Online resource: Historical Archaeology

If you are interested in historical archaeology, the papers from the Conference on Historic Site Archaeology are available online, 15 volumes dating from 1967 to 1980.

http://scholarcommons.sc.edu/archanth_historic_site_arch_conf_papers/

Other papers from The South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology (SCIAA) are also available online, from Annual Reports, to Archaeology Month Posters, to Occasional Papers.

http://scholarcommons.sc.edu/archanth/

 

Northeast Historical Archaeology – online

Northeast Historical Archaeology has been digitized and is now  available online in full-text from Volume 1, 1971 on: http://digitalcommons.buffalostate.edu/neha/.

Northeast Historical Archaeology is the journal of the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology. The Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology (CNEHA), founded in 1967, is a non-profit organization dedicated to archaeological scholarship in the American Northeast, including the Canadian provinces and the U.S. states of Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. Since the spring of 1971, the journal has explored the history of Northeastern North America through archaeological finds in the area.

Additional information about the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology can be found on the Council’s website http://www.cneha.org/  Order forms for print copies of the journal and posters from our Telling Time poster series can be found at www.buffalostate.edu/neha

Historical Archaeology of Scandinavian Colonialism – online resource

The organizing committees of the 375th Anniversary New Sweden Conferences

in Lund, Sweden – *Encountering the Other, Understanding Oneself:Colonialism, Ethnic Diversity and Everyday Life in Early Modern Sweden and New Sweden*,

and Newark, Delaware, USA, — *Encountering ‘Others’ in the Atlantic World: Perspectives from the Material World *

(November 2013) are pleased to announce that video-recorded presentations may be accessed via this portal website:

http://sites.udel.edu/newswedenconference2013/

The conference, “Encountering ‘Others’ in the Atlantic World: Perspectives from the Material World,” was an international forum on comparative colonialism. It also served as the annual meeting of the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology and the New Sweden History Conference.

Archaeological Survey of Alberta Publications

The Archaeological Survey of Alberta “Blue Series” publications are now available for free download.

http://culture.alberta.ca/heritage/resourcemanagement/archaeologyhistory/publications/default.aspx

The two series were established in the 1970s and 1980s to help disseminate the results of archaeological work conducted in the Province. Thirty five Occasional Paper volumes and 17 Manuscript Series volumes were issued from 1976-1994. These volumes cover the entire breadth of human history in Alberta, from the late glacial to the recent past, and from the Great Plains to the Rocky Mountains into the Parkland and Boreal Forest.

Public Archaeology Field School

The Anthropology Department at the University of Maryland, College Park, is offering a course this summer entitled Advanced Field Methods in Public Archaeology. It is intended for students who have already completed a field school or have some other equivalent archaeological experience, and would like to learn more about the role of archaeology within public settings.

The field school is a 6-week, 6-credit course that is being offered at
in-state tuition rates for all students. The first three weeks will be
conducted at James Madison’s Montpelier, in Orange County, Virginia. This is intended to expose students to archaeology within a historic house museum environment. The final three weeks will be take place in Easton, MD, in a historic free African American neighborhood. This is a project in which archaeologists were sought out by the local community in order to help learn more about and disseminate the community’s historical significance.

Please see the website for more information: http://www.aia.umd.edu/anth498.html

Bates County Archaeology Field School

The Bates County Missouri Archaeological Field School is planning another great session this June. Once again, the focus is on sites related to the Missouri-Kansas Border War, an area considered by many as the starting point for the American Civil War. Featured in the March/April 2010 issue of Archaeology Magazine, this year’s field school will return to the John Greene farmstead to continue the examination of the long-term impact that ten years of guerrilla warfare had on not only the Greene family and their descendants, but on residents of the county overall.

The field school will be from June 8-28, 2014 and is available for 3 hours of either undergraduate or graduate credit through the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The field school is set up in such a way so that all students are able to get in-state tuition for this program.

For more information about the research program and the field school, please go to http://batescountyarchaeology.com/

Applying: The priority application deadline is March 14th, with notification of acceptance by March 21st. Applications will still be accepted until May 30th, 2014 and acceptance will be on a space available basis.

Enrollment will be limited to a maximum of 20 students.

Archaeological Field School in Nevis, West Indies

Monmouth University’s field school in Caribbean Historical Archaeology will continue last year’s work at the site of Fort Charles, the best preserved fort in Nevis. The fort was constructed in the 1600s and remained in use until at least the 1870s. Preliminary analysis of last year’s materials suggests a unique history of European and Afro-Caribbean interaction during the site’s 250+ year history.

Students will learn traditional and advanced surveying methods, how to conduct pedestrian surveys, standard archaeological excavation techniques, and how to identify, catalog, and analyze artifacts. There will be weekly lectures on Nevisian archaeology, history, and culture by project staff and experts.

Dates: May 24 – June 14, 2014
Costs: 3 hours credit (~$2500); $1000 room & board; round-trip airfare (~$600)
Undergraduate and graduate course credits available!
$200 deposit and application materials due by March 28th.

Space is limited to 12 students!
All participants receive a free shirt!

For more information, please visit – http://www.gonzaleztennant.net/nevis/

2014 Mount Vernon / UMD Historic Preservation Field School

George Washington’s Mount Vernon, located near Washington, DC, is the historic site dedicated to interpreting the life of the first president within the context of his home and plantation. The 2014 Mount Vernon / University of Maryland (UMD) Field School in Historic Preservation embarks on its second year of a multi-year project to investigate the archaeological, architectural, and interpretive histories of the Washington families’ kitchen to create an integrated approach to its study, documentation, and public presentation.

This course will instruct students in historic preservation method and theory. Students will learn archaeological and architectural field methodology, laboratory procedures, and current themes in historical archaeology and historical preservation. Through readings, discussions, and field trips, as well as conducting fieldwork at George Washington’s original Mansion House Farm, students will delve into three prominent themes of historic house museums – the evolution of the plantation landscape, African American history, and public interpretation.

Details:
Field school dates: May 27th- July 3rd, 2014
Faculty: UMD Professor Donald Linebaugh and MVLA Historic Preservation staff
College Credit: 6 undergraduate or graduate credits
Housing: Mount Vernon does not offer housing on the property, but staff will work with students to find local accommodations if necessary.

A modest stipend will be provided.

Qualifications:
-Full-time undergraduate or graduate student or recent graduate with good academic standing.
-Interest in historical archaeology, historic preservation, museums,and American history.
-Strong communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team.
-Capable of doing strenuous work outdoors in hot and humid conditions.

Application: Applicants should submit a resume, contact information for two references and a cover letter, including a statement detailing interest in this program by March 31st, 2014. Please email applications to Eleanor Breen, Deputy Director for Archaeology, ebreen@mountvernon.org.

2014 Strawbery Banke Museum Archaeology Field School

The Strawbery Banke Museum Archaeology Department is pleased to announce its 18th Annual Archaeological Field School!

June 23 – July 25, 2014, Monday – Friday 8:30-4

Course Description: This five-week session will focus on locating evidence of an early 20th century mikveh, or Jewish ritual bath, on the museum grounds. Students will be trained in proper archaeological techniques and will learn to identify historic artifacts. Day trips in the area, museum tours by experts, and required readings on Historical Archaeology and the Jewish diaspora will introduce students to various areas of historic specialization. Students will also work in our laboratory to gain experience in processing artifacts. This field school places a special emphasis on public interpretation. Students will interact with museum visitors daily, and will be expected to offer interpretation of the site and our excavation activity.

Location: Strawbery Banke Museum is an outdoor living history museum located in historic Portsmouth, NH. Strawbery Banke archaeologists have conducted some of the largest urban archaeology projects in New Hampshire. Previous excavations at Strawbery Banke have revealed information on domestic life, immigration, building traditions, pottery manufacture, and other industries, and have demonstrated that Portsmouth is one of the richest sites for historical archaeology in northern New England.

Requirements: This field school does not require previous archaeological field experience, though an introductory course in archaeology may be helpful. Archaeological fieldwork can be demanding, and students should be able to work well as part of a team and tolerate physical activity and summer weather. If you are concerned about the requirements, please contact the instructor.

Enrollment Information: To apply, send a one-page letter detailing your interest in the field school, along with a resume or CV that includes names and contact information for two references to Strawbery Banke archaeologist and field school instructor Alexandra Martin at amartin@strawberybanke.org by May 1, 2014.
Enrollment is limited to 12
students.

Cost: $850
Available Credits: Students may arrange to receive academic credit through their university.
Room and Board: Students are responsible for their own accommodations and transportation.
Related Fields of Study: Anthropology, Archaeology, History, Religion,
Jewish Studies

Public Archaeology Field School, Fort Vancouver

WHEN: June 17 – August 2, 2014
WHERE: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

Portland State University, Washington State University Vancouver, and the National Park Service are pleased to announce a field school in historical archaeology at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The program will introduce the method and theory of fieldwork in historical archaeology.
Students will participate in all aspects of field and laboratory work: laying out units, excavation by shovel and trowel, mapping, drawing, photography, and cleaning, identifying, and analyzing artifacts. This year’s project will continue the use of digital recording using tablet computers to assist in recording of the dig site and grave monuments at the nearby Old City Cemetery. The season includes lectures by guest speakers and staff. The National Park Service and its partners are committed to sharing cultural resources and preservation values with the public. On a rotating basis, students will discuss the field school activities with visitors, including interpreting the significance of the site and the educational purposes of the project.

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is an unparalleled archaeological laboratory, comprising the remains of Fort Vancouver, the ca.1825-1860 regional headquarters and supply depot for the Hudson’s Bay Company, and Vancouver Barracks, the first (ca. 1849-2010) permanent U.S. Army post in the Pacific Northwest.

The 2014 Public Archaeology Field School will continue a multi-year exploration of the multicultural Village (“Kanaka Village”), the largest settlement in the Pacific Northwest ca. 1829-1845. Residents included Native Hawaiians, the Métis, and people of many different American Indian tribes. Later, the village was the site of the Quartermaster’s Depot, part of the World War I Spruce Mill, which cut aviation-grade spruce for America’s war effort, and a barracks and training compound for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The field school will explore these sites and continue to collect data on the Old City Cemetery (45CL887), one of the oldest cemeteries in the City of Vancouver, Washington. The cemetery has suffered from repeated vandalism and this project is collecting baseline information on headstone condition, and their styles, decorations, and inscriptions to help in its future preservation.The field school will provide a unique research context to deploy mobile information technology in a variety of field situations while providing a means to expand use of mobile devices in heritage preservation.

For more information and an application: http://go.usa.gov/Bdmz

For early notification, please submit application by April 4, 2014.
Applications are due no later than May 2, 2014.