NSS Convention ~ July 25-30, 2021

Photo: John Woods, NSS


Cave Archaeology

Archaeology is the study of human activity through the recovery and analysis of material culture. Archaeology is often considered a branch of socio-cultural anthropology, but archaeologists also draw from biological, geological, and environmental systems through their study of the past. The archaeological record consists of artifacts, architecture, biofacts or ecofacts and cultural landscapes. Archaeology can be considered both a social science and a branch of the humanities.

Cave archaeology specifically focuses on the evidence of human culture left behind in caves. This field of study is also dedicated to preserving the last surviving links to ancient peoples. Cultural resources are being lost at a faster rate than natural resources and once gone, they are gone forever.

Session Details

Session Moderator

Scott Nicolay

Graduate Student, Interdisciplinary Humanities, UC Merced

Call For Abstracts:

Opens: Thursday, May 20, 2021
Closes: Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Session Moderators:

Scott Nicolay
Email: methysticin@hotmail.com


How to write an abstract

Online Abstract Submissions:


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Student Scientists:

The James G. Mitchell Fund was established in 1965 and is maintained by contributions to the National Speleological Foundation. This award includes a cash award for the best scientific paper presented at the NSS Convention by a student member (or members) of the society. Eligible papers shall be judged by an interdisciplinary panel appointed by the Mitchell Award sub-committee chair. For consideration, contact sub-committee chair, Dr. Kathy Lavoie at award-mitchell@caves.org.