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Living and Leaving: A Social History of Regional Depopulation in Thirteenth-Century Mesa Verde, A New Book by Donna Glowacki

Donna Glowacki (University of Notre Dame) has a new book out this month that explores the depopulation of the Mesa Verde region of the U.S. Southwest. Living and Leaving: A Social History of Regional Depopulation in Thirteenth-Century Mesa Verde (University of Arizona Press) combines several lines of evidence such as settlement patterns, pottery exchange networks, and changes in ceremonial and civic architecture to contextualize social factors underlying depopulation of the region. Included in the book is a chapter on regional pottery production and circulation that is based on the results of NAA performed at MURR. Copies of the book will be available at the upcoming Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in San Francisco.

Donna received her M.A. in anthropology from MU and her Ph.D. from Arizona State University. While attending MU, Donna was a laboratory assistant in the Archaeometry Laboratory at MURR. Donna is currently John Cardinal O'Hara, CSC Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. Click here to visit her Web page.

International Archaeology Day 2014

On October 18, the Archaeometry Laboratory celebrated International Archaeology Day by hosting an open house at the MU's Museum of Art History and Archaeology demonstrating the use of a geochemical analysis to analyze some of the pottery vessels from the Hidden Treasures of Rome project. More than 60 visitors had the opportunity to observe MU undergraduate students Brett Johnson and Meagan McKay analyzing pottery via X-ray fluorescence. Johanna Hobratschk, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at MU is supervising the project.

Photos courtesy of Gayla Neumeyer (MURR).

Joint Research Project Between MU and Rome's Musei Capitolini

On September 15, 2014, representatives of the University of Missouri, the Musei Capitolini (Capitoline Museum) in Rome, the US Department of State, and the Embassy of Italy to the United States met at MU to announce the "Hidden Treasures of Rome"—a long-term research project involving the study of Italian antiquities.

The Musei Capitolini has partnered with the University of Missouri's Archaeometry Laboratory and Department of Art History and Archaeology to curate and analyze a large collection of previously unstudied Roman artifacts. Student and faculty researchers at MU will have access to these materials for study and publication, and the artifacts themselves will be used for an upcoming exhibit at MU's Museum of Art History and Archaeology. The first collection of artifacts comprises nearly 250 Black-Gloss pottery vessels dating from Rome's Republican Era (the fifth to the first century B.C.). Once analyses and displays of these ceramic vessels are completed, they will be returned to the Musei Capitolini in exchange for additional unstudied materials.

The project is intended to be a pilot for a broader program involving other US universities, and is underwritten by Enel Green Power North America, Inc. owner and operator of numerous renewable energy facilities in 21 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces.

More information on the "Hidden Treasures of Rome" project can be found here.

Research performed by the Archaeometry Laboratory at MURR after August 2016 is supported by the National Science Foundation under our current grant number 1621158. Earlier research was supported by several NSF grants including the following: 1415403, 1110793, 8801707, 9102016, 9503035, 9802366, 9977237, 0102325, 0405042, 0504015, 0802757, 0922374, and 0802757. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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