CFP: 2016 Joint Chapter Meeting of CAA Netherlands/Flanders and CAA Germany (Belgium, November 2016)-Deadline 9/16/16


Dear all,

Herewith, we again would like to remind you about the 2016 Joint Chapter Meeting of CAA Netherlands/Flanders and CAA Germany that will be held in in Ghent, Belgium, November 24–25, 2016, in collaboration with the Department of Archaeology of Ghent University and the Flemish Heritage Agency.

We want to acknowledge the authors who have already submitted their paper proposals in advance of the September 1st, 2016 deadline. As we have received many requests to extend the deadline because of the summer holidays, the final deadline for submission is *Friday September 16th, 2016*.

We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers on any of the above topics. Abstract in English should be sent to Abstracts will be considered by the committees of CAA NL/FL and CAA DE. Abstract should include name and surname, university, institute or company (if applicable), address and telephone number, e-mail, session for which is applied, and abstract text (max 500 words).

The aim of the CAA meetings is to bring together academic and commercial archaeologists with a particular interest in using mathematics and computer science for archaeological research. For the 2016 Joint Chapter Meeting of CAA, we kindly invite papers focussing on the following themes:

* Statistical Analysis / Network Analysis in Archaeology
* Remote Sensing and Landscape Archaeology
* Digital Archaeology and the Wider Public
* Archival and Management of (3D) Archaeological Data

The conference will be preceded by a LiDAR-workshop (November 23rd, 2016). During this workshop, participants will learn what LiDAR data is, how to effectively work with LiDAR (e.g. by building digital elevation and surface models and by looking into different LiDAR visualisation and analysis
techniques), and how to use it for archaeological research.

For further information, see the conference website ( or contact the organising committee (

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you in Ghent at the 2016 Joint Chapter Meeting of CAA Netherlands/Flanders and CAA Germany.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee;
Devi Taelman, Erwin Meylemans, Jitte Waagen, Ronald Visser

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Job Vacancy: Teaching Fellow in Comparative Mediterranean Prehistory (University College London)-Deadline September 8, 2016

The UCL Institute of Archaeology currently has a vacancy for a Teaching Fellow in Comparative Mediterranean Prehistory (Ref.:1567589). The deadline for applications is 8 September 2016.

A full-time Teaching Fellow is sought to contribute to teaching in comparative Mediterranean prehistory, with demonstrated expertise in Aegean and Central or West Mediterranean prehistory.

The post-holder will teach at all levels, from undergraduate and postgraduate to research degree level in their own area of expertise and will continue to the teaching at all levels beyond their own area of expertise, especially as part of the MA in Mediterranean Archaeology.

The post-holder will take an active role in the development and recruitment for the MA in Mediterranean Archaeology, and will contribute to administrative duties related to teaching and the running of the Institute.

The post is available for 5 years in the first instance.



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Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission (RIHPHC)-Public stakeholder meetings in September 2016

Old State House 150 Benefit Street Providence, RI 02903
Telephone 401-222-2678

TTY 401-222-3700

Fax 401-222-2968

Contact: Timothy Ives, RIHPHC, 401-222-4139,



The Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission (RIHPHC) will convene two public stakeholder meetings to discuss the nature, significance, and management of coastal archaeological sites damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Native American settlement along Rhode Island’s coastlines over the past 5000 years has generated a rich and irreplaceable archaeological record. Unfortunately, much of this record may be destroyed in the coming decades by rising sea levels and coastal storms of increasing intensity and frequency. Following Hurricane Sandy, the RIHPHC noted extensive damage to archaeological sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places (NR) and many sites eligible for listing in the NR on Block Island and along the South Coast. Using Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Grant funds from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, the RIHPHC designed and administered surveys to identify and evaluate these sites. The recently completed surveys identified and documented archaeological sites damaged by Hurricane Sandy, evaluated the significance of these sites, projected their susceptibility to future storm damage, and proposed management options.

The RIHPHC will hold two public meetings to present survey findings and solicit comments and suggestions regarding long-term site management. State Archaeologist Timothy Ives explained that “Local engagement is the foundation of both coastal resource management and historic preservation in Rhode Island.”

Information on the two meetings are as follows:

South Coast Archaeology Stakeholder Meeting
The Towers, 35 Ocean Road, Narragansett
Tuesday, September 13
7:00-9:00 PM

The Public Archaeology Laboratory Inc. will present the results of their survey of archaeological sites damaged by Hurricane Sandy on the South Coast of Rhode Island. Their study area consists of coastlines on the east side of Point Judith Neck (extending from Narragansett Pier southward to Point Judith) and along the southern shores of Narragansett, South Kingstown, Charlestown, and Westerly to Napatree Point. Archaeologists will discuss several Native American archaeological sites, in addition to Fort Mansfield, an Endicott Era coastal artillery installation. Public questions, comments, and discussion will follow.

Block Island Archaeology Stakeholder Meeting
Island Free Library, Dodge Street, Block Island (New Shoreham)
Tuesday, September 20
1:00-4:00 PM

This meeting will feature a presentation by the Public Archaeology Laboratory, Inc. on a seventeenth-century Native American site exposed by the washout of Corn Neck Road, the only land route between the northern and southern portions of Block Island. Next, the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center will present an overview of archaeological sites along the island’s perimeter and low-lying salt ponds. Their findings show that Native American sites across the island are more diverse and widely distributed than previously thought, substantially recasting local research and preservation priorities. Public questions, comments, and discussion will follow.



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CFP: The Meeting of the North American Theoretical Archaeology Group, Toronto 2017


Theoretical Archeological Group—North America
The Medium is the Message: Media and Mediation in Archaeology
May 18-20, 2017

Our website is live at and accepting submissions.

Session proposal deadline: January 15, 2017
Paper abstract submission deadline (to session organizers): March 15, 2017
Completed session rosters due: March 15, 2017
Early bird AND participants registration deadline: March 15, 2017

You can also follow us for updates on twitter, at @TAG2017Toronto and on facebook, at TAG North America.


In recognition of the contributions of Toronto scholar Marshall McLuhan, the theme of the meeting is:
“The Medium is the Message: Media and Mediation in Archaeology.”

The theme is intentionally broad and highlights how existence is profoundly conditioned by the material world, an issue that has been of central concern to archaeologists as well as to posthumanists and new materialists in other disciplines.  In the oft cited aphorism, “the medium is the message,” University of Toronto philosopher Marshall McLuhan (1964) intended to stress how technologies, especially print and later digital media, transformed human cognition and social organization.  In a similar vein, archaeological publications commonly declare that social relations, political inequality, and structures of practice were “mediated” by landscapes, ecologies, and assemblages of things and technical orders.  In a sense, mediation becomes synonymous with process itself.  In a recent publication, Arjun Appadurai (2015) has critiqued Latour and other proponents of the material turn, and he proposes that a focus on “mediants” and “mediation” permits more historically sensitive analyses of the formation of diverse social collectives entangling people, places, and things.  At the same time, archaeological research is an inherently mediated enterprise, for interpretation relies on the traces and material signs of past practices.  As Zoë Crossland recently noted (2014: 3): “Archaeology is the exemplary discipline of signs, spinning narratives of past worlds around the material detritus left in the wake of human lives.”  Thus a diverse number of sessions could be considered, ranging from the effects of new digital media on archaeological inference to the problems inherent in archaeological attempts to mediate or translate indigenous lifeways.

Session themes could also address: mediation and materiality; media and aesthetics; the politics of mediatization; mediation as semiosis, media of archaeological interpretation, trace as medium, media of religion and ideology; the present as medium of the past (space as medium of time  and history)—and so forth.

In appreciation of the first President of the University of Toronto, Daniel Wilson (who is credited with coining the term “prehistory”), sessions exploring the history of archaeological thought would also be welcome, along with themes not directly related to media and mediation.

Works Cited
Appadurai, Arjun  2015.  Mediants, Materiality, Normativity.  Public Culture 27(2): 221-237.
Crossland, Zoë  2014  Ancestral Encounters in Highland Madagascar: Material Signs and Traces of the Dead.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
McLuhan, Marshall  1964.  Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man. New York: McGraw Hill.

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CFP: Ohio State Classics Graduate Student Conference

What Does Evil Look Like? Horror, Macabre, and Ideological Control throughout the Ancient Mediterranean World

Date: October 28 – 29, 2016
Location: The Ohio State University
Abstract Submission Deadline: September 9, 2016

What was the role of evil and what did it look like in the ancient world? What good came from looking upon and exploring evil? Can evil be good, misinterpreted, or effectively reinterpreted?
The Department of Classics at The Ohio State University invites paper proposals for its 2016 Graduate Student Conference, “What Does Evil Look Like? Horror, Macabre, and Ideological Control throughout the Ancient Mediterranean World”. The goal of this conference is to investigate the presence of evil in its manifold forms be they physical, artistic, poetic, historical, architectural, psychological, religious, profane, or philosophical.

We invite submissions from graduate students in all disciplines, including: Classics, History, Byzantine Studies, Art History, Reception Studies, Archaeology, Religious Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Near Eastern Studies, and Judaic Studies.

Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Evil’s effects and affects
  • Corruption and control in ancient government
  • Suppression and oppression
  • The banality of evil
  • Morality’s relationship with evil
  • Fear, death, and disgust
  • Heroes and gods who do evil
  • Invective and free speech

Please send a 150-200-word abstract, a short CV, and any queries to by September 9, 2016. Presentations will be 15 minutes with 5 minutes for questions.

We will notify applicants of acceptance or rejection by September 12, 2016.

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