Students in Associate Professor of Anthropology John Barthelme's course
Anthropology 410, Zoo Archaeology (Faunal Analysis) have received the
approval of the New York State Museum in Albany to study unidentified
prehistoric faunal collections -- bones and teeth -- as part of their
Barthelme believes that it is the first time the museum has allowed
primary unidentified collections to be analyzed by undergraduates.
Some of his previous classes have worked with collections from a
"pre-contact" Iroquois site near Gouverneur, N.Y., and Fort La
Presentation in Ogdensburg. Most recently, students have identified
unanalyzed specimens from excavations near the U.S. Army's Fort Drum,
close to Watertown, N.Y.
Students will be doing primary research and submitting their results
to the museum for inclusion in scientific reports. The museum will
evauate the work and, if it is judged to be of very high quality,
more collections will be offered for future student identification and
research, Barthelme said.
The New York State Museum's collection includes more than five million
specimens and artifacts, reflecting over 160 years of research in natural
and human history. It is considered one of the most significant records
of New York State's natural and human history.
Posted: January 31, 2003