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.

2014 SHA Student Paper Prize

The 13th Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) Student Paper Prize will be awarded at the 47th Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, to be held January 8-12, 2014 in Quebec City, Canada. The prize will be awarded to a student, or students, whose written version of a conference paper is judged superior in the areas of originality, research merit, clarity of presentation, professionalism, and of potential relevance to a considerable segment of the archaeological community. One prize will be awarded: The winning author(s) will receive a book prize consisting of titles donated by the many presses and organizations exhibiting in the SHA Conference Book Room (totaling almost $1,500 worth of items in 2013) and a letter of recognition from the SHA President. The winning author (s) will be encouraged to submit his or her paper to be reviewed for possible publication in Historical Archaeology. The results of the competition will be communicated to the entrants prior to the meeting and the winner will be announced at the annual business meeting.

The papers must be submitted by November 11, 2013. Competition guidelines on the SHA website: http://www.sha.org/documents/2014Studentpaperguidelines.pdf

SHA Québec 2014 – Student Volunteers Needed!

For those interested in archaeology, here’s an excuse to go to Québec and volunteer at the annual SHA meetings.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted according to organizational needs on a first-come/first-served basis until December 6, 2013. Although priority will be given to bilingual speakers (English and French), all are welcome.

From William Moss, SHA Conference Chair:

The SHA Québec 2014 organizing committee is looking for student volunteers willing to offer time at next January’s conference in Québec City. More information is available on the conference web page: http://www.sha2014.com/volunteers.html. Have a look at travel support programs for students while you’re on the web page!

William Moss
Conference Chair    /   47th  Conference on Historic and Underwater Archaeology
Président du Comité organisateur   /   47e Colloque sur l’archéologie historique et subaquatique
www.sha2014.com