Friday, November 30, 2012
You might have seen the Nova-National Geographic special recently...here is a teaser from YouTube.
This is a great study case for research implications that can use software modeling to produce archaeological replicas for experimentation. Use of photographs for 3D modeling allowed the researchers to evaluate the physics of the forces that result in motion of the statues.
The journal article is well illustrated and describes how they were using the 4.35 metric ton concrete replica from the 3d model to demonstrate how a small number of people could have moved the large statues across the island. Combined with detailed attribute analysis of the various fallen and broken statues along the roads and paths, the authors make an interesting case that they were abandoned on route to a planned destination.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
We are pleased to announce the following 2012 poster award recipients:
2012 R.E. Taylor Award Recipient at the 39th International Symposium on Archaeometry, Leuven, Belgium: “Chemical Fingerprinting of Hungarian and Slovakian Obsidian using Three Complimentary Analytical Techniques”
Fabienne Eder (Vienna University of Technology) with co-authors Christian Neelmeijer, Nicholas J.G. Pearce, Johannes H. Sterba, Max Bichler, and Silke Merchel.
For more details, go to the SAS website and and check out pdf versions of these award winning posters.
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Ruth Fillery-Travis offers the following blog.... sample activities from day 3 of ISA.
We would love to hear from other attendees of ISA 2012.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
See the sessions and submission details here. The deadline is July 6, 2012.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Many of you may not know this, but I've been working at the Archaeometry Laboratory at the University of Missouri Research Reactor to preserve the data and records of other laboratories as they begin closing their doors. Though our lab has always had an open-door policy for storing other labs' data, these efforts really took off in 2007 with the publication of a special issue of Archaeometry (v. 49, 2) commemorating fifty years of neutron activation analysis.
The first database posted on-line was generated at the University of Manchester in England. The Web page I created was intended to complement a table in G.W.A. Newton's discussion of the archaeometry program at Manchester, particularly since Dr. Newton died during preparation of this manuscript. While working on the Manchester Web page, the lab was contacted by Frank Asaro at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He was cleaning out his office and laboratory space, and asked if we would be interested in preserving the archives from that archaeometry program.
Since that time, I have been overseeing the slow digitization of the Berkeley data so that it may be viewed and manipulated on modern computers. The absolute amount of data in the Berkeley archive is overwhelming! Elemental abundance data for 10,000+ specimens, at least two photographs of each specimen, notebooks, loose-leaf papers, sample powders, XRF planchettes, surplus sherds, and lots of microfiche.
In 2009 I presented a status update for our work on the Manchester and Berkeley databases at the Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Since that time we have made significant progress with the Berkeley database, and so I recently submitted a second update for publication in the SAS Bulletin. With a small grant from Digital Antiquity, we have been able to make all of the data that has been digitized to this point, as well as complementary photographs and scanned images of all of the Berkeley lab's papers and notes publicly available through the Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR). You can connect directly to the Berkeley Project using this link.
I encourage all of the SAS membership to take a look at the Berkeley archives. I can imagine a host of reasons to use these data, including as comparative material for active research projects, data sources for teaching and evaluating statistical methods, and even for researching the history of archaeological sciences.
We aren't done yet, though! Data for about 3000 specimens remain to be digitized. I am hopeful that these will be completed at some point this summer, so keep an eye out here for future announcements concerning the Berkeley archives.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
May we invite you to the Society for Archaeological Sciences Business Meeting at the Society for American Archaeology Annual meeting in Memphis, TN, on Thursday 19 April, 5PM - 6:30PM (Oxford M).
Also, do not forget to register for the R.E. Taylor poster award! Students must submit an application via email to Destiny Crider (firstname.lastname@example.org) by April 4, 2012 to be considered for this award. 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 Memphis (email from the SAA), and proof of your status as an undergraduate or graduate student.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
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.
EXTENDED DEADLINE TO APPLY: PLEASE SUBMIT APPLICATION BY APRIL 4TH!!!!
Monday, February 13, 2012
· The survey is primarily multiple-choice and takes approximately 5 minutes to complete. Your response will be anonymous unless you choose to provide contact information. If you do give us your name, your contact information and survey responses will be kept confidential and only discussed without attribution.
· The survey results will be shared with both the archaeological and conservation communities.
· The survey will be active for three weeks, until the 19th February 2012. If you know other directors who are good candidates for this survey, please forward the link.
Survey link: http://umichlsa.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5sWNz6StWlxY4FC
Thank you for your time,
Suzanne Davis and Claudia Chemello
Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
University of Michigan
434 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109