Renee Walker has published a book chapter entitled “The dogs of Spirit Hill: An analysis of domestic dog burials from Jackson County, Alabama,” published in the edited volume Trends and Tradition in Southeastern Archaeology, edited by TM Peres (University Press of Florida).
Sallie Han appeared on WAMC (Northeast Public Radio) on January 31, presenting the day’s “Academic Minute,” where she discussed the cultural meaning of what material items are collected by expectant parents during pregnancy. The text and audio are available at: http://wamc.org/post/dr-sallie-han-suny-oneonta-material-culture-and-pregnancy.
· Review of From Tin Pan to TASPO: Steelband in Trinidad, 1939-1951. Kin Johnson. Kingston, Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago: University of the West Indies Press. Viii + 350 pp. 2011. “New West Indian Guide/Nieuwe West-Indisch Gids² (NWIG) (Leiden, The Netherlands):”), Vol. 87 v 1&2, 2013.
· The following articles are in The Encyclopedia of Caribbean Religions: Volume 1: A-L; Volume 2: M-Z (Patrick Taylor and Frederick I. Case, eds.), University of Illinois Press. August 30, 2013: “Carriacou,” pp. 151-156 and “Nation Dance, Carriacou” (lead author is Dr. Lorna McDaniel), pp. 626-680. Dr. Hill is especially proud of these articles, since the encyclopedia is written mostly by scholars from the countries where the religious traditions are found.
· The 1953 Dial Records of Carnival Music in Trinidad, When Steel Talks (website), http://www.panonthenet.com/news/2013/nov/dial-records-11-15-13.htm, includes photographs and a sound recording, September 2013.
Renee Walker co-organized a symposium with Meagan Dennison (University of Tennessee) entitled “Gender in Southeastern Archaeology and Beyond” at the Southeastern Archaeology Conference in Tampa, FL. The symposium highlighted research on the topic of gender in the prehistoric and historic Southeast and adjacent regions. Ten papers were presented and two discussants commented on the papers.
Tracy Betsinger is coauthor of a paper entitled “Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) in pre-Columbian North America: Evidence from the eastern Tennessee River Valley” which is published in the International Journal of Paleopathology (3:11–18, 2013). The article examines this pathological condition, which affects the vertebral column and provides baseline data from the prehistoric Southeast, for which there are no data for this condition.
Tracy Betsinger is coauthor of a book chapter entitled “Teeth, morphogenesis, and levels of variation in the human Carabelli trait” which appears in the volume Anthropological Perspectives on Tooth Morphology: Genetics, Evolution, Variation, edited by GR Scott and JD Irish (Cambridge University Press, 2013).
Tracy Betsinger co-organized a symposium entitled “The Odd, the Unusual, and the Strange: Human Deviant Burials and their Cultural Contexts” at the annual meeting of the Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology (CAPA-ACAP) held October 16-20, 2013. As part of the symposium, Dr. Betsinger co-authored the introductory paper “The Evolution of the Unknown: Deviant Burials and Archaeological Interpretations,” which provided an overview on non-normative burials and how they have been interpreted from various perspectives.
John Relethford has published a chapter entitled “Understanding human cranial variation in light of modern human origins” in the edited volume The Origins of Modern Humans: Biology Reconsidered, edited by F.H. Smith and J.C.M. Ahern (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 321–337, 2013). This chapter reviews recent work (including that of Relethford) that shows how global patterns of variation in human cranial size and shape mirror the patterns seen in DNA variation, reflecting the expansion of our species out of Africa over the last 100,000 years. The amount of cranial diversity is highest in sub-Saharan Africa and declines with increasing distance out of Africa, consistent with repeated founder effects as our species dispersed throughout the world. The pattern of similarity between human populations has been affected primarily by the geographic routes of prehistoric human dispersal.
William Starna, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, was an invited discussant at the Algonquian Peoples Seminar held on September 28 at the New York State Museum. Addressed was the manner in which the aboriginal boundaries of American Indian groups are assessed, including the Mahican Indians of the Hudson Valley, for the purposes of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990.
Sallie Han has published a book, Pregnancy in Practice: Expectation and Experience in the
Contemporary US, with Berghahn Books. Grounded in ethnographic
research, the book examines pregnancy as a cultural and social experience and
looks anew at the everyday practices of North American childbearing, from
sonograms to baby showers. The book is part of Berghahn’s award winning series
on Fertility, Reproduction, and Sexuality, edited by Soraya Tremayne (Oxford)
and Marcia Inhorn (Yale).
John Relethford has published a review of the book Causes and Consequences of Human Migration: An Evolutionary Perspective, edited by MH Crawford and BC Campbell (Cambridge University Press) in the American Journal of Human Biology (25:569, 2013).
Sallie Han has been invited to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on American Material Culture, to be held July 2013 at Bard Graduate Center in New York City. She is one of 18 scholars selected from a national application process to take part in the interdisciplinary seminar.
Tracy Betsinger presented four posters at the joint conference of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists and the Paleopathology Association held April 8 – April 13. The poster, “Caries prevalence and the late prehistoric Dallas phase: a regional cultural pattern of female maize consumption in East Tennessee” was part of a symposium that she co-organized. The other posters, “Burying the child in post-medieval Poland: Prenatal vs. postnatal remains,” “The misshapen man: A differential diagnosis,” and “Hidden hematoma: Subadult endocranial bleeding in post-medieval Poland” were all based on her research on a skeletal collection from 17th-18th century Poland.
John Relethford is the senior author of a paper entitled “Genetic drift and the population history of the Irish Travellers” published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology (150:184–189, 2013), with Michael Crawford of the University of Kansas as coauthor. This paper uses genetic data from red blood cell markers collected by Crawford in the 1970s to address the origins of the Irish Travellers, an itinerant group in Ireland. Some have argued that the Travellers are of Irish origin, and others have proposed that they are related to the Roma, based on superficial similarity of lifestyle. Genetic distance analyses show that the Travellers are of Irish origin, and genetic differences from the rest of Ireland have resulted from genetic drift (random fluctuations in the frequencies of genetic markers due to small population size).
Sallie Han has been elected chair of the Council on Anthropology and Reproduction, a professional organization of researchers and practitioners working on issues of reproduction. CAR, founded in 1979, is one of the largest Special Interest Groups of the Society for Medical Anthropology, with more than 200 members from the United States and abroad. The group convenes at the annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association, and sponsors a graduate student paper award and a book prize to recognize emerging and influential scholarship on reproduction. She will be serving as chair-elect during 2013, then serve a two-year term as chair of CAR.