Tuesday, October 10, 2017
"Emic Size Categories of Tarring Pebbles and their Relationship top Emic Categories of Water Bottles in South California"

Dr. Michael Merrill, Los Padres National Forest

Dr. Michael Merrill will discuss the question, do different size modes of stones used to apply molten asphaltum to seal baskets correspond to different basket types that have distinct modes of opening diameter? If so, what size categories were selected for the stones? We can answer these questions by relating modes in size dimensions to emic decisions about tarring pebble sizes used to seal the baskets. To do this, a systematic and mathematically sound method for discovering modes inherent in the data was used. The methodology builds on previous work and provides results that clearly show visually distinct class sizes. The results of applying this method to a tarring pebble sample from a southern California site on San Nicolas Island will be discussed in which it determined that there are two size modes of the pebbles in the sample. These two modes match two ethnohistorically established size classes of water bottles: Type 1, a small volume, large opening type, and Type 2, a large opening, small volume type. 

Meeting Place
Second Tuesday of every month (no meetings in July and August) at 7:00 pm
Chumash Indian Museum 
3290 Lang Ranch Pkwy Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

Ventura County Archeological Society (VCAS) 
P.O. Box 4172 
Thousand Oaks, CA 91359 

   The VCAS/Ventura County Archaeological Society was established in 1972 when concerned Ventura County citizens as well as local professional and avocational archaeologists saw a need to organize, study and preserve our County's rich prehistoric heritage.

  The Society has been instrumental in the implementation of research and preservation goals aimed at our local archaeological resources.  With an eye towards the future the Society has a collections and archival curation program, site recordation and monitoring program, and a continuing education program. 

101 freeway take Westlake Blvd exit, go to North Westlake Blvd 4 miles to Lang Ranch Pkwy, turn right. Museum is on right hand side
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