Wednesday, April 22, 2015

2015 RE Taylor Poster Award

Dear members of the Society for Archaeological Sciences:

The judges for this year’s R.E. Taylor best student poster competition at the SAA 2015 meeting decided to award Kara Fulton's poster 'Shared Practices and Identities in the Northern Settlement of Actuncan, Belize'.

Honorable Mention has been awarded to Kristine Martirosyan-Olshansky's poster 'Provenance Study of Obsidian Artifacts from the Neolithic Settlement of Masis Blur (Armenia) Using Portable X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry" 

May I be the first to congratulate them on this achievement!

This prestigious award is named in honor of Professor Emeritus R. Ervin Taylor of the University of California at Riverside for his outstanding contributions in the development and application of radiocarbon dating in archaeological research and dedication to the founding of the Society for Archaeological Sciences, for his leading role as President (1980) and General Secretary (1981-2002) and his committed service as editor of the SAS Bulletin. For more than a decade, receiving the Taylor R. E. award has enhanced the career of those who are now prominent young scholars and professionals.

The next R. E. Taylor Award will be offered at the 41th ISA meeting in Kalamata.
Entries will be judged on the significance of the archaeological problem, appropriateness of the methods used, soundness of conclusions, quality of the poster display, and oral presentation of the poster by the student, who should be the first author in order to compete (

Kind regards,
Marc Walton
President of the Society for Archaeological Sciences

Friday, March 13, 2015


The Society for Archaeological Sciences invites applications for the R.E. Taylor Poster Award at the Society for American Archaeology's 80th Anniversary Meeting in San Francisco, California
This prestigious award acknowledges innovative student contributions to archaeological research through the use of scientific methods, and has enhanced the careers of prominent young scholars and professionals for more than a decade. The award is named in honor of Professor Emeritus R. Ervin Taylor of the University of California at Riverside for his outstanding contributions in the development and application of radiocarbon dating in archaeological research and his dedication to the founding of the Society for Archaeological Sciences; his leading role as President (1980) and General Secretary (1981-2002)of the Society; and his committed service as editor of the SAS Bulletin. Professor Taylor's many valuable contributions were recognized by the SAA in 2004 with the Fryxell Award for Interdisciplinary Research. The award consists of $100 US, a one-year SAS membership and subscription to the SAS Bulletin.

Entries will be judged on the significance of the archaeological problem, appropriateness of the methods used, soundness of conclusions, quality of the poster display, and oral presentation of the poster by the student, who should be the first author in order to be considered.

Students should submit an email application to Destiny Crider ( by April 1, 2015. Applications must include the title and abstract of the poster, evidence that you have registered for the SAA meetings (email from the SAA), and proof of your status as an undergraduate or graduate student (usually appears on your SAA registration). Email confirmation that your application has been received will be sent to you. Please keep this email confirmation. In order to give the judges adequate time to posters, students will also be required to submit a PDF version of their poster on or before April 10, 2015. Judges will be present in person at the SAA meetings to judge posters and to ask students questions about their research. Prizes will be awarded at the SAA meetings following the end of the last poster session.

Good luck to everyone!
To enter contact Destiny Crider (

2015 Recipeint of Student Research International Travel Award Announced

The Society for Archaeological Science is honored to announce that Kuan-Wen Wang, University of Sheffield, was awarded the SAS Spring 2015 Research Travel Award for “Scientific Analysis of Early Iron Age Glass Beads from Taiwan.” 
This project involves chemical analysis, through SEM-EDS and EPMA, on 1st millennium AD glass beads from sites in north-eastern, southern and eastern Taiwan. The results will establish chemical groupings in the region to indicate potential social interaction, both regionally and chronologically, and help elucidate prehistoric trade/exchange networks in the South China Sea region in the transitionary period from the late Neolithic Age to the early Iron Age.
To learn more about the program and past awardees, please visit our webpage:

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Position Announcement:

Scientist: Metallurgy 

Reference: 1454607
Location: London
Closing Date: Tuesday 3rd March 2015 12pm Noon
Additional Information:  Salary: £27,089 per annum
Contract: Fixed Term Contract: 12 months in duration (Full Time)

The department of Conservation and Scientific Research, based in the new laboratories at the British Museum, is looking to recruit a Scientist: Metallurgy, to undertake scientific examination, analysis and X-radiography of archaeological and museum objects for material identification and technological investigation using a range of analytical techniques. The role will focus on the scientific examination and analysis of metals and studies into metal technology within the British Museum collection, including research into the raw materials, provenance and deterioration mechanisms of metallic artefacts. The job holder will use scientific techniques and metallurgical knowledge to answer questions from museum curators and conservators and provide scientific services within the aims of the Museum, disseminating results through reports, publication and lecturing to a variety of audiences.

Key areas of responsibility:

• To provide specialist scientific expertise (in response to conservation and curatorial enquiry) in the characterization of metals, including raw materials and technology, using a variety of techniques such as metallographic microscopy, SEM-EDX, X-radiography and XRF
• To be a member of multi-disciplinary project teams (curators, conservators and scientists) investigating the technology, deterioration, storage and conservation of museum objects, predominantly focusing on metal objects
• To be involved in the delivery of Museum-wide projects such as exhibitions, preparation of catalogues and excavation reports
• To assist in the interpretation of data obtained and to document and report the results obtained and disseminate results to a range of audiences as appropriate
• To initiate new projects within the Museum and department research strategies and participate in the development of research collaborations with external museum and HE partners

Person Specification:

The ideal candidate will have a Degree,Masters or equivalent qualification in chemistry, archaeological science, materials science, metallurgy or a related science-based subject. The ability to write to publication standard is essential. The ideal candidate will have experience in a research and/or analytical laboratory environment with practical experience in the use of XRF and some of the following: SEM-EDX, X-radiography, metallographic microscopy, XRD, Raman, ICP-AES or ICP-MS. The post requires good IT skills, an ability to work independently and to meet deadlines, good organisational skills with the ability to pay close attention to detail, good communication skills (verbal and written English), strong team working ability and an appropriate publication record or other evidence of written capabilities.

About the British Museum:

Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history and culture. With over 6 million visitors in 2013, the Museum is the top visitor attraction in the UK, and its world-famous collection includes metal objects from all periods and cultures including the Sutton Hoo ship burial, the Hoxne Roman treasure and cast head of the King of Ife.

The Museum is an equal opportunity employer, supports a diverse workplace and offers a competitive benefits package including:

• Membership of the civil service pension scheme
• Free entry to a wide range of museums and exhibitions
• Participate in private and public Museum activities, including talks by leading curators from around the world and behind-the-scenes opportunities to learn how museums care for and manage their extraordinary collections
• Generous annual leave allowance
• Interest-free season ticket loan
• Child care voucher scheme
• Professional & personal development opportunities
• Employee Assistance Programme
• Discounts on food and gift shop purchases

If you are interested in applying, please follow the “Apply now” link below where you will be directed to complete your application.

Closing date: 3rd March 2015, Midday

If you have any queries regarding this role, please email us at or call 0845 601 1124. Please quote the job reference number in the subject line of any email and at the beginning of a call.
If you have any questions with this form please contact us at

The publicly-accessible URL is: 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Position Announcement: Senior Conservator of Antiquities, J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum is seeking a Senior Conservator of Antiquities to oversee the Getty Villa's conservation department, which is responsible for the long-term preservation of one of the largest and finest collections of Greek and Roman antiquities in the United States. The Senior Conservator of Antiquities oversees the safekeeping, proper installation, and conservation of all works in the Getty Villa's permanent collection. It conducts an active and influential program of treatments and research, including technical and materials analyses, and as a result attracts a broad range of masterworks from around the globe to the Villa’s conservation studios and galleries. The department supports a program of ambitious loan exhibitions through its conservation work and state-of-the-art installation and mount-making procedures. The Senior Conservator represents the institution in the negotiation of joint projects with other institutions and governments while advancing its reputation as a leader on conservation matters internationally. He/she also oversees department staffing, hiring, performance reviews, staff development, and the budget.

The successful candidate will have a Master’s Degree and/or Ph.D. degree, ten years’ experience as an objects conservator, a record of successful treatments and professional publications, and proven ability as a manager. Frequently working in tandem with the curatorial department, he/she will have the reputation and skills to initiate collaborations and build partnerships internationally. The individual will be equipped to consult with other institutions as appropriate on their conservation needs and to conduct negotiations regarding loans and treatments where required. He/she will contribute to researching, developing, and overseeing innovative methodologies for long-term preservation of works of art in support of the Getty's leadership role among museums and cultural institutions. The Senior Conservator will report to the Associate Director for Collections and work closely and collaboratively with the Senior Curator of Antiquities and with colleagues across the Getty campus.
Major Job Responsibilities:
  • Supervises a conservation department of nine, including five conservators and three mountmakers, nurturing staff development and reviewing performance
  • Provides expert opinion about the condition of proposed acquisitions
  • Oversees the conservation treatment of all works in the Getty's antiquities collection.
  • Supports a program of international loans of works of art through his/her expertise, reputation, and diplomacy
  • Advises on the presentation of works of art in the Villa’s galleries and for special exhibitions while overseeing and facilitating their safe installation
  • Develops best practices for conservation treatment and the installation of works of art.
  • Works collaboratively with Museum curators, scientists and staff of the Getty Conservation Institute,  colleagues across the two Getty campuses, and internationally to further the programs and mission of the Getty Villa and J. Paul Getty Museum under the auspices of the Getty Trust
  • Administers the department budget
  • MA in conservation or equivalent degree preferred
  • 10+ years experience in conservation
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Background in chemistry and physics and knowledge of production methods for 3-dimensional objects in diverse media
  • Background in archaeological field work and its techniques and methods
  • Knowledge of Word, e-mail, Excel, and basic office software
  • Managerial and diplomatic skills
  • Scholarship and publications
  • A record as an effective communicator, networker, and team player, who thrives in the highly collaborative, dynamic environment of a complex organization.
If you are interested in applying for this position, please access the online application form on the Getty's website:

Monday, December 8, 2014

Call For Abstracts: Archaeological Sciences as an Empirical Foundation for a Social Archaeology

Archaeological Sciences as an Empirical Foundation for a Social Archaeology

Annual Meeting of the Canadian Archaeological Association, St. John’s Newfoundland, April 29-May 3, 2015

Organizers:  Adrian L. Burke  &  Christian Gates St-Pierre  , Université de Montréal

This session focuses on archaeological sciences as applied to various materials and techniques from both prehistoric and historic archaeological contexts. The purpose of the session is to demonstrate how state of the art techniques are being applied to a wide variety of objects and materials today in order to provide an empirical foundation for archaeological research that is focused primarily on social issues. We aim to promote the combination of archaeometric techniques with theoretical questions regarding social dimensions of past societies, especially in showing how the former can provide original, unique, and meaningful information about the latter. Social archaeology is here defined in a broad sense, and includes the sociopolitical, economic, technological and religious aspects of past societies, communities, genders or individuals. The session is sponsored by the archaeology research team Archéoscience/Archéosociale (As2).

February 8, 2015: Deadline for Conference Paper Abstracts

Adrian L. Burke, archéologue
Département d'anthropologie
Université de Montréal
Tél. (514) 343-6111  poste/ext.  51714

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Call for Papers-19th International Congress on Ancient Bronzes

The J. Paul Getty Museum is pleased to announce the call for papers for the 19th International Congress on Ancient Bronzes, which will be held at The J. Paul Getty Museum on October 13-17, 2015.
For more information, see:
The deadline for abstract submission is January 5, 2015.
Please, send inquires to

Thursday, November 13, 2014

UKAS 2015-Call for Papers

The UK Archaeological Sciences (UKAS) Organizing Committee is accepting abstract submissions to the forthcoming UKAS 2015 conference which will be held at Durham University 8-11th April 2015.  The conference organizers are keen to encourage novel and exciting papers and posters from colleagues working in all areas of archaeological science from fundamental method development to case studies investigating humans, animals, plants, artifacts, sites and landscapes, materials analysis to aDNA, archaeobotany to proteomics, conservation to dating, imaging to isotopes, landscapes to archaeozoology.
 Abstracts must be written in English and be submitted by email to using the Abstract Template form which is available to download from the conference web page and following the instructions therein.
The deadline for abstract submission is 12th January 2015.

Friday, November 7, 2014

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

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