CALL FOR SESSION PROPOSALS: TAG 2014 – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Deadline January 17, 2014)

Announcing the annual meeting of the

North American Theoretical Archaeology Group
TAG USA, May 23-25, 2014
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
In 2008, the TAG-USA group was formed and an inaugural conference held at Columbia University. The conference has grown each year and now provides a vibrant link between American and European archaeologists. This year, TAG is being hosted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Come together in Urbana for the 2014 meeting, May 23 – 25! It will be an inspiring and lively yet affordable meeting in the true tradition of TAG. The plenary, scheduled for the evening of May 23rd, will be transcendent. The Saturday night dance? Not-to-be missed. Two days of break-out sessions will be featured on Saturday and Sunday. In addition, attendees can take part in two new TAG events: the first is a Friday-evening “Theoretical Bar Crawl” featuring a series of prominent archaeologists in their natural state (with a prize to the winning crawler); the second will be a “TAG Post-Mortem” session! Finally, optional tours of the archaeological complexes of Cahokia and Emerald, 30 minutes from St. Louis, will be offered on Sunday the 25th or Monday the 26th, for anyone flying through St. Louis or wishing to make the 3-hour trip south of Urbana-Champaign.

2014 Theme: “Convergence”

The theme for TAG 2014 in Urbana-Champaign is “convergence.” Inspired by recent theoretical and technological developments, the theme is intended to open this year’s discussions, via the plenary. The TAG 2014 Plenary ‘Fundamental Convergences’ will take place Friday evening, May 23rd, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and will feature Benjamin Alberti, Mary Weismantel, Kim Tallbear, and Rosemary Joyce (as discussant).

Call for Papers

At this time, we invite
session proposals from organizers on any topic that falls within the purview of TAG. Go to the TAG 2014 website to begin. Session proposals are due by January 17, 2014. By February 2014, a list of sessions will be announced on this website, along with the session organizers’ email addresses. At that time, potential participants should send individual paper abstracts (max 300 words) directly to the session organizers by email (deadline March 7, 2014). Session organizers are responsible for selecting papers, and for sending the complete session roster along with all paper abstracts and titles to the TAG-UIUC committee by March 21, 2014. Session organizers, please note that break-out rooms will be equipped with PCs and LCD projectors. Organizers may also bring their own laptops and adapters necessary to plug in to the in-room systems. Requests for any AV equipment other than in-room computers should be made by March 21, 2014.
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Call for Submissions: Chronika — Deadline October 15, 2013

Volume 4, Spring 2014

Chronika is an interdisciplinary, open access journal for graduate students studying the art and archaeology of the Mediterranean world. Chronika, like its parent organization the Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology (, encourages interdisciplinary dialogues and innovative approaches to the study of the past.

Call for Submissions:

Chronika welcomes submissions from graduate students that address topics relevant to European and Mediterranean archaeology. Articles must be 3,000 to 4,000 words in length, should detail research at or above the Masters level, and may include up to ten images. To have your article considered for this year’s publication, please send a 100 word abstract to [email protected] by October 15, 2013. You will be notified if your article is selected by November 1. The publication schedule will proceed as follows:

December 1 First draft of full article is due.

February 1 Article is returned to author with comments.

March 1 Revised article is due.

April 4 Chronika launches in print and online.

A hard copy is mailed to each author shortly after this time.

Thank you for your interest in Chronika, and we look forward to receiving your submission. Please direct any inquiries to [email protected].


Darren Poltorak
Editor in Chief

Please visit Chronika on the web at

Fieldwork Opportunity: Bat Archaeological Project (mid-December-early April of 2014)

The Bat Archaeological Project will be conducting its eighth season at the UNESCO W.H. site of Bat in the Sultanate of Oman between mid-December and early April of 2014, and is looking for student volunteers interested in gaining field experience.  This year, the project is expanding in a number of exciting directions:

1. Excavation of domestic houses from Hafit (ca. 3100-2700 BC), Umm an-Nar  (ca. 2700-2000 BC), and early Wadi Suq (ca. 2000-1700 BC) periods (led by Christopher P. Thornton and Dr. Charlotte Cable).  This is the first focused study on 3rd mill. architecture in the Omani highlands, and the only site (to my knowledge) with a near-complete stratigraphic sequence of houses from the Hafit to the early Wadi Suq, so there is much to learn here!

2. Broader survey of the Bat region (with Dr. Yasuhisa Kondo), looking in  particular for Paleo/Neolithic sites and domestic/occupational sites  from later periods

3. Ethno-historical project (with Dr. Ruth Young) in the old mudbrick  village of Bat Oasis, collecting oral histories (incl. personal  narratives — the mudbrick was only abandoned in the 1980s!) and    mapping the standing structures to look at the use of space in    Late Islamic/pre-Modern villages.

4. Geomorphological survey of the greater Bat region (with Drs. Eric  Fouache and Stephane Desruelles), looking in particular at fluvial  dynamics, sedimentation rates, and location of cultural sites on the    landscape

5. Heritage management and community outreach (led by Dr. Charlotte    Cable), working with the Ministry of Heritage and Culture and the  people of Bat village to create informational/educational materials and    design a plan for transitioning Bat into a major tourism destination.

Former or current students (undergrad or grad) who are free during this period (Jan – March 2014) and will pay their own way to Oman, and the project will pay all costs on the ground and would be happy to include students in ongoing research.  The project is already working with students from NYU, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Durham (UK) to carry out their MA and PhD theses at Bat, and there is PLENTY of work to farm out to other bright, driven students moving forward.

If you are interested, please email ([email protected]).

Also, if you are interested to learn more about the Bat Project, previous field reports are available online:

as are a number of recent publications related to the Bat project:


CFP: Current Research in Egyptology conference at UCL — Deadline 15 Nov 2013

Current Research in Egyptology conference at University College London (UCL): April 2014

Call for Papers — deadline: 15 Nov 2013

All postgraduate, independent and early career researchers studying ancient Egypt and Sudan, including the prehistoric/predynastic, Pharaonic, Late, Graeco- Roman and Islamic periods are invited to submit an abstract for a 20-minute presentation or an A0 poster.

Themes may include, but are not limited to: architecture, art history, ceramics, cultural and foreign interaction, current fieldwork, geoarchaeology, material culture, museum studies and site management, osteoarchaeology, philology, religion, state development, trade and economy, and zooarchaeology.

Abstracts should consist of no more than 200 words and should be submitted by 15 November 2013 to [email protected].

Please include the following information in your email submission:  Name + title, email address, abstract + title of paper,and  affiliation (if not currently affiliated please indicate ‘independent researcher’).Please submit abstracts as a word .doc or .docx attachment (not a PDF), using 12 pt Times New Roman Font with no indenting or tabbed spacing of paragraphs. Please use 1.5 spacing. Please do not exceed the 200 word limit–as that will automatically disqualify your submission. Please do not use any citations or footnotes in the abstract.

Further details are available on the IoA website here

Koc University Fellowships — Deadline 12/15/13

RCAC Residential and Non-Residential Fellowships

Koç University invites applications from junior and senior scholars specializing in the archaeology, art history, history, and allied disciplines of Turkey from the Neolithic through the Ottoman eras. Fellowships, which include accommodation, travel, and stipend, will be given to approximately 10 Ph.D candidates and 10 scholars with Ph.D to spend one academic year in Istanbul at Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations. Successful candidates will be required to be resident in Istanbul during the 9-month academic year (September 15-June 15). Some senior fellowships may be granted on a semester basis (September 15-January 31 or February 1-June 15). A small number of Non-Residential fellowships is also available for those already resident in Istanbul and/or with families.

Located in the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul, the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations offers housing, study, and computer facilities to its fellows. It is near the libraries of the French, German, Swedish, and Dutch Institutes and other scholarly facilities in Istanbul. RCAC fellows are expected to devote themselves full time to their research projects. Fellows will also be asked to give 2 lectures on their work during the course of the year. Fellows must be proficient in English, which is the language of instruction at Koç University. Applications from scholars of all nationalities are encouraged.

BIAA-RCAC Fellowship in Cultural Heritage Management

The RCAC and the BIAA are offering a new joint fellowship in cultural heritage, concerned with the understanding, promotion, and preservation of the historical and archaeological material culture of Turkey and the Black sea region with particular reference to specific sites, monuments, or regions. Successful applicants should have an MA or PhD qualification in museology, heritage management, or a related specialization, or have appropriate and comparable professional experience in these fields.

Depending on the strength of applications, either one junior fellowship, for advanced doctoral candidates, for 9 months (Sept 15, 2014 – June 15, 2015) or one senior fellowship, for holders of PhD or equivalent, for one term, either September 15 to February 1 or February 1 to June 15 will be granted. For terms of RCAC residential fellowships, please see the regular fellowship announcement on the RCAC website. Application deadline for the 2014-2015 academic year is December 15, 2013.

The successful candidate will be resident in Istanbul for most of the time of the fellowship, but might spend up to two months elsewhere in Turkey carrying out field work or on-site research relating to his or her cultural heritage projects. The BIAA/RCAC fellow must visit the BIAA and give a public lecture in Ankara during the tenure of the fellowship, and is strongly encouraged to establish close relations with the BIAA. Some preference may be given to applicants whose Cultural heritage proposals relate to past or current British research projects in Turkey or the Black Sea region. This fellowship is open to all nationalities.

RCAC Visiting Senior Fellowships
A limited number of short-term fellowships at RCAC for a period of either one or two months.
This fellowship will permit senior scholars with very busy schedules to spend up to two months at the RCAC, undertake projects involving the cultural resources of Istanbul while residing at the RCAC and participating in the intellectual community of RCAC fellows and Koç University. Successful candidates will be offered the following:
·          Round-trip economy airfare to and from Istanbul.
A net monthly stipend of up to USD 1600 for the period of their stay.
Free accommodation and free dinners 5 nights a week at the RCAC.
In return, the RCAC requests that all Visiting Senior Fellows give one presentation on their research on the main campus of Koç University. Application deadline for the 2014-2015 academic year is December 15, 2013.
Kaplan Fellowships in Archaeological Site Management
These fellowships will be awarded at the senior or junior level. Depending on the applications received, one or two 4,5 month (fall or spring semester) senior fellowships (for those with a PhD or equivalent work experience) or one 9 month junior fellowship (for a PhD candidate or candidate with less work experience) will be awarded.
Kaplan fellowships will be used for the development of an archaeological management plan or plans with a conservation component for a site in Turkey.
Kaplan fellowships are restricted to Turkish nationals. Applicants must have a demonstrated fluency in English, which is the language of instruction at Koç University, of which the RCAC is a part.
Like all RCAC fellows, Kaplan fellows will be given accommodation, travel costs, health insurance, research budget and evening meals five nights a week at the RCAC. Junior fellows will be granted a monthly stipend of the Turkish lira equivalent of USD 800. Senior fellows will be granted a monthly stipend of the Turkish lira equivalent of USD 1100-1600 depending on work experience.
Fellowship holders must be resident at the RCAC in Istanbul except for a period of up to two months spent on research, either on site, or elsewhere. At the RCAC they will be members of a wider community of scholars researching the past of Turkey. More information about the RCAC, as well as application forms can be obtained at the RCAC website under Fellowships. Application deadline for the 2014-2015 academic year is December 15, 2013.