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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Bones, Bones, Bones

Tonight at the Alutiiq Museum archaeologist Bob Kopperl will be talking about all the recent zooarchaeological research that's been done on the Kodiak Archipelago. The talk is at 5:30 PM - not the usual 7:30 - and that's because the Best Western Kodiak Inn is sponsoring the lecture and afterwards everyone can go over there for dinner and to talk with Bob. So dinner and a lecture - I recommend the shellfish appetizer.

Bob has been doing archaeology on Kodiak since the 1990's and studied the fauna (bones) from various Kodiak sites as part of his dissertation research at the University of Washington. He's the only guy I know who used to have his own personal bug colony for cleaning animal bones. When he was here he'd go done to the canneries just to see what random species of fish they had laying around as by catch- then he'd take them back to Seattle to clean in his bug colony. He used them for comparative purposes to help with the identification of the old bones from Kodiak's archaeological middens.

Anyway the title of his talk is "Zooarchaeological research on Kodiak Island", and it is at 5:30 PM NOT 7:30. See you there!

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