Archaeologist Todd Surovell, interim director of the Frison Institute of Anthropology at the University of Wyoming, will give a presentation on his ethnoarchaeological project Saturday at the James Lee Community Center.
Surovell is studying the Dukha nomadic reindeer herders of the Khövsgöl Province of Mongolia near the border with Siberia. In the summer of 2012, he mapped people performing their daily activities, an approach that differs from the traditional method of mapping material remains of the archaeological record. For the project, people were photographed from a variety of angles every two minutes for a month, and time-lapse photography and photogrammetry was used to map the spatial distribution of genders, ages, activities, and equipment in exterior spaces.
The talk will take place at the next meeting of the Friends of Fairfax County Archaeology and Cultural Resources, scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Urbanites Room of the James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church.