alberta, October 23-26, 2019. Rebecca Bourgeois presented a poster entitled: “Reconstructing Moy-Novaia-Shamanka, Siberia, Russia: Preliminary Analysis.” Rebecca L. Bourgeois, Angela R. Lieverse, Hugh G. McKenzie, Vladimir I. Bazaliiskii. Lauren Michelman presented a poster entitled: “Harris lines as indicators of physiological stress in the middle Holocene Cis-Baikal.” Lauren M. Michelman, Angela R. Lieverse. Link to Meeting: [...]
Special Issue of Quaternary International with Pavel Tarasov as Guest Editor has been recently published!
Great news coming out of Germany! The new Special Issue of Quaternary International entitled "Climate change and human-environment interaction from Neolithic to historical times" with Pavel Tarasov as Guest Editor has been recently published. The Special Issue (Quaternary International 516 (2019) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2019.06.004 contains a number of interesting articles. Among them three articles represent research of the current BAP members and cooperation partners. Leipe, C., Kobe, F., Müller, S., 2019. Testing the performance of sodium polytungstate and lithium heteropolytungstate as non-toxic [...]
Objective: We explore the utility of using a hand-held X-ray system to diagnose mastoiditis in archaeological populations. Materials: A sample (n = 56) of hunter-fisher-gatherers from the Early Neolithic (8,000–7,000/6,800 cal. BP) Cis-Baikal cemetery of Shamanka II (Russia) were examined. Methods: Images were taken medio-laterally, approximately 90° to a sensor temporarily affixed to the lateral surface of the mastoid process. Digital radiographs were analysed for signs of mastoiditis occurring pre- and/or post-puberty. Results: Two thirds of individuals (39/56) exhibited evidence of [...]
Samantha Purchase first paper as lead author on BAP materials published in International Journal of Paleopathology!
Congratulations to Samantha Purchase, former BAP Master's student supervised by Dr. Angela Lieverse, on the publication of her first paper as lead author! The paper will appear in the September 2019 issue of the International Journal of Paleopathology, Volume 26, pages 22-26, and is now available online! Title: An innovative method to visualise mastoiditis using a hand-held X-ray system Authors: Samantha Purchase, Vladimir Bazaliiskii, Angela Lieverse ABSTRACT Objective: We explore the utility of using a hand-held X-ray system to [...]
After working hard in the lab, our BAP folks are using their after-hours wisely by seeing the sights! Safe travels to all of our BAP team members that are away doing research this summer. Many BAP team members are presently in Russia doing lab and fieldwork, and working on a documentary of our project. We wish them a productive and fun summer!
The BAP was well represented at the AAPA Annual Meeting held in Cleveland! First photo from top left: Dr. Andrea Waters-Rist, PhD candidate Victoria van der Haas, Dr. Angela Lieverse, Dr. Daniel Temple, Dr. Hugh McKenzie, PhD candidate J. Alyssa White. A great looking crew! Thank you to Victoria van der Haas, BAP PhD Candidate, for the following live tweets! Victoria is in charge of BAP’s social media and she is doing a great job keeping everyone up-to-date on BAP [...]
Archaeology in China and East Asia Volume 3 / Northern Hunter-Gatherers Research Series Volume 6 With pleasure we present to the academic community the sixth volume published as part of the Baikal Archaeology Project's Northern Hunter- Gatherers Series. The volume is third site monograph published in the series and presents both archaeological and human osteological data from fieldwork conducted by the project at the mortuary site Kurma XI, in the extensively researched Little Sea area of Lake Baikal, [...]
Prehistoric Hunter-Gatherers of the Baikal Region, Siberia: Bioarchaeological Studies of Past Life Ways
A volume in the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology series Siberia's Lake Baikal region is an archaeologically unique and emerging area of hunter-gatherer research, offering insights into the complexity, variability, and dynamics of long-term culture change. The exceptional quality of archaeological materials recovered there facilitates interdisciplinary studies whose relevance extends far beyond the region. The Baikal Archaeology Project - one of the most comprehensive studies ever conducted in the history of subarctic archaeology - is [...]