James K. Feathers

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James K.
Research Associate Professor
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I am principally involved in the application of luminescence dating to address chronological problems in archaeology. The laboratory's current projects include 1) dating and assessing stratigraphic integrity at paleoindian sites in North and South America; 2) dating rock structures such as tipi rings and drive lines; 3) dating earthen structures such as canals, mounds and adobe buildings; and 4) building ceramic chronologies. Methodologically, the laboratory specializes in single-grain dating of quartz and feldspar, particularly in the ability to identify post-depositional mixing and partial bleaching. To a lesser degree, the laboratory is studying application of pulsed lumniescence. The laboratory runs a dating service for outside clients, providing dates for sediments, ceramics, lithics and fire-modified rocks. Please contact me by email or check the laboratory web site (hhtp://depts.washington.edu/lumlab/) for further information. I am also interested in prehistoric ceramic technology, although I am not involved in active research in this area at present.
<p>I teach two classes, offered irregularly: 1. Dating methods in archaeology 2. Analysis of prehistoric ceramics</p>
<p>Luminescence dating, chronometry, prehistoric ceramic technology; Southeast U.S</p>
Selected Publications
<p>Araujo, A., Strauss, A., Feathers, J., Paisani, J., and Schrage, T., 2013, Paleoindian open-air sites in tropical settings: a case study in formation processes, dating methods and paleoenvironmental models. Geoarchaeology 28:195-220.</p>
<p>Bueno, L., Feathers, J., and De Blasis, P. (2013). The formation process of a paleoindian open-air site in Central Brazil: integrating lithic analysis, radiocarbon and luminescence dating. Journal of Archaeological Science 40:190-203</p>
<p>Feathers, J. K., (2012). Luminescence dating of anthropogenic rock structures in the northern Rockies and adjacent High Plains, North America: a progress report. Quaternary Geochronology 10:399-405.</p>
<p>Feathers, J. K., Casson, M. A., Henck, A., and Chithambo, M. L., 2012, Application of pulsed OSL to fine-grained samples, Radiation Measurements 47:201-209.</p>
<p>Munyikwa, K., Feathers, J. K., Rittenour, T., and Shrimpton, H. K., 2011, Constraining the chronology of the Late Wisconsinan retreat of the Laurentide Ice Sheet from western Canada using luminescence ages of postglacial aeolian dune sequences. Quaternary Geochronology 6:407-422.</p>
<p>Feathers, J. K., Pil&oacute;, L., Arroyo-Kalin, M., Kipnes, R., and Coblenz, D., 2010, How old is Luzia? Luminescence dating and stratigraphic integrity at Lapa Vermelha, Lagoa Santa, Brazil. Geoarchaeology 25:395-436.</p>
<p>Feathers, J. K., 2009, Problems of ceramic chronology in the Southeast: Does shell-tempered pottery appear earlier than we think? American Antiquity 74:113-142.</p>
<p>Feathers, J. K., Johnson, J., and Kembel, S., 2008, Luminescence Dating of Monumental Architecture at Chav&iacute;n da Huant&aacute;r, Peru. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 15:266-296.</p>
<p>Feathers, J. K., 2006, Explaining shell-tempered pottery in prehistoric Eastern North America. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 13:89-133.</p>
<p>Feathers, J. K., Rhodes, E., Huot, S., and McAvoy, J., 2006, Luminescence dating of sand deposits related to late Pleistocene human occupation at the Cactus Hill site, Virginia, USA, Quaternary Geochronology 1:167-187.</p>