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American Research Institute in Turkey: 43rd Annual Lecture Series

Recent Research in Lydian Sardis
A lecture by Dr. Guzin Eren, Koç University, Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations

Dr. Eren will discuss  Lydian Sardis as an evolving capital city and center of imperial power. 

Cosponsored with the Turkish American Association (TAA) – Turk Amerikan Dernegi (TAD)

In-person at the TAA – TAD and online
Date: April 6, 2023

Time: 7:00 pm (Istanbul, UTC + 3),12:00 pm EST (New York).

Please Register here.  For more information, please see https://aritweb.org/events/ or write to [email protected]

Black History Month Display

The Joukowsky Institute recognizes the invaluable contribution that Black and African American archaeologist have made to the field, and the world at large. This February, we highlighted the work of six Black anthropologists, archaeologists, and explorers that have revolutionized how we study and practice archaeology.

The display can be found in the alcove nearest to the East entrance, surrounding the portrait of John Wesley Gilbert, known as the first Black anthropologist and the first African American to graduate with advanced degree from Brown University. It was created by Christina Miles (`25) with contributions from Erynn Bentley (Ph.D, expected May 2025).

John Wesley Gilbert (1864-1923)
John Wesley Gilbert is considered the first African American archaeologist. He earned a BA (1888) and an MA (1891) from Brown University. The topic of his MA thesis was “The Demes of Attica”. He was the first African American to earn an MA from Brown. He also conducted fieldwork in Eretria, Greece, and spent the 1890-91 academic year at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, on a scholarship awarded by Brown. He subsequently became a Professor of Greek and English at Paine Institute, Augusta, Georgia, a historically black, liberal arts college.

Dr. William Montague Cobb (1904-1990)
Born in October of 1902 in Washington D.C., Cobb was the first ever African American to receive a PhD in anthropology from Case Western Reserve University, becoming a renowned physical and medical anthropologist. He spent much of his career dispelling myths of racial pseudo-science, as well as highlighting the medical racism that Black Americans faced. He was one of the first “activist scholars” of anthropology who used the tools of the field to dismantle white supremacy, and became the first African American President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Over his career he would publish thousands of articles in academic journals and teach over 6,000 African American anatomy students at Howard University, changing the face of medical anthropology and medicine.

Matthew Henson (1866 – 1955)
Born in Maryland one year after the end of the Civil War to two freeborn sharecroppers, Henson would become one of America’s most famous Arctic explorers, totaling 7 expeditions over the course of 23 years. In 1909, he and Robert Peary worked alongside Inuit men, women, and children in an attempt to reach the Geographic North Pole. While later explorers would reveal that they had missed their mark by 10 miles, it was still an impressive feat, and Henson was rewarded with a Congressional Medal of Honor in 1936. In 1912 he would publish the book A Negro Explorer at the North Pole, chronicling his expedition as well as the moment he, a Black man, placed the American flag down on what was widely thought as the top of the Earth.

Zora Neale Hurston (1891 – 1960)
Born in Notasulga Alabama in 1891, Hurston was an anthropologist, filmmaker, and author. Her anthropological research started at Barnard College in New York (where she was the only Black student), conducting ethnographic research on African American and Caribbean folklore. She studied under famed linguistic anthropologist Franz Boas, whom she would later study with as a graduate student at Columbia. Her work explored themes of racial identity, sexual violence against Black women in north Flordia lumber camps, and Jamaican and Haitian folk culture. She was also a famous literary author during the Harlem Renaissance, publishing revolutionary work such as the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. Her literary and anthropological talents combined in the nonfiction book Barracoon: The Story of the Last black Cargo, where she chronicled the life of Oluale Kossola (later named Cudjoe Lewis) from the Middle Passage to freedom.

Alicia Odewale
Dr. Alicia Odewale is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. As the first person to graduate from the University of Tulsa with a PhD in anthropology, her work specializes in African Diaspora archaeology as it appears throughout the Afro-Caribbean and Southeastern United States. Her most recent project discusses resilience of the Greenwood community in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she analyzes historical evidence excavated from the 1921 Tulsa Race massacre. She continues to advocate for increased diversity and accessibility in the field, leading her to co-found the Estate Little Princes Archaeological Field School in St. Croix, which gives students the opportunity to train in archaeological methods for free.

Pearl Primus (1919 – 1994)
Born in Trinidad in November 1919, she emigrated with her parents to New York City in 1921. Originally having a passion for the sciences, she received a BA in biology and pre-medical sciences in 1940, only to be unable to find lab technician work due to racial discrimination. This led her to work backstage in the wardrobing department for America Dances, where she found her love for dance as well as her natural talent. She studied formally at the New Dance School in New York City, where she was the first Black student to do so—it was here that she ignited her love for artistic activism that would eventually lead to a career in anthropology. Having received her PhD in anthropology in 1978, she would go on to meld ethnographic research and dance to interpret the lives of African Americans and Liberians. In 1991, she received the National Medal of Arts for her contribution to American dance.

Theresa A. Singleton (1952)
Born in April of 1952 in Charleston, South Carolina, Singleton is currently a professor of Anthropology at Syracuse University, where she focuses on historical archaeology and museology. Her debut into the field of archaeology was groundbreaking, with a complex study on the Gullah-Geechee people of Coastal Georgia, who are descendants of enslaved Africans. A trailblazer, Singleton was the first African American woman to receive a PhD in historical archaeology and African American history and culture from the University of Florida. She is currently a curator for the National Museum of Natural History.

Mark Hanna Watkins (1903 – 1976)
Born in Huntsville, Texas as the youngest of fourteen children, Watkins quickly found a love for language. As there were no linguistic departments at the time, he would pursue a Masters in anthropology from the University of Chicago under Edward Sapir, writing about language exchange across indigenous Mexican language groups such as Zapotecan and Tarascan. For his PhD he turned his attention to African languages, writing A Grammar of Chichewa: A Bantu Language of British Central Africa between 1930-1932, one of the only complete grammars of the language, and the first grammar of an African language written by an American. He would later become a professor of anthropology at Fisk University, a Historically Black College, where he was one of 6 faculty members in the first ever African Studies program in the United States. Prior to his retirement in 1972, he worked at Howard University promoting language exchange programs between African and American students.

2023 ARCE Annual Meeting

ARCE is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 74th ARCE Annual Meeting. 

For 2023, ARCE will continue to host a dual access meeting consisting of both an in-person meeting and a live-virtual meeting held on two separate weekends, with each portion featuring new content. 

The In-Person Annual Meeting will take place from April 21-23, 2023, at the Minneapolis City Center in Minneapolis, MN. The in-person registration fee includes access to the Virtual Meeting. 

The Virtual Meeting will be held online May 20-22, 2023. The Virtual Meeting will consist of new, live paper sessions. Virtual registrants will also receive access to the recorded sessions of the in-person meeting (for presenters who agreed to have their presentations recorded).

While ARCE is committed to following all CDC and local health guidance, we are not requiring masks or proof of vaccination to attend. 

Please visit arce.org/annual-meeting to register and learn more. 

For assistance, please email [email protected]

Field Work Opportunity: Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab

The Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory (MAC Lab) at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum in St. Leonard is seeking a student for a paid internship.  You will work on the park’s Public Archaeology program, assisting staff archaeologists in working with the public to excavate an 17th-century site on the park grounds. The fieldwork portion of this program will be held on Thursday, Fridays, and Saturdays in May/early June. After completion of the fieldwork, the intern will wash, label, and catalog artifacts excavated during the field session, and do data entry for the project.  Some additional archaeological fieldwork might also take place. 

This internship will give you valuable archaeological field and lab skills that could be applied to your future education or a career in museums or archaeology.  The internship pays $15/hour for 400 hours of work.  It will run through the late spring and early fall of 2023, but the weekly schedule can be flexible once the May/early June fieldwork has been completed.  If you want class credit for the internship, we will work with you and the College/University to try to make that happen.

If you are interested in the MAC Lab internship, send your resume to Scott Strickland at [email protected] or call 410-586-8554 for more information.  Applications will be accepted until March 10, 2023.

Disabled Archaeologists Network: Finding a Field School and Arranging Accommodations

Join the Disabled Archaeologists Network for their Professional Development Seminar Series: “Finding A Field School and Arranging Accommodations.”

The Professional Development Seminar Series is a series of panel discussions about different elements of archaeology careers, with a disability-specific spin. They hope that hearing about the experiences and perspectives of disabled archaeologists helps the next generation succeed in their careers, and helps all of us build a more equitable and accessible discipline.

Date: February 15, 2023

Time: 11:30am–12:30pm PCT /2:30–3:30pm EST /7:30–8:30pm GMT

Panelists: Dr. Katrina Eichner, Dr. Alex Fitzpatrick, and Mason Shrader

Moderator: Dr. Laura Heath-Stout

Register now here!