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The H. John Heinz III Fund of the Heinz Family Foundation announces its grant program for archaeological fieldwork in Latin America for 1998. This program will fund four to six scholars to conduct archaeological research in Latin America. Applications for dissertation research will not be considered. The maximum amount of the awards will be $8,000 each. The deadline for submission is November 15, 1997. Notification of the awards will be made by March 1998. To request guidelines or information, please contact James B. Richardson III, Chairman, Division of Anthropology, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, (412) 665-2601, fax (412) 665-2751, email jbr3+@pitt.edu.

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 a deadline of October 15, 1997. For guidelines and application materials, contact the Curtiss T. and Mary G. Brennan Foundation, 535 Cordova Rd., Suite 426, Santa Fe, NM 87501, email brnfdn@compuserve.com.

Arizona State University (ASU) is forging a tie with the Institute of Human Origins (IHO), currently located in Berkeley, California. On negotiation of a definitive agreement and approval of the Arizona Board of Regents, IHO will move to the main ASU campus in Tempe. The institute was founded in 1981 as a nonprofit, multidisciplinary research organization dedicated to the recovery and analysis of the fossil evidence for human origins and evolution and the establishment of a chronological framework for human evolutionary events. The institute seeks to provide a singular research environment for leading investigators of paleoanthropology and related disciplines, allocating its resources strategically to research on the most important questions regarding the course, cause, and timing of events in human evolution. Institute scientists are dedicated to carrying out field research in Ethiopia (home of the famous 3.2 million-year-old fossil skeleton of "Lucy"), Eritrea (the last great stretch of unexplored territory in the East African Rift Valley), Israel (the site of important Neanderthal fossil discoveries), and other sites where human evolutionary evidence is found. Education and training are among the institute's major commitments. IHO produces periodic newsletters, offers lecture series, conducts tours and workshops for teachers and students, and serves as a continuing resource for numerous informal science education outreach projects. IHO offers graduate stipends to talented graduate students from the countries in which it does research. By sponsoring the training of students from host countries, the institute seeks to protect the anthropological heritage of these nations. The institute is a registered 501(c)(3) organization and welcomes contributions in support of its mission.

The William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies in the Department of History at Southern Methodist University in Dallas welcomes applications for two research fellowships: (1) the Clements Research Fellowship in Southwest Studies, in any field in the humanities or social sciences from individuals doing research on Southwestern America, broadly conceived; (2) the Summerlee Research Fellowship, specifically in the field of Texas history. The fellowship holders would be expected to spend the 1998-1999 academic year at SMU, as Research Fellows of the Clements Center. The fellowships are designed to provide time for senior or junior scholars to bring book-length manuscripts to completion. The Research Fellows will each be expected to teach one course during the two-semester duration of the fellowship and participate in center activities. The Research Fellows will each receive the support of the center, access to the extraordinary holdings of the DeGolyer Library, and a subvention toward the publication of their books. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $30,000, health benefits, a modest allowance for research and travel expenses, and support for publication of the book. Applicants should send a vita, a description of their research project, a sample chapter or extract, and three letters of reference from persons who can assess the significance of the proposal and the scholarship record of the proposer. Send applications to David J. Weber, Director, Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Department of History, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX 75275-0176. Applications must be received by January 15, 1998. The award will be announced on March 2, 1998.

The Seven Thrones: A Princely Manuscript from Iran is among the most celebrated of all Persian illustrated texts and a great treasure of the Freer collection. The manuscript went on view June 28 and continues through March 29, 1998, at the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art in Washington D. C. This collection of poetry was completed between 1556 and 1565 for Prince Sultan Ibrahim Mirza. It was recently unbound for conservation, allowing the temporary removal of pages for restoration and comprehensive study. The seven poems (the thrones), written as a sequence of rhyming couplets, were composed by Abdul-Rahman Jami, a renowned 15th-century poet, scholar, and mystic. The text relies on both spiritual and didactic ideas of Sufism--the mystical branch of Islam. This exhibition marks the first time that many of the illustrations and illuminated folios have been shown publicly.

The Wiener Laboratory of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens announces research fellowships in geoarchaeology, faunal studies, and human skeletal studies for 1998-1999 in Greece. Fellowships are open to scholars with a PhD and those working on a doctoral dissertation, with a stipend of approximately $13,000 to $25,000 depending on seniority and experience. Applicants must have a well-defined project that can be undertaken within the given time in the laboratory or in collaboration with local research institutions. The appointment will be for one academic year, beginning September 15, 1998. Applicants should send a cover letter, a three-page description of the project (establishing the project aim, significance, and scope, project time table, methodology, necessary equipment and resources, and explanation of how the project relates to existing and current research on the topic), copy of permit(s) or letter(s) of permission from appropriate authority(ies) to study proposed material, project bibliography, curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation to Director, The Wiener Laboratory, American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 54 Souidias, Athens GR106-76, Greece. Additional information can be obtained from (301) 723-6313 or 723-9281, fax (301) 729-4047. The deadline for applications if February 5, 1998.

An emergency situation has developed at the Central American Institute of Prehistoric and Traditional Cultures at Belize, where damage from rain and hurricanes this year is threatening to destroy within months the institute's valuable collection of books, photographs, artifacts, field notes, and other archival materials. According to Michael Naxon, director of the emergency fund established to rescue the institute's resources, a three-phase plan, involving removal and storage of items, restoration and conservation, and finally locating a safe repository for the library and archives, will cost approximately $140,000. A web site has been set up: http://world.std.com/~chacmol. Interested parties may send contributions, payable to Central American Institute, to Emergency Fund, Central American Institute at Belize, 8033 Sunset Blvd., Suite 2040, Los Angeles, CA 90046.

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission invites applications for its 1998-1999 Scholars in Residence Program. The program provides support for full-time research and study at any commission facility, including the State Archives, the State Museum, and 26 historical sites and museums. Residencies are available for four to 12 consecutive weeks between May 1, 1998, and April 30, 1999, at the rate of $1,200 per month. The program is open to all who are conducting research on Pennsylvania history, including academic scholars, public sector professionals, independent scholars, graduate students, writers, filmmakers, and others. For further information and application materials, contact Division of History, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Box 1026, Harrisburg, PA 17108, (717) 787-3034. Deadline is January 16, 1998.

The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) announces its 1998 Preservation Technology and Training Grants in historic preservation. The enter 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. All proposals that seek to develop and distribute preservation skills and technologies for the identification, evaluation, conservation, and interpretation of cultural resources will be considered. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis, pending the availability of funds. Deadline for proposals is December 19, 1997, via NCPTT's fax-on-demand computer [(310) 357-3214], NCPTT's www page (http://www.cr.nps.gov/ncptt), and internet gopher (gopher://gopher.ncptt.nps.gov) posted under "About the National Center.../Announcements/," and by return email (pttgrants@alpha.nsula.edu) leaving the subject and message lines empty. For more information, contact Mark Gilberg, Research Coordinator, NCPTT, NSU Box 5682, Natchitoches, LA 71497, (318) 357-6464, fax (318) 357-6421.

The NRCS-USDA Cultural Resources Specialists and Coordinators Directory has been updated! The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) (formerly, the Soil Conservation Service) works with landowners on private lands to conserve natural resources. NRCS helps farmers and ranchers develop individual conservation systems suited for their land and agriculture business. Rural and urban communities also rely on the agency to help reduce erosion, conserve and protect water, and solve other resource problems. Since NRCS provides assistance to protect, maintain, and improve natural resources, cultural resources are considered in this work. The Cultural Resources Directory contains the names, addresses, and contact points for agency management, coordinators, and specialists at all levels who work with or make decisions on cultural resources. The directory can be obtained by printing a form from a web page at http://www.nhq.nrcs.usda.gov/BCS/culture/crsframe.html, or by writing to Lara Philbert, Program Assistant, Ecological Sciences Division, NRCS, NHQ, P.O. Box 2890, Washington, DC 20013, (202) 720-5811.


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