Digging Up the Past with Archaeology – TACNY Junior Café Scientifique
Speaker: Andrea Zlotucha Kozub, MA, Project Director, Public Archaeology Facility, Binghamton University
Overview: Look around your house. What objects do you see? Are they tools? Toys? Decoration? Waste? Those objects are called “artifacts” in the social science of archaeology and they can be used to tell the story of your life. Archaeologists learn how people lived in the past by studying their artifacts. These artifacts are usually buried in the ground and are found by digging. Join us to hear how Andrea Zlotucha Kozub digs through the past at archaeological sites in our region and beyond. Then think about what a future archaeologist could learn about you, or your family, or kids in Syracuse by studying the artifacts you have in your own house!
Biography: Andrea Zlotucha Kozub is a Project Director at the Public Archaeology Facility (PAF) in Binghamton, specializing in the analysis of archaeological animal bones (also known as zooarchaeology or faunal analysis). PAF is a research center of Binghamton University focusing on the preservation of archaeological resources that may be damaged by development. Her earliest work as an archaeologist included volunteering at a Paleolithic site in England and at the site of a 19th century African American schoolhouse in Boston. After finishing her Master’s Degree in Anthropology from Binghamton University, Zlotucha Kozub had temporary positions as an archaeologist in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, adjunct faculty at Cazenovia College, and co-instructor of Binghamton University’s archaeological field school. In 2001, she joined PAF as a Project Director. This position has taken her to dig sites across New York that date from the Paleoindian period to the early 20th century, and afforded opportunities to publish research on topics including: 19th century healthcare; the archaeological “footprint” of pig pens on historic farms; and the lived experience of an Irish immigrant family working for Cornell University founder, Ezra Cornell. Her current research interests include 19th century meat butchering and evidence for prehistoric use/consumption of frogs. Zlotucha Kozub has presented these and other archaeological topics to school groups and adult organizations, and is the co-leader of PAF’s Community Archaeology Program (CAP) summer archaeology camp for teens. She also works as an architectural historian with Renaissance Studio of Syracuse, which dovetails her own work in historic preservation with interests she shares with her architect husband.
Junior Café Scientifique is sponsored by the Technology Alliance of Central New York (TACNY), and usually held on the third Saturday of the month during the school year at the MOST. A light breakfast is provided, and participants must be accompanied by an adult. The event is free, but TACNY asks that you RSVP to email@example.com. After the event, participants are welcome to explore the museum for free.