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.

National Park Service E-Library

The NPS Electronic Library is a portal to thousands of electronic publications, covering the cultural and natural history of the National Park Service and the national parks, monuments, and historic sites of the U.S. National Park System.  Included are a variety of NPS newsletters (e.g., Common Ground, Heritage Matters, Preservation Tech Notes), publications (e.g., BAE Bulletins, Reports of the Chaco Center, Urban Ecology), and more.

NPShistory.com was created by two individuals who have a passion for the National Park System: Dr. Harry A. Butowsky and Randall D. Payne.  Both have extensive experience working and volunteering, respectively, with the NPS.

For National Park Service resources from the official website, go to: http://www.nps.gov/history/publications.htm

NPS Archeology Program Posts Webinars

The NPS Archeology Program has posted on their public website the webinars from a series the program hosted in Fall 2013-Winter 2014. The lecture series was devoted to dissemination of information about developments in archeological site locational technologies including LiDAR, metal detecting, ground penetrating radar, satellite imagery, and underwater locational technologies. The posted webinars are:

A Short History of Technological Innovations in Geo-spatial
Methods in Archeology — Fred Limp, Leica Chair in Geospatial Imaging, Dept. of Geosciences, University of Arkansas

Metal Detecting for Archeologists: Recent Advances in Methods
and Equipment — Douglas Scott, NPS Archeologist (retired)

Geophysical Prospecting in Archeology — Kenneth L. Kvamme, Director, Archeo-Imaging Lab, University of Arkansas

Capturing Cultural Landscapes: GIS and Historical Imagery at
Voyageurs National Park — Andrew LaBounty, Integrated Resources Technician, Voyageurs NP

Direct Predictive Modeling of Regional Archaeological Phenomena
with Satellites — Alan P. Sullivan, Chair, Department of Anthropology, University of Cincinnati

Heritage Preservation and 3D Immersive Learning Using Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) and Combined Spatial, Imaging, and Visualization Tools — Lori Collins and Travis Doering, Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technologies, University of South Florida, School of Geosciences

Advancing Archeology in the Midwest Region through GIS: Information Management, Modeling, and Analysis — Anne Vawser and Amanda Davey Renner, NPS Midwest Archeological Center

Business in Great Waters: A Review and Assessment of Marine
Archeological Remote Sensing Techniques and Technology — Dave Conlin, NPS and James Delgado, NOAA

To view the webinars, go to http://www.nps.gov/archeology/tools/webinars.htm