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The Northwest Research Obsidian Studies Laboratory announces the availability of our 1999 annual research grant for up to $1,000 worth of analytical services (X-ray fluorescence trace element analysis and/or obsidian hydration analysis) for any M.A. or Ph.D. student whose research is concerned with an Oregon archaeological site and/or obsidian source. Please note that we are particularly interested in supporting geoarchaeological investigations of Oregon obsidian sources and that additional laboratory support may be available for source studies. The application deadline for 1999 is June 1. The results will be announced June 15, 1999. For additional grant details, please see the laboratory website at www.obsidianlab.com or contact Craig Skinner (cskinner@obsidianlab.com) at Northwest Research, 1414 NW Polk, Corvallis,OR 97330, (541) 754-7507.

The Upper Miami Valley Archaeological Research Museum is proud to announce the publication of the seventh monograph in its series on archaeology of the Midwest with the release of Prehistoric Chert Types of the Midwest. This book describes over 55 different chert types in the midwest and illustrates them with 48 full color plates, showing more than 1,700 authentic prehistoric stone artifacts and the range of colors, textures, and tool types for the different chert types of the Midwest. It is the first book of its kind in the Midwest and is meant to be a useful reference for the entire area. A comprehensive bibliography, glossary, maps, and introductionalso are included. Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, and Michigan are thoroughly covered, with additional coverage of Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, Ontario, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Virginia. Each type is discussed in detail including its geological nature and position, its geographic extent, prehistoric usage, texture, color, and fossils present. It is available in both hard cover and paperback. For additional information, contact Tony DeRegnaucourt at (937) 692-8669.

A new U.S. Information Agency (USIA) web page, featuring information on international cultural property protection, is now available at 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 has joined with many other countries in an international effort to protect cultural heritage on a global level. 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 the president, in carrying out its responsibilities under the Act. "We hope the Web page will contribute to raising public awareness in addition to providing information to all interested parties, including academia, museums, the trade, the general public, law enforcement entities, and citizens of other countries," announced executive director of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee, Maria Papageorge Kouroupas. "We hope, too, that it will foster greater stewardship of our shared cultural heritage, a diminishing, nonrenewable resource."

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Task Force on Emergency Response are recruiting conservation and preservation professionals for postdisaster assistance teams and mitigation research. In the event of a major disaster, FEMA can mission-assign other Federal agencies to provide employees for damage assessment and technical assistance teams. FEMA also can contract with individuals from the private sector to assist with mitigation inspection and evaluation projects. Both federal and private sector recruits will be included in a new database, the Cultural Heritage Roster. Expertise is needed in a wide range of conservation and historic preservation specialties, including archaeological site assessment and conservation. Training and/or experience in damage assessment, on-site technical assistance, disaster response and salvage techniques, or disaster recovery practice are preferred. Candidates must be available for temporary field assignments on short notice. The Cultural Heritage Roster will be managed for FEMA by Greenhorne & O'Mara, Inc., a firm based in Greenbelt, Maryland. For the FEMA Mitigation Directorate, G & O currently maintains a national database of engineering experts, the Building Performance Assessment Team (BPAT) Roster. The National Task Force on Emergency Response, cosponsor of the project, is a public-private partnership committed to providing coordinated, expert assistance to cultural institutions and the public in times of disaster. The task force is an initiative of FEMA, the Getty Conservation Institute, and Heritage Preservation. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Cultural Heritage Roster, contact Eric Letvin at eletvin@g-and-o.com or (301) 220-1884.

The Hermitage, a historic site museum, visited by 250,000 people each year, will host its 11th year of internships in historical archaeology this summer. Archaeological fieldwork on the property will continue investigations of the First Hermitage, the location of dwelling sites occupied originally by Andrew Jackson's family and later by enslaved African-American families. Interested students may apply for 10-, 5-, or 2-week terms. Participants receive room, board, and a stipend of $250 per week. The 10- and 5-week terms are intended for advanced undergraduates and early-phase graduate students who have had field training in archaeology. The Hermitage internships offer an opportunity for more experience in a research-oriented setting, with strong emphasis on direct interaction with museum visitors. Dates for these terms are: Session I, May 31-July 4; Session II, July 12-August 15. The 2-week terms are intended primarily for advanced undergraduates and graduate students in such fields as history, education, African-American studies, cultural anthropology, American studies, folklore, and geography. This internship offers exposure to the archaeological study and public interpretation of the recent past and does not require previous archaeological experience. Dates for these terms are: Session A, June 7-20; Session B, June 21-July 4; Session C, July 19-August 1. Interns will participate in all phases of field excavation and laboratory processing of finds. Applicants should be in good physical condition and should be aware that this internship primarily involves long hours of digging in hot, humid, and dirty conditions. Application is by letter, which should include a summary of education and research experience and a statement detailing your specific interest in the program. Be sure to indicate the term you are applying for, and include your session preference and dates of availability. Applicants must have two letters of recommendation sent under separate cover. If you would like to be notified once your application is complete, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped postcard. Send letters and inquiries to Larry McKee, The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel's Ln., Hermitage, TN 37076. All application materials, including the letters of recommendation, must be received by April 10, 1999. All applicants will be notified of selection decisions no later than May 1.

The new Levi Jordan Plantation website is the result of a collaboration between historical archaeologists and African-American and European-American descendants to create a "virtual conversation" to discuss the multiple archaeologies and histories of a 19th-century southern Texas plantation. Archaeological and historical research at the Jordan Plantation has revealed a great deal about the ways Africans and African-Americans empowered themselves during and after slavery. The major focus of the website discusses how people (many of whom were born in Africa) used African beliefs and ways of using material culture to deal with the oppression of slavery and its aftermath, tenancy. However, the site also discusses the lives of the European-Americans who lived on the plantation. The intent is to avoid an "either/or" conversation about history and to present the lives of all the people who lived on this plantation and how they interacted and influenced each other's lives. Information about how their descendants continue to interact and work with each other to present the histories of their ancestors is also included. The website also includes information gleaned from many other kinds of sources, including oral history, genealogy, anthropology, and folklore. It includes discussion groups and other opportunities for visitors to communicate with archaeologists, descendants, and each other. The website address is www.webarchaeology.com.

UCLA and the J. Paul Getty Trust are creating a master's degree in the conservation of archaeological and ethnographic materials that is unique in its focus among conservation training programs in the United States. The program will provide students with a cultural orientation to conservation, and a strong base in materials science, anthropology, and fieldwork. The three-year program is set to begin in 2002. The first year's curriculum will be built around general courses in anthropology, archaeology, and conservation. The second year will offer more technical training, in specially designed laboratories at the Getty Villa in Malibu, and the third year will be devoted to internships on archaeological digs or in museums. The M.A. degree will be conferred by UCLA. Three new faculty members, funded by UCLA, will be added to direct and teach in the program. Professional conservators, conservation scientists, archaeologists, and site preservationists on the Getty staff, as well as consultants, will serve as instructors and guest lecturers. The program's scientific faculty will work with resident scientists at the Getty Conservation Institute and will have access to the Institute's state-of-the-art analytical laboratories.

The Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society (AAHS) has announced that the editorship of Kiva, The Journal of Southwestern Anthropology and History, has been reorganized to accommodate both an acquisitions editor and a production editor. Ronald H. Towner will assume the role of acquisitions editor. Ron has been an active member of AAHS for many years. He holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Arizona (UA) and is presently assistant professor at the UA Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research. Tobi L. Taylor, the editor for the past two years, will assume the role of production editor. Tobi has worked successfully to bring the technical aspects of journal publishing into the 21st century, through development of electronic publishing procedures as well as automated mailing systems. Ron and Tobi plan to explore expanded electronic possibilities--online abstracts, for example --that will increase Kiva's readership. Kiva is a peer-reviewed journal published quarterly by the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society, an affiliate of the Arizona State Museum, The University of Arizona, Tucson. Kiva welcomes unsolicited original papers relating to the prehistoric and historic archaeology, ethnology, history, and ethnohistory of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. Tobi Taylor may be reached at (520) 621-3656 or (602) 585-9752, email Tobi.Taylor@ASU.EDU. Ron Towner may be reached at (520) 621-3656 or 621-6465, email at Rtowner@ltrr.arizona.edu. The mailing address for Kiva manuscripts remains AAHS, Arizona State Museum, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721-0026.

Archaeology Abroad was set up in 1972 to provide information about opportunities for archaeological fieldwork outside the United Kingdom. Then as now, it is based at the Institute of Archaeology, University College, London. Each year it publicizes more than 1,000 places for volunteers, professional staff, and specialists on a wide variety of projects of all periods in diverse locations worldwide. Archaeology Abroad is published three times a year, in March, May, and October, and is particularly directed toward students and young people, as well as qualified archaeologists. In addition to fieldwork projects and field schools, each issue contains guidance notes and advice for those planning to participate in fieldwork abroad, together with information about a wide range of organizations, publications, scholarships, awards, study tours, and courses. A fact sheet series aims to give information about archaeological fieldwork in countries which are seldom publicized. Fact sheets currently available cover the countries of southern and eastern Asia, the Netherlands, and Germany (forthcoming) and are available free of charge to subscribers. The Archaeology Abroad Essay Competition is a new initiative for 1999. The winner will receive [sterling]250 (or equivalent) toward the cost of taking part in an excavation found in the March or May issues. The prize money may be used to offset travel costs, course fees, or on-site expenses, at the discretion of the winner. The competition is open to all individual subscribers, regardless of age or experience. Full details will appear in the March issues. The closing date for entries is June 21, 1999. An annual subscription to Archaeology Abroad costs $30 ([sterling]12) for non-UK individuals and $40 ([sterling]17) for non-UK corporates. Payment (made out to University College London) should be sent to Archaeology Abroad at the address below. For further information, contact Wendy Rix Morton, Honorary Secretary and Editor, Archaeology Abroad, c/o Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Sq., London, WC1H OPY, UK, +44 (171) 504-4750, +44 (171) 383-2572, email arch.abroad@ucl.ac.uk, web www.britarch.ac.uk/archabroad.

Journal of Public Archaeology, a new international journal, to cover all "public" aspects of archaeology, is to be launched by James and James. The editor will be Neal Ascherson, the well-known journalist and writer, who now works as part-time lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology, University College, London. He will be assisted by a distinguished editorial board drawn from all continents, and Frank McManamon of the U.S. National Park Service has agreed to be regional editor for North America. The first issue is planned for September 1999. The journal intends to address, among other important issues: heritage legislation, protection, management, and abuse; the ethical and political implications of the "restitution" and reburial controversies' the symbiosis of archaeology with nationalism and the nation-state; the increasingly inflamed relationship between archaeology, conservation, and the antiquities trade; the gathering pressures of privatization and contract work on the integrity of archaeology. As well as the development of archaeological policy at international, national, and regional levels, the journal will study and criticize the intersections of archaeology with education, law, religion, economics, cultural tourism, the media and their representations of the profession and the past, and other points of public involvement. The journal also will carry first-person reports of experience in these fields, reports and reviews of conferences, and reviews of relevant literature. Anyone interested in contributing to the journal, or in receiving a free sample of the first issue, is invited to contact James and James, Ltd., 35-37 William Rd., London NW1 3ER, UK, +44 (171) 387-8558, fax +44 (171) 387-8998, email james@jxj.com.

The following archeological properties were listed in the National Register of Historic Places during the last quarter of 1998. For a full list of National Register listings every week, check "The Weekly List" at www.cr.nps.gov/nr/whtnew.htm.
California, Riverside County. Corn Springs. Listed 10/30/98
Louisiana, Concordia Parish. DePrato Mounds. Listed 10/22/98
Maine, Lincoln County. Damariscotta Shell Midden Historic District. Listed 10/8/98
Massachusetts, Middlesex County. Prince Hall Mystic Cemetery. Listed 11/25/98
Missouri, Dunklin County. Little River Lake Discontiguous Archeological District. Listed 12/16/98
Tennessee, Trousdale County. Hartsville Battlefield (Archeological Resources of the Civil War in Tennessee MPS). Listed 10/28/98
Vermont, Chittenden County. General Butler (Shipwreck). Listed 10/22/98
Vermont, Chittenden County. O. J.Walker (Shipwreck). Listed 10/22/98.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announces the May 1, 1999, 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 and the earliest beginning date is January 2000. A stipend of $30,000 will be awarded to those holding fellowships for a grant period of from nine to 12 months. A stipend of $24,000 will be awarded to those holding fellowships for a grant period of from six to eight months. For application materials and information, visit the Endowment's web site www.neh.gov or call (202) 606-8466 (for Fellowships for University Teachers) or (202) 606-8467 (for Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars).

The A. V. Kidder Award is awarded every three years by the Archeology Division of the American Anthropological Association to recognize outstanding lifetime achievement in the areas of Mesoamerican and North American Archaeology. The award oscillates between a North American and a Mesoamerican archaeologist. This year the award recognizes the career of Jeffrey R. Parsons of the University of Michigan. Parsons has established a model for collaboration with Latin American archaeologists during his career of more than 30 years, which has encompassed significant work in both Mexico and Peru, and has been a leader in ethnoarchaeological studies that integrate archaeology and ethnography. He can be credited with the development of a simple, effective methodology for pedestrian regional survey that has made it an important phase of archaeological research in many parts of the world, exemplified by his work on the path-breaking Basin of Mexico surveys. Using the results of these surveys, he has provided a steady stream of insightful observations on prehistoric culture change in central Mexico, from his discovery of Teotihuacan's impact on regional demography to his proposals concerning the development and the importance of chinampa agriculture under the Aztec state. His ethnoarchaeological work on maguey use has provided documentation of this important agricultural strategy that is significant for archaeologists and ethnographers alike. Author of six collaborative monographs and two dozen articles in journals as varied as Science, American Antiquity, and Ancient Mesoamerica, one-third of them published in Spanish, Jeffrey Parsons amply demonstrates the values of contemporary archaeology as a collaborative, interdisciplinary, and multinational enterprise.

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