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Archaeology Pizza lunch and fieldwork discussion

pizza lunch fieldwork Apr 2015Join archaeology students and faculty to eat free pizza from Ned’s and learn about finding and doing fieldwork. Open to all interested students and faculty who want to share or learn about archaeolocial field experiences. 
Friday April 24, 2015 at 1:00–2:00 pm in the Landscapes and Objects Lab, 125 McGraw Hall. Hosted by CIAMS and the Undergraduate Program in Archaeology.

Field Drawing course in Italy

Dear Archaeology Students:

The University of Maryland is offering a summer course in preparing archaeological field plans, using the substantial architectural remains of the  Roman villas at ancient Stabiae, near Pompeii.  Buried during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE and quite recently explored archaeologically, the site offers a rich array of features for documentation, from architectural features with well-preserved frescoes to garden remains, roads and exterior features.   Although best suited for students with an aptitude for drawing or computer aided drafting, archaeologists wishing to know how to document sites with the latest tools in surveying, CAD, LiDAR, and other tools, as well as by hand, will find the class of value.
I just received the attached poster, but the University of Maryland Summer School Program has set a deadline of Sunday, March 1.  By this date you  need to submit the online application form with Education Abroad and submit a $50 non-refundable application fee.  A $250 deposit will then be billed by mid-March.  The full details of the application process are laid out in the links on the information poster attached: Poster_2015
I expect to be present at the Vesuvian Institute at the same time as this course, working on a small project and the Villa San Marco.  I heartily recommend the field school.  I did a similar course with Professor Vann in Rome at the start of my own career and it was invaluable.  Don’t hesitate to contact me this week with any questions.
All best,
Kathy Gleason

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: (CLOSING DATE NOVEMBER 12TH)
Full details of the PhD studentships are advertised at: (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” Three letters of recommendation must also be submitted.  Letters of recommendation should be sent directly from your referee via email to info “at”  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

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. 


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
Prof. Ofer

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.
For more information, click here.

Andrew Fairbairn
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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