2017 ACUA Travel Award

The Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology is pleased to announce the 2017 ACUA George Fischer Student Travel Award. This award of $1,000.00 (USD) will be offered to help fund travel costs for the upcoming 2017 SHA Conference in Ft. Worth, Texas, USA, and will be granted to an international student presenting a paper on an underwater or maritime archaeology topic at this Conference. Conference abstracts must be submitted directly to the Conference Organizers as outlined in the Call for Papers. Please refer to http://sha.org/conferences/ for complete details on abstract submission and deadlines.

To be eligible for consideration, students interested in applying for this award must currently be enrolled, and in good academic standing, in a graduate degree program (includes full-time, part-time, or thesis/dissertation hours only). Preference is given to international students. International students are considered to be those students residing or studying in a country other than the country where the conference is being held.

To apply for this award you must submit the following:

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Short covering letter
  3. A copy of your conference abstract, along with confirmation of submission

Submissions will be judged on academic merit and relevance to the field of underwater and maritime archaeology.

All Award application materials must be sent to the ACUA at info@acuaonline.org by 15 September 2016.

Former student publishes work begun while at VIU

Older news, still from this year!

Our very own Nancy Greene publishes the research that she began while a student at VIU (when it was Malaspina University-College).  It took her a decade to complete.

Stephen Hume, Vancouver Sun, reports on her study but also how this research became very much a community project.  Nancy had the support of the Comox Valley community: financial and volunteers.  Hume describes her research as “a triumph of citizen science.”

Archeology student publishes paper on ancient, industrial-scale First Nations fishery by Stephen Hume, January 25, 2016.

The Comox Harbour Fish Trap Complex: A Large-Scale, Technologically Sophisticated Intertidal Fishery from British Columbia by Nancy A. Greene, David C. McGee, Roderick J. Heitzmann, Canadian Journal of Archaeology 39(2).

Vancouver Park Board first municipal body in Canada to hire in-house archaeologist

Exciting news! Vancouver Parks Board hires in-house archaeologist, Geordie Howe.  This is definitely a first in BC and gives hope that other municipalities will consider hiring archaeologists.  The hire was the result of one of the recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Actions.

Note that Geordie has a B.A. and through his years of work in the field has gained the respect and reputation he has.

For the media release from the City of Vancouver, go to: http://vancouver.ca/news-calendar/vancouver-park-board-first-municipal-body-in-canada-to-hire-in-house-archaeologist.aspx

Geordie was interviewed on CBC Early Edition, Jul7 4, 2016: http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2691223195/  start at 1:27:03, end 1:33:15.

ACOR fellowships in Jordan

THE AMERICAN CENTER OF ORIENTAL RESEARCH (AMMAN)

Announcement of Fellowships 2016-17

Deadline for all applications is February 1, 2016

Jennifer C. Groot Memorial Fellowship: Up to three awards of $1,500 each to support beginners in archaeological fieldwork who have been accepted as team members on archaeological projects with ASOR/CAP affiliation in Jordan. Open to undergraduate or graduate students of U.S. or Canadian citizenship.

Bert and Sally de Vries Fellowship: One award of $1,200 to support a student for participation on an archaeological project or research in Jordan. Senior project staff members whose expenses are being borne largely by the project are ineligible. Open to enrolled undergraduate or graduate students of any nationality except Jordanian citizens.

Burton MacDonald and Rosemarie Sampson Fellowship: One award for either six weeks residency at ACOR for research in the fields of Ancient Near Eastern languages and history, archaeology, Bible studies, or comparative religion, or a travel grant to assist with participation in an archaeological field project in Jordan. The ACOR residency fellowship option includes room and board at ACOR and a stipend of $600. The travel grant option provides a single payment of $1,800 to help with any project related expenses. Both options are open to enrolled undergraduate or graduate students of Canadian citizenship or landed immigrant status.

For more information and to download the application forms:

Websites: www.bu.edu/acor   and   www.acorjordan.org

ACOR 656 Beacon Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02215

Research Fellowship in Archaeology (Maryland)

The Maryland Archaeological Conservation (MAC) Laboratory is pleased to accept applications for its fourth year of the Gloria S. King Research Fellowship in Archaeology. The MAC Lab is an archaeological research, conservation, and curation facility located at Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum in southern Maryland and is currently home to 8 million artifacts representing over 12,000 years of human occupation in Maryland. The collections are available for research, education, and exhibit and the purpose of the fellowship is to encourage research in the collections.

*Eligibility*: Students, academics, or professionals (employees of the Maryland Historical Trust and St. Mary’s College of Maryland are not eligible); any subject in Maryland archaeology; must use collections at the MAC Lab; must be in residence full time in the MAC Lab; must provide a presentation of research to museum staff.

*Application process*: A 1000 word proposal (up to 4 typed pages,
double-spaced) outlining the problem and the MAC Lab collections to be used, a CV plus a letter of recommendation. Applicants are *strongly* encouraged to contact the lab during proposal preparation to ensure that the lab has collections appropriate to the proposed research.

*Stipend*: Stipend $500 a week, minimum two week stay and maximum 5 week stay. Stipend paid upon completion of fellowship for stay of two weeks; a fellowship of greater length paid in two installments: 50% at the fellowship midway point and 50% upon completion. On-site housing may be available.

Applications must be received at the address below by January 15th, 2016.

Please direct any questions to Patricia Samford at patricia.samford@maryland.gov and send application materials to:

Patricia Samford, Director
Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory
Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
10515 Mackall Road
St. Leonard, Maryland 20685

BC Archaeology Forum 2015

For those with an archaeology interest, this is a “must” attend event.  It’s local, i.e., in Vancouver!

Co-hosted by the Musqueam Indian Band and the Laboratory of Archaeology at UBC, Musqueam, BC

Friday, October 16 is a special full-day round-table focussing on archaeological repositories. Please complete  Repositories Round-table and Registration Forms. This event takes place at the Musqueam Community Centre in Classroom 1. Questions about this round-table, please contact Patricia Ormerod, (604) 822-2567.

There is a $15 fee for this round-table; includes snacks and lunch.

Saturday, October 17 is the main day of the Forum and takes place at the Musqueam Cultural Education and Resource Centre, 4000 Musqueam Avenue. Please complete the Registration Form.

The day will begin with a Welcome and continue with panels and presentations. This year, especially welcomed are panels/presentations focussing on 1) Indigenous heritage – challenges and ways to move forward, 2) Heritage Landscapes, and 3) Place and Memory.

There is a $20 registration fee for the forum; includes snacks, a hot lunch, facilities rental, etc.

On Saturday evening there will be a Salmon Feast. There is an additional charge of $25 for this meal.

Sunday, October 18  tours of c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city at the Musqueam Cultural Resource and Education Centre, the Museum of Anthropology and the Museum of Vancouver will be organised.

Submit the appropriate form(s) to bcarchforum2015@gmail.com

AAA-AD Student Awards – Apply!

If you are planning on attending the American Anthropological Association annual meeting, held in Denver, CO, consider applying for these awards.  These are specific to the Archaeology Division.  More than one award is available in each of the two categories!!

Applications for the following should be sent to the AD Secretary, Jane Eva Baxter:  jbaxter@depaul.edu

Student Diversity Travel Grant: Four awards of up to $600 are available to help cover the travel costs associated with attending the AAA meeting. These grants are intended to increase participation in AAA sessions and in archaeology more widely by students from historically under-represented populations. African American, Alaskan Native, American Indian or Native American, Asian American, Latino and Latina, Chicano and Chicana, and Pacific Islander students in archaeology are encouraged to apply for these travel grants. Archaeology students with disabilities are also eligible for this grant. For more information see: http://www.aaanet.org/sections/ad/awards/#Student_Diversity. The deadline for application is September 15.

Applications for the following should be sent to the AD Student Member-at-Large, Lindsay Montgomery: lmmontgo@stanford.edu 

Student Membership award: The AD awards the next year’s membership in both AAA and AD to up to 20 students who present archaeological papers or posters at the annual meeting. All undergraduate and graduate students who present an archaeological paper or poster at the annual meeting are eligible to apply for this award. For further information please see:   http://www.aaanet.org/sections/ad/awards/#Student_Membership. The deadline for application is September 15.

Wondering whether archaeology is for you?

Check out the podcast 15 Questions with an Archeologist.  This was launched last year (2014) by the National Park Service (NPS) Southeast Archeological Center.  From the introductory podcast: “This podcast is an interview that seeks to ask as many archeologists as possible the same 15 questions. These questions are designed to cover the areas in which archeologists are most often queried. They are also design to provoke though and commentary on our profession.”

NOTE: If you are wondering about the spelling of archaeology, i.e., ‘ae’ versus ‘e’, read Barbara Little’s explanation posted online through the Society for American Archaeology.  A simplification is to say it is British versus American spelling.