Dating in the dark

Carlie Ideker, left, is pictured with a student evaluating a prehistoric blind in the Wind River Range prior to collecting an optically stimulated luminescence sample to date when the blind was constructed.

Luminescence can ‘age’ intermountain ware

The Wyoming Archaeology

Society hosts a talk on dating pottery found

in northwestern Wyoming at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday,

April 16, at the Museum of the Mountain

Man, 700 E. Hennick St.

The timing and occupation of high-altitude

archaeological sites in the Central Rocky

Mountains isn’t well understood due to limited

reliable age control. However, the presence of

prehistoric pottery at these sites provides an

opportunity to directly date vessel manufacture

with optically stimulated luminescence.

Carlie Ideker will host a discussion about

luminescence dating applications in archaeology,

including her research dating Intermountain

ware pottery, its implications for

high-altitude prehistoric occupations and the

effects of modern wildfires on potsherds.

Ideker was born in Dubois, and called the

state home for 22 years. Her early adventures

in the outdoors led to encounters with the

archaeological record. Those encounters resulted

in a bachelor’s degree of arts in anthropology

from the University of Wyoming and

master’s degree of science in anthropology

with an emphasis in archaeology and cultural

resource management from Utah State University.

She has eight years of research, field and

teaching experience in the Rocky Mountains

with a focus on prehistoric mountain adaptations,

the appearance of pottery and luminescence

dating in archaeological applications.

Since 2013, Ideker has worked for the Utah

State University Luminescence Laboratory in

Logan, Utah.


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