Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program

This is for graduate, pre-doctoral, and post-doctoral students.
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The Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI) is currently accepting applications for the 2014 Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program.

Through this flagship fellowship program, graduate, pre-doctoral, and post-doctoral students – as well as conservationists and senior scholars – have the opportunity to delve into independent research and study across an incredible range of disciplines.

Smithsonian Institution Fellows have access to unparalleled collections, world-class scholars, and state-of-the-art facilities to explore science, art, history, and culture.

Fellowship awards range from 10 weeks to 2 years with stipends ranging between $6,500 to $50,000. Application deadline for the 2014 cycle is January 15, 2014.

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For further information on this message, contact Eric Woodard, OFI: x37053 (VoIP), 202-633-7053 (non-VoIP),WoodardE@si.edu.

Job opportunity: Cumberland Museum & Archives, deadline Dec 6

The Cumberland Museum and Archives (Cumberland and District Historical Society) is seeking a talented non profit professional to fill an exciting new position of Cumberland Museum Executive Director. Working cooperatively with the Board of Directors and Museum staff, the Executive Director provides leadership for Museum operations and works to fulfill the goals and objectives outlined in the Museum’s Strategic Plan.

A detailed job description is attached and the deadline is coming up quickly for applications (December 6th).

The Cumberland Museum and Archives is a dynamic and thriving organization with a well developed Strategic Plan and great momentum! Museum, heritage and/or curatorial experience is an asset but not a requirement for this position.

M.Sc. funding for 2 students (Trent University)

Two M.Sc. fellowships are available in the department of anthropology at Trent University (Ontario, Canada) under the supervision of Eugène Morin. The fellowships are funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant entitled “Reassessing the chronology, composition and climatic implications of three Neandertal and early modern human sites from France.”
Full funding will be provided to each student for a period of up to two years starting in 2014-2015. The successful applicants will be expected to focus on one of the following topics:
– spatial analysis of faunal and lithic objects in a cave sequence
– archeozoological analysis of a Middle or Upper Paleolithic assemblage
International students are welcome to apply. Interested applicants should contact Eugène Morin by February 1, 2014.
Eugene Morin
Associate Professor
Trent University, Dept. of Anthropology
DNA Block C, 2140 East Bank Drive
Peterborough, ON, Canada K9J 7B8
Tel: 705-748-1011, ext. 7682

NPS 2014 archeological prospection workshop

The workshop is open to all archeologists and students, as well as, those folks interested in forensic, law enforcement, and cemetery investigations.

The National Park Service’s 2014 workshop on archaeological prospection techniques entitled Current Archaeological Prospection Advances for Non-Destructive Investigations in the 21st Century will be held May 19-23, 2014, at *Aztalan State Park* in Jefferson County, Wisconsin.

Lodging and lectures will be at the Comfort Suites in Johnson Creek, Wisconsin. The field exercises will take place at Aztalan State Park.

Aztalan State Park is a National Historic Landmark and contains one of Wisconsin’s most important archaeological sites. It showcases an ancient Middle-Mississippian village that thrived between A.D. 1000 and 1300. The people who settled Aztalan built large, flat-topped pyramidal mounds and a stockade around their village. Portions of the stockade and two mounds have been reconstructed in the park. Co-sponsors for the workshop include the National Park Service’s Midwest Archeological Center, the Aztalan State Park, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. This will be the twenty-fourth year of the workshop dedicated to the use of geophysical, aerial photography, and other remote sensing methods as they apply to the identification, evaluation, conservation, and protection of archaeological resources across this Nation. The workshop will present lectures on the theory of operation, methodology, processing, and interpretation with on-hands use of the equipment in the field. There is a registration charge of $475.00. Application forms are available on the Midwest Archeological Center’s web page at <http://www.cr.nps.gov/mwac/>.

For further information, please contact Steven L. DeVore, Archeologist, National Park Service, Midwest Archeological Center, Federal Building, Room 474, 100 Centennial Mall North, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508-3873: tel: (402) 437-5392, ext. 141; fax: (402) 437-5098; email: <steve_de_vore@nps.gov>.

NPS Park Break 2014

This looks like an excellent opportunity to obtain hands-on experience.  It appears open to students in Canada (check eligibility), but it is for graduate students.  There are four categories:

  • Have completed undergraduate degree and have been accepted into Master’s program
  • Current Master’s degree candidate
  • Have completed Master’s degree and have been accepted into PhD program
  • Current PhD degree candidate (including ABDs)

2014 PARK BREAK SESSIONS WILL EXPLORE ARCHEOLOGY, HYDROGEOLOGY

Applications from eligible graduate students accepted through January 7, 2014

Are you a graduate student thinking about a career in parks, protected areas, and cultural sites? Park Break is an all-expenses-paid, park-based field seminar for students like you. Park Break puts you in a national park unit for a week’s worth of field and classroom activities in close collaboration with park scientists and scholars, managers and administrators, and partner organizations. Organized since 2008 by the George Wright Society in conjunction with the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Park Service, Park Break is a learning experience that you’ll find nowhere else.

In 2014, we are offering two Park Breaks:
*Keweenaw National Historical Park*, located in the rugged Keweenaw Peninsula along Lake Superior in far northern Michigan, will host a Park Break focused on archaeology and cultural resources management during the week of April 7–11, 2014.
*Saguaro National Park*, which straddles Tucson in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, will host a Park Break focused on hydrogeology during the week of March 10–14, 2014.

Park Break is open to graduate students who are currently enrolled and actively pursuing their degree. Minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply. The deadline is January 7, 2014.

For complete information, and a link to the online application form, go to: http://www.georgewright.org/parkbreak

If you have questions, contact the George Wright Society offices at info@georgewright.org, or 1-906-487-9722.

CFP: CVGAN Public Engagement Fund

If you live or have a community engagement project centred on the Comox Valley, this may be an opportunity to receive funding.

Comox Valley Global Awareness Network is administering a $1,200 Public Engagement Activity Fund.

This is a great opportunity for organizations to make use of the funds to support a current project that is in motion or something that will launch shortly. Deadline for proposals is December 13, 2013 and all work must be completed on the project and a report is due by February 15, 2014.

Please see the attached proposal template and submit your proposals (maximum 2 pages) to cv.globalawareness@gmail.com. If you have any questions, please call Anneli at 250-792-5992.

The CV Global Awareness Network (CV GAN)is an initiative conceived by Valley people involved in social justice and international development and encouraged by the BC Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC). BCCIC is a coalition of individuals and non-government organizations working to achieve sustainable human development. The purpose of the CV Global Awareness Network is to support Comox Valley individuals and groups involved in actions to promote social justice and global awareness. With funding provided by CIDA via the BCCIC, the Network aims to provide regional forums, events and workshops focused on capacity building, networking, and learning, which are delivered in flexible, creative, and innovative ways. Membership is free. ww.cvglobalawareness.com

Osteology, Bioarchaeology and Funerary Archaeology in Transylvania

More field school opportunities in Transylvania.

The 2013-2014 osteology and bioarchaeology programs are taught by Dr. Jonathan Bethard (Forensic Anthropology Program, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Boston University School of Medicine).

As the 15th century ends, the southeastern European frontier collapses in front of the Ottoman Turks. As Europe redefines itself in the wake of the Ottoman invasion, the Carpathian frontier still holds fast against the Eastern invaders. With the collapse of the Kingdom of Hungary in 1526, its Transylvanian territories became a political battlefield between European and the Ottoman backed princes. The local populations lived under constant social, political, economic and religious stress. During the late Middle Ages, Transylvania goes through major political changes, and a spiritual crisis, under the pressure of Islam from the East and Protestantism from the West.

The aim of the osteology and bioarchaeology projects is to evaluate how major global political events impact physically the local Transylvanian populations. For that purpose, we will analyze the relatively very well preserved human remains from ca. 200 adults and 100 children from four different cemeteries from central Transylvania (Romania), dating from the 16-17th centuries. Students will be taught how to identify fragmented bones, determine age, sex, stature, identify pathologies, trauma and take standard measurements. At the same time, they will be introduced to various osteological conservation problems aiming at properly evaluate bone quality for DNA and isotope analysis.

Concurrently, our funerary excavation aims at understanding the evolution of the population within this space-time environment, the changes in the very local type of church architecture and burial patterns through time, and the variations on the Christian burial ritual during social, political and economic stress. Through a more thorough study of the cemeteries and their occupants, we will also explore the different processes that led to the penetration of Protestantism in the region and then its subsequent return to Catholicism. The further study of the human remains in our osteology laboratory will provide a more detailed view of the “lived” human aspects of these transitions and crises.

Osteology Workshops: Late Medieval ”Crisis” Populations – The Remaking of the European Frontier
Location: Odorheiu Secuiesc, Transylvania, Romania
Dates: June 8 – July 5, 2014 (all level students)
More information: http://archaeotek.org/osteology_and_bioarch_workshop/osteology_workshop
Contact e-mail: archaeology@archaeotek.org

Bioarchaeology of Children Osteology Workshop: Victims of Change – lost Churches Projects
Location: Odorheiu Secuiesc, Transylvania, Romania
Dates: July 6 – August 2, 2014 (intermediary and advanced level students)
More information: http://archaeotek.org/osteology_and_bioarch_workshop/bioarchaeology_of_children_workshop
Contact e-mail: archaeology@archaeotek.org

Excavation: Medieval Cemetery – Life and Death on the Edge of Europe
Location: Teleac and Valeni, Harghita County (Southern Transylvania), Romania
Period: Late Middle Ages
Excavation dates – Session 1: June 15 – July 5, 2014
Excavation dates – Session 2: July 6 – July 26, 2014
More information: http://archaeotek.org/medieval_funerary_excavation
Contact e-mail: archaeology@archaeotek.org

For student evaluations of the 2013 season, go to: http://archaeotek.org/student_project_evaluation

For additional information: www.archaeotek.org

Serbian Field School: Paleoanthropology & Paleolithic archaeology

Fieldschool in Paleoanthropology and Paleolithic archaeology in Serbia

This is the 5th year running and the site is being changed to Salitrena cave in the vicinity of Valjevo. The cave sports an endemic bat population, and beautiful Middle and Upper Paleolithic material covering this most amazing transition with Mousterian, Aurignacian all the way to Gravettian. The stone tools are made of high quality flint, and have the look of textbook-perfect tool types, which is much easier for novice Paleolithic archaeologists than was the material from Balanica.

Information on the field school is available here: http://www.uwinnipeg.ca/index/anthro-field-school-index

Gail Anderson @ VIU, Nanaimo – Dec 3

Maggot Tales

Forensic entomology is the study of insects, their life cycles, and their succession on decomposing bodies. Dr. Anderson will discuss how insects can be used to determine time since death and to pinpoint the location of wounds in human and animal crime scene investigations.

Gail Anderson, forensic entomologist extraordinaire, will be speaking at the Nanaimo Campus of Vancouver Island University, Tuesday, December 3. There will be two presentations: 1:30-3:00pm, and 3:00-4:30pm; both will be held in Building 356, Room 109.

Don’t miss this opportunity!  Free and open to all!