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Upatoi Town and mortuary site geophysical investigation is available on CD-ROM and the World Wide Web. The research report Site Mapping, Geophysical Investigation, and Geomorphic Reconnaissance at Site 9ME 395 Upatoi Town, Fort Benning, Georgia, by Frederick L. Briuer, Janet E. Simms, and Lawson M. Smith, is available on CD-ROM free of charge as long as supplies last. The investigation provided extensive information about the nature and distribution of subsurface archaeological remains at the late 18th-century Creek Indian community and burial site called Upatoi located on the U.S. Army Installation at Fort Benning, Ga., including the precise location and stratigraphic context of buried features and probable burials. New and emerging technologies were employed, including laser range finding, global positioning systems, soil conductivity, magnetometry, ground penetrating radar, and geographic information systems. The investigation has broader application to other projects where information needs to be acquired rapidly and efficiently in a highly cost-effective and minimally destructive manner that shows appropriate sensitivity to Native American concerns for the respectful treatment of human remains. Requests for the CD-ROM should be sent to Frederick L. Briuer, Director, Center for Cultural Site Preservation Technology, U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station, 3909 Halls Ferry Rd., Vicksburg, MS 39180, email briuerf@ex1.wes.army.mil. The report is also available in Portable Document File (PDF) format at http://www.wes.army.mil/el/ccspt/publications.html.

The first Patagonian Coast archaeological workshop, organized by the Area de Arqueología y Antropología del Centro Nacional Patagonico, was held in Puerto Madryn (Argentinian Patagonia) June 13-16, 1997. The participants were archaeologists, bioanthropologists, and geoarchaeologists involved in research in different areas along the coast of Patagonia who organized the workshop in order to share information and explore different theoretical and methodological approaches. During the three-day workshop, participants described and discussed research on paleoenvironmental conditions, peopling, subsistence and mobility strategies, and technology. They also explored possible arrangements and funding opportunities both for future cooperative investigations and for the protection and conservation of archaeological patrimony. The next workshop will take place in Comodoro Rivadavia during May 1999.

The first Gordon R. Willey Award of the American Anthropological Association's Archaeology Division will be awarded to Melinda Zeder of the Smithsonian for her 1994 American Anthropologist paper "After the Revolution: Post-Neolithic Subsistence in Northern Mesopotamia." The Executive Committee of the AAA's Archaeology Division established the new award to recognize outstanding publications in archaeology in the AAA's journal. Papers of the previous three calendar years published in the journal (excluding distinguished lectures) are considered for the award at each spring meeting of the Executive Committee. The award is named after Professor Willey to recognize his tenure as AAA president (1961) and to encourage archaeologists to pursue his well-known maxim that "archaeology is anthropology or it is nothing." The award will be made at the business meeting of the Archaeology Division at the 1997 AAA Annual Meetings. Professor Willey will make the presentation.

The Division of Public Programs in the National Endowment for the Humanities supports projects using computer technology (such as CD-ROM, web sites, BBS, chat rooms, MOOs, or DVD) that are grounded in humanities scholarship and present important ideas in exciting ways for public participation and lifelong learning. Planning grants of up to $50,000 support the design and development of computer-related public programs in preparation for their implementation or production. Production grants support the production, dissemination, and active use of public humanities projects. Successful proposals are based on solid research, design, and planning in collaboration with scholars. In addition to the application requirements listed in the Division of Public Programs guidelines, proposed computer-related projects should provide supplemental information that outlines and justifies the format of the project, describes the nature and structure of the interactivity proposed, and identifies the advisors and personnel for programming and design. Applicants for production grants also need to submit an electronic sample of the proposed project demonstrating content, typical images, sounds, text, and modes of interactivity. The next deadline for Public Programs projects is January 12, 1998. For information, contact John Meredith in the Division of Public Programs at (202) 606-8218, email jmeredith@neh.fed.us, or web http://www.neh.fed.us.

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez, Colo., has announced award of the third Robert H. Lister Fellowship to John Kantner, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Kantner's dissertation, tentatively titled The Influence of Cooperative and Competitive Behavior on the Evolution of the Chaco Anasazi of the American Southwest, examines community interaction in the southern portion of the Chacoan regional system. The research evaluates cooperation and competition in a number of communities using a geographic information system analysis to provide spatial and contextual information, a microstylistic analysis of pottery design to examine sociopolitical interaction, and a compositional analysis to identify pottery production areas and exchange relationships. Kantner will receive a $5,000 stipend to support his work in 1997-1998, and he will present a colloquium on his work at Crow Canyon. The Lister Fellowship was established at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center to honor the life and work of the late Robert H. Lister, who had an outstanding career as a research archaeologist, university professor, research administrator, and public educator. The Lister Fellowship will be awarded again in 1999.

"The Loss of Cultural Heritage--An International Perspective" is a collection of papers recently published in Nonrenewable Resources (Vol. 6, No. 2, June 1997), the journal of the International Association for Mathematical Geology. The papers are aimed at an audience that knows little about historic preservation, archaeological looting, or trafficking in antiquities. The articles are also useful for archaeologists as educational tools, especially in the presentation of archaeological ethics. Authors and their topics include Karen Vitelli and Anne Pyburn, who address archaeology and development; Ricardo Elia, who links looting and the collection of antiquities; Stephen Lekson, who looks at museums and the antiquities market; Roderick McIntosh, Boubacar Hama Diaby, and Tereba Togola, who show the remarkable changes that can result when indigenous people are given an opportunity to protect their own past; Mark Michael, who reviews the success of the Archaeological Conservancy in protecting archaeological sites in the United States; and Frederick Lange and Mario Molina, who take a regional view of Central America's efforts to protect its cultural heritage. The volume was edited by Catherine Cameron, who also provides an introduction to the papers. It is available through Plenum Press for $15. To order a copy of the issue, contact Diane Stolfi, Journals Department, Plenum Press, 233 Spring St., New York, NY 10013.

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 April 15, 1998, and October 15, 1998. For guidelines and application materials, contact the Curtiss T. & Mary G. Brennan Foundation, 535 Cordova Rd., Suite 426, Santa Fe, NM 87501, fax (505) 983-5120, email BrenFdn@compuserve.com.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is seeking assistance in developing a video on Northwest cultural resources including prehistory, history, and archaeology. This video will complete a trilogy of regional videos that round out the agency's training program for field staff; the Northeast version is finished and the Southeast unit is underway. NRCS needs a subject expert to develop the conceptual orientation and message of the video, outline a script, and prepare script text and suggest illustrations. If you are interested in this project, please send a letter outlining your qualifications and estimated costs to Kathleen Schamel, Ecological Sciences Division, NRCS, P.O. Box 2890, Washington, DC 20013-2890, (202) 720-03034, email kathleen.schamel@usda.gov.

Visit the new American Institute for Conservation of His-toric and Artistic Works (AIC) web site at http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/aic/. Everyone with an interest in the care of cultural property--from families interested in the care of heirlooms to conservators, museum professionals, and members of AIC--is encouraged to sign on, learn about AIC, and explore the world of conservation. For the general public and professionals in related fields, the site provides guidelines for caring for a wide variety of objects as well as information on how to select a conservator and use the free FAIC referral service. Conservation professionals and AIC members will find useful information on subjects such as specialty groups, AIC publications, membership applications, and the annual meeting. There are also features on special programs, outreach materials, and FAIC grants. The site is linked to other related organizations such as the National Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Property (NIC), the American Association of Museums (AAM), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

An international standard for identifying cultural objects has been developed by the Getty Information Institute. Recognizing the need for more and better documentation to assist in the identification and recovery of cultural objects stolen or illegally exported, the Getty Information Institute initiated a collaborative project in 1993 to develop an international documentation standard for information needed to identify cultural objects. The standard has been developed in collaboration with police forces, customs agencies, museums, archaeologists, the art trade, and the insurance industry. The contents of the standard were identified by background research, interviews, and, most importantly, by major international questionnaire surveys. In total, more than 1,000 responses were received from organizations in 84 countries. The findings of these surveys demonstrated that there was close agreement on the information needed to describe objects for purposes of identification. The result is the Object ID Checklist--an international minimum standard for describing cultural objects. For a free copy of Protecting Cultural Objects in the Global Information Society: The Making of Object ID, please write to the Getty Information Institute, 1200 Getty Center Dr., Suite 300, Los Angeles, CA 90049-1680, fax (310) 440-7715.

The Smithsonian Institution announces the availability of two programs. Smithsonian Fellowships are awarded to support independent research in residence at the Smithsonian in association with the research staff and using the institution's resources. Postdoctoral fellowships are offered to scholars who have held the degree or equivalent for less than seven years. Senior fellowships are offered to scholars who have held the degree or equivalent for seven years or more. Both fellowships offer a stipend of $27,000 per year plus allowances. Predoctoral fellowships are offered to doctoral candidates who have completed preliminary course work and examinations. The stipend is $15,000 per year plus allowances. The terms for all three fellowships are three to 12 months, and stipends are prorated accordingly. Graduate student fellowships are offered to students formally enrolled in a graduate program of study who have completed at least one semester and not yet have been advanced to candidacy if in a Ph.D. program. The term is 10 weeks with a stipend of $3,500. The deadline for Smithsonian Fellowship applications is January 15, 1998. The Smithsonian Minority Internship Program allows students to participate in research and museum-related activities for periods of 10 weeks during the summer, fall, and spring. U.S. minority undergraduate and beginning graduate students are invited to apply. The appointment carries a stipend of $300 per week and may provide a travel allowance. The deadline for applications to this program is February 15, 1998. For information on either program, write to the Smithsonian Institution, Office of Fellowships and Grants, 955 L'Enfant Plaza, Suite 7000, MRC 902, Washington, DC 20560, email siofg@ofg.si.edu. For the Smithsonian Fellowships, indicate the particular area in which you propose to conduct research and give the dates of degrees received or expected.


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