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Cal State L.A. Anthropology Senior
Garners Student Paper Award
Los Angeles, CA ÂCal State L.A. anthropology major Clarus Backes, Jr. (Los Angeles resident) recently received a Student Paper Award for his presentation, ÂMore Than Meets the Eye: Fluorescence Photography for Enhanced Analysis of Pictographs,Â at the 38th annual meeting of the Society for California Archaeology (SCA), held in Riverside, CA, March 17-20, 2004.
Selected by a panel of SCA board members, the award-winning paper was based on BackesÂ innovative research method of using ultraviolet fluorescence photography for the analysis of rock art, in order to detect and record traces of invisible pigment in deteriorating rock art sites.
Backes, who will receive his bachelorÂs degree in anthropology at Cal State L.A. this June, recently presented aspects of his research at the 12th Annual CSULA Student Symposium for Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity and was selected as one of ten students who will represent the University at the Annual CSU State Student Research Competition to be held at CSU Northridge on April 30 Â May 1. A DeanÂs List student, Backes has been accepted into the Golden Key Honour Society and was named to WhoÂs Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges in 2003-2004.
Backes has also coauthored The Gus Lederer Site, an analysis of a prehistoric sacred site in which he established a relative chronology for petroglyphs based on a comparison of their spectral reflectance properties, and 2000 Acres in the Jawbone Area, a report for the Bureau of Land Management on the discovery and analysis of an important cluster of prehistoric sites in the Western Mojave Desert. As an archaeological illustrator and graphic artist, he has created maps, artifact illustrations and photographic documentation for more than a dozen publications.
He volunteers at the Little Lake Research Group at UCLAÂs Rock Art Archive, recording and cataloging a large, endangered rock art site in the California desert. Backes is also a full-time archaeological field crew chief for Ancient Enterprises, Inc. of Santa Monica.
The Society for California Archaeology is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to research, understanding, interpretation and conservation of California's heritage. Membership is open to everyone with an interest in California archaeology. SCA promotes cooperation among archaeologists in California by conducting symposia and meetings to share information on new discoveries and techniques; publishing annual proceedings on archaeological research in California and a newsletter on current topics of concern with news and commentaries; and promoting standards and ethnical guidelines for the practice of archaeology.
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