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Upcoming Lectures in January

By Lauren Saulino
Posted on 21 January 2015 | 2:38 pm — 

“Sacred Houses in Early Iron Age Greece?” 
Event Details: Thursday, January 22.  7:00pm, Simons 309
Speaker: Alexander Ainian, University of Thessaly
Sponsored by: Archaeological Institute of America, Charleston Society

About Alexander Mazarakis Ainian

Alexander Mazarakis Ainian is Professor of Classical Archaeology with the University of Thessaly in Greece.  He studied History of Art and Archaology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles”, Belgium (1980-1983, degree conferred with “Grande Distinction”) and continued his postgraduate studies at University College London with a grant from the Alexander Onassis Benefit Foundation, obtaining his Ph.D. in 1987, under the supervision of Professor J.N. Coldstream.  Since 2009 he has been the President of the Scientific Committee of the University of Thessaly Publications and a Member of the Board for the Management of the Assets of the University. He has been the Scientific Director of several major European Union Research Programs as well as personal research programs and several other scientific projects.  He has directed the excavations at Skala Oropou in northern Attica (and Early Iron Age metalworking site), at the ancient capital of Kythnos (Archaic-Hellenistic sanctuary), at Soros in Thessaly (Late Archaic-Classical sanctuary of Apollo at ancient Amphanai or Pagasai).  Professor Ainian’s areas of specialization are the archaeology and architecture of Early Iron Age and Archaic Greece, and Homeric Archaeology, as well as ancient Greek religion and sanctuaries of the Geometric through the Classical periods. In recent years he has also specialized in underwater archaeology.  Professor Ainian is a 2014/2015 Kress Lecturer for the AIA.

 “Charleston’s First Battery Sea Wall, 1768 – 1769”
Event Details: Tuesday, January 27.  6:00pm, Charleston Public Library Auditorium
Speaker: Nic Butler
Sponsored by: Charleston County Public Library

About the Lecture
A few years before the outbreak of the American Revolution, the S.C. legislature funded a large-scale project to erect a half-mile long brick wall around the fortifications at White Point. Designed to keep out the waters of the Ashley and Cooper rivers, this massive work set the stage for the current stone “battery” seawall that was built in the early 1800s. Although it was superseded, the first wall may not be gone. Join CCPL’s historian, Dr. Nic Butler, for an illustrated review of the wall’s history and the clues to its present location.

This Might Only Happen in Charleston

3 December 2014 | 2:52 pm By: Melissa Whetzel

Living history isn’t just a slogan at the College of Charleston. It’s true. Today construction workers unearthed a Civil War-era artillery shell that is believed to have been there for more than a century.

The shell, which is about a foot long, was removed by the Department of Defense. The area where the shell was found is part of the expansion of the Sylvia Vlosky Yaschik Jewish Studies Center, which includes a new vegan/kosher cafeteria. The expansion is expected to be complete in winter 2015.

Civil War artillery shell

“It is quite common to find Civil War artifacts on the peninsula, not always as spectacular as an unexploded shell, though they are found every once in a while,” explains archaeology professor Barbara Borg. “From time to time battalions of soldiers came through and camped in large numbers, so it is common to find horse hardware, ceramics, cookware, buttons and buckles from clothing, pewter silverware and, where preservation is really good, items made out of wood, like drumsticks and the wooden parts of brushes.”

 

WEBSITE: College of Charleston is home to S.C.’s only undergraduate major in archaeology.

Borg has directed the College’s Archaeological Field School for a number of years and says they have often worked on the peninsula finding many of these artifacts.

“Charleston and the Lowcountry are archaeological jewels,” says Jim Newhard, classics professor and director of the archaeology program. “I would hazard to guess that there are few places with richer archaeological heritage in the country than Charleston. Therefore we have a tremendous duty as stewards of this national treasure, to take the necessary precautions to ensure its survival.”

Newhard adv

ocates for a city archaeologist, tasked with preserving these finds. He also notes that while the Civil War and Colonial phases receive a lot of attention, the plantations up and down the Ashley and Cooper Rivers are a part of a broader story that includes American Indian habitation prior to the arrival of Europeans and Africans through to transformations in society in the decades following the Civil War.

 

The Archaeology Club will be meeting this Thursday evening in Randolph Hall, Room 301B, at 5:30 pm.  In attendance will be a number of archaeologists from the area, discussing internship opportunities for the coming semester.

My old trowel.

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2015 Field School
Field school participants will be introduced to the basics of field archaeology. They will learn proper excavation techniques, archaeological survey, principles of field conservation, record keeping, site management, and archaeological surveying. Opportunities for field trips to nearby archaeological sites, such as Selinus, Lamos, Perge, Anamur, Alanya and the Alanya Museum will be arranged.

Duration
Session I : June 15-July 14
Session II: July 15-August 14
Deadline: February 1, 2015 (Note: Preference given to those who submit their applications before November 20, 2015)

Costs
$3150 for one session, $5800 for both sessions. Price excludes tuition and fees if taken for academic credit.

Academic Credit
Academic credit is optional. Participants can earn 3 or 6 credit hours through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
Undergraduate- $782.75, resident or non-resident, price includes tuition and fees only.

The Society for American Archaeology Partners with the Institute for Field Research to Deliver Two New Undergraduate Awards

WASHINGTON, DC – November 6, 2014 – The Institute for Field Research (IFR) and the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) have teamed up to provide two new undergraduate student awards-one for best paper and one for best poster, each with a $1,000 prize!

“SAA and IFR have focused these awards on undergraduates because our past lies in the hands of future archaeologists,” according to Jeffrey Altschul, SAA’s president. “We hope that these awards increase undergraduate participation in all aspects of archaeology-fieldwork, laboratory analysis, reports, public outreach, public policy, and interaction with descendant communities.”

“We seek to promote the participation of undergraduate students in the discourse of the discipline,” IFR Executive Director Ran Boytner stated. “We wish to encourage students to take an active part in archaeological research and to experience the intellectual challenges and great rewards associated with practicing field archaeology.”

Each paper and poster awardee will receive a $1000 prize provided by IFR. To further foster undergraduate participation during the Annual Meeting, the IFR will be sponsoring a morning coffee where students will be able to network with archaeologists and learn more about scholarship and fieldwork opportunities.

The submission deadline for the 2015 prizes is March 15, 2015, and all entries will be evaluated based on three overarching criteria: 1) intellectual creativity, 2) originality of topic, and 3) quality of presentation.

For more details on submission guidelines and formatting, see http://bit.ly/1yFRF4y. To learn more about the Institute for Field Research, please visit www.ifrglobal.org. If you have any additional questions, please contact the IFR Undergraduate Awards Committee chair, Dr. Wes Bernardini, at wesley_bernardini@redlands.edu.

 

About SAA
The Society for American Archaeology is an international organization dedicated to the research, interpretation, and protection of the archaeological heritage of the Americas. With more than 7,300 members, the SAA represents professional, student, and avocational archaeologists working in a variety of settings including government agencies, colleges and universities, museums, and the private sector.

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Does hunting make us human?

By Lauren Saulino
Posted on 6 November 2014 | 4:53 pm — 

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Logan Crouse tells of his work & exploration in Mongolia

By Lauren Saulino
Posted on 22 October 2014 | 4:45 pm — 

Today during the Anthropology & Sociology Brown Bag lunch, Archaeology & Anthropology Double Major, Logan Crouse shared about his travels and work in Mongolia.  He traveled there over the summer through a program organized by Western Kentucky University and the National Museum of Mongolia to study the Bronze and Iron Age societies which occupied the Altai region of western Mongolia.

Logan shared how he became one of the group’s primary surveyors and how he also was asked to hike along the ridge line of a mountain in search of rock art, among many other adventures.  In addition to his archaeological work, Logan experienced the culture of that region as well: his group was invited to a Kazak wedding where he was invited to participate in a Mongolian-derived tradition of wrestling.

 

 

 

Field School in Turkey – Boncuklu

By Lauren Saulino
Posted on 20 October 2014 | 3:51 pm — 

http://ifrglobal.org/programs/me/turkey-boncuklu-project

Note the application deadline.  Turkish projects require all potential participants to be identified with the submission of the research permit, which is due in early December.  Dr. Newhard is available to meet with any person who has questions about working in Turkey.

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