NEWS AND NOTES
The University of South Carolina, Columbia, will be offering a 10-week archaeological field course on the African-American history of the 18th and 19th Moravian town of Salem during the fall semester 2000. Room, board, and stipends and six hours' credit will be available to 8 to 10 students, who will be selected on a competitive basis. The course offers students an opportunity to participate in a well-established research program and to explore resources for thesis and dissertation research in and around Salem. Salem has well-preserved archaeological remains as well as a wealth of documentary material in the archives of the Moravian Church and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts. Detailed records of African Americans pertain to enslavement and resistance to slavery, labor, religious expression, liberation to Africa, emancipation, and reconstruction. Several field reports and M.A. theses have already been written on the historical archaeological investigations. Students interested in this program should visit the project Web site at www.cla.sc.edu/ANTH/Faculty/FergusonL/oldsalem10htm and fill out a statement of interest form. They will be placed on a mailing list and informed of application deadlines and other information. Questions may be directed to email@example.com.
The North American Database of Archaeological Geophysics (NADAG) is a database and Website that aims to promote use, education, communication, and a knowledge base of the practice of archaeological geophysics in North America. These non-invasive methods are currently underutilized in this hemisphere despite their potential for large cost-savings to exploratory field projects and significant advances in methods and instrumentation. Now under construction, NADAG's components include an image library of graphical results, a searchable projects database, educational materials, a bibliography database, an instrumentation database, a practitioners and consultants directory, an upcoming events page, and links to other Websites and national databases with a geophysical focus. The National Park Service's National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) has provided initial funding for NADAG, which is maintained by the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies at the University of Arkansas. Watch it grow. For additional information or for contributions, visit www.cast.uark.edu/nadag or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ever since scuba diving became popular in the late 1940s, growing numbers of people have searched the seas for treasure. But devices like the camera-carrying robots, which allowed scientists to find the Titanic, are helping treasure hunters locate shipwrecks faster, and reach the farthest recesses of the sea. Scientists want to end the plundering by adopting a treaty proposed by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The proposal will make shipwrecks the property of governments, prohibit the sale of their artifacts, and extend the span of nations' territorial waters. Governments will be urged to step up maritime vigilance in order to protect mankind's nautical heritage, with scavengers subjected to the laws of the government controlling the waters of the wreck. UNESCO's general assembly and national governments will have to ratify the proposal, a process that would take several years. However, some countries, with the United States in the lead, are blocking this approval due to lobbying activities from treasure hunters. Associations, like those of ProSea (www.prosea.org), have been created to defend the treasure hunters' side of the coin. Now, a crucial voting meeting is scheduled for April 2000. For further information, contact the Online Campaign for the UNESCO convention at www.terravista.pt/mussulo/2386/.
The Northwest Research Obsidian Studies Laboratory announces the availability of the year 2000 annual research grant for up to $1000 worth of analytical services (X-ray fluorescence trace element analysis and/or obsidian hydration analysis) for any graduate student (M.A. or Ph.D.) whose research is concerned with an Oregon archaeological site and/or obsidian source. Please note that we are particularly interested in supporting geoarchaeological investigations of Oregon obsidian sources and that additional laboratory support may be available for source studies. The application deadline is June 1, 2000; the results will be announced June 15, 2000. For additional grant details and information about previous grant recipients, see the laboratory Website at www.obsidianlab.com or contact Craig Skinner at Northwest Research, 1414 NW Polk, Corvallis, OR 97330, tel: (541) 754-7507, email: email@example.com.
The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, a part of the National Gallery of Art, announces a program for the Samuel H. Kress/Ailsa Mellon Bruce Paired Fellowships for Research in Conservation and Art History/Archaeology. Applications are invited from teams consisting of two scholars: one in the field of art history, archaeology, or another related discipline in the humanities or social sciences, and one in the field of conservation or materials science. The fellowship includes a two-month period for field, collections, and/or laboratory research, followed by a two-month residency period at the Center for Advanced Study, National Gallery of Art. Applications will be considered for study in the history and conservation of the visual arts (painting, sculpture, architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, prints and drawings, film, photography, decorative arts, industrial design, and other arts) of any geographical area and of any period. A focus on National Gallery collections is not required. These fellowships are open to those who have held the appropriate terminal degree for five years or more or who possess a record of professional accomplishment at the time of application. Awards will be made without regard to the age or nationality of the applicants. Each team is required to submit an application for the Paired Fellowship. Seven sets of all materials (original and six copies), including application form, proposal, a tentative schedule of travel indicating the site(s), collection(s), or institution(s) most valuable for the proposed research project, and copies of two publications must be forwarded by the application deadline. In addition, each team member must request two letters of recommendation in support of the application. Applications are due by March 21, 2000. For information and application forms, write to the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. 20565, tel: (202) 842-6482, fax: (202) 842-6733. Information on this fellowship program and other fellowship programs at the center is available on the Web www.nga.gov/resources/casva.htm.
The following archeological properties were listed in the National Register of Historic Places during the fourth quarter of 1999. For a full list of National Register listings every week, check "The Weekly List" at www.cr.nps.gov/nr/whtnew.htm.
California, Inyo County: Coso Rock Art District. Listed 10/08/99.
California, Imperial County: Southwest Lake Cahuilla Recessional Shoreline Archaeological District. Listed 12/30/99.
Mississippi, Jones County: G.W.O. Site. Listed 11/23/99.
N. Mariana Islands, Tinian Municipality: Unai Dangkulo Petroglyph Site. Listed 10/27/99.
Washington, Mason County: Big Creek Archaeological Site. Listed 10/13/99.
The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts awards approximately 6 Senior Fellowships and 12 Visiting Senior Fellowships each year for study of the history, theory, and criticism of art, architecture, and urbanism of any geographical area and of any period. Applicants should have held the Ph.D. for 5 years or more or possess a record of professional accomplishment. Scholars are expected to reside in Washington throughout their fellowship period and participate in the activities of the center. All grants are based on individual need. Fellows are provided with a study and subsidized luncheon privileges. The center also will consider ap-pointment of associates who have obtained awards for full-time research from other granting institutions and would like to be affiliated with the center. Qualifications are the same as for senior fellows.
|Deadlines for Senior Fellowship and Associate Appointments:|
|Award Period:||Academic year 20012002|
|Deadline:||October 1, 2000|
|Deadlines for Visiting Senior Fellowships and Associate Appointments: (maximum 60 days)|
|Award Period:||March 1, 2001August 31, 2001|
|Deadline:||September 21, 2000|
For further information and application forms, write to the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC 20565, tel: (202) 842-6482, fax: (202) 842-6733, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.nga.gov/resources/casva.htm.
The Western Belize Regional Cave Project announces its field school for summer 2000! Once again, the Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project will be conducting archaeological research of various caves in Belize, Central America. This regional study will involve caves investigated in previous seasons, (Actún Chapat, Actún Halal, Barton Creek Cave), and a number of caves recently discovered. The investigation of elite burials, stone monuments, cave art, and carvings will be the focus for interpreting the role of caves in the culture of the ancient Maya. Jaime Awe (University of New Hampshire) will be directing the cave investigations, which will include extensive exploration of cave sites, survey, mapping of rooms and artifacts, pottery classification, artifact tabulation, data recording, and excavation. Awe's preliminary exploration of the exotic Actún Tunichil Muknal was featured in a 1993 National Geographic Explorer documentary film, "Journey Through the Underworld." Participation in the field school also will include laboratory analysis of ceramic and lithic artifacts and preliminary examination of human remains. Lectures will provide an overview of Maya civilization with a particular focus on ideology and cosmology relating to the use of caves by prehistoric Maya. Additional activities include the excavation of pyramids and other structures in ceremonial centers; survey and reconnaissance of known, yet unexplored areas, and widespread mapping of the region; and investigation of the large, Classic Period center, Baking Pot in the Belize River Valley. This field school is available in 2- or 4-week sessions:
Session 1, 2 weeks: June 4June 17, 2000
Session 1, 4 weeks: June 4July 1, 2000
Session 2, 2 weeks: July 9July 22, 2000
Session 2, 4 weeks: July 9August 5, 2000
Due to the strenuous and dangerous nature of cave reconnaissance it is imperative that participants be in excellent physical condition and at least 18 years of age. Prior spelunking experience is preferred. Registration fees for the project are $950 per 2-week session or $1650 for the 4-week field school. The fees include lodging, weekday meals, and transportation to and from the cave sites. Travel to and from Belize and incidental expenses are the responsibility of the participant. Academic credit may be obtained for the course through the University of New Hampshire. Two credit options are available: 4 credit hours for one session or up to 8 credit hours for the field school. Further details are provided in the application package. For application forms and information, con-tact Cameron Griffith, Co-Director, email: BelizeMaya@aol.com. Information also is available on the Web: php.indiana.edu/~casgriff/Belize/CAVE.html.
The Center for Archaeology in the Public Interest (CAPI), which is located at Indiana University (IU), Bloomington and directed by K. Anne Pyburn, has just unveiled its new Website (www.indiana.edu/~capi). This Website contains information on CAPI itself, the new Ph.D. track, "Archaeology and Social Context," in the IU Anthropology Department, and an annotated bibliography on the ethics of archaeological research.
The Curtiss T. and Mary G. Brennan Foundation announces two pilot programs of grants to support archaeological field research in (1) early civilizations in the Mediterranean world and (2) Andean South America. Those areas and periods of the Mediterranean world qualifying include the Bronze Age and earlier of Egypt, Anatolia, the Levant, Near East, Greece, Crete, Cyprus, and the Aegean. Funds are available to a maximum of $5000 to support research designed to establish the significance of proposed projects and the feasibility of carrying them to completion, or to fund ancillary portions of ongoing projects important to an understanding of the project as a whole. Application must be made by the sponsoring institution through the principal investigator. Individuals are not eligible and dissertation research does not qualify. Application may be made throughout the year, with deadlines of April 15 and October 15, 2000. For guidelines and application materials, contact the Curtiss T. and Mary G. Brennan Foundation , 551 W. Cordova Rd., Suite 426, Santa Fe, NM 87501, fax: (505) 983-5120, email: BrenFdn@compuserve.com.
Join the University of California Research Expeditions Program (UREP) and dig side-by-side with university archaeologists during spring and summer 2000. Help excavate turn-of-the-century Hispanic settlements in Colorado, survey Stone Age hunter camps in Germany, dig for the remnants of prehistoric societies around Lake Titicaca in Peru, and more! Crew members actively participate in all aspects of the research during each two-week expedition, from unearthing artifacts to mapping sites and cataloging the project's findings. Participation with UREP is an excellent way to gain valuable experience in the field, and summer sessions credit is available. For additional information and a free catalog, call: (530) 752-0692, email: email@example.com, or check our Website: urep.ucdavis.edu.
The Laboratory for Archaeological Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is initiating an annual program of research award grants to graduate students of archaeology. The lab staff believes that major discoveries in archaeology in future years will come from laboratory investigations and that the training of graduate students in analytical methods and their application is essential. This award offers support for the application of chemical analyses in solving archaeological problems. The Laboratory for Archaeological Chemistry has been involved in the study of questions of archaeological interest for many years. The primary focus of it's research is on the characterization of prehistoric bone, soils, and pottery. A variety of other materials including stone, dyes, organic residues, metals, and glass also are investigated. Instrumentation in the lab includes a (1) Inductively Coupled Plasma-Atomic Emission Spectrometer for the rapid elemental characterization of a variety of materials with a resolution in parts per million, and (2) Finnigan Element Inductively Coupled Plasma High-Resolution Mass Spectrometer for isotopic and elemental characterization of many materials, often at the parts per billion level. This instrument incorporates laser ablation as a sample introduction technique appropriate for many solids and for small or fragile samples. In addition, the lab has access to a variety of other instrumentation and equipment on campus. Applications for the award must include: (1) a three-page letter describing the specifics of the research and the analyses involved, (2) the applicant's curriculum vitae, (3) a tentative table of contents for the dissertation, and (4) a letter of recommendation from the major advisor. The letter of application must contain detailed information on the research project, the kinds of analyses involved, the number of samples and analyses required, availability of samples with letter(s) of permission if appropriate, a discussion of the importance of the analysis to the proposed research, and a timetable for research and project completion. Discussions with lab staff are recommended prior to application to ensure that the project meets award criteria and employs services available. The deadline for application is January 1 for awards beginning September 1 of the same year. The award will be announced on March 15 each year. Awards must be appropriately acknowledged in any dissemination of results of the analyses and copies of resulting publications must be provided to the lab for our files. Questions and applications should be addressed to T. Douglas Price or James H. Burton, Laboratory for Archaeological Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1180 Observatory Dr., Madison WI 53706, tel: (608) 262-2575 (tdp), (608) 262-0367 (jhb), (fax): (608) 265-4216, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. For further information, see our Web site at www.wisc.edu/larch/aclab/larch.
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