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October 26, 2007

Graduate research colloquium

This afternoon I am presenting at the annual Graduate Research Colloquium. It is put on each year by the USF Department of Anthropology in order to give grad students the opportunity to present research findings from their projects. It is a requirement and is in lieu of a final exam for Masters students. It's a quick ten-minute talk and PowerPoint show. I (like most students) know their own research inside and out so prep was minimal and I'm hardly nervous. Below is the title slide of my presentation and the abstract that appears in the program for the colloquium. You can view my entire slideshow on Google Docs (the image in the title slide is a preliminary map I made using GPS data I collected this summer).

My research examines the spatial relationships among prehispanic and modern buildings, activity areas, and natural resources in the Palmarejo Valley in order to evaluate the applicability of the concept, "quebrada community," for understanding human-environmental relationships in this area during the Late Classic period (A.D.650-850). The goals of my research are: 1) to review the current debate surrounding prehistoric communities and the models used to explain them in order to frame the present research within that discussion, 2) to construct a geographic information system (GIS) which synthesizes existing archaeological and geological datasets with community-level spatial data, and 3) incorporate statistical and spatial analyses into a Cultural Site Analysis model to suggest ways in which prehistoric and contemporary communities were/are influenced by natural resources. A contextualized definition of "quebrada community" will contribute greatly to contemporary rural development initiatives designed to assist local farmers with more sustainable landscape management strategies.


Posted by Will at 09:36 AM

October 03, 2007

The big search

As I wrap up the final weeks of my graduate school education (approximately 72 days as I write this) I have started looking for a job. I just updated my personal website with a new photo, an updated CV, and some more information about what I do. I recently applied for a position with the state of North Carolina and signed up for the federal government's job search website where you upload your information and resume and can then search for positions or be found by employers. I'm also keeping an eye on a lead with the National Park Service through a contact at school, but options are limited because there's only a handful of federally-operated parks and monuments in NC. Either way my goal is to end up in NC and get on with my life (I turned a quarter century on Monday). As for now, I'm finally working on the analysis portion of my research and the hardest part is turning out to be tracking down usable geographic data (satellite imagery, topography, etc.) to use with what I collected in Honduras. My first draft will be completed by the last week of October, then it's a back-and-forth waiting game as I correct drafts and wait for my committee to finally sign off on it.

Posted by Will at 01:22 PM

October 01, 2007

Peruvian tribe seen again after 30 years

Not sure of the date of this story. From the BBC via LiveLeak:

Ecologists have photographed a little-known nomadic tribe deep in Peru's Amazon, a sighting that could intensify debate about the presence of isolated Indians as oil firms line up to explore the jungle. Carrying arrows and living in palm-leaf huts on the banks of the Las Piedras river, the tribe was glimpsed last week by researchers flying over the Alto Purus national park near the Brazilian border to look for illegal loggers. "We saw them by chance. There were three huts and about 21 Indians -- children, women and young people," said Ricardo Hon, a forest scientist at the National Institute of Natural Resources. Hon said an indigenous group using the same kind of huts was seen in the region in the 1980s, and advocacy groups said they appeared to be part of the Mascho Piro tribe. The sighting of the indigenous group comes as Peru's government is encouraging foreign companies to look for oil in the rainforest.

Posted by Will at 01:13 PM


Besides me being born a quarter century ago, and my mother posting a baby picture on her blog, October 1st has been a pretty interesting day in history:

1207 - Henry III, king of England, 1216-72
1685 - Charles VI, German emperor/king of Spain, 1711-40
1924 - Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
1924 - William Rehnquist, 16th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 2005)
1963 - Mark McGwire, American baseball player
1982 - Will Klinger, Archaeologist

1811 - The first steamboat to sail the Mississippi River arrives in New Orléans, Louisiana.
1891 - In the U.S. state of California, Stanford University opens its doors.
1903 - Baseball: The Boston Americans play the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first game of the modern World Series.
1946 - Nazi leaders sentenced at Nuremberg Trials.
1957 - First appearance of "In God We Trust" on U.S. paper currency.
1971 - Walt Disney World opens near Orlando, Florida, United States.
1982 - Sony launches the first consumer compact disc player (model CDP-101).
1982 - Will Klinger born in Houston, Texas
1989 - Denmark: World's first legal modern same-sex civil union called "registered partnership"

National Day of the People's Republic of China (1949)
Republic of Cyprus - Independence Day (from Britain, 1960)
Nigeria - Independence Day (from Britain, 1960)
San Marino - two Captains Regent, elected by parliament, take office for six months.
Tuvalu - Independence Day (from Gilbert Islands (Kiribati), 1975)
French Republican Calendar - Cuve (Barrel) Day, tenth day in the Month of Vendémiaire
World Vegetarian Day
Singapore - Children's Day
World Health Organization - World Hepatitis Awareness Day
Armenia - Teachers' Day
Worldwide - Will Klinger Day

Posted by Will at 10:07 AM | Comments (1)