Yerevan, Armenia Research

Friday, August 09, 2013

Yerevan, Armenia research by Dr. Belmaker and graduate student, Colleen Bell

In 2013, the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) and the Institute of Geology of the Armenian Academy of Sciences sponsored University of Tulsa, anthropology professor, Dr. Miriam Belmaker, and Dr. Ruzan Mkrtchyan of Yerevan State University to curate (preserve, catalogue, and digitize) the human remains collection at the Yerevan State University and to make the content of the collections accessible via publication and online platform to the research community, thereby drawing new research to Armenia and preserving knowledge regarding the heritage of Armenia which can be derived from its paleo-population. 

At a seminar this summer, at the Museum of Geology in Yerevan, Dr. Belmaker, Dr. Mkrtchyan, and TU graduate student, Colleen Bell, talked about the collection, its importance and scientific uses.

Speakers: 

Miriam Belmaker, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. Dr. Belmaker is a co-recipient of the ARISC Collaborative Heritage Management Grant and an ARISC Fellow. She has research focuses in Paleoanthropology and paleozoology with an expertise on climate change and human evolution. She has excavated in South Africa, Israel, Armenia and Jordan and has published in journals such as Journal of Human Evolution and Journal of Archaeological Sciences. 

Ruzan Mkrtchyan, Lecturer at the Department of History of Yerevan State University and Senior Researcher at the Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia. Dr. Mkrtchyan is a co-recipient of the ARISC Collaborative Heritage Management Grant and an ARISC Fellow. Her research focus is on anthropology and bioarcheology. She has excavated throughout Armenia, studying human osseological material from the Bronze Age to the Middle Ages.

Colleen Bell, Graduate student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. Her dissertation focuses on lithic production sequences and use wear analysis in the Levant and the Caucasus in the Paleolithic. She has widely published on the issue of chemical analyses hafting residues using high level microscopy. 

Agenda Included:

Ruzan Mkrtchyan "Changing paradigms in teaching bioanthropology and human evolution" 

Miriam Belmaker "Biochronology and biogeography of the Levant and Caucasus - new data from the museum"

Colleen Bell "Using old lithic collection to gather new data"


More information can be found at www.arisc.org

Contact:
Dr. Miriam Belmaker
918-631-3759
miriam-belmaker@utulsa.edu