ONLINE SPEAKER EVENT: Justin Wisley on “Starch Grain Analysis in California: Successes, Lessons Learned, and Keeping it Approachable to Students.”

Join SCAS for a presentation by Justin Wisely on “Starch Grain Analysis in California: Successes, Lessons Learned, and Keeping it Approachable to Students.”

DATE: Thursday, May 13, 2021
TIME: 7:00 – 8:00 PM (Pacific)**RSVP by 6:00 PM on May 13, 2021** RESERVATION ONLY & SPACE LIMITED, WITH PREFERENCE TO CURRENT SCAS MEMBERS. PLEASE NOTE: This meeting will take place online using Zoom


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Starch Grain analysis is a growing specialty in California. Justin Wisely has been successful in sampling ground stone, flaked stone, and dental calculus. We are really only getting started in tapping the potential research questions. In talking with interested students, getting started seems overwhelming to them at first, but it doesn’t need to feel daunting, with a little guidance and showing them how to use or modify the equipment within their access or financial reach. For this presentation, Mr. Wisely will discuss the successes, the research pitfalls, and some of the methods for approaching starch grain analysis as a thesis topic, without breaking the bank.

Justin got his start in anthropology at Las Positas Community College where he earned his associates degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences before transferring to California State University, Sacramento (CSUS), as an Anthropology major. He attended a field methods class and a field school put on by the CSUS Anthropology Department, in coordination with the Archaeological Research Center (ARC), during the summer of 2009, after graduating that spring. After working for several years as a field technician, he went back to school to earn a Master’s degree at CSU, Chico (CSUC), where he developed his starch grain analysis comparative collection, and completed his earlier research on bedrock milling features. Since graduating in 2016, he has continued providing starch grain analysis for projects throughout California and the Great Basin, and has worked his way up to the position of Principal Investigator.  

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