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Fellowships for archaeological fieldwork in UAE

The School of Humanities at the University of New England (UNE), Australia, has recently signed an agreement to lead a 3-year programme of collaborative fieldwork and post-excavation research at the prehistoric site of Saruq al-Hadid, U.A.E. This multi-period site located in the desert region of Dubai, is characterised by abundant material remains, including many thousands of copper, gold and iron alloy artefacts and primary smelting slags, dating principally to the Iron Age.

UNE is recruiting to two Post-Doctoral/Junior Research fellowships and offering two International PhD Studentships to underpin the Saruq al-Hadid Archaeological Research Project (SHARP).

Full details of the Post-Doctoral/Junior Research Fellowships are advertised at:http://www.une.edu.au/jobs-at-une/current-vacancies (CLOSING DATE NOVEMBER 12TH)
Full details of the PhD studentships are advertised at: http://www.une.edu.au/research/research-services/higher-degree-research/hdr-scholarships/saruq-al-hadid-phd-studentships (CLOSING DATENOVEMBER 20TH)

Brief details of the positions are as follows:

1) Post-Doctoral or Junior Research Fellow – SHARP FIELD DIRECTOR
The successful candidate will direct fieldwork at Saruq al-Hadid and contribute to the analysis and collaborative publication of the project results. Applicants should have broad experience of undertaking and supervising archaeological fieldwork in Arabia and/or the Near East, preferably at the level of Field Director, and an Honours level degree or higher in Archaeology. Experience in the excavation of ephemeral sites and/or sites with a metallurgical component will be an advantage.

2) Post-Doctoral Research Fellow – SHARP ANALYTICAL DIRECTOR
The Analytical Director will work as a part of the SHARP team, playing a key role in undertaking and coordinating the multi-stranded archaeometallurgical programme focusing on the analysis of copper, gold and iron alloys and smelting slags. Applicants should have a PhD in archaeometallurgy, preferably with a focus on Arabia and/or the ancient Near East, and expertise in the compositional, microstructural, and/or isotopic analysis of a range of metallurgical artefacts and residues.

These are fixed term fellowships available for 3 years from the date of appointment. Successful applicants will be based at UNE’s Armidale campus as part of the Archaeological Materials Science Hub, as well as spending several months each year working in the field in Dubai.

3) International PhD Studentships (x2)
These fully funded (fees and stipend) 3-year PhD studentships are available to international or Australian domestic students and will be based at UNE’s Armidale campus. PhD researchers will support the overall SHARP research priorities by investigating particular material components of the site’s archaeological assemblages. Students should have Honours or Masters level qualifications with an archaeological materials science component, ideally in archaeometallurgy, and will undertake a substantial research project under the direction of the SHARP leadership team. Previous research experience in Arabia and/or the ancient Near East will be an advantage.

American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) fellowships

ARISC Junior Research Fellowship

The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) announces the availability of US graduate student, postdoctoral and junior scholar fellowships in support of research and mentoring activities in the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and/or Georgia).

The goals of the fellowship are 1) to support research in and the study of the South Caucasus; 2) to select, recognize and financially support individuals early in their careers who demonstrate high potential to contribute to research in this region; 3) to support a mentoring relationship that will both develop the academic skills of the mentee and strengthen ties between the US and host country.  Projects in all fields in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences are eligible, but all projects must include one or more undergraduate and/or graduate students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, and/or Georgia as research assistants/participants.  Research awards will be made for a maximum of
$5000 each to help cover travel, living, and research expenses in the South Caucasus; an additional $500 may be made available for fellows to offset necessary expenses related to incorporating an undergraduate or graduate student in the host country in their research program.  For ARISC grant purposes, mentoring is understood to involve integrating a local scholar into a research project in a fundamental way that involves cultivating skills and knowledge of methods that will contribute to the professional development of the local scholar. Proposals will be judged on their quality and on the potential of the research to strengthen scholarship on the South Caucasus.

 Application requirements: Please send a complete application including the application form, a project statement of not more than 1500 words, work schedule, budget, and curriculum vitae, by Tuesday, December 23, 2014, to info “at” arisc.org. Three letters of recommendation must also be submitted.  Letters of recommendation should be sent directly from your referee via email to info “at” arisc.org.  All information must be received by Tuesday, December 23, 2014, in order for the applicant to be considered for the fellowship.

  ARISC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or status as a covered veteran.

For the application form and the full call, please visit
<http://arisc.org/?page_id=70>.

Field School in Turkey, Summer 2015

Dear Colleague,

The IFR will be running our Turkey - Boncuklu field school again in the summer of 2015. We are pleased that Ofer Bar Yosef will return as a field school director this season, along with Douglas Baird and Andrew Fairbairn. Students will have the opportunity to learn excavation and survey techniques with top scholars at this neolithic site in Turkey.

Please let interested students know about our 2015 Boncuklu field school as early as you can. Since Turkish authorities require that we submit security documentation of all participants well in advance, we will only admit students until December 5, 2014.

Please urge interested students not to delay their application. 

 
Sincerely,

Ran Boytner
IFR Director
 
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Douglass Baird
Prof. Douglas Baird

Prof. Baird is the Chair of the Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology at the University of Liverpool.  For more information, click here

Ofer Bar-Yosef
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Prof. Bar-Yosef is a Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Harvard University and the first winner of the Cotsen Prize for Life-Time Achievement in World Archaeology.
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Dr. Andrew Fairbairn

Dr. Fairbairn is a Senior Lecturer of Archaeology at the University of Queensland (Australia). For more information, click here.

 
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TC3-Ithaca College Archaeological Field School on Lake Cayuga

Cayuga fieldschool picFrom: Jack Rossen, Field Director and Chair of Anthroplogy, Ithaca College

June 30 – August 1, 2014 (6 credits, transferable)

The 2014 field school will investigate the Myers Farm site, a 15th century Cayuga village. We are continuing our long-term investigation of the origins and early development of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy. Archaeologists have long maintained that the Confederacy was formed rather recently, either just before or after the arrival of Europeans (A.D. 1450-1650). The Haudenosaunee maintain that their confederacy is over 1,000 years old, and recent archaeological discoveries support this earlier date. Continue reading

New Cornell-Heidelberg-NBU Excavations at Bresto, SW Bulgaria

Bresto diggers“Producing and Consuming the Transition: Incorporating Animal Resources at the Turn from Late Bronze to Early Iron Age in SW Bulgaria”  [see page for full description].  Dates: July 21-August-24th

Contacts: John Gorczyk (Cornell), Project supervisor: jmg433@cornell.edu; Nerissa Russell (Cornell), co-PI: nr29@cornell.edu ; Bogdan Athanassov (New Bulgarian University), co-PI bo.atana@gmail.com ; Philipp Stockhammer (Heidelberg), Project supervisor: philippstockhammer@yahoo.de                        

The larger goal of the project is to understand the transition from the LBA to EIA in the Mesta Valley where the site of Bresto is located. Previous work has shown that changes to settlement patterns were driven in part by increased communication with Aegean polities through major river valleys like the Struma. Large stone structures were built on prominent places in the landscape, positioned to provide the greatest vision of the surroundings or to control movement through river corridors and mountain passes. Among the many artifacts recovered from these structures were Mycenean ceramics, indicating a connection with the LBA polities further south. The most well studied of these, Kaimenska Chuka, was excavated by Mark Stefanovich and his team in the 1990s. Continue reading

Internment camp archaeology in Colorado

DU AmacheThis summer, the University of Denver returns to Amache, a WWII era Japanese American internment camp site in Granada, Colorado for a field school in historical archaeology and museum studies.  The field school will run from June 16 through July 15, 2014 and is offered for four credit hours to both undergraduate and graduate students.  This field school provides the unique opportunity for students to work directly with individuals who once lived at the site where they will be conducting archaeological research.  More details about the field school and the application are available at: https://portfolio.du.edu/amache.  For more info, contact Bonnie Clark, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Denver, bclark@du.edu

Abel Beth Maacah Excavations Uncover Silver Hoard at an Ancient Crossroads

3200-year-old silver earrings and ingots uncovered in northern Israel

Noah Wiener   •  02/26/2014, from BiblicalArchaeology.org

The city of Abel Beth Maacah was located at an important juncture between several ancient Near Eastern cultures. During the Bronze Age, it was a threshold between the Levant and the major empires of Syria and Mesopotamia. In the Iron Age, the Biblical city of Abel Beth Maacah was a crossroads between Israel, Phoenicia and Syria, and it may have served as the capital of the Aramean kingdom of Maacah (Joshua 12:5; 2 Samuel 10:8). The site features an extensive Bronze Age occupation centuries before it became a prominent Hebrew Bible-era city. In 2 Samuel 20:14-22, Sheba son of Bichri took refuge in the city after calling for revolt against King David. Joab’s negotiations with a “wise woman” of the city resulted in Sheba’s beheading. Abel Beth Maacah (referred to as Abel Maim in 2 Chronicles 16:4) was later conquered by Ben Hadad of Aram-Damascus (1 Kings 15:20) and by Tiglath-pileser III in 733/32 BCE (2 Kings 15:29). Continue reading

Excavations at Roman baths

[from Jane Whitehead, Valdosta State University):

EXCAVATIONS OF THE BATHS AT ROMAN CARSULAE (ITALY)

June 8 – July 19, 2014

We are now accepting applications from students and volunteers to participate in our ninth season of excavations of the baths at Roman Carsulae. The application deadline is March 31, 2014.

and related program Continue reading