The public is invited to attend the monthly meeting of the Pumpkin Buttes Chapter of the Wyoming Archaeological Society on November 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the Wyoming Room of the Campbell County Library to hear a fascinating presentation titled “The Ethnoarchaeology of Mongolia's Reindeer Herders” by Dr. Todd Surovell.
Todd Surovell is Director of the George C. Frison Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology and an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wyoming. He specializes in the first peoples of the New World, geoarchaeology, lithic technology, and quantitative methods. In addition to working throughout the Rocky Mountain west, he has worked in Israel, Denmark, and Mongolia. He has published almost 40 articles and a book about Folsom lithic technology. His most recent work is an area of study known as ethnoarchaeology where he researches living peoples in order to understand the archaeological record of the past. This research led him to northern Mongolia to study Dukha reindeer herders.
Dukha are nomadic reindeer herders who live in northernmost Mongolia near the border with Siberia. Initiated in 2012, the Dukha Ethnoarchaeological Project is designed to study the factors governing the spatial organization of human spatial behavior in a nomadic context. Using observational mapping in interior spaces and time lapse photography coupled with photogrammetry in exterior spaces, Dr. Surovell is able to examine in great detail the spatial distribution of activities, individuals, genders, and ages within Dukha summer camps. In this presentation, Surovell will be discussing some initial results of the project and how they may help to inform us about the prehistoric archaeological record.