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

Thursday, September 12, 2013

SAS Wiki Reminder

Just a reminder to also check the SAS resource : SAS Wiki for additional opportunities and information.  New job postings are available at:

Friday, August 2, 2013

Upcoming Conferences-SAS Bulletin (Vol. 36, No. 3, Fall 2013)

[Due to the volume of submissions for the current issue of the Bulletin, only an abbreviated list of upcoming conferences appear in Vol.36, No. 3 (Fall).  The complete list of upcoming conferences can be found below.]

Upcoming Conferences
Rachel S. Popelka-Filcoff, Associate Editor


24-26 July.  SHARING CULTURES 2013 3rd International Conference on Intangible Heritage.  Aveiro, Portugal.  General information:

5-9 August.  62nd Annual Denver X-Ray Conference.  Westminster, CO, USA.  General information:

5-9 August.  Landscape-scale palaeoecology: towards quantitative reconstruction of landscape-scale vegetation mosaics from pollen data.  Hull, UK.  General information:

18-21 August.  CANQUA-CGRG Biannual Meeting Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  General information:  Abstract deadline:  March 30, 2013

20-24 August. International Symposium on Chert and Other Knappable Materials, Romania.  General information: 
Abstract deadline 1 February 2013

25-29 August.  Euroanalysis. Warsaw, Poland.  General information:  Abstract deadline:  May 15 

28-30 August.  RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2013, London, UK. General information:

28-30 August.  UK Luminescence & ESR Meeting.  Aberystwyth Scotland.  General information:

4-8 September.  European Association of Archaeologists.  Pilsen, Czech Republic.  General information:

8-12 September. 246th National Meeting and Exposition, American Chemical Society. Indianapolis IN, USA. General information:

19-21 September.  12th European Meeting on Ancient Ceramics (EMAC2013).  Padova, Italy.  General information:

20-21 September.  European Society for the Study of Human Evolution (ESHE) - 3rd Annual Meeting.  Vienna, Austria.  General information:

29 September to 4 October.  SciX Conference (Analytical Chemistry).  Milwaukee, WI, USA.  Abstract deadline:  May 24 for abstracts, poster abstract July 31

5-6 October.  Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology (ASHA), Paramatta, NSW Australia.  General information:

16-18 October.  LASMAC- 14th Latin American Symposium on Physics and Chemistry Applied to Archaeology, Art and Cultural Heritage Conservation.  Bogota, Colombia.  Abstract deadline:  May 30 2013.  Contact:

17-19 October.  Paleoamerican Odyssey.  Santa Fe, NM, USA.  General information:

27-30 October. The Geological Society of America National Meeting. Denver CO, USA “Celebrating Advances in Geosciences – Our Science, Societal Impact and Unique Thought Processes”.  General information:

27-30 October.  ISCCL & CIIC Meetings and Symposium, Canberra Australia.  Symposium topic: Cultural Landscapes and Cultural Routes in the 21st Century, Issues and Opportunities.  General information:

28 October-1 November. DIGITAL HERITAGE 2013  International Congress.  Marseille, France.  General information:

31 October-3 November.  Imagined pasts…, imagined futures AUSTRALIA ICOMOS 2013 National Conference.  Canberra, Australia.  General information:

20-23 November. American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meeting. Baltimore, MD USA.  General information:

20-24 November. American Anthropological Association 111th Annual Meeting. “Future Publics, Current Engagements”  Chicago, IL USA.  General information:

9-13 December.  American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA USA.  General information:   “Special session on Aeolian Dust in Earth's Climate System”  Abstracts due August 7 2013

December.  Australian Archaeological Association Annual Conference, Australia.  General information:


8-12 January.  Society for Historical Archaeology Conference Montreal, Canada.  General information:

2-6 March.  Pittcon Conference and Expo, Chicago, IL USA.  General information:

16-20 March. 247th National Meeting and Exposition, American Chemical Society. Dallas, TX USA. General information: Special session: ACS Archaeological Chemistry Symposium

19-24 March.  REHAB 2014 International Conference on Preservation, Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings and Structures.  Tomar, Portugal.  General information:

8-12 April.  American Association of Physical Anthropologists Annual Meeting. Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  General information:

23-27 April. Society for American Archaeology. 78th Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, USA. General information:

15-17 May.  Medieval copper, bronze and brass: “History, archaeology and archaeometry of the production of brass, bronze and other copper alloy objects in medieval Europe (12th-16th centuries)” – Dinant-Namur  Belgium.  General information:

19-23 May.  International Symposium on Archaeometry (ISA).  Los Angeles, CA, USA.  General information:  Abstract deadline December 16 2013

8-13 June.  20th World Congress of Soil Science.  Jeju, Korea.  General information:

25-28 June.  New Zealand Archaeological Association Conference, Cambridge New Zealand.  General information:

10-12 September 2014.  Synchrotron Radiation in Art and Archaeology.  Paris, France.  General information:

Submit Proposals to NU-ACCESS by September 15th

Funded by the Mellon foundation, the Northwestern University/ Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Study in the Arts (NU-ACCESS) is accepting proposals from cultural institutions to collaborate on the analytical study of their collections. Please submit proposals by September 15th.

For more information please see:

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Call for Associate Editor-Research in Archaeological Conservation

The SAS Bulletin is looking for someone to serve as Associate Editor for a new topic “Research in Archaeological Conservation”.  

As Associate Editor, you will be responsible for soliciting articles, delegating short reviews of books and articles, describing previous meetings, and letting the membership know about the latest scientific research in the conservation of archaeological materials.  Applicants can be at any stage of their academic or professional careers.  

For more information on the position, or to apply, contact Vanessa Muros at

Monday, July 22, 2013

Art, Archaeology and Conservation Science (AACS) Division Workshop “Using X-rays to Analyze Cultural Heritage”

The American Ceramic Society has created a new division, the Art, Archaeology and Conservation Science  (AACS) Division.  The mission of the group is to advance the scientific understating of ceramic material and to provide information that aid in the interpretation and preservation of ceramic art, and the technologies and techniques used to make them.  If your research focuses on ceramic art and artifacts, you should consider joining.  Information on AACS can be found at

On October 1-2, 2013, the AACS, along with the Basic Science division of The American Ceramic Society, will be hosting the workshop “Using X-rays to Analyze Cultural Heritage”.  The workshop will focus on the use of synchrotron analysis for cultural heritage and take place at the  SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the Cantor Center for the Visual Arts, both located at Stanford University.  Participants will learn about the latest research on the use of synchrotrons to analyze cultural heritage, obtain hands on experience with the examination and treatment of synchrotron derived data as taught by Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) staff scientists, and have a tour of the SSRL facility with a particular emphasis on the imaging microscopes at beamlines 2-3, 10-2, and 14-3. 

Information on registration and a schedule of events can be found at:

Monday, July 1, 2013

2014 International Symposium on Archaeometry

Getty Villa in Malibu California
Registration is now open for the 2014 International Symposium on Archaeometry! The symposium will take place on May 19-23rd 2014. The first two days will take place at the Getty Villa and the last three days will be held at UCLA.
Early bird registration will take place until February 18, 2014:
Registration for members of the Society of Archaeological Science will be given a discount on their fees, so please join us now:
For further details on the event including accommodation and transportation options, please visit the ISA 2104 website:
The local organizing committee looks forward to seeing you in May 2014.
With best wishes,
Marc Walton and Ioanna Kakoulli
Co-Chairs 2014 International Symposium on Archaeometry

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

First deadline approaching...

March1st is the deadline to submit your initial application materials!  


The Society for Archaeological Sciences invites applications for the R.E. Taylor Poster Award at the Society for American Archaeology's 76th Anniversary Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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 March 1, 2013. Applications must include the title and abstract of the poster, evidence that you have registered for the SAA meetings in Honolulu (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 March 22 , 2013. 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 (

Saturday, February 16, 2013

John Weymouth, former president of SAS

I'm sad to pass along this news:

"John Walter Weymouth, emeritus professor of physics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, died December 20, 2012, from complications of Parkinson's disease. John was born on the Stanford campus in Palo Alto, California, where his father and grandfather were professors. He attended both Stanford and Berkeley and earned a PhD in physics. He taught and did research in physics at the University of California, Vassar College, Clarkson University, and the University of Nebraska where he retired in l989.

"In mid-career John became interested in the application of scientific methods in archeology and worked with the NPS on many U.S. sites, for NATO-sponsored work in Greece, and other agencies. His pioneering work in the use of magnetometers and other remote sensing tools for subsurface mapping of sites transformed geophysical prospection in North American from a type of special analysis to an invaluable and standard part of contemporary archeology. He has been recognized with awards from the Society of American Archaeology and Nebraska Historical Society and, most recently, The Geological Society of America for lifetime achievement in the field of archeological geology."  (From the NPS)

From the Lincoln Journal Star:

January 05, 2013 2:30 am  •  


John Walter Weymouth, died December 20, 2012 from complications of Parkinson's disease. John was born on Stanford campus in Palo Alto, Calif., where his father and grandfather were professors. He attended both Stanford and Berkeley and earned a PhD in physics. He taught and did research in physics at the University of California, Vassar College, Clarkson University, and the University of Nebraska where he retired in l989. In mid-career John became interested in the application of scientific methods in archaeology and has worked with the National Park Service on many U.S. sites, for NATO sponsored work in Greece and other agencies. His pioneering work in the use of magnetometers and other remote sensing tools for subsurface mapping of sites has transformed geophysical prospection in North American from a type of special analysis to an invaluable and standard part of contemporary archaeology. His work was termed "unparalleled" and "groundbreaking". He has been recognized with awards from the Society of American Archaeology and Nebraska Historical Society and, most recently, The Geological Society of America for lifetime achievement in the field of archaeological geology. His family knew him as an exceedingly humble, thoughtful and gentle man, with a wonderful sense of humor; he loved puns, silly stories--we recall the exploits of Sir Basil Digmore, fabled and fictional archaeologist--and jokes. He loved his family, was a huge fan of opera and was super fond of his dogs.

He is survived by his wife, Laura; sons, Terry (Jacki), and Daniel(Deborah); daughter, Evelyn; step-daughter, Victoria; daughter-in-law, Rae Ann; six grandchildren; one great grandchild; and four step-greats; as well as Josie, a small Spaniel. Preceding him in death were his parents, two sisters, and his first wife, Patricia.
Memorial Service: 2 p.m. Saturday (1/5/13) at Unitarian Church, 6300 'A' Street, with Rev. Fritz Hudson officiating. Memorials in John's honor may be sent to the National Center for Science Education or the Southern Poverty Law Center. Condolences can be left online

John wrote a number of seminal papers on magnetometry and U.S. archaeology.

He was the SAA's Fryxell Medalist for interdisciplinary research in archaeology and the physical sciences in 1998.

John was a longtime member of the Society for Archaeological Sciences, and was its 4th president.

We'll miss you, John.

Rob Sternberg
Franklin & Marshall College
General Secretary, SAS