UMMA Brown Bag: Exploring the Taphonomic Processes that Impact the Remains of Undocumented Border Crossers in the Sonoran Desert of AZ & Continuity and Change: Analysis of a Transitional Moche Tomb


Oct
03
2013

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  • Speaker: Anna Antoniou & Jo Osborn, University of Michigan
  • Host Department: Museum of Anthropology
  • Date: 10/03/2013
  • Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

  • Location: room 2009, Ruthven Museums Building

  • Description:

     

    Exploring the Taphonomic Processes that Impact the Remains of Undocumented Border Crossers in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona

    By: Anna Antoniou

    This talk discusses experimental work conducted on Sonoran Dessert taphonomy in order to examine the impacts of animals on bodies of border crossers and the implications of these impacts for estimating death rates and identifying remains.

     

    Continuity and Change: Analysis of a Transitional Moche Tomb from San José de Moro in the Jequetepeque Valley of Northern Peru

    By: Jo Osborn

    This talk describes work at the site of San Jose de Moro on the Peruvian north coast, examining an elite chamber tomb and the ways in which it supports the recently developed theory of a Moche Transitional Period, rather than a collapse.  The developments in Moche theory that allowed for this analysis will also be discussed.