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:
Basic Instrument Parts & Safety
How it Works
Photons, Electrons, and What We Already Know about Them
Depth of Attenuation/Analysis
Peaks – what’s there
Day 2 (half day)
Who Uses the Tracer
If you are interested in attending, please email Vanessa Muros (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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)
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.”
"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 email@example.com, 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.
http://aia.archaeological.org/pdfs/annualconference/AIA_Style_Guidelines.pdf. 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.
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT 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 project:
The interdisciplinary study of ancient ceramics
Ancient and historical glass production and trade
Copper metallurgy across the Mediterranean
Interdisciplinary assessments of architectural decoration
(mosaics, wall-paintings, stone buildings)
Dating techniques and the palaeo-environment
pXRF application in Archaeology
Abstract Submission: Abstracts of a maximum of 250 words should be submitted by the 31st of March 2014 to firstname.lastname@example.org in MS Word or PDF format. Abstracts should be accompanied by the following information:
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
Presentations 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.
Publication 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)
Contact For further information or clarifications, please contact Dr Maria Dikomitou-Eliadou, the NARNIA project manager, Archaeological Research Unit, University of Cyprus, e-mail: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
MIT is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. This employer does prohibit discrimination based on gender identity/expression.
The National Park Service’s 2014
workshop on archaeological prospection techniques entitled Current Archaeological Prospection Advances for Non-Destructive
Investigations in the 21st Centurywill 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
Application forms are available
on the Midwest Archeological Center’s web page at http://www.cr.nps.gov/mwac/. 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:
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 email@example.com.
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