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Building on experiments begun in the 1970s, a wave of archaeology film festivals has gained momentum in Europe since 1988, reaching a high point of 11 events held between Fall 1995 and Fall 1996. These developments are briefly chronicled in Old World Archaeology Newsletter (XVII/2 Winter 1994:15-16 and XVIII/3 Spring/Summer 1995:12-14) and Archaeology and Public Education (4/3 February 1994:4), and updated schedules and contact information have been posted regularly on the Program for Art on Film's website at http://www.artfilm.org. You can check the SAA Bulletin's Calendar for this year's events.

The 1998 Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance announces its Western Belize Regional Cave Project, which will again conduct archaeological research in various caves in Belize to interpret the role of caves in the ancient Maya culture. This regional study will return to Actun Tunichil Muknal (Stone Sepulchre), Actun Uayazba Kab (Handprint Cave), investigated during 1996 and 1997, and a number of caves recently discovered, as well as Cahal Witz Na (Place of the Mountain House), a large surface site near the caves. Elite burials, stone monuments, cave art, and carvings are under investigation. Jaime Awe (University of New Hampshire) will direct the archaeological investigations in the caves. The Western Belize Regional Cave Project offers students and archaeology/anthropology enthusiasts an opportunity to gain both field and laboratory experience, including extensive exploration of cave sites, survey, mapping of rooms and artifacts, excavation, classification of pottery, artifact tabulation, data recording, and preliminary analysis 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. Participants will have the opportunity to take educational excursions to other Maya sites in the area as well. Two-week ($950 U.S.) or four-week ($1600) sessions are available in June and July, 1998. Due to the strenuous and dangerous nature of cave reconnaissance it is imperative that volunteers be in excellent physical condition and at least 18 years of age. Registration 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; credit options are provided in the application package. For applications and more information, please contact Cameron Griffith, Codirector, BelizeMaya@aol.com. Visit the project on the web at http://php.indiana.edu/~casgriff/Belize/CAVE.html.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announces the May 1, 1998 postmark deadline for applications for Fellowships for University Teachers and Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars. NEH Fellowships provide opportunities for individuals to pursue advanced research in the humanities. Projects may contribute to scholarly knowledge or to the general public's understanding of the humanities. The tenure period is from six to 12 months, the earliest beginning date is January 1999, and the maximum stipend is $30,000. For application materials and information, visit the Endowment's web site http://www.neh.gov or for Fellowships for University Teachers, call (202) 606-8466, and for Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars, call (202) 606-8467.

The 1999-2000 Fulbright Senior Scholar Program offers opportunities in all disciplines and professional fields for lecturing or advanced research in over 125 countries. U. S. citizenship and a Ph.D. or comparable professional qualifications are required. For lecturing awards, university or college teaching experience is expected. Foreign language skills are needed for some countries, but most lecturing assignments are in English. Deadlines for applications are as follows: Lecturing and research grants in academic year 1999-2000 are due August 1, 1998; Distinguished Fulbright chairs in Western Europe and Canada must apply by May 1, 1998; International education and academic administrator seminars are due November 1, 1998. For additional information, contact the USIA Fulbright Senior Scholar Program, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, 3007 Tilden St. N.W., Suite 5L, Box GNEWS, Washington, D.C. 20008-3009, (202) 686-7877, email apprequest@cies.iie.org (requests for application materials only), web http://www.cies.org.

The Ohio Historical Society (OHS) has expanded its museum at prehistoric Fort Ancient near Lebanon, Ohio, a National Historic Landmark. The facility focuses on American Indian heritage of the Ohio Valley dating from the ice age to the mid-19th century. Fort Ancient, was built by the Hopewell Indians beginning around 100 B.C. and is the largest and best preserved historic Indian hilltop enclosure in North America. Reopening after two years, the expanded Fort Ancient museum will include more than 9,000 sq. ft. of exhibits, an outdoor re-creation of a prehistoric Indian garden, two classrooms, and a resource center with books and articles pertaining to the site. Among the materials, visitors will find the reports of 19th- and 20th-century archaeologists who have studied the site. Educational programs and special events on American Indian topics also will be expanded at Fort Ancient. Exhibits focus on three major periods in American Indian history: the original discovery of the Ohio Valley by prehistoric Indian groups (ca. 13,000 B.C.), the development of agriculture (beginning ca. 800 B.C.), and the impact of early European contact on American Indian life and culture (beginning ca. A.D. 1650). Display areas show what history and archaeology have revealed about American Indian heritage through artifacts, life-sized dioramas, and hands-on and computer interactive exhibits. Topics include the mound-building methods used by the ancient people, as well as their transition from hunting and gathering to agricultural lifestyles. The exhibits also familiarize visitors with the science of archaeology and the role it plays in helping us learn more about the prehistoric cultures. Visitors will also be able to see outdoor features of the site such as wooded hiking trails, a scenic overlook above the picturesque Little Miami River Valley, and 4- to 23-ft earthen walls broken at intervals so the sites prehistoric inhabitants could track the movement of the sun and moom. The $3.5 million Fort Ancient museum was partly financed by $3 million in state capital funds. Fort Ancient, Ohio's first state park, later was reclassified a state memorial and placed under OHS management. The museum expansion is part of an ongoing revitalization program affecting many of OHS's 62 sites.

The California Mission Studies Association announces a new website at http://bizweb.lightspeed.net/~cmsa that contains considerable information on the 21 California Spanish missions. The Links page, in particular, offers a huge collection of archaeological and historical information, as well as a Pictorial Resources section drawn from the California Heritage collection in the University of California-Berkeley library. The association is applying for an NEH grant to create a mini-website for each of the missions and an Educational Resources page.

The Canon National Parks Science Scholars Program is a collaboration among Canon U.S.A., Inc., the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation (chartered by Congress to assist the National Park Service), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Each year, the program awards scholarships in several disciplines to support student research in the National Park System. Awards are made in four broad discipline areas: biological sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, and cultural sciences. The 1998 competition is open to students currently enrolled in a doctoral program in the United States, who have (or will soon have) completed their coursework, and who will have prepared a dissertation proposal approved by their faculty committee no later than June 15, 1998. Each winning student will be awarded a Canon National Parks Science Scholarship of $25,000 per year for up to three years--a total of $75,000 support to complete his or her research. In addition, four Honorable Mentions will be awarded a one-time scholarship of $2,000. This year's competition is focused on four research topics important to the management of the National Park System. All proposals should address one of the following topics stated as a research question: Biological Sciences--What is the relationship of fire regimes to landscape processes and patterns within parks and their surrounding areas? Physical Sciences--What waste treatment technologies have the least impact upon pristine ecosystems in the national parks? Social Sciences--What long-term impacts do NPS interpretive and/or outreach programs have on visitors, the general public, and key populations? Cultural Sciences--What techniques are most effective in preserving rock art in the National Park System? Applications should be postmarked no later than June 15, 1998. Winners will be announced by August 15, 1998. Awardees can begin their supported research during the 1998 fall academic term. For more information or to receive a 1998 program announcement, contact Gary E. Machlis, Program Coordinator, Canon National Parks Science Scholar Program, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, 1849 C St., N.W. (MIB 3127), Washington, D.C. 20240, (202) 208-5391, email gmachlis@uidaho.edu.

The Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc. (FAMSI) announces its Annual Grant Competition for 1998. Grants are intended to provide assistance for scholarly investigations of Precolumbian cultures of Mesoamerica (limited to present Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador). Applicants may be working in such fields as anthropology, archaeology, art history, epigraphy, ethnohistory, history, linguistics, or multidisciplinary studies involving any suitable combination of these classifications. Applications received after September 30, 1998 will not be considered. To receive a copy of the current brochure outlining policies, grant categories, requisite qualifications, and application forms, contact The Granting Committee, FAMSI, 268 S. Suncoast Blvd., Crystal River, FL 34429-5498, fax (352) 795-1970, email famsifl@aol.com, web http://www.famsi.org.

A new interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Environmental Dynamics will begin at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, in the fall semester, 1998. The focus of this program is human-environmental interactions within recent Earth history. The program emphasizes interdisciplinary regional analyses of geophysical, biological, climatic, and sociocultural factors. Appropriate techniques such as GIS, GPS, remote sensing, computer modeling, and computer cartography are integrated into the program. M.A. graduates in anthropology, geography, geology, biological sciences, agronomy, and related fields are encouraged to apply, as well as appropriately qualified B.A. degree holders. Nationally competitive assistantships are available. For information and application materials, see our home page www.uark.edu/depts/endy, or contact Allen McCartney, Director, ENDY, Old Main 525, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701, (501) 575-6603.

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