|Shelby Anderson at Giddings Cabin on the Kobuk River|
|Plans and Profiles #5, Shelby Anderson, Northern Ceramic Technology|
1) Tell me a little bit about your project.
|Contemplating a Thule House at Cape Espenberg 2011|
2) How did you become interested in this particular problem?
|Curvilinear Stamped Pottery|
3) Has your project changed since you originally began working on it? How?
|Shelby looking for clay on the Kobuk River|
4) If you could ask the people/person who lived at your site(s) one question what would it be?
Hmmm, hard question. Right now I think I would ask someone to tell me all the places they had been in the last year and how they got there. Or would I ask them to tell me where they got their clay? Argh. Ok, the first question.
5) Has your research taught you anything about yourself? What?
Yes, for sure, many things. Mainly, that if one thinks a project or idea is worth pursuing, one can probably talk other people into coming along for the ride (as in research and community partners, funding, etc.). And, that I can work in all sorts of weather and weird, uncomfortable field situations, but if we run out of coffee - WATCH OUT. I’ve solved that one by always bringing an emergency coffee stash. I have also learned that I need a good field buddy who can tell me when to stop for the day. Sometimes I overdo it without realizing that my field crew is hypothermic - oops, happened again last summer. Sorry team!
|Testing Midden Deposits at Cape Krusenstern|
6) Have you ever found anything in the field or in the lab that you wish you hadn’t?
|Talking about site erosion. Nuluk Project 2012|
7) How do you unwind when you need to get away from your research?
I like exercising, knitting, taking photos, and hanging out with my dog and family. I moved to Portland only about a year and a half ago, so it is fun to explore different parts of the city and surrounding area on the weekends. I also enjoy hiking and camping for fun rather than work, although there has not been much time for this the last couple of years.
8) What made you decide on a career in Archaeology?
|Sealing Tower at Cape Krusentstern|
9) What books or websites would you recommend if people want to learn more about your area of interest in general? Or your project in particular?
|First Projectile Point of the 2010 |
Cape Krusentstern Season
The National Park Service has some web content up that I wrote about the Cape Krusenstern Human-Environmental Dynamics Project I directed while a graduate student: http://www.nps.gov/cakr/historyculture/places.htm
And another piece written for the public on that project: Cultural Vulnerability and Resilience in the Arctic: Preliminary Report on Archeological Fieldwork at Cape Krusenstern, Northwest Alaska
For my ceramic research, I have a couple of papers in prep that aren’t ready for public viewing, but you can read about my pilot study:
Anderson, S.L, M. Boulanger, and M. Glascock
2011 Late Prehistoric Social and Political Change in Northwest Alaska: Preliminary Results of a Ceramic Sourcing Study. Journal of Archaeological Science, Vol. 38: 943-955.
And, I’ve been slowly updating my website with photos and info on various current projects as they develop: http://shelbylanderson.com/
|Our Constant Companions at the Cape|
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1,5: Ross Smith2,11: Banner, Tim Rast based on a linocut by Lori White
3,4: Shelby Anderson