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The Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas is offering full- and part-time grants for the 1999-2000 M.A. course in Advanced Studies in the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas and for research leading to a Ph.D. The M.A. 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 10, 1999. The Research Unit also invites applications for two three-month Visiting Research Fellowships, tenable during the calendar year 2000. Fellowship tenure is preferred during the January-April and September-December periods. Holders of a Ph.D. who are undertaking research for publication in the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas are eligible to apply. In exceptional cases, advanced doctoral candidates may be considered. The value of the Fellowship is [sterling]3,750 sterling (approximately $6,188) plus one return fare to the University of East Anglia to a maximum of [sterling]600 (approximately $990). Application deadline is April 1, 1999. For further details and application information, contact the Admissions, Secretary, Sainsbury Research Unit, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ, U.K., (011-160) 359-2198, fax (011-160) 325-9401, email admin.sru@uea.ac.uk.

For a study of the collapse of the moundbuilding cultures in eastern North America (Adena, Hopewell, Mississippian), we seek information relating to epidemic diseases in these populations. In particular, we are interested in the possibility of Old World disease, such as bubonic plague, that may have been transmitted by precolumbian voyagers across the Atlantic. Contact Fred Olsen, c/o Madeleine Lynn, FERCO/TIMEXPO, P.O. Box 310, Middlebury, CT 06762, email mlynn@timexpo.com.

The Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project will once again be conducting archaeological research in various caves in Belize, Central America, in summer 1999. This regional study will involve caves previously investigated in 1997 and 1998, including Actun Tunichil Muknal (Stone Sepulchre), Actun Uayazba Kab (Handprint Cave), Actun Chapat (Bat Cave), and a number of recently discovered caves. Elite burials, stone monuments, cave art, and carvings will be investigated, with the objective of interpreting the role of caves in ancient Maya culture. Jaime Awe of the University of New Hampshire will be directing the investigations, which will include extensive exploration of cave sites, survey, mapping of rooms and artifacts, pottery typing, artifact tabulation, data recording, and excavation. The project also will include laboratory training in ceramic and lithic analyses and preliminary analysis of human remains. Lectures will provide an overview of Maya civilization with a particular focus on ideology and cosmology relating to their use of caves. The field school is available in two or four week sessions: Session 1--May 30 to June 12 (or June 26), 1999; Session 2--July 4 to July 17 (or July 31), 1999. Academic credit may be obtained for the course through the University of New Hampshire. Two credit options are available; the details are provided in the application package. Due to the strenuous and dangerous nature of cave reconnaissance, it is imperative that volunteers be at least 18 years of age and in excellent physical condition. Prior spelunking experience is preferred. Registration fees for the project are $950 (two-week session) or $1,600 (four-week session), which include lodging, weekday meals, and transportation to and from the cave sites. Travel to and from Belize and incidental expenses are the participant's responsibility. For applications and more information, contact Cameron Griffith, Codirector, email BelizeMaya@aol.com, web php.indiana.edu/~casgriff/Belize/CAVE.html.

The American Heritage Center announces the Bernard L. Majewski Research Fellowship for 1999, intended to provide research support for a recognized scholar in the history of economic geology and to facilitate the fellow's use of archival collections in the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming. For the purposes of the fellowship, economic geology is defined as the activities of exploration and development of petroleum, and base, precious and industrial minerals, including basic geological research. Acceptable related fields include history, oral history, and historical archaeology pertaining to economic geology, environment and natural resources history, and business or economic history related to economic geology. Research projects which integrate archival data with data gathered from other sources (such as historical archaeology and the earth sciences) also are encouraged. Applicants for the fellowship must submit a 2-3 page research proposal, a proposed timeline for project completion, a résumé including a list of publications authored by the applicant, and copies of two of the author's most recent publications which pertain to the proposed research. Application materials must be received by February 16, 1999. The fellow will receive a stipend of $2,500 which will be used to defray research costs at the American Heritage Center, travel, and other expenses associated to the research and publication. The fellow will be responsible for scheduling and conducting the research within one year of award receipt and for making timely progress toward publication of research results. For further information, contact Director, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming, P.O. Box 3924, Laramie, WY 82071, (307) 766-4114, fax (307) 766-5511, email AHC@uwyo.edu.

The Curtiss T. and Mary G. Brennan Foundation announces two pilot programs of grants to support archaeological field research in (1) early civilizations in the Mediterranean world and (2) Andean South America. Those areas and periods of the Mediterranean world qualifying include the Bronze Age and earlier of Egypt, Anatolia, the Levant, Near East, Greece, Crete, Cyprus, and the Aegean. Funds are available to a maximum of $5,000 to support research designed to establish the significance of proposed projects and the feasibility of carrying them to completion, or to fund ancillary portions of ongoing projects important to an 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 year, with deadlines of April 15 and October 15. For guidelines and application materials, contact the Curtiss T. and Mary G. Brennan Foundation, 551 W. Cordova Rd., Suite 426, Santa Fe, NM 87501, fax (505) 983-5120, email BrenFdn@compuserve.com.

The Anthropology Department at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, announces a new Ph.D. program in anthropology, starting September 1999. The program focuses on humans in arid environments, with concentrations in all of anthropology's major subfields. The archaeology and biological anthropology faculty includes Bernardo Arriaza (paleopathology, human osteology, mummies), Ted Goebel (hunter-gatherers in extreme environments, Paleolithic/Paleoindian archaeology, lithics), Margaret Lyneis (Virgin Anasazi, ceramics), Alan Simmons (arid land adaptations, early agriculture, paleoecology), Jennifer Thompson (human evolution, hominid growth and development, skeletal biology), and Claude Warren (professor emeritus, archaeology of the desert southwest). Cultural anthropology faculty includes Jiemin Bao, William Jankowiak, Martha Knack, Tony Miranda, Gary Palmer, Rainier Spencer, John Swetnam, and George Urioste. The department has active research programs in North America (Mojave Desert, eastern Great Basin), South America (Chile), and various parts of the Old World (Jordan, Cyprus, Egypt, Siberia). The program has been growing significantly over the last several years, and is currently expanding with a newly created faculty position in Museology. For more information on the department and Ph.D. program, contact the graduate coordinator or any of the above faculty at Department of Anthropology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 4505 Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas NV 89154-5003, (702) 895-3590, web www.unlv.edu/Colleges/Liberal_Arts/Anthropology.

The United States Information Agency (USIA) announces its new Web page featuring International Cultural Property Protection www.usia.gov/education/culprop/index.html. The page provides background on the problem of international pillage of artifacts and the U.S. response; information about relevant laws, bilateral agreements and U.S. import restrictions; recent news stories and magazine articles, and much more. High-resolution images of classes of artifacts protected by the United States will be added in the near future. The United States is joined with many other countries in an international effort to protect cultural heritage globally. USIA, which oversees the U.S. role in protecting international cultural property, is the lead agency in carrying out decision-making responsibilities under the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act. The Act enables the United States to impose import restrictions on certain categories of archaeological or ethnological material in accordance with the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property when the pillage of such material places in jeopardy the cultural heritage of the country of origin. USIA also supports the Cultural Property Advisory Committee, appointed by President Clinton, in carrying out its responsibilities under the Act.

John L. Cotter, a pioneer in Paleo-Indian studies and a founder of the discipline of historical archaeology, has been honored by the Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA). At its 1998 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, the society created its third named award--the John L. Cotter Award in Historical Archaeology. This award will honor individuals at the start of their professional careers and be given for a specific achievement which is truly outstanding in a particular category. Cotter was the first SHA president (1968), first editor of Historical Archaeology, the excavator of Jamestown (1953-1957), and the chief architect behind the urban archaeology of Philadelphia. His selection as the award's namesake, however, does not directly refer to these many contributions, but rather to Cotter's long career as a teacher at the University of Pennsylvania, where he taught what is commonly regarded as the first formal course in historical archaeology in the United States, and to his lifelong support for each new generation as it entered the discipline. Cotter's door at the University Museum was always open to Penn undergraduates, avocational archaeologists, high school students, and the general public, as well as his own graduate students. His influence on the younger generation extends across North America and spans at least five decades.

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