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Human Relations Area Files has initiated work on two projects that will build resources for comparative research in archaeology. The first, an indexed, full-text database, similar to the existing HRAF Collection of Ethnography, will be published in annual installments (beginning in 1998) on CD-ROM and the World Wide Web and will be called the HRAF Collection of Archaeology. Each installment of the Collection of Archaeology will contain approximately 15,000 pages of text on 12 to 15 archaeological traditions selected using random sampling from a master list of world archaeological traditions now being constructed. The master list itself is called the Outline of Archaeological Traditions and will be available this coming summer from HRAF. The second resource is an encyclopedia with detailed entries on each of the archaeological traditions in the Outline of Archaeological Traditions, as well as entries on regional subtraditions and important archaeological sites in each tradition. This Encyclopedia of Prehistory will contain an estimated 3000 entries and 40,000 pages of text, and is scheduled to be published on CD-ROM by Plenum in 1999. HRAF is preparing these resources with the help of an international board of advisors and under the editorship of Peter N. Peregrine and Melvin Ember. Individuals or institutions interested in obtaining either resource should contact HRAF Member Services, 755 Prospect, New Haven, CT 06524, (800) 520-HRAF, email hraf@minerva.cis.yale.edu. Scholars interested in writing entries for the Encyclopedia of Prehistory are encouraged to contact Peter N. Peregrine, Department of Anthropology, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI 54912-0599, email peter.n.peregrine@lawrence.edu).

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe, N. M., announces its Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Internships. The internships are directed at Native American students and individuals who can utilize the program for professional development. Each internship provides a modest stipend and lasts 8­12 weeks. Programs are scheduled for the spring, summer, and fall of 1997. Student interns are encouraged to coordinate with their advisors to develop a personal project that complements their scholastic work. For further information, please contact NAGPRA Coordinator, c/o MIAC/LOA, P.O. Box 2087, Santa Fe, NM 87504-2087, (505) 827-6344, ext. 514.

The Hermitage will host its ninth year of internships in historical archaeology during the summer of 1997. Interested students may apply for either five-week or two-week sessions, receiving room, board, and a stipend of $200 per week. The five-week sessions are intended for advanced undergraduates and early-phase graduate students who have had some field training in archaeology and who are looking for more experience in a research-oriented setting. Session dates are June 2­July 6 and July 14­August 17. The two-week sessions are primarily intended for advanced undergraduates and graduate students in such fields as history, African American studies, American studies, folklore, and geography who are interested in gaining exposure to the archaeological study of the recent past. No archaeological experience is necessary. Session dates are June 23­July 6, July 21­August 3, and August 4­17. Fieldwork in 1997 will continue investigations of Hermitage dwelling sites occupied by African American slaves. Interns will participate in all phases of field excavation and laboratory processing of finds. Applicants should be aware that this internship primarily involves long hours of digging in hot, humid, and dirty conditions. Application is by letter, including a summary of education and research experience and a statement detailing your specific interest in the program. A letter of recommendation must be sent under separate cover. All application materials must be received by April 10. If you wish to be notified once your application is complete, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped postcard. Applicants will be notified of selection decisions no later than May. Send letters and inquiries to Larry McKee, The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel's Ln., Hermitage, TN 37076.

The International Journal of Osteoarchaeology (John Wiley & Sons) provides a forum for the publication of original papers dealing with all aspects of the study of human and animal bones from archaeological contexts from any area of the world. It also features short reports that give important preliminary observations from work in progress, as well as book and software reviews. All papers are subject to peer review. Papers from any of the following principal areas of work would be considered for publication: exploitation of animal resources, taphonomy, paleopathology, bioarchaeology, epidemiology and chemical analysis. The journal now publishes six issues, substantially reducing the turn-around time for manuscript submission to publication. For additional information regarding subscription costs, notes for contributors, or to request a free sample copy, please contact Leslie Eisenberg, North American Editor, State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 816 State St., Madison, WI 53706, (608) 264-6503, email leslie.eisenberg@mail.admin.wisc.edu.

The Conference on New England Archaeology (CNEA) was founded in 1979 to foster communication among archaeologists, preservationists, and historians, and to bridge the subdisciplines of prehistoric, historical, and industrial archaeology by examining common themes and approaches to New England's past. The CNEA holds an annual conference and publishes the biannual CNEA Newsletter, containing insightful articles, summaries of current research, announcements, requests for information, and listings of new publications. Submissions to CNEA Newsletter may be sent to Eric Johnson, Editor, Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003, (413) 545-1552.

An archaeological field school will be taught at the Parkin site in northeast Arkansas July 8­August 16, 1997. The Parkin site is a 17-acre fortified Mississippian and Protohistoric period village within Parkin Archaeological State Park, with laboratory and curation facilities immediately adjacent to the site. Archaeological and ethnohistoric evidence suggests that Parkin is the town of Casqui visited by the Hernando de Soto expedition in June 1541. Previous excavations have revealed that the site was continuously occupied for as long as 500 years. The 1997 excavations will investigate a portion of the defensive palisade that surrounded the town and also continue work on 16th-century structures in the village area. Students will be taught basic excavation techniques, transit use, mapping, record keeping, laboratory methods, and flotation. Archaeological method and theory and local prehistory will also be addressed. Students will earn six semester hours (either undergraduate or graduate) in ANTH 4256: Archaeological Field Session. In addition to enrollment fees, students will be required to pay $60.00 to cover on-site housing. A cook will be provided, but students will be responsible for food costs. Deadline for receipt of applications is May 31, 1997. Enrollment is limited to 24 students. For further information and applications, contact Jeffrey M. Mitchem, Arkansas Archaeological Survey, Parkin Archaeological State Park, P. O. Box 241, Parkin, AR 72373-0241, (501) 755-2119, email: jmitchem@comp.uark.edu.

The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) announces its spring call for 1997 Preservation Technology and Training Grants in Historic Preservation. NCPTT is a National Park Service initiative to advance the practice of historic preservation in the fields of archaeology, architecture, landscape architecture, materials conservation, and interpretation. Grants will be awarded for environmental research studies, technology transfer, conference support, and publications support. Environmental research projects will be considered for basic and/or applied research that focuses on (1) investigating the role of outdoor atmospheric pollution in cultural resources decay processes; (2) developing management strategies to minimize the effect of pollutant damage; or (3) new conservation treatments for application with the preservation community. Technology transfer projects will be considered for exploratory or preliminary research that seeks to facilitate the transfer of new or emerging technologies developed for use in other disciplines to the field of historic preservation. Conference support projects shall support conferences, workshops, and symposia that seek to share recent findings in research, education, or information management, or to promote transfer of technology from other disciplines to historic preservation. Publications support projects shall collate, synthesize, review, or interpret existing knowledge in subject areas relevant to historic preservation. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis, pending the availability of funds. The proposal deadline is April 15, 1997. For complete information, please consult the 1997 PTTGrants Spring guidelines and requests for proposals, available via fax (318) 357-3214, NCPTT's www (http//www.cr.nps.gov/ncptt/) and gopher sites (gopher://gopher.ncptt.nps.gov), or email (pttgrants@alpha.nsula.edu), leaving the subject and message line empty to receive the guidelines automatically.

The Sino-Canadian Field School of Art and Culture, in collaboration with Xi'an Jiaotong University, the Archaeological Institute Xi'an Branch of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), and the Archaeological Institute of the Shaanxi Province, Xi'an, has launched Archaeology Field Study '97, offering a program of Chinese culture history (3 credits) and fieldwork in archaeology (3 credits), with courses given in English, August 18­September 8, 1997. The study is accredited by the State Education Commission of China and will include fieldwork, lectures, analogy studies in museums and the collection of the local archaeological institute, and study trips. It is open for undergraduate or graduate students, academic faculty, high school seniors, and a limited number of interested adults. Participation is limited to 20. The fee is $ 3,285.00 (U.S.), which includes the cost of the visa, round-trip from/to YVR, tuition, room and board (three meals/day, only tea is included among beverages), visits in and around Xi'an, Beijing, and Shanghai. For application and inquiries, contact Canada Program Director, Rui Wang, Sino-Canadian Field School of Art and Culture, 415 E. 21st Ave., Vancouver, BC V5V 1R3, tel/fax (604) 708-5626, email dingj@intergate.bc.ca. Participants are responsible for their own sickness, accident, and travel insurances. Official transcript for transfer credits is given, but the acceptance of transfer credits from Xi'an should be arranged by each participant with the school authorities. China has essentially been closed to foreign archaeologists since 1906. There are a great number of foreign specialists on Chinese art and archaeology but without actual field experience. This is the first time a group is permitted to conduct fieldwork with Chinese archaeologists in Xi'an. Through this opportunity participants could establish contact with leading Chinese archaeologists and prepare future research colaborations with them.

The 15th Annual Maya Weekend: Pilgrimage, Migration, and Trade will be held April 12 and 13, 1997, at the University of Pennsylvania Museum. The early view of the Maya as a culture that developed in relative isolation from other Mesoamerican peoples has been overturned through the work of archaeologists and epigraphers. More than a dozen noted scholars will show how their research charts the interactions of the ancient Maya with other Mesoamerican peoples through trade, migrations, and ritual journeys to pilgrimage centers. Hundreds of Maya enthusiasts from around the country attend this annual event, which includes hieroglyph workshops for all levels, lectures, receptions, and an optional Maya banquet dinner, which this year features after-dinner speaker George Stuart, Chief Archaeologist of the National Geographic Society. For information, please contact Pam Kosty, 33rd and Spruce Sts., Philadelphia, PA 19104, (215) 898-4045.

The Historic and Public Archaeology Field School, sponsored by the Institute for Minnesota Archaeology (IMA), will be held July 7­August 15, 1997 in Red Wing, Minn. The field school will focus on the ongoing excavation of the original site of Hamline University (1856­1869), Minnesota's first institution of higher learning located in Red Wing's Central Park, with the hope of locating the school's reported basement kitchen and dining room and the privy shown in period photographs. Students will learn excavation techniques, historic artifact identification, and assist in the design and implementation of public education programming. Students will engage the public through site interpretation and staffing of volunteer and organized group participation. In addition, IMA's 1997 Field School will include survey and testing of prehistoric sites located in the Mississippi Valley, which will contribute to our understanding of human/landscape interactions in the region. Undergraduate and graduate students in American studies, anthropology, history, museum studies, and related fields are invited to attend. It is anticipated that six or eight graduate or undergraduate credits will be available from any of the following cooperating institutions: Hamline University, University of Minnesota­Twin Cities, University of Wisconsin­River Falls, and Carleton College. For information, please contact Beth Nodland, Institute for Minnesota Archaeology, 3300 University Ave., S.E., Suite 204, Minneapolis, MN 55414, (612) 627-0315, email ima@imacinc.com.

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