Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Sojourn into the Foodways of Prehistoric Southern Vietnam-Michelle Eusebio

A Sojourn into the Foodways of Prehistoric Southern Vietnam
By Michelle S. Eusebio
Graduate Student, University of Florida Department of Anthropology and winner of a recent SAS grant

Through the assistance of the Society for Archaeological Sciences Student Research International Travel Award, I was able to travel to Southern Vietnam during Spring 2014 to participate in the excavation of the Lò Gch site (fig. 1), Long An Province, Vietnam for three weeks, and the post-excavation activities at the Long An Provincial Museum in Tân An City for two weeks. This archaeological research was undertaken in collaboration with the Australian National University (ANU), the Center for Archaeological Studies of the Southern Institute for Sustainable Development (H Chí Minh City), and the Long An Provincial Museum, as well as directed by Dr. Philip J. Piper of ANU.

Figure 1. The Lò Gch site with ongoing activities: excavation, recording, mapping, flotation, sorting, and drying of washed excavated materials. Photo by the author.

I chose to specialize in organic residue analysis due to my interests in foodways and my background in chemistry prior to studying archaeology. In general, residue analysis “utilizes analytical organic chemical techniques to identify the nature and origins of organic remains that cannot be characterized using traditional techniques of archaeological investigation” (Evershed 2008:6). My research investigates foodways in Neolithic and Metal Age Southeast Asia through the chemical analysis of food residues obtained from earthenware pottery. My objectives are to identify food items prepared and/or served in a variety of ceramics, as well as to establish key biomolecular markers based on a modern comparative reference collection, which is helpful for the identification of different foodstuffs. The majority of the pottery samples derive from four sites in Long An Province, Vietnam: Rch Núi (Neolithic, 1500-1200 BC, Piper et al. 2014), An Sơn (Neolithic, 2200-1300 BC; Bellwood et al. 2011), Gò Ô Chùa (Early Bronze-Iron Age, ca. 1000 BC; Reinecke 2012), and Lò Gch (900-600 BC; Bui 2008; Piper 2013).

My goals in participating in the excavation of the Lò Gch site were to select samples with the highest potential to produce organic residues, to perform experimental cooking in locally made modern earthenware pottery, and to collect biological samples of food items from Southeast Asia. The last two goals are crucial for building a comparative database for compound specific carbon isotopes of palmitic (C16) and stearic (C18) fatty acids from important food sources in Southeast Asian prehistory. Stable carbon isotope ratios of C16 and C18 fatty acids of food sources vary geographically (Gregg et al. 2009). Thus, the published databases from other geographic regions may not be applicable for Southeast Asia, and a comparative database for the region is greatly needed to be able to securely identify the former contents of ancient pottery.

I arrived at the Lò Gch site on the afternoon of April 24, 2014. The excavations had already been ongoing for five days. The daily routine consists of breakfast by 6:30 am, arriving at the excavation by 7 am, a lunch break between 11:00 am and 1:30 pm, back to excavation by 1:30, leaving the site by 4:30 pm, and dinner by 6:30 pm. I joined the fieldwork for three weeks. There were times that the field activities had to end earlier due to the rain. On my first two days, I was introduced to the already-established system of processing and curating the recovered materials. This includes recording bulk soil samples for flotation and wet sieving, cleaning artifacts and faunal remains, sorting of dried wet sieved materials (fig. 2), packing and cataloguing all cleaned ceramic sherds and faunal remains, writing soil and floor descriptions, context recording, and assigning numbers to unique artifacts for a separate catalog. I was also able to catch up with the progress of the ongoing excavations.    

Figure 2. I (in floral hat, second from left) and others were sorting materials from wet sieving. Note also the large stoneware jars at the back and left, which are filled with fermenting fish sauce. Photo by Quy T. K. Tran.
While helping out with the processing and curating of the recovered materials, I occasionally visited the three trenches for updates and looked out for trays filled with freshly excavated pottery sherds. Before these trays were given to our washer, I screened the pottery and then collected those that I selected for residue analysis (Fig. 3 left). During the last two days of excavation, there was so much pottery being recovered from the first occupational layer of the two trenches that it became difficult to keep up with the screening of the pottery from the trays. I also assisted with the excavation of the biggest trench to be able to expose the natural layer and finish recording on-time for the scheduled departure from the site. I was able to select and recover in situ one pottery sample while excavating the first occupational layer. I collected more from this layer by surveying the washed pottery being dried under the sun.   

Figure 3. Left: Screening and selection of archaeological pottery samples for organic residue analysis. Right: Fish cooking in an earthenware pot. Photos by the author.

Experimental cooking of fish in local modern earthenware pottery was done while the excavations were ongoing (Fig. 3 right). The cooking of different freshwater fishes had already started before I arrived, since the ichthyoarchaeologist of the team is building a fish reference collection for future identification of fish bones recovered from this and other sites around Southern Vietnam. By boiling these fishes in the pot, the oils were extracted and incorporated into the pot’s matrix and the meat was easily separated from the bones. The bones were then further cleaned and curated for the reference collection. We also bought another pot and cooked marine fishes.
Collection of plants and processed animal samples was also done. Pig and chicken bones were acquired from the nearby village. One specific variety of dried freshwater fish as well as brown rice were acquired from the nearby market. It was originally intended to collect millet, a C4 plant, due to the identification of its remains from Rch Núi (Castillo 2014); however, it is not presently available in the area. Fortunately, the remains of another C4 plant, which is Job’s tears, were recovered from the excavation of Lò Gch and its plants are available within the vicinity of the site. It is presently utilized as food and medicine in South, East, and Southeast Asia (Burnette 2012). Sedges (Scirpus sp. sensu lato), another C4 plant, were also recovered in Rch Núi (Castillo 2014) and are available in the immediate vicinity of the site. Leaves and stems of sedges and Job’s tears were collected in lieu of millet.   
 I gained several advantages by participating in this fieldwork. First, I had an opportunity to undertake “on site” selection and collection of unwashed pottery samples, which have a higher probability of yielding organic residues compared to washed samples. Second, I gained direct knowledge on the provenience of my samples by helping out with the processing and curating of the materials, frequently visiting the trenches, and familiarizing myself with the systematic and efficient recording system. Third, my interactions with archaeobotanists and zooarchaeologists provided me with access to direct knowledge of the faunal and floral specimens being recovered from the excavations that I can compare to my residue analysis results. Fourth, this knowledge helped me to modify my sampling strategy of important plant and animal food species from southern Vietnam and Southeast Asia for building a reference collection. Finally, I was able to observe and experience the present-day foodway practices (Fig. 4) of the people living in southern Vietnam. These include rice planting, a preference for preparing and serving fish dishes in earthenware pottery, and household scale production of fish sauce in large stoneware jars. The research team got to enjoy numerous simple and sumptuous meals.

Figure 4. A glimpse into the present-day Southern Vietnamese foodways. Upper left: Women farmers planting rice. Upper right: Cá kho t (braised fish in caramel) is cooked and served in an earthenware pot. Lower left: Hotpot meal to be served to the excavation team. Lower right: Members of the excavation team enjoying the last lunch served by the hosting family living near the site. Photos by the author.

Post-excavation activities occurred for two weeks at the Long An Provincial Museum. The work usually began at 8:30 am, followed by a lunch break between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm, leaving the museum at 4:30 pm, and a group dinner by 6:00 or 6:30 pm. I helped with sorting the dried wet sieved materials, describing sampled floors and soil matrices, and archiving records. Six more varieties of dried freshwater and marine fishes were purchased from the Tân An City market. These and other biological samples gathered from the vicinity of the Lò Gch  site were curated, recorded, and packed for export to the University of Florida as soon as permits from the US Department of Agriculture are granted. I curated and recorded the pottery sampled from Lò Gch. Aside from the opportunity to conduct on-site sampling at Lò Gch, I was able to modify my sampling strategy when applied to An Sơn, targeting the trench indicated as the cooking area, and gained permission to sample surface residues from a whole pot excavated from Gò Ô Chùa known to contain fish bones. Archaeological and experimental pottery samples were exported to the University of Florida after permission was granted by the Vietnamese government.    
Through the results of the analysis of samples I collected during this successful and rewarding trip, I am looking forward to contributing to discussions of diverse pottery uses and foodway practices, the assessment of the feasibility of applying organic residue analysis to artifacts from tropical areas, and adding to existing databases for compound specific and bulk isotopic analyses in Southeast Asia and worldwide. 

Bellwood, Peter, Marc Oxenham, Bui Chi Hoang, Nguyen Thi Kim Dung, Anna Willis, Carmen Sarjeant, Philip Piper, Hirofumi Matsumura, Katsunori Tanaka, Nancy Beavan, Thomas Higham, Nguyen Quoc Manh, Dan Ngoc Kinh, Nguyen Khanh Trung Kien, Vo Thanh Huong, Van Ngoc Bich, Tran Thi Kim Quy, Nguyen Phuong Thao, Fredeliza Campos, Yo-Ichiro Sato, Nguyen Lan Cuong, and Noel Amano. 2011. An Sơn and the Neolithic of Southern Vietnam. Asian Perspectives 50:144-175.

Bui, Van Liem. 2008. Di chi Lò Gch, Long An. Khao Co Hoc, Vietnam Archaeology 2:26-44. (In Vietnamese).

Burnette, Rick. 2012. Three Cheers for Job’s Tears: Asia’s Other Indigenous Grain. ECHO Notes: A Regional Supplement to ECHO Development Notes 13:1-5.

Castillo, Cristina. 2014. Preliminary Archaeobotanical Report: Rch Núi Trench 1. Unpublished report.

Evershed, Richard P. 2008. Organic Residue Analysis in Archaeology: The Archaeological Biomarker Revolution. Archaeometry 50:895-924.

Gregg, M.W., E. B. Banning, K. Gibbs, and G. F. Slater. 2009. Subsistence practices and pottery use in Neolithic Jordan: molecular and isotopic evidence. Journal of Archaeological Science 36: 937-946.

Piper, Philip J. 2013. The excavation of Lò Gch : A late Neolithic and early metal age site in southern Vietnam. Unpublished project proposal.

Piper, Philip J., Marc Oxenham, Noel Amano, Peter Bellwood, Fredeliza Campos, Cristina Castillo, Jasminda Ceron, Michelle Eusebio, Bui Chi Hoang, Nguyen Kien, Carmen Sarjeant, Thu Hong Vuong, and Rachel Wood. 2014.  Preliminary Report on the 2012 Excavations at Rch Núi, Long An Province, Vietnam. Unpublished report.  

Reinecke, Andreas. 2012. The Prehistoric Occupation and Cultural Characteristics of the Mekong Delta during the Pre-Funan Periods. In Crossing Borders: Selected Papers from the 13th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists, Volume 1, edited by Dominik Bonatz, Andreas Reinecke, Mai Lin Tjoa-Bonatz, pp. 239-256. National University of Singapore Press, Singapore.

Monday, June 9, 2014

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GSA Annual Meetings, 2014 Baltimore

2014 GSA Annual Meeting 
19-22 October 2014 - Vancouver, BC Canada at the Vancouver Convention Centre, 

Abstract deadline:   29 July 2014
Registration Deadline:  15 September 2014


2015 GSA Annual Meeting
1-4 November 2015
Baltimore, MD, Baltimore Convention Center

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Workshop: Accurate Elemental Nondestructive XRF, June 5-6, UCLA

Workshop: Accurate Elemental Nondestructive XRF
June 5-6, 2014

308 Charles E Young Dr W. (Fowler Museum Building) 
A Level, Room A222 
Los Angeles, CA 90024

The UCLA/Getty Conservation Program is hosting the handheld XRF workshop "Accurate Elemental Nondestructive XRF", June 5-6th, at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA.  This introductory workshop will provide information about the physics of XRF analysis and how this technique can be applied to the analysis of cultural material.  The workshop will be hands-on and participants are encouraged to bring in their own samples for analysis.  

The workshop will be taught by Dr. Bruce Kaiser, Chief Scientist, Bruker Elemental, Handheld XRF. Bruce is an internationally-known expert and has taught in over 300 museums and universities worldwide. He has broad and deep technical knowledge of the challenges facing scientists, curators and conservators of very diverse collections and materials.

The workshop will cover:
Day 1
  • Basic Instrument Parts & Safety
  • How it Works
  • Photons, Electrons, and What We Already Know about Them
  • Instrument Set-Up
  • S1PXRF Software
  • Hands-On
  • Data Collection
  • Filter-Voltage-Current Decisions
  • Depth of Attenuation/Analysis
  • Peaks – what’s there
  • Applications
Day 2 (half day)
  • Artax Software
  • Hands-On
  • Who Uses the Tracer
  • Applications
  • Questions

If you are interested in attending, please email Vanessa Muros ( by May 30th to register.  The workshop is free, but space is limited.  

The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology is located on the UCLA campus, on the lower level of the Fowler Museum.  Parking is available at pay-by-space lots for $12 a day.  The closest parking lots to the Cotsen are Lots 4 and 5.  (see campus maps for location: Map PDF or Interactive UCLA campus map)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Launch of Science and Technology of Archaeological Research (STAR)

Maney launches new open access journal in archaeological and heritage science

Maney Publishing, one of the world’s most prominent publishers of archaeology journals, is delighted to announce the launch of Science and Technology of Archaeological Research (STAR), a new journal to be published in association with the Society for Archaeological Sciences.

In response to the changing needs of archaeology and heritage researchers and practitioners, STAR seeks to provide a dynamic, international and high-quality open access forum. Rapid publication of the latest archaeological research resulting from the application of scientific and computational methods is at the core of STAR’s remit.

The new electronic journal will demonstrate how the results and relevance of scientific methods aid the understanding of the past. Application of tools and techniques for analysing data will be presented to the broader archaeological community. The editorial team will commission reviews which synthesise the contribution that scientific discoveries and approaches are making to a particular topic. ‘Focus issues’ will highlight areas of current archaeological debate. A ‘Short Reports’ section will provide particularly rapid publication of important methodological advances. The full potential of the online format will be used to showcase current methods, with source data accessible as supplementary data or with links to relevant data archives.  

As publisher of a significant list of archaeology journals, Maney will work with STAR authors to maximise the discoverability of their work and provide them with the tools and resources required to promote their articles to peers. Rachel Young, Maney’s Executive Publisher (Archaeology & Heritage) is thrilled with the new launch: “Competition for funding and evaluation of academics according to their citation record is a reality in many countries. While the academic discipline is under pressure, the volunteer sector in archaeology is growing in importance and in numbers. STAR has the opportunity to make first class archaeological science available and understandable to the widest audience. The tools we provide to our authors though Maney Online, and our involvement with article promotion services like Kudos, mean that STAR authors will be exceptionally placed to promote their articles.”

Professor Alan Outram, one of the journal’s editors and based at the University of Exeter, comments: “Over the last few decades, scientific approaches and new technologies have revolutionised archaeological research and opened up many new avenues of enquiry. In this new environment, archaeological science needs more venues for rapid publication of peer-reviewed research. STAR provides just this, and its open access model will facilitate enhanced readership and impact around the world.”

Professor Robert Tykot, also editor of STAR and President of the Society for Archaeological Sciences, says of the new partnership: “The Society for Archaeological Sciences is pleased to be affiliated with Maney Publishing through this new, open access journal, which aims for publications by a multi-disciplinary range of archaeologists, archaeometrists, and scientists, and at an even broader audience of both professionals and the wider public.”

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Call for Papers - 2015 AIA Annual Meeting "Getting Elemental: Integrating Isotopes and Archaeology", , New Orleans, Jan 8th-11th

Call for Papers

"Getting Elemental: Integrating Isotopes and Archaeology"
2015 AIA Annual Meeting

Jan 8-11, 2015
New Orleans, LA,

Co-organizers: Catherine M. Kearns (Cornell University) and Jeffrey F. Leon (Cornell University)

Archaeometric investigations of stable and radioisotopes have, since the establishment of radiometric dating methods in the 1950s, become increasingly common in archaeological investigations.  From analyses of local herding practices to broader models of past climate, new work continues to highlight the potentials for isotopic analyses in reconstructions of ancient social, political, and cultural practices. These advances are possible because interdisciplinary approaches are integrating archaeological and isotopic data, thus avoiding the
unproductive "gap" between archaeology and the natural and physical sciences.  This AIA colloquium aims to draw examples of these new applications into dialogue, examining the limitations and challenges of isotopic research, while also exploring its potential to answer social, economic, and political questions about the ancient world.

We invite abstracts from a broad range of perspectives that emphasize the integration of isotopic and archaeological data from all regions of the ancient Mediterranean world, extending from earliest
prehistory.  Possible topics include (but are not limited to): tracking mobility and movement of faunal and human populations, diet and foodways, palaeoclimatic and palaeoenvironmental proxies, compositional analysis of materials, radiometric analysis, and residue analysis. Papers should either consider methodological aspects (e.g. how to effectively collect and collate isotopic data for archaeological applications; statistical approaches that are useful in presenting, analyzing and interpreting data in archaeological pursuits; limitations of isotopic analyses), or present current research projects employing isotopic approaches to answer archaeological research questions. Papers that link explicit archaeological questions with isotopic data and methods (rather than simply showing isotopic data-points) will be given priority.

Anonymous abstracts of no more than 400 words should be sent to, with identifying information in the email. Abstracts must follow the AIA guidelines, copied below.  In the body of the email, please confirm that you are a current AIA member.  The deadline for submission of abstracts is5pm March 4, 2014. Once a panel with AIA member contributions is composed, it will be submitted to AIA for approval.

 AIA guidelines for abstracts:
The title of a proposed presentation should indicate its specificcontent in clear terms. The abstract must not exceed 400 words and must conform to the "AIA Style Guidelines for Annual Meeting Abstracts," available in PDF format in the Annual Meeting section of the AIA website.
The research described should be referred to in the present tense rather than in the future tense. (e.g., "I present an analysis of three sealed deposits," rather than, "I will present an analysis of three sealed deposits."). While limited use of in-text citations (in author:year format) is acceptable, bibliographical references and footnotes should not be included and will be removed.

Conference Announcement - Interdisciplinary Studies of Ancient Materials from the Mediterranean, Sept. 17-19, 2014, Nicosia, Cyprus

Interdisciplinary Studies of Ancient Materials from the Mediterranean
Nicosia, 17-19 September, 2014
University of Cyprus

The NARNIA research network is pleased to announce the organisation of the international conference, entitled: "Interdisciplinary Studies of Ancient Materials from the Mediterranean", to be held at the main campus of the University of Cyprus, in Nicosia, Cyprus, between the 17th and 19th of September 2014.

The conference will provide an opportunity for new and established researchers to share research in an international forum and to exchange ideas on the latest interdisciplinary approaches, analytical techniques and methodologies for the integrated study of ancient materials, technologies and the environment. The NARNIA network is a collaboration of researchers who are engaged in the holistic study of ancient materials to facilitate a better understanding of the strategies associated with the production and the consumption of material culture and its impact on the historic and ancient environment.

We invite oral and poster presentations of research projects that cut across disciplines, and combine archaeological and analytical data to aid archaeological and historical interpretation. Contributions that
discuss ancient production techniques, the history of technology, cultural transformation at both local and regional scales are especially welcome. In addition to the papers that will be presented by the twenty NARNIA fellows, we encourage presentations by other research teams or individuals outside of the NARNIA network.

Submitted papers and posters should fall under one or more of the
following themes, which correspond to the work areas of the NARNIA
  1. The interdisciplinary study of ancient ceramics
  2. Ancient and historical glass production and trade
  3. Copper metallurgy across the Mediterranean
  4. Interdisciplinary assessments of architectural decoration
  5. (mosaics, wall-paintings, stone buildings)
  6. Dating techniques and the palaeo-environment
  7. pXRF application in Archaeology

Abstract Submission:
Abstracts of a maximum of 250 words should be submitted by the 31st of March 2014 to in MS Word or PDF format. Abstracts should be accompanied by the following information:
  • Surname
  • First Name
  • Position
  • Affiliation
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Paper or Poster presentation (please select one)
  • Title of paper or poster presentation
The outcome of the abstract submission evaluation will be sent to the authors directly, by May 9, 2014

The official language of the workshop is English. Oral presentations should not exceed 15 minutes.

Conference Expenses
Participants are responsible for their travel and accommodation expenses. There will be registration fee of 75 EURO (50 EURO reduced price for students), which will cover the costs of coffee breaks during the conference and one conference dinner.

The peer-reviewed papers will be published in the form of an edited volume. Acceptance for presentation of a paper does not guarantee acceptance for publication. Authors of papers that are accepted for publication, will be contacted separately in due time, with clear instructions on the publication procedure.

Organising committee
Prof. Vasiliki Kassianidou - NARNIA project coordinator, Archaeological Research Unit, University of Cyprus
Dr Maria Dikomitou-Eliadou - NARNIA project manager, Archaeological Research Unit, University of Cyprus

Scientific committee
Dr Eleni Aloupi (Thetis Authentics Ltd)
Dr Fadi Balaawi (Hashemite University)
Dr Yannis Bassiakos (N.C.S.R. Demokritos)
Dr Peter Day (University of Sheffield)
Dr Maria Dikomitou-Eliadou (University of Cyprus)
Dr Roger Doonan (University of Sheffield)
Dr Demetrios Eliades (G.M. EuroCy Innovations Ltd)
Prof. Anne-Marie Guimier-Sorbets (Universite Paris-Ouest)
Prof. Vasiliki Kassianidou (University of Cyprus)
Dr Vassilis Kilikoglou (N.C.S.R. Demokritos)
Prof. Marcos Martinón-Torres (University College London)
Prof. Demetrios Michaelides (University of Cyprus)
Mr George Milis (G.M. EuroCy Innovations Ltd)
Prof. Karin Nys (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
Dr Giorgos Papasavvas (University of Cyprus)
Prof. Thilo Rehren (University College London Qatar)

For further information or clarifications, please contact Dr Maria Dikomitou-Eliadou, the NARNIA project manager, Archaeological Research Unit, University of Cyprus, e-mail:

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Position Announcement-Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology, MIT


The Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology (CMRAE) invites applications for a full-time technical instructor/laboratory supervisor at the CMRAE Graduate Laboratory. The appointment is open now, and the position will remain open until filled.  The Graduate Laboratory is the primary facility where all CMRAE graduate and  undergraduate instruction takes place in the materials science and engineering of archaeological materials. Graduate students carry out their Ph.D. research and undergraduates their senior thesis research in this facility. Applicants must be skilled microscopists with considerable experience in either or both metallography [of metals, slags] and thin section, petrographic analysis of samples [ceramics, rocks, cements] with the polarizing microscope. Expertise in photography of archaeological artifacts and in handling a variety of laboratory computers and computer programs, especially Photoshop, is required. The position includes the opportunity for the laboratory supervisor to conduct independent, ongoing research and to work with faculty jointly on research projects. Experience in laboratory instruction of undergraduate students is  important. Applicants must have the Ph.D., or MA/MS degree and at least three years of experience. Applications are welcome from geologists, materials engineers, archaeological scientists, and others.

Laboratory supervisor’s responsibilities include, Instruction: one-on-one supervision of all users of the laboratory, working closely with CMRAE faculty on design and teaching of CMRAE laboratory courses, preparation of protocols for use of all major pieces of lab equipment, computer-aided documentation of all lab procedures; Research and documentation: work with faculty/staff/students on research projects and preparation of high quality research reports that include a range of inorganic materials, develop, maintain, and document reference collections of archaeological materials; Equipment maintenance: purchase of minor pieces of equipment and all lab supplies, maintenance of equipment in all CMRAE facilities, major responsibility for maintaining CMRAE lab computers and installing state-of-the-art software.

Please send application letter, including a statement of research interests and details of laboratory experience and teaching, CV, and names, electronic and postal addresses, and telephone and fax numbers of three references to: Prof.Heather Lechtman, MIT, Rm. 8-437, Cambridge, MA 02139, or via email to 

MIT is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. This employer does prohibit discrimination based on gender identity/expression.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

National Park Service’s 2014 Archaeological Prospection Workshop

The National Park Service’s 2014 workshop on archaeological prospection techniques entitled Current Archaeological Prospection Advances for Non-Destructive Investigations in the 21st Century will be held May 19-23, 2014, at Aztalan State Park in Jefferson County, Wisconsin.  Lodging and lectures will be at the Comfort Suites in Johnson Creek, Wisconsin.  The field exercises will take place at Aztalan State Park.  Aztalan State Park is a National Historic Landmark and contains one of Wisconsin's most important archaeological sites.  It showcases an ancient Middle-Mississippian village that thrived between A.D. 1000 and 1300.  The people who settled Aztalan built large, flat-topped pyramidal mounds and a stockade around their village.  Portions of the stockade and two mounds have been reconstructed in the park.  Co-sponsors for the workshop include the National Park Service’s Midwest Archeological Center, the Aztalan State Park, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.  This will be the twenty-fourth year of the workshop dedicated to the use of geophysical, aerial photography, and other remote sensing methods as they apply to the identification, evaluation, conservation, and protection of archaeological resources across this Nation.  The workshop will present lectures on the theory of operation, methodology, processing, and interpretation with on-hands use of the equipment in the field.  There is a registration charge of $475.00. 

Application forms are available on the Midwest Archeological Center’s web page at  For further information, please contact Steven L. DeVore, Archeologist, National Park Service, Midwest Archeological Center, Federal Building, Room 474, 100 Centennial Mall North, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508-3873: tel: (402) 437-5392, ext. 141; fax: (402) 437-5098; email: <>.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Position Announcement: Director, Yale Center for the Study of Ancient Pyro-Technology

Full time position: Associate Research Scientist

Yale’s Council on Archaeological Studies is hiring a research scientist to conduct field and laboratory research on how the mastery of metals, ceramics, glass, and fire itself became a critical stimulus to the emergence of complexity around the world. The Council has identified a critical need for an enhanced laboratory competence and field training in Pyro-Technology as an integrated science.  The hire will be responsible for supporting faculty in the laboratory training of our undergraduates and graduate students and for the functioning of seven integrated Yale University Archaeological Laboratories (YUALs). We seek an individual with competence in a broad spectrum of analytical instruments (esp., SEM, EMPA, XRD/XRF and petrographic/metallographic microscopy) with a demonstrated research and publication record concerning transformations of a wide range of materials and soils under low or high temperature. The hire will be expected to create the Yale Center for the Study of Ancient Pyro-Technology.

Requires a Masters or Ph.D. degree in Anthropological Archaeology or in Archaeological Science and at least three years of related work in a research facility.  A degree in Geology and/or Geophysics, or in Materials Science, or in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering would be a plus.  Expected to collaborate with Council faculty on writing research proposals.  Please contact Professor Richard Burger, Chair of the Council on Archaeological Studies at