Back in September, I submitted an abstract for the American Association of Physical Anthropologists conference to be held in Chicago in April. It was the first time I submitted an abstract to AAPA with actual results in it. The year before, as I was still sweltering in Rome with little to show for all my work, I half-assed an abstract on health or something boring and got to present a podium paper at the 2008 meetings in Columbus. This year, I rushed to get my Sr data run on the SEM and interpreted in time to meet the abstract deadline, because AAPA supposedly only accepts abstracts if you have concrete data (kind of hard for archaeologists to get in September following a summer field session). So I'm a bit peeved that my abstract was only accepted as a poster this year. I had data and conclusions!

Posters can be fun, as you get to talk to people more informally, and random people come up to you and ask if you're doing aDNA (and if you want to, they have a lab that will totally not charge you a whole lot, yeah, right). But this year it'll mean attempting to bring my own chair somehow so that 7-months-pregnant me isn't horribly miserable for 2 hours standing around. And it means attempting to find a hotel room in Chicago in April that isn't disgustingly exorbitantly priced. And feeling bad if I fail to make it to the Field Museum because my back hurts.

It's still odd to me that this paper wasn't accepted for a podium presentation. I wonder if strontium isotope analysis just isn't that cool anymore, if I'd have to include oxygen or do another element entirely for it to impress the review committee. Unfortunately, isotope analysis is still a bit advanced for the classical meetings - although the AIAs have a BioArchaeology (sic) session this weekend in Philly, most of it is mortuary analysis and the one archaeological chemistry paper seems to be simply a review of the state of the art. So perhaps my research has fallen between the cracks of physical anthropology and classical archaeology, as it tends to do sometimes, and will land on the classics side within a year or two. At least now I can concentrate on making my paper for the SAAs, which are just three weeks after the AAPAs, that much better.


Annasbones said…
Hi there, just stumbled upon your blog, love the idea of posting updates on your current research!

Anyway, good luck for Chicago, I've just been accepted to present a poster at the Paleo Society meeting right before, but will try to make my way into a few talks at the AAPA.. perhaps I'll spot your poster.



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