Geoarchaeology 2009 Sheffield

Registration and abstract submission is now open for the Geoarchaeology conference to be held in Sheffield UK next year (April 15-17th). Full details about this conference, how to submit abstracts, how to register, information about getting to Sheffield and where to stay are on the conference website which can be found at:
Keynote speakers include Prof. Iain Stewart on “Seismic Faults and Sacred Sanctuaries – cultural responses to earthquakes in Antiquity”, Prof. Tony Wilkinson on “Theoretical perspectives on the role of human agency in Landscape Geoarchaeology” and Professor Michael R. Waters.
The conference organizing committee looks forward to you registering for what we hope will be an exciting and stimulating conference and to welcoming you to Sheffield. Please contact us with any questions at:

Underwater Archaeology Scholarship

We wanted to inform you about the Women Divers Hall of Fame Cecelia Connelly Memorial Scholarship for Underwater Archaeology. Mary Connelly contacted us about this scholarship which was named after my mother. Cecelia Connelly had a deep and abiding fascination with history, archaeology and the ocean. She had been a diving instructor of some repute and had been inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame in 2000. When she died of cancer in 2003, her family set up this scholarship within the Women Divers Hall of Fame, as she had been a very proud member of the organization.
The scholarship is for $2500, to be used to support a woman graduate or undergraduate student, currently enrolled and in good standing, in an accredited academic program in Underwater Archaeology.The information on the website, details not only the process for applying for the Cecelia Connelly scholarship, but also the complete list of scholarships available through the Women Divers Hall of Fame. The website is and all applications are due November 15, 2008. If you or anyone you know has any questions please contact Mary Connelly at
If you know of a female student who might be interested in this scholarship, please let them know about this opportunity.

Announcement: 2009 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation

The Embassy of the United States is now accepting project proposals
for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2009
The deadline for submitting proposals is December 01, 2008. The
program is being administered by the Cultural Heritage Center of the
Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State.
Since FY 2001, Congress has directed the Department of State to support
and implement the AFCP. Congress has noted that “Cultural preservation
offers an opportunity to show a different American face to other
countries. By taking a leading role in efforts to preserve cultural
heritage, we show our respect for other cultures.” U.S. Ambassadors in
eligible developing countries may submit proposals for projects that
help countries preserve their cultural heritage.
1. PROJECT CATEGORIES: AFCP supports preservation projects in
the following three categories:
(A) CULTURAL OBJECTS AND COLLECTIONS from a museum, site, or
similar institution;
archaeological and ethnographic objects, paintings, sculpture,
manuscripts, photographic and film collections, and general museum
conservation activities. Proposals in this
category may involve, for example, conservation treatment for an object
or collection of objects; needs assessment of a collection with respect
to its condition and strategies for
improving its state of conservation; inventory of a collection for
conservation purposes; the creation of safe environments for storage or
display of collections; or
specialized training in the care and preservation of collections.
The CULTURAL SITES category (B) includes (but is not limited
to) historic buildings and sites, sacred places, monuments,
and archaeological sites. Proposals in this category may
involve, for example, restoration of an historic building, an
archaeological survey as a component of a preservation plan,
preservation management planning for a site, or documentation
of sites in a region for preservation purposes.
includes traditional music, rituals, knowledge, languages,
dance, drama, and crafts. Proposals in this category may
involve documenting and audiovisual recording of traditional
music and dance forms as part of a traditional expression and
making the information and recordings available, or support
for training in the preservation of traditional arts or
crafts that are threatened by extinction.
PHASED AND PILOT PROJECTS: The Cultural Heritage Center
invites submissions of proposals for phased and pilot cultural
preservation projects whose methods and outcomes will advance long-term
cultural preservation
objectives, lay the groundwork for subsequent AFCP-supported
activities, or encourage the continued or expanded application of proven
methods at the project site or elsewhere.
2. EXCLUSIONS: AFCP does not support the following:
(A) Preservation or purchase of privately or commercially
owned cultural objects, collections, or real property
(B) Conservation of natural heritage (physical, biological,
and geological formations, paleontological collections,
habitats of threatened species of animals and plants,
fossils, etc.)
(C) Preservation of news media (newspaper, newsreels, etc.)
(D) Archaeological excavations or surveys for research
(E) Historical research, except in cases where historical
research is justifiable and integral to the success of the
proposed project
(F) Construction of new buildings
(G) Commissions of new works of art or performances for
commemorative or economic development purposes
(H) Acquisition or creation of new collections for new or
existing museums
(I) Creation of replicas or re-creation of cultural objects
or sites that no longer exist
(J) Relocation of cultural sites from one physical location
to another
(K) Digitization of cultural objects or collections, unless
part of a larger, clearly defined conservation effort
(L) Removal of cultural objects or elements of cultural sites
from the country for any reason
(M) Cash reserves, endowments or revolving funds; funds must
be expended within the award period and may not be used to
create an endowment or revolving fund or otherwise spent over
many years
(N) Costs of fund-raising campaigns for preservation
(O) Costs for administrative time or materials not directly
related to performing project work
(P) Costs of work performed prior to announcement of the award
(Q) Contingency or miscellaneous fees
(R) Administrative staff or administrative fees greater than
5% of the overall project costs
(S) International travel, except in cases where travel for
outside specialists is justifiable and integral to the
success of the proposed project (international travel will be
considered on a case-by-case basis)
(T) Projects totaling less than US $10,000
(U) Awards to individuals.
As a general rule, AFCP does not support independent U.S.
projects abroad.
3. PROPOSAL REQUIREMENTS: As in previous years, project
proposals must include or address the following:
(A) Purpose and summary;
(B) Description;
(C) Timeframe;
(D) Statement of significance;
(E) Statement of urgency;
(F) Rationale for U.S. support;
(G) Detailed project budget;
(H) Recipient information;
(I) Resumes of the project director and professional staff;
(J) Official permission to undertake the project;
(K) Other funding sources, if any;
(L) At least three digital images (JPEGs) or audiovisual
files of the site, object, or form of expression to be
addressed in the proposed project.
Recipients (grantees) must be non-governmental organizations,
museums, ministries of culture, or similar institutions.
The Center strongly encourages proposals that include local
non-U.S. government cost-sharing (including in-kind) from
sources such as governments, international organizations, and
the private sector.
4. SUBMISSIONS: The deadline for submitting Turkey project proposals is
December 01, 2008. Note that this date is earlier than in previous
years. Full implementation of the program is pending the availability
of FY 2009 funds. Proposal must be submitted to the Embassy of the
United States in Ankara in electronic format to the following addresses: and

CFP: ASA09 Anthropological and Archaeological Imaginations

Anthropological and Archaeological Imaginations: past, present and
University of Bristol, 6th-9th April 2009.
The Association of Social Anthropologists 09 conference will take place
at the University of Bristol, 6th-9th April. The aim of this conference
is to stimulate a major reconsideration of the complex links which
obtain between social anthropology and archaeology. Though social
anthropology has had an uneasy relationship with archaeology we believe
that the transformations that both disciplines have experienced in
recent decades mean that it is time to overcome this reticence, indeed
that there are many reasons; intellectual, epistemological,
methodological and practical, to do so. All submissions are welcome,
whether from the theoretical or ethnographic point of view.
Considerations which take into account the experience of four-field
anthropology from an international perspective are also very welcome.
We would expect panel proposals to be submitted by 1st December,
please. Amongst the special events already decided is the key-note
address (Monday 6th April), which will be delivered by Prof. Michael
Herzfeld. Invited speakers with regard to the first plenary that follows
include Prof. Chris Hann, Prof. Tim Ingold, and Prof. Rosemary Joyce. On
Day 2, Prof. Ian Hodder will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the
University, preceded by a special lecture: ‘Archaeology and
Anthropology: the state of the field’. Further events include the ASA
Raymond Firth Lecture (Prof. Guha-Thakurta), and the RAI Presidential
Address (Prof. Roy Ellen).
The call for panels may be accessed here We do not wish to be
prescriptive, but the sort of thing that may be of interest would be the
exploration of the contrasts and complementarities between the two
disciplines historically and today; the study of ruins or the
ethnographic exploration of multiple interactions with the past;
diffusion and the transformation of culture; contrasting uses and ways
of interpreting material culture within the two disciplines, and so on.
More details on these themes may be found here Queries may be
addressed to conference(a)