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

Technology Week on the SHA Blog

If you wondered how technology can aid the archaeologist, especially in mortuary studies, you will be interested in the following papers found at www.sha.org/blog.  Here on the Island, there is a need for ground penetrating radar to “map” a number of cemeteries that were part of Japanese Canadian communities.  Many were desecrated during WWII, with headstones knocked over and pushed aside.  The location of grave sites is now “lost”; the cemetery in Cumberland is certainly an example (see below).

Cumberland Japanese Cemetery

Cumberland Japanese Cemetery. Remaining gravestones were grouped as a monument in 1967.

It’s Technology Week on the SHA blog, and this week’s theme is Technology in Mortuary Analysis. Duane Quates, the organizer of the Tech Week, is the author of the first post, Understanding Cemeteries through Technical Applications: An example from Fort Drum, NY, followed by Katy Meyers’ post (Examining Space of a Resting Place: GIS of a New York Cemetery) discussing the use of GIS in Mortuary Analysis. Michael Heilen’s post (Application of Advanced Technologies in the Excavation, Analysis, Consultation, and Reburial: The Alameda-Stone Cemetery in Tucson, Arizona) is about the use of technology in the Alameda-Stone Cemetery in Tucson, Arizona. The final post is authored by Michael Sprowles, (Mortuary Analytics on US Army Garrison, Fort Drum, NY), and deals with the use of ground penetrating radar and other technology to record cemeteries.