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Request for information on meteorites in archaeological contexts. Native Americans were aware that meteorites are rocks that fall from heaven long before western scientists accepted this phenomenon. They viewed meteorites as sacred and assigned them a variety of symbolic meanings from at least Early Woodland times into the historic period. Expression of these beliefs took different forms at different times in various areas of North America. If you know of any cases of iron or stone meteorites, tektites, or fulgurites (fused sediments produced by lightning strikes) from archaeological contexts, or of any suspicious cases, please contact Donald Blakeslee, Department of Anthropology, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS 67260-0052, (316) 689-3195. Identification by experts and trace element analysis can be arranged when appropriate.

Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt has announced awards totaling $2,233,200 to assist museums, Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, and Alaska Native villages and corporations with implementation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). The awards were divided among 42 projects. In announcing the awards, Babbitt praised the 42 projects as "continuing the dialogue between museums and Indian tribes that began five years ago with the passage of the Act." He also announced that the administration's 1996 budget request included funds for NAGPRA grants. Information regarding awards can be obtained from C. Timothy McKeown, NAGPRA Program Leader, Archaeological Assistance Division, National Park Service, P. O. Box 37127, Washington D.C. 20013-7127.

The Sainsbury Research Unit for the arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, University of East Anglia, has a full 3-year Robert Sainsbury Scholarship for a candidate undertaking doctoral research, tenable at the SRU from 1996. The scholarship covers fees and maintenance and includes a stipend to fund travel and fieldwork. Applicants should have a strong academic record and a background in anthropology, art history, archaeology, or a related subject. Full and part grants are offered for the 1996-97

M.A. course in Advanced Studies in the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas. The course combines anthropological, art-historical, and archaeological approaches and is intended for students who wish to pursue research and academic/museum-related careers. Facilities in the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts include a major research library and personal study space with PCs. Applicants should have, or be about to have, an undergraduate degree in anthropology, art history, archaeology, or a related subject. Application deadline is March 1, 1996. Applications for two Visiting Research Fellowships during the 1997 calendar year are also sought. Tenure of each fellowship is preferred during January to April and September to December. Holders of a doctorate who are undertaking research for publication in the field of the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas are eligible to apply. In exceptional cases, advanced doctoral candidates may be considered. Application deadline is April 1, 1996. For further information, contact Admissions Secretary, Sainsbury Research Unit, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK, (01603) 592498, fax (01603)259401.

After conducting a national search, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center has named Bruce Allen Grimes as president of the not-for-profit research and education center, beginning October 1. Grimes has been director of athletics at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. since 1992. He will administer Crow Canyon's programs, provide fund-raising support, and manage the staff of more than 60 full-time and seasonal archaeologists, educators, and support personnel. Grimes holds a B.A. from Millikin University, an M.A. from Ohio University, and has completed course work for a Ph.D. in educational administration at the University of Wisconsin. His areas of expertise include fund raising, program management, marketing, budget control, public relations, and public speaking.

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center is pleased to announce the award of the second Robert H. Lister Fellowship to Ronald H. Towner, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Arizona. Towner will receive a $5,000 stipend to support his work in 1995-1996 and will present a colloquium on his work at Crow Canyon in 1996. Towner's dissertation work is focused on the pueblitos of the Dinetah, the traditional Navajo homeland in northeastern New Mexico. His research promises to materially enhance archaeologists' ability to recognize early Navajo sites and to evaluate tree-ring dates from pre-Fort Sumner sites.

The Certificate in Historical Conservation and Presentation is a new intensive program developed jointly by the University College of Cape Breton and the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. It consists of three five-week sessions beginning the second week of May 1996, with classes held at UCCB, and labs and practicums held at the fortress of Louisbourg. Courses include a historic overview of Louisbourg, collections management, introduction to archaeological methods, material culture research and conservation methods, and presentations methods. For further information, contact Extension and Community Affairs, University College of Cape Breton, Box 5300, Sydney, Nova Scotia, B1P 6L2, Canada, (902) 539-5300, fax (902) 562-0119, email siofg@sivm.si.edu

The National Park Service announces a new publication on the first Americans. The people who first crossed the Bering land bridge and gradually spread across North America have long been the focus of public fascination and scholarly research. Unfortunately, the few traces left of their presence are rare, threatened by development, and prized by collectors. The remains of the first Americans, once gone, are gone forever. Stewardship of these remains, which provide information about our past environments, is a public responsibility. The Public Trust and the First Americans, just published by Oregon University Press, addresses the question of how we should manage these precious resources--and how they can be preserved while being used to educate the public. The book includes discussion of the public trust doctrine in U.S. law, the concept of responsibility for materials related to the first Americans, relationships among researchers, the legal basis for protecting these resources, and opportunities for educating the public. The volume, edited by Ruthann Knudson and Bennie C. Keel of the National Park Service, was developed from a symposium cosponsored by the NPS and the university's Center for the Study of the First Americans. It is available from Oregon State University Press, 101 Waldo Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331-6407, (503) 737-3166, fax (503) 737-3170.

The Curtiss T. and Mary G. Brennan Foundation announces a pilot program of grants to support Precolumbian archaeological field research in Andean South America. Funds are available to a maximum of $5,000 to support research designed to establish the significance of a proposed project and the feasibility of carrying it to completion, or to fund an ancillary portion of an existing project important to the 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 calendar year, with deadlines of June 30, 1996, and December 31, 1996. For guidelines and application materials, contact The Curtiss T. and Mary G. Brennan Foundation, 535 Cordova Rd., Suite 426, Santa Fe, NM 87501.

Call for papers--Material Symbols: Culture and Economy in Prehistory, for a conference to be held at Southern Illinois University March 29-30, 1996. The 13th annual Visiting Scholar's Conference will focus on relations between economic production and consumption, political behavior, and symbolizations of gender, prestige, and status, ritual, and ethnicity. Papers dealing with theoretical aspects and/or case studies of this topic in any region are invited. We are especially interested in papers pursuing the long-term political and economic effects of symbolic behavior, and in papers bringing together fields that are theoretically related, such as prestige and gender studies or ritual and political leadership, but which have usually been studied separately. Deadline for abstracts: December 8, 1995. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed and authors will be notified of acceptance by late January. Conference proceedings will be published as an edited volume. For more information, or to discuss potential topics, please contact John Robb, CAI, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 62901-4527, (618) 453-3253, email http://www.phys.unm.edu/~zeilik/oxfordV/, or from Rolf Sinclair, Program Director for Special Programs, Division of Physics, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230, (703) 306-1809, fax (703) 306-0566, email altamira@ccnet.com

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