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SAA's Update on National Geographic Channel's Diggers

National Geographic Channel's (NGC) Diggers series Season 4 will air beginning on July 20.

In late 2014 and early 2015, the SAA Executive Committee and an excellent team of volunteer members reviewed and commented on 16 episodes of Diggers - nearly all of Season Four. NGC and the show producers screened both rough and fine cuts of each episode so that SAA could see how its comments had been addressed.

In addition, SAA’s then-President Jeff Altschul engaged in a conference call with NGC and the production company staff to engage with specific issues of concern that emerged during production, including context, site location, and landowners' rights. We believe that SAA’s advice did improve presentation of a number of the episodes so that they represent archaeologists' concerns more clearly.

Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) President Charles Ewen goes into more depth about the archaeological field’s concerns about Diggers and how NGC has responded in his recent blog Diggers Done Right. Along with SAA, SHA also worked with NGC and the production company to address the concerns of the archaeological community. SAA member Kristina Killgrove has written about Diggers and how SAA and SHA have influenced the program in her recent Forbes magazine column, 'Diggers' Returns Tonight With Better Collaboration With Archaeologists. NGC has also posted its own article, Responsible Metal Detecting, on the Diggers site.

On July 20th at 10:30 P.M. EDT, Diggers will feature SAA member and Montpelier Archaeologist Matt Reeves's collaborative project with many metal detectorists to explore vanished structures and activity areas on the grounds of Montpelier, the home of James Madison, fourth president of the United States. This program, which we stress was developed by Reeves, exemplifies best practices for collaboration between archaeologists and metal detectorists. Find out more about the episode here.

July 20, 2015

 


Get ready for our 80th Annual Meeting! See the press release here!

Feburary 24, 2015

 


 

Announcing a new field school scholarship!  The Historically Underrepresented Groups Scholarship (HUGS) will be available for summer 2015. Two scholarships are available. Click here for more information.

November 6, 2014

 


SAA launched the new web-based Career Center. For job seekers the Career Center offers free and confidential resume posting to employers in the archaeology industry, automated weekly email notification of new job listings, and the ability to save jobs for later review just to name a few of the many benefits. On the employer side, the biggest change is a flat-fee based service of $295 with no maximum word count. The Career Center also gives employers targeted access to quality professionals, along with quick and easy job posting and online job activity reports. http://careers.saa.org/

August 6, 2014


As health problems prevented Joe Joaquin, the Cultural Resource Specialist from the Tohono O'odham Nation, from attending the SAA Business Meeting in April to receive his Public Service Award, SAA’s President Jeff Altschul brought the award to the Legislative Council Chambers of the Tohono O'odham Nation in Sells, Arizona.

August 5, 2014


        The SAA sent a letter to key Senators in opposition to a provision in a transportation bill that would undermine protections for cultural resources. http://www.saa.org/Portals/0/SAA/GovernmentAffairs/BOXER_VITTER_LETTER.pdf

July 10, 2014


        Advances introduced the new How-To Series in Advances in Archaeological Practice: A Journal of the Society for American Archaeology. The first article in this series is open to all. To read this article, written by William (Fred) Limp and Adam Barnes, please visit http://saa.metapress.com/content/277675721jtu1774/fulltext.pdf . 

June 18, 2014


Archaeological and preservation groups send a letter of concern to National Geographic urging the reworking or cancellation of a new NatGeo TV program.

March 31, 2014 


SAA files comments in opposition to FCC proposed Section 106 exemptions for the nationwide installation of Positive Train Control equipment.

March 25, 2014


Coalition of preservation groups send letter opposing H.R. 1459, Ensuring Public Involvement in the Creation of National Monuments Act.

March 24, 2014


SAA submits comments on a proposed rule “to expedite the environmental and historic preservation review of new wireless facilities” and on related procedures.

February 3, 2014


 

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