Tuesday, November 9, 2010

ethnobiology conference

I don't often go to the Society of Ethnobiology annual meeting, not because I don't enjoy it or support its mission, but it's often in a smaller, inconvenient town, and archaeology isn't always well represented. So, I was excited to see that the next meeting is in Columbus, OH, which has its own airport (no car rental necessary!), and will focus on historical and archaeological perspectives in ethnobiology. The organizers mention they are particularly interested in:
  • History and evolutionary significance of important ethnobiological patterns, such as plant and animal domestication, food processing, hunting, environmental management, and the use of animals and plants in ceremony, crafts, and traditional medicine
  • Application and integration of multiple lines of archaeological and paleoenvironmental evidence
  • Incorporation of ethnographic and documentary information into studies of past relationships between humans and culturally important animals and plants
  • Human paleoecology, including human impact on past environments


It sounds like a lot of fun, and I hope I can make it. The conference is May 4-7, 2011.

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