Call for Volunteers: The Day of Archaeology 2014 on Friday 11 July!

The Day of Archaeology 2014 is coming!

The Day of Archaeology 2014 will be held on Friday 11 July!

Register now to contribute your own posts, or visit the website on Friday to read about how archaeologists around the world are spending their day.


We are looking for people working, studying or volunteering in the archaeological world to participate with us in a “Day of Archaeology” in July 2014.  The resulting Day of Archaeology website will (and already does!) demonstrate the wide variety of work our profession undertakes day-to-day across the globe, and help to raise public awareness of the relevance and importance of archaeology to the modern world. We want anyone with a personal, professional or voluntary interest in archaeology to get involved, and help show the world why archaeology is vital to protect the past and inform our futures.

How You Can Help

We are looking for archaeologists who are able to document their day and send it to us to publish here on the Day of Archaeology website. You can do this through any medium that you are comfortable with, be it writing, filming, recording or photographing your day.

If you can’t make the date in July 2014, you can still contribute up to a week before or after the Day of Archaeology itself.  If you would like to take part but don’t feel confident writing a blog or uploading photos, audio or film, please get in touch with us at the email address below, and we will help.

How to Sign Up

You can register your interest and email address through our Eventbrite page.  We’ll then contact you nearer the time with log-in details and passwords, as well as further instructions on how to participate.

You can also find out more about exactly what to do for the blog on the ‘Contributors Guidelines‘ page.

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Postdoctoral Fellowships in Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University — Deadline March 31, 2014

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Archaeology and the Ancient World

Brown University, Providence, RI

The Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University invites applications from exceptional junior scholars who have demonstrated a capacity for innovative research and cross-disciplinary thinking.

We seek candidates who best augment or complement the present strengths of the Joukowsky Institute community.  We are particularly interested in individuals working in four spheres: 1) visual culture; 2) archaeologies of gender; 3) public archaeology; 4) the archaeology and art of the ancient Asian world.

In addition to pursuing their research, successful candidates will be expected to teach half time — i.e., one course per semester.  Teaching may be at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; interdisciplinary offerings are desirable.  Applicants must normally have received their Ph.D. from an institution other than Brown within the last five years.  Successful candidates will be expected to make substantive contributions to the ongoing development of the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, such as the organization of reading or working groups, a topical symposium, or another project intended to foster a stimulating intellectual environment in which to pursue research and to develop new interdisciplinary connections.  This will be a one-year position, with the possibility of a one-year renewal, beginning on August 1, 2014.

All candidates should submit a letter of application, short descriptions of 3-4 proposed courses, and curriculum vitae by March 31, 2014.  Applicants should arrange for three letters of reference to be submitted by the application deadline. Applications received by March 31, 2014 will receive full consideration, but the search will remain open until the position is closed or filled.

Please submit application materials online at

For further information:
Professor Susan E. Alcock
Chair, Search Committee
Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
Brown University
Box 1837 / 60 George Street
Providence, RI 02912

Brown is an EEO/AA employer.  Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

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Free XRF Hands On Workshop on Thursday March 6 to Friday March 7 (Manchester, NH)

The Saint Anselm College Departments of Classics and Chemistry are pleased to announce a FREE two-day hands on workshop on portable x-ray fluorescence spectrometry (pXRF).  The workshop will occur Thursday March 6 to Friday March 7 on the Saint Anselm College campus in Manchester, New Hampshire.

The versatility of pXRF for nondestructive field data collection crosses many disciplines: art conservation, cultural heritage, archaeology, chemistry, environmental science, geology, and others.  This workshop will address applications in all fields.  Please pass on this announcement to others at your institution that may also be interested in learning about pXRF and gaining some hands on exposure to the technique.

Contact Dr. David George ( or Dr. Mary Kate Donais ( for additional information about the workshop, directions, and registration.

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New eJournal: Journal of Ancient Near Eastern History 1.1 (2014)

We are very pleased to announce the publication of the first issue of the Journal of Ancient Near Eastern History.

The first issue is available for free and articles can be downloaded at the following link:


Contents of JANEH Volume 1 Issue 1:

Editorial Introduction to JANEH

Daniel Fleming, Chasing Down the Mundane: the Near East with Social Historical Interest

Niek Veldhuis, Intellectual History and Assyriology

Francesca Rochberg, The History of Science and Ancient Mesopotamia

Seth Richardson, Mesopotamian Political History: The Perversities

JANEH is published twice per year online and in print. The next issue will appear in October. We are committed to best practices for the consideration, review, and publication of contributions. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically through the JANEH website ( and can be written in in English, French, or German. The style guide for the journal is also available on the website. The international Editorial Board oversees a double-blind peer review process. Under normal circumstances, authors can expect to wait no more than 10 weeks from initial submission to final decision. Moreover, for all subsequent issues of JANEH, articles that have received final approval will be published immediately online and will enter the queue for the next available print issue.

Please address any questions to:

Marc Van De Mieroop and Steven Garfinkle
Editors of JANEH

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Petition for the Preservation of the Institute of Classical Archaeology and the Collection of Antiquities of Leipzig University/Germany

Preservation of the Institute of Classical Archaeology and the Collection of Antiquities of Leipzig University/Germany

On 21 January 2014 the Rectorate of Leipzig University announced without prior notice that it will close the Institut für Klassische Archäologie. Two reasons were given: 1) the Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst of the Freistaat Sachsen will introduce further severe cost-cutting measures in higher education within in the next six years; 2) the Leipzig institute is smaller than the Seminar für Klassische Archäologie at the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg situated nearby. Both reasons, however, are not valid. The cost-cutting measures can be implemented only when the professorships whose holders will retire within the next six years are axed. This random principle is the main reason for closing the Institut für Klassische Archäologie. It makes the lack of any substantial or structural argument painfully obvious. In addition, the Halle Seminar of Klassische Archäologie and the Leipzig Institut für Klassische Archäologie need and complement each other in structure, research and teaching.

Founded in the 19th century the Leipzig Institut für Klassische Archäologie is one of the oldest and most renowned of its kind in the German-speaking world. It has survived not only several wars but also the difficult period of communism between 1945 and 1989. In the aftermath of the Peaceful Revolution in late 1989, the Leipzig institute and its re-opened Antikenmuseum have established themselves as a new flourishing centre for Classical Archaeology. Esteemed international scholars have regularly contributed to the teaching. All junior scholars from the institute are now holding top positions in the field, such as the President of the German Archaeological Institute in Berlin. In Leipzig, Classical Archaeology has been right at the heart of Classics, is the indispensable ‘Brückenfach’ for disciplines such as Prehistory, Egyptology, Near Eastern Studies, Greek and Latin Philology and Ancient History, and its twin Art History. To take a single example, the most popular and successful major ‘Archaeology of the Ancient World’ taught together by Prehistoric and Classical archaeologists is now doomed to die.

Another jewel of Classical Archaeology at Leipzig is the institute’s distinguished Antikenmuseum. The generous contributions made by dedicated people of Leipzig have significantly supported its spectacular come-back. The museum has been dependent on and has played a vital role in research and teaching. And with its numerous well attended exhibitions the museum has served as a vital academic stage to the public. Can it be true that the endorsement of Classical Archaeology and the Antikenmuseum so enthusiastically announced and subsidised by Leipzig University in 1993 has now turned out to be a white elephant, a political and financial disaster of higher education in the Freistaat Sachsen? Let us be clear, the closing of the Leipzig Institut für Klassische Archäologie will unavoidably mean the demise of the Antikenmuseum and it will gravely damage the ‘Altertumswissenschaften’ in Leipzig and beyond.

As the Leipzig decision is so destructive and ill founded, the signatories and the almost 1000 members of the Deutscher Archäologen-Verband urge the Staatsminister für Wissenschaft und Kunst of the Freistaat Sachsen und the Rectorate at Leipzig University in the strongest possible terms to revoke their disastrous decision to ax the Institut für Klassische Archäologie in Leipzig.

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