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Every decade dozens of anthropology-minded folks descend on Bridgewater State University for the annual meeting of the Northeastern Anthropological Association. This year, more than 130 faculty members, students and researchers attended the two-day event, which was held in Boyden Hall, the Campus Center, and included a trip to the Robbins Archeology Museum in Middleboro.
This year's theme was "Anthropological Constructions of Time." Collected around this idea were dozens of interesting presentations and discussions of cutting edge tools and techniques.
A number of attendees were Bridgewater students and recent alumni.
"This is a great thing for our students, they really get into the meat of it," said Dr. Curtiss Hoffman, professor of anthropology, who helped coordinate the event, and presented some recent findings from his ongoing archeological dig near a Little League ball field in Middleboro.
Indeed, Bridgewater students took part in both delivering and watching the 64 presentations on the meeting's packed schedule. The event also included the presentation of 68 papers and a poster session showcasing members' latest research.
"This is a great thing for students because it's a great transition from the classroom into a professional career," said BSU senior Chelsea Talcott of Scituate, who presented her idea for an all-inclusive forum for anthropology majors.
During her presentation, Ms. Talcott pointed out that "students often get bogged down in information." This was what led her to research and write the paper she presented, "An Anthropological Collective: Providing a Platform where the Twenty-First Century and Academia Collide." Collaboration, networking and education are the goals of the site she described, an electronic forum for anthropology students seeking case studies, reference materials and more. The goal is to bring like-minded students together, Ms. Talcott said.
"It will transcend the natural boundaries that exist," she said.
Time was also dedicated to the discussion of computer applications in the field, such as powerful new mapping software and the iPad.
Other sessions were "Transforming Space/Mutable Memory," "Exploring the Links Between Experiential Learning and Public Anthropology," "Archaeoastronomy in Sacred Sites," "Performing Community," "General Archeology," "General Ethnography," "Careers in Anthropology," "Vulnerable Bodies and the Global State" and "Global Perspectives on Material Culture."
Click here for BSU student McKayla Hoffman's essay about attending the annual meeting.
Click here for the meeting's preliminary program.
(Story and photo by John Winters, G'11, University Advancement)
A number of presentations from professors and students on general archaeology.
Presenters tackle ethnography issues.
Dr. Curtiss Hoffman and others discuss computer applications in archaeology.