Thursday, February 17, 2011

Fellowship in Provenance of Cypriot Pottery

Another fellowship opportunity under the NARNIA scheme (information from job posting):

A 3-year Early Stage Research Fellowship (ESR06) in the framework of NARNIA Marie Curie ITN. The successful applicant will enrol as a PhD student at the Department of Art Sciences and Archaeology of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium to conduct “Provenance research on Cypriot pottery classes circulating in the Eastern Mediterranean during the Bronze and early Iron Age".

Title of Research Project

“Provenance research on Cypriot pottery classes circulating in the Eastern Mediterranean during the Bronze and early Iron Age”

Fellowship Description

The main scope of the research project is a contribution to the understanding of the long-distance exchange in the Eastern Mediterranean during the Bronze and early Iron Age. More specifically, the project aims at elucidating the provenance of Cypriot pottery classes circulating in the Eastern Mediterranean during this particular time span, by determining the regional isotopic fingerprint of Cyprus. This builds upon current research at the VUB that investigates the use of isotopic tracers (lead and strontium) in pottery provenance research. Next to isotopic analyses, the fellow will apply other techniques such as thin section petrography and chemical analyses to compare and standardise the data. The fellow will carry out fieldwork in Cyprus and follow training courses offered in the NARNIA network.

The successful candidate will have the competence to combine archaeological and scientific information within an integrated programme of research.

More information can be found here.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Annual geoarchaeology lecture at Franklin & Marshall College

Archaeologist Mary Ann Levine and I have organized an annual geoarchaeology lecture (very loosely defined) here at Franklin & Marshall College.  This Friday is our 13th annual lecture, featuring the work of Jeff Hurst from Hershey Foods. If you are perchance nearby, you are welcome to join us.

Position in NARNIA


New Archaeological Research Network for Integrating Approaches
to ancient material studies

A Marie Curie Initial Training Network

Early Stage Researcher Fellowship Announcement

Fellowship Title and ID code

Marie Curie Early Stage Research Fellowship (ESR08) at G.M EuroCy Innovations LTD (Nicosia, Cyprus), in cooperation with the KIOS Research Center for Intelligent Systems and Networks and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Cyprus.

Title of Research Project

“Application and development of computational intelligence methodologies in analyzing archaeological data”

Fellowship Description

The main scope of the research project is to investigate, design, implement and use intelligent algorithms to facilitate archaeological research and archaeometry, in analyzing, classifying and making sense out of large quantities of structured and semi-structured data. The Fellow (PhD student) is expected to undertake research in the broad area of computational intelligence (pattern recognition, neural networks, statistical and adaptive learning, optimization etc.) and collaborate with the academic and industrial partners in the NARNIA network and beyond, to exploit the research outcomes.

Read more:

Monday, February 14, 2011

Call for Applications - 2011 R.E. Taylor Student Poster Competition


R.E. Taylor Student Poster Award Competition at the SAA 2011.

Deadline for submissions: March 21, 2011

As a result of a collaborative effort with the Society for American Archaeology, the Society for Archaeological Sciences will acknowledge an outstanding student poster for its innovative contribution in the use of scientific technologies to archaeological research by granting the R. E. Taylor Award, consisting of 100 US dollars and a one-year subscription to the SAS Bulletin. Financial support for the Taylor Award derives from the membership royalties of those who have joined us in our quest of making of archaeological sciences relevant to the study of humankind by using the tools of tomorrow.

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. In 2004, the SAA recognized his invaluable contributions with the granting of the 2004 Fryxell Award for Interdisciplinary Research.

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. For 2011, SAS will offer the R. E. Taylor Award at the SAA's 76th Anniversary Meeting in Sacramento, CA. 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.

To be considered for this award, students must submit an application via email to Destiny Crider ( by March 21, 2011. Applications in form of an email message must include the title and abstract of the poster, proof that you have registered for the SAA meetings in Sacramento (email from the SAA), and proof of your status as an undergraduate or graduate student (usually appears on your SAA registration).

Students will also submit a .pdf version of their poster on or before March 21, 2011.

An email confirmation that your application has been received will be sent to you. Please keep this email confirmation. This will give the judges adequate time to evaluate your posters. Judges will be present at the SAA meeting and will ask questions to the student about their proposed research.

Prizes will be awarded at the SAA meeting, following the end of the last poster session (final program is pending).

Good luck to everyone!

Sandra L. Lopez Varela, Ph.D., RPA

President Society for Archaeological Sciences

Saturday, February 5, 2011

The International Archaeological Community is following with great concern the events unfolding in Egypt

Esteemed members of the Society for Archaeological Sciences,

Consternated by the unfolding events taking place in Egypt, that continue to impact its invaluable heritage, the group of presidents representing the following archaeological and international societies have worked intensively in an unprecedented effort to release this joint statement that will reach world organizations, heritage institutions, and heads of states.

Committed to the scientific stewardship of the past, as President of the Society for Archaeological Sciences, I solemnly plead for a prompt and peaceful resolution.

Sandra L. López Varela, Ph.D., RPA
February 4th, 2011
The International Archaeological Community is following with great concern the events unfolding in Egypt.

In these past few days, the world has seen the desires of Egyptians to exercise their basic civil rights and has received news of the destruction and looting of a significant part of Egypt's invaluable and irreplaceable archaeological history. Any damage to museum collections is an irreversible loss to Egypt's history, which has long engaged the world, as well as its own citizens, with key sites inscribed on the World Heritage List. Archaeological sites and artifacts, historic monuments and documents, and artistic expressions, are just a few examples of Egypt's cultural heritage. The richness of this heritage is integral to the country's economic well-being, particularly in terms of heritage tourism. In addition, the Egyptian people have distinguished themselves for deeply caring about their heritage and the engagement of Egyptian scholars to study their rich past and make their knowledge available to their own people is well recognized in our profession. We urge you, in full awareness of the existence of other priorities in this political situation, to state that the history of Egypt is a priority area and that Egypt's cultural heritage must be protected.

Based on experience with other zones of conflict, we are deeply concerned about the potential looting and subsequent illegal trade of Egypt's antiquities, and the dispersal and destruction of its tangible and intangible heritage. We urge you to consider, among your concerns in this conflict, strategies to secure this threatened heritage from potential looters and illegal export, and to assist professionals and scholars to carry out their stewardship duties. We call on international law enforcement agencies to adopt immediate plans to be vigilant against the illicit trafficking of cultural goods under existing legislations and to follow the UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property (1970), the Cultural Property Implementation Act, and the UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects (1995). We encourage international agencies to be alert over the next several months for the possible appearance of looted Egyptian antiquities at their borders and to assist in the recovery of this cultural heritage.

Egypt will require funding for the reconstruction of its heritage and to strengthen its institutional and professional capacity to ensure effective heritage management. To the extent that you are able, we hope you will assist in the reconstruction of Egypt's invaluable history and assure that the appropriate committees work closely with Egyptian scholars and authorities. Finally, we offer the expertise of our organizations in assisting you in anyway possible to safeguard the richness of Egypt's history.

President Dr. Virginia R. Dominguez
American Anthropological Association

President Dr. Lucy Wayne
American Cultural Resources Association

President Dr. Ben A. Nelson
Archaeology Division-American Anthropological Association

President Dr. Elizabeth Bartman
Archaeological Institute of America-AIA

President Dr. Eldon Yellowhorn
Canadian Archaeological Association

President Dr. Friedrich Lüth
European Association of Archaeologists-EAA

Secretary General Prof. Ian Lilley
Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association

Co-Presidents Dr. Douglas C. Comer and Prof. dr. Willem J.H. Willems
International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management-ICAHM

Secretary-General Dr. Luiz Oosterbeek
International Union of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences- UISPP

President Dr. Benjamin Smith
Pan African Archaeological Association for Prehistory and Related Studies

President Prof.Dr.Dr.h.c.mult. Hermann Parzinger
Präsidium der Deutschen Verbände für Altertumsforschung

President Dr. Margaret W. Conkey
Society for American Archaeology-SAA

President Prof. Dr. Sandra L. López Varela
Society for Archaeological Sciences-SAS

President Dr. William B. Lees
Society for Historical Archaeology-SHA

President Dr. Chapurukha Kusimba
Society of Africanist Archaeologists (SAfA)

President Dr. Lyn Green
The Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities/Société pour l’Étude de l’Égypte Ancienne

President Dr. Leslie C. Aiello
Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research

President Dr. Claire Smith
World Archaeological Congress-WAC

Chair Dr. Kathleen Nicoll
Archaeological Geology Division, Geological Society of America