NCPTT, the friends of NCPTT, and the National NAGPRA Program will partner to offer a four-day course on the statute, regulations, requirements, and compliance aspects of NAGPRA. The objective is to introduce participants to the purpose and requirements of NAGPRA. Classroom instruction will include discussions with NAGPRA representatives from Indian tribes who will share their responsibilities and experiences. The workshop will conclude with demonstrations of innovative technologies that can be used for documenting artifacts prior to repatriation as well as for current and future research.
I will be there to discuss the work that we are doing with the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma, and to illustrate how we are capturing, analyzing and curating 3D data associated with Caddo NAGPRA materials. Further details, including the option to register for this workshop, can be found on the NCPTT website (here).
While pursuing a study of 3D geometric morphometrics for ceramic burial vessels that often articulate with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) from the ancestral Caddo region, there have been no shortage of potentially meaningful observations, one of which–rotational asymmetry in coil-built vessels–is discussed in this publication. Using Geomagic Design X (reverse-engineering software) and Geomagic Control X (computer aided inspection software), metrics associated with rotational asymmetry were generated then analyzed.
Results indicate variable asymmetry among the different vessel shapes (i.e., bottles, jars, etc.), which may augment and strengthen studies and discussions of vessel form. Future directions include the incorporation of directional and–possibly–fluctuating asymmetry measures for the widest vessel profiles. Preliminary results point toward substantive analytical gains that can be used to augment more traditional ceramic analyses as well as geometric morphometric studies of ceramic vessel shape.
In addition to the analysis of rotational asymmetry, there is a brief discussion for analyses of (directional and fluctuating) asymmetry using geometric morphometrics. While the bulk of that discussion remains the topic of another paper, the citation network for asymmetry studies that use geometric morphometrics was included in this paper, and can be accessed by clicking on the image or the link below.
Link to the publication here, and view the 3D models of the Caddo vessels from the Washington Square Mound site here. Links to the digital repository where you can download these data are included in the publication.
Many thanks to the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma for the requisite permissions needed to scan the vessels, and to the Anthropology and Archaeology Laboratory for access.
Now available on SocArXiv – download here. The paper includes a 3D figure–preprint must be downloaded then opened in your PDF viewer to activate the 3D model. Learn more about how to interact with a 3D PDF here. Many thanks to the folks at the Open Science Framework, SocArXiv and Overleaf. This data paper is currently in review.
DOI 10.17605/OSF.IO/9YD7J | ARK c7605/osf.io/9yd7j
This Caddo bottle comes from 16Sa37 in Northwest Louisiana, is curated at the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory in Austin, Texas, and was scanned with a GoSCAN20. This vessel will be integrated into our study of Caddo vessel morphology, and these data will be made available through a data paper. Additionally, these scans will eventually be included in the Texas Archeological Society Newsletter, as we received generous funding from the Texas Archeological Society to create the scans.
In addition to those attributes associated with vessel shape, form, allometry and asymmetry, the standard suite of Caddo vessel attributes (sensu Perttula) will be included as we continue our effort to synthesize and examine macro-level trends in the Southern Caddo Area.
Now available on SocArXiv – download here. Click on the image of the first page below for the option to download a preprint of the data paper, and access links to the open access 3D scan data. The paper does include a 3D figure–preprint must be downloaded then opened in your PDF viewer to activate the 3D model. Learn more about how to interact with a 3D PDF here. Many thanks to the folks at the Open Science Framework, SocArXiv and Overleaf. This data paper is currently in review.
DOI 10.17605/OSF.IO/7D4K5 | ARK c7605/osf.io/7d4k5
Masked effigy vessel from the Miles Collection at Eastern New Mexico University #ENMU. This vessel, along with many others from ENMU–primarily Playas Red Wares–are the topic of a forthcoming data paper that outlines the hardware, software and methods used to collect these 3D data.
This is the last of the scanned Clovis points from the Gault Site in Central Texas. Now that all of the Clovis points have been scanned, post-processed and modeled, we will begin work on a data paper where the hardware, software and methods used for data collection will be detailed. Each scan will now be uploaded to a digital repository where it will be assigned a digital object identifier (DOI) in preparation of making these data open access.
Any time that I get to work alongside Dr. Suzanne Eckert is always a treat; so when I received an invitation to visit the Arizona State Museum at the University of Arizona to scan some ceramics for an upcoming pilot project with her, we made it happen. The vessels in question have a beveled rim/lip, and we will be looking into various ways of using the 3D data to expand upon current dialogues regarding the extent of this practice. And yes folks, those gloves are really purple.
The first two peer-reviewed data papers have just been published in the Journal of Texas Archeology and History, detailing the hardware, software and methods used to generate these two important datasets. This helps to keep the data collection process transparent, and ensures that we are following best practices in terms of data collection, processing and digital curation. These data papers are open access; simply click on the image of the cover page to be transferred to each.
Many thanks to the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma, Texas Archeological Research Laboratory and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for the requisite permissions and access needed to generate the scans.