Lithics Cowgirl, Household Archaeologist, Digital Doyenne: A Session Dedicated to Ruth Tringham

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  • Archaeology’s Moving Images (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Angela Piccini.

    Ruth Tringham belongs to a small group of archaeologists who engage seriously with the media practices through which archaeology disciplines itself. She has tirelessly worked to place audio-visual media – from film to networked media – at the heart of how we think about and do archaeology. In a 2009 paper about the UC Berkeley Archaeological Film Database, Tringham sought to move debate beyond reductive critiques of archaeological accuracy to explore how it is that we watch films about the past,...

  • A Chimera Spider at Play: Making, Creativity and Collaboration in Digital Archaeology (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Colleen Morgan.

    In an interview with Michael Shanks and Christopher Witmore, Ruth Tringham describes her experiments with digital remediations of the past as "expressing and sharing the complex web of relationships and ambiguities that is an essential dimension of the feminist practice of archaeology" (Rathje et. al 2013). As such, Tringham’s practice of digital making was an explicitly political expression of archaeological investigation, not as explanation, but as an interpretive process. She shared the...

  • Feminism and Experimentation (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Henrietta L. Moore.

    This paper discusses the relationship between conceptual development and material experimentation in feminist research. It uses the work of Ruth Tringham as a fulcrum for wider discussions on how we can and should drive new forms of experimentation as we enter the fourth wave of feminism SAA 2015 abstracts made available in tDAR courtesy of the Society for American Archaeology and Center for Digital Antiquity Collaborative Program to improve digital data in archaeology. If you are the author...

  • From Russia with Love: Ruth Tringham and the Early Days of Microwear (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Barbara Voytek.

    FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE: RUTH TRINGHAM AND THE EARLY DAYS OF MICROWEAR ANALYSIS It was the early 1970’s and a time when the Cold War directed the geopolitical scene worldwide. It was also a time when a young British archaeologist brought to the USA a new approach to the study of material culture. Professor Ruth Tringham landed at Harvard in 1971 together with the technique of microscopic analysis of traces of use on chipped stone tools, a technique which she had studied in the USSR. There...

  • The Neolithic House: Ruth Tringham’s Interdisciplinary Approaches to (Re)Constructing Prehistoric Village Life in Southeast Europe and Anatolia (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Peter Biehl.

    People create themselves through the houses they build. Ruth Tringham’s archaeological as well as anthropological inquiry has identified houses as active material culture entangled with both material and immaterial social values and rules. Architecture is the material expression of culture, both enabling and constraining the relationship between people and their actions. In archaeology, we receive the final phase of the use-life of a house, yet abundant evidence exists for its making and...

  • Out on the Ice with Ruth: Taking Chances Together (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Margaret Conkey.

    Although we had previously been colleagues at different institutions, it was when we were both on the faculty at Berkeley (starting in 1987) that we elaborated our mutual "you go first" relationship in our research and teaching. I had once corralled Ruth into participating in a Women in Anthropology kind of seminar while still at Binghamton (1977), but it was with her now famous "kicking and screaming" foray to the Wedge for the conference that became the volume, Engendering Archaeology, that...

  • Remediated roads and flights of fancy, travels with Ruth from past to present (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Michael Ashley.

    Twenty-five years ago, an undergraduate in philosophy at UC Berkeley took a course on the archaeology of architecture from Ruth Tringham and then dropped out of school, only to return a few years later to pursue a career in archaeology and digital remediation. In this performance, we will co-experience moments of inspiration, perspiration, risk and reflection on a journey with the best travel companion one could ever have. Prepare to be challenged, made slightly uncomfortable, to laugh, cry and...

  • Ruth Tringham (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Michael Shanks.

    This talk reflects upon the work and career of Ruth Tringham in relation to the human experience of practicing archaeology. SAA 2015 abstracts made available in tDAR courtesy of the Society for American Archaeology and Center for Digital Antiquity Collaborative Program to improve digital data in archaeology. If you are the author of this presentation you may upload your paper, poster, presentation, or associated data (up to 3 files/30MB) for free. Please visit for...

  • Ruth's Archaeology (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Mirjana Stevanovic.

    My contribution to this session will be a personal account of a long-term professional relationship with Ruth as a student and colleague. Ruth and I began the collaboration in the Former Yugoslavia, a country that ceased to exist, and continued with projects in Israel, Bulgaria, and Turkey. Together we were learning the local archaeological practices and were developing our own. Each of us brought something to this process of learning: she - her anthropological interpretation of the material...

  • Walking to (a)muse: exploring senses of place with Ruth (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Steve Mills.

    Walking with Ruth Tringham has always been a social and intellectual adventure. I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to muse on past ways of life while walking with Ruth at a range of different heritage sites in the U.S., Bulgaria and Turkey. Important themes we engaged with during these walks included: exploring different ways to approach contemporary senses of place, thinking about how senses of place may have been significant to prehistoric people, and how to (re)mediate these ideas...

  • Who invited the Secret Police? (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Doug Bailey.

    In the summer of 1995, a team of British, Bulgarian and American archaeologists, students, helpers and local villagers made preliminary CENSORED at the late Neolithic settlement tell at CENSORED. After a CENSORED field season, during which CENSORED, CENSORED, and CENSORED were regularly engaged in CENSORED by CENSORED, several of the team were CENSORED. In the months that followed, CENSORED CENSORED CENSORED CENSORED and CENSORED CENSORED. National press coverage in CENSORED as well as a formal...

  • Who Will Remember the Dead? Embodying the People of the Past in Novel Ways (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Lori Hager.

    Archaeologists encounter the people of the past as skeletons with some frequency, yet attempts to reconstruct the life histories of the dead have often been ordinary and predictable. As a scientist and a storyteller, Ruth Tringham's consideration of the dead, inspired by empiricism and imagination in equal measure, imparts multiple truths through multiple voices in novel ways, with a particular focus on visualization. The people of one house at the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük, for example, are...