My name is Kelly Eldridge – I am an Alaskan archaeologist trained in zooarchaeology, but I am also interested in cultural transmission theory, organic technologies (primarily harpoons), ethnozoology, archaeological ethics, and cultural resource law. I have worked in archaeology for 11 years, 7 of which have been in CRM. I acquired an MA in 2012 from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a thesis on Western Thule archaeofauna from the Seward Peninsula. I am currently a PhD Candidate in Evolutionary Anthropology with a Designated Emphasis in Native American Studies at the University of California, Davis; my dissertation research involves working with the Native Village of Shaktoolik and modeling the cultural transmission of qasgit across the North American Arctic. Although I am still a grad student, in 2016 I left my TAships and instructor positions at UCDavis for a permanent job in federal archaeology back home in Alaska.
While working on my MA, I realized that osteological manuals and articles focusing on Arctic species are few and far in between, and are occasionally difficult to track down. This blog will hopefully be a good resource for other zooarchaeologists or archaeologists who want to brush up on the skeleton and life histories of Arctic vertebrates… I will be updating resources and links useful for faunal analysis as I find them (and if you have any suggestions, please let me know!).
As a member of the Alaska Consortium of Zooarchaeologists, I am always looking for new skeletal specimens for our comparative collection (housed at the University of Alaska Anchorage)… I am very interested in getting in contact with any hunters who may not use all of the bones from their kills and would be willing to donate the skeleton to the ACZ collection.