Fieldwork Opportunity: Montpelier Archaeology Field School

The Montpelier Archaeology Field School recently came in 2nd place in the SHA Diversity Field School Competition, and makes a concerted effort to encourage the participation of African American students in our program through the field school and internship program. The Field School runs from May 29-June 29, 2018, and focuses on the grounds of James Madison’s Montpelier Plantation, with a particular focus on the lives of the African Americans who were enslaved on the property. Students can take the field school for credit through James Madison University or SUNY-Plattsburgh with an additional $400 fee to Montpelier, or enroll for no-credit for $650 Montpelier Fee, which includes housing and equipment. African American students can apply for the field school scholarship, which waives the Montpelier related fee – this means students and recent graduates can attend the field school for no cost.

Recent graduates who take the archaeology field school can also apply for the Montpelier Archaeology Internship Program. This program accepts five recent graduates to work as part of the Montpelier staff. Participants are paid and receive full benefits, including health insurance, sick, and vacation time. Housing is also included. The internship lasts from the end of field school until April 30, 2019, and interns receive training in field and lab methods, public archaeology, working with descendant communities, and gain professional experience working in archaeology and at a museum. They also work on a research project, presenting at the Mid Atlantic Archaeological Conference. This is an excellent stepping stone for young archaeologists looking to break into the archaeological discipline: many of our former interns are working professionally in the field or attending graduate school!

To learn more about our programs, please visit http://montpelier.org/fieldschools  or email at dig@montpelier.org

For more information about other field school and job openings please visit the SBA website at http://www.societyofblackarchaeologists.com/field-schooljob-opportunities.html

Fieldwork Opportunity: 2018 Sa Cudia Cremada Field School

Sa Cudia Cremada Field School
Mediterranean Archaeology in Menorca (Balearic Islands, Spain)
2018 Campaign

Dig in a prehistoric sanctuary in the Mediterranean while learning proper excavation techniques and much more!

Session #1: September 3-14
Session #2: September 17-28

2-week course in a protohistoric archaeological site in a unique Mediterranean island.
You will learn about: fieldwork methods, lab work, indigenous, Punic, and Roman archaeology
You will explore: Mediterranean nature, culture, history, geology, and traditions.

See pdf for full information about our 2018 program at Sa Cudia Cremada Field School:Information Sa Cudia Cremada Field School 2018

Contact: sacudiafieldschool@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cudiacremada
Skype: sacudiafieldschool

Position Announcement: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Critical Cultural Heritage, Brown University

Brown University’s Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology and Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World invite applications for an International Postdoctoral Fellowship in Critical Cultural Heritage. This position is to be held jointly with the Cogut Institute for the Humanities for a term of two years beginning in July 2018. We seek exceptional junior scholars who augment or complement the present strengths and diversity of our communities at Brown University, and who enhance our commitment to inclusive education and research.

We are particularly interested in archaeologists, anthropologists, or museum practitioners, who approach cultural heritage as an interdisciplinary field devoted to the many dimensions of cultural heritage, in particular as material, intangible, emotional, and intellectual. We wish to encourage engagements with cultural and material heritage that challenge dominant nationalist and other ideological frameworks and incorporate the active participation of local communities and marginalized peoples in heritage discourses and representations. We can also envision teaching, advising and research that from a critical perspective on cultural heritage explore topics such as: authenticity, identity, ideology, ownership, commodification, culture and conflict, trauma and memorialization, indigenous rights, and hybridity and cosmopolitanism.

Applicants will have received a Ph.D. within the past five (5) years from an institution other than Brown in the fields of Anthropology, Archaeology, Museum Studies, or Cultural Studies. The fellow will teach two courses each year (which will be cross-listed in the Cogut Institute’s Humanities course offerings). The fellow will also be affiliated with the Cogut Institute and is expected to participate in the weekly Tuesday seminars, as well as other activities of the Institute. Fellows will receive a stipend of $61,500, with an increase to $63,907 the second year, plus benefits and a research budget of $2,000 per year.

All candidates should submit a letter of application, short descriptions (150-300 words) of 3-4 proposed courses, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references by February 12, 2018.  Applications received by February 12, 2018 will receive full consideration, but the search will remain open until the position is closed or filled.

Please submit application materials online at apply.interfolio.com/48147.  There is no need to provide hard copies of application materials for those that have already been submitted electronically.

For further information:
Professors Robert Preucel and Peter van Dommelen
Co-Chairs, Search Committee
Brown University
Box 1837 / 60 George Street Providence, RI 02912
Joukowsky_institute@brown.edu

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

CFP: European Association of Archaeologists 24th Annual Meeting

Call for papers
European Association of Archaeologists 24th Annual Meeting,
Barcelona, 5th-8th September 2018
‘Reflecting Futures’

We invite abstracts for a panel on ‘Lived Ancient Religion in North Africa’. The title may have max. 20 words and abstract min. 200 words and max. 300 words. Five keywords are allowed. The deadline for submitting or modifying an abstract is 15 February 2018, 23h59 CET. Proposing a paper, poster or other contribution can only be done via online submission form (link: https://www.e-a-a.org/eaa2018). Current and past EAA members can log in using their EAA credentials (EAA ID, username, password). For assistance with retrieving credentials, please contact the EAA Secretariat at helpdesk@e-a-a.org. New members need to sign up for EAA account first at www.e-a-a.org. You can either pay your membership fees upon signing up or at any time before 31 March 2018 when registering for the Annual Meeting at www.e-a-a.org/eaa2018.

General queries can be directed at this email address: valentino.gasparini@gmail.com

Panel Proposal
Thematic field: The archaeology of material culture, bodies, and landscapes
Proposal number: # 634
Title: Lived Ancient Religion in North Africa
Abstract: The session claims to explore how, in the Roman provinces of North Africa, local religious preferences were strongly influenced by shifting social networks, changing over time according to specific historical contexts. The historical issue at the core of this panel is the process of integration of the pre-Roman gods within the Roman ‘pantheon’ and, at the same time, the permeability of the ‘traditional’ Roman deities in encounters with the cults problematically labelled ‘Oriental’. Speakers will be asked to approach the study of these ‘cults in motion’ not from the perspective of the civic religion as the dominant structure (based on the static and standardised performance of public, collective rites, and on elite-driven ideology), but of the individual as an active (often unpredictable) actor, capable of situational and creative innovation. This line of research is interested in the single cultic agents, not as ‘normalising’ actors (viz. representatives of institutional entities or local oligarchies), but as individuals who (independently of their social position) act as decision-makers and conscious modifiers of established religious patterns. Papers will deal with the archaeological evidence attesting the social dimension of this religious practice, including variety, creativity, religious multiplicity, fluidity and flexibility of identities, changes in forms of individuality, and spaces for individual distinction. The goal is to examine empirically religion as a practical resource available to emergent or self-styled religious providers, and explore how this resource was selected and instrumentalised by other agents, whether individuals, families, cities, or other social groupings.

Kind regards,
Jaime Alvar, Valentino Gasparini, Attilio Mastino

Fieldwork Opportunity: Hippos-Sussita 2018

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In July 2018 we will conduct the 19th season of excavations at Hippos-Sussita. We warmly welcome participants from around the globe to join us at the dig in Hippos. The excavation project is an international enterprise affiliated with The Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa.

The official language at the dig is English, including the afternoon lectures and weekly excursions. The main excavation season lasts only two-four weeks and is conducted usually during the Summer. Some of the participants return each year and some are fresh. Few have some background in archaeology but are purely driven by passion and curiosity. The work in the field is demanding due to the nature of the labor and the heat conditions, but it is very rewarding and includes long leisure time and educational opportunities. If you bear the passion and have a strong will to study the ancient remains of one of the main Classical sites in the Roman East – Antiochia Hippos (Sussita) is the right place for you.

If you are interested in enrolling into the program, please visit the excavation website (http://hippos.haifa.ac.il/index.php/join-the-dig )to fill out an application form and read the accompanying links concerning the program.

We hope the information is straight forward, but do not hesitate to email us with any question you may have.