Meghan Johnson

Email: Meghanjohnson444@gmail.com

M.A.: SFU Heritage Resource Management M.A. Candidate

B.A.: San Diego State University 2012, Anthropology                      

Supervisor: Dr. Dennis Sandgathe, Dr. J. R. Welch 

Research Areas: Cultural Heritage Management, Great Lakes Archaeology, Pre-contact Archaeology, Social Archaeology

Introduction:

I graduated from San Diego State University (BA, Anthropology) in 2013. I did my field school in Trapper Creek, Alaska in the summer of 2014 and began working for Archaeological Investigation Northwest, Inc. in Portland, Oregon where I am currently employed. I have been flintknapping for three years and am interested in the use experimental archaeology to aid in lithic analysis.  

M.A. Research:

My thesis research will explore obsidian trade-networks in the Willamette Valley focusing on site 35MA375, a late-archaic biface cache site. The Dittman Biface Cache Site is the only one of its kind in the Willamette Valley. This research will include experimental replication of the biface cache that will be used compare both the bifaces in the cache as well as the debitage recovered in order to identify reduction technologies employed at the site. The results of this study will be useful to compare to nearby sites where obsidian is found in order to better understand if the debitage reflects the production of large bifaces for local use or for trade. The experimental data produced will contribute to a broader understanding of obsidian biface caching practices within the Pacific Northwest. 

Publications: 

Jenkins, Sarah L., Eva Hulse, Meghan Johnson, John L. Fagan, Cam Walker, and Jo Reese.

2017   Preliminary Field Report Testing of Site 45CL1207 for the City of Camas’ North Shore Sewer Transmission System Project, Clark County, Washington. Archaeological Investigations Northwest, Inc. Report No. 3809. Prepared for Clark County Parks, Clark County, Washington.                        

Jenkins, Sarah L., Eva Hulse, Meghan Johnson, John L. Fagan, Cam Walker and Jo Reese

2016  Testing and Monitoring of Site 45CL654 at NE 3rd Loop for the STEP Sewer Transmission Main in Camas, Washington. Archaeological Investigations Northwest, Inc. Report No. 3583. Prepared for Otak, Inc. Vancouver, Washington.

Fagan, John, Terry Ozbun, Meghan Johnson and Marci Monaco

2016   Caltrans Lithic Technology Workshop: The Basics of Stone and Groundstone Tool Technologies Workbook. Prepared for Caltrans. Bishop, California.

Conference Presentations:  

2017 (Johnson, Meghan and Marci Monaco) Dittman Cache Site Debitage Analysis: Caching in on the Experimental Debitage [Lecture Presentation]. Seventieth Annual Meeting of the Northwest Anthropological Conference. Spokane, Washington.

2017 (Johnson, Meghan and Marci Monaco) Dittman Biface Cache Simulation [Poster Presentation]. Eighty-Second Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Vancouver, B.C.

2016 (Johnson, Meghan and Marci Monaco) Portland Basin Projectile Point Technology at the Rylander Site 35CO2 [Poster Presentation]. Sixty-Ninth Annual Meeting of the Northwest Anthropological Conference. Tacoma, Washington. 

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