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