We’re Back! (Almost, and Unofficially)


So it’s been a very long time (years) since the last post here, but there is a revival in the works. A few archaeological die-hards (a.k.a. very excited students), that can often be found in Schermerhorn, are ready to put some life back into this group and this site.

If you stumble across this page and have any interest, please do reach out! The e-mail address (cuarchcircle@gmail.com) is once again being monitored. However, the other social media accounts are still being reconnoitered, so, for now, the e-mail is the only way to get in touch. While the full scope of our activities is still to be determined, we will certainly be working to keep the field-school, research, and employment opportunities as up to date as possible.

If anyone is still out there, we’d love to reconnect.

Advanced Grad Certificate (AGC) in Human Origins in Turkana Basin, Kenya

Stony Brook University and the Turkana Basin Institute are pleased to offer an educational experience tailored to meet this need. Our Origins field school takes place primarily in the Turkana Basin, made famous by Richard Leakey and his colleagues as the place where much of the evidence for human history and prehistory is recorded.

Our fully-accredited Advanced Graduate Certificate (AGC) in Human Origins is a 15-credit program that can be taken after completion of a bachelor’s or other advanced degree. Five intensive 3-credit modules (each taught by an expert in that specialty) examine humans’ place in the natural world. This full-semester program is an exciting option for any students who would like to hone critical thinking skills, increase personal knowledge, and gain field experience en route to a Master’s or PhD program in the biological, geological, or prehistoric sciences.

The AGC is delivered via students’ participation in SBU & TBI’s semester-long Origins Field School in Kenya at the graduate level.  The Origins Field School emphasizes hands-on experience in field survey and excavation methods, paleoenvironmental reconstruction, taphonomy, and geology, all in service of understanding humanity’s origins. By integrating field and lab methods training in several of the paleosciences, our program readies students to participate in interdisciplinary research and collaborate with colleagues in sister disciplines.

Students will study at TBI’s campuses in northern Kenya in the Spring or Fall semester. Courses are taught in English and credits may be transferrable to other master’s or PhD programs. Participants will receive a unique academic credential on their CVs and have the opportunity to study, interact, and conduct independent research with top scientists in their fields. Please see attached flyer or visit http://www.kenyastudyabroad.org/advanced-graduate-certificate-in-human-origins/ for further details.

AMNH North American Archaeology Lab Fall 2019 Internship

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The Fall 2019 Intership Session in the American Archaeology Lab at the American Natural History Museum is accepting now through August 4th, 2019. This upcoming semester will include both lab work at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and fieldwork on St. Catherines Island, Georgia. For program details and application please see the attached PDF.

NAARCH Internship Announcement 2019

Two Fully-Funded PhD Scholarships at Flinders University

Two PhD Scholarships Available in the Area of Archaeological Science/Analytical Chemistry

The scholarships will contribute to ARC Discovery Project DP190102219, led by Rachel Popelka-Filcoff, Claire Lenehan, Claire Smith and Amy Roberts, (Flinders University), Shane Tobe (Murdoch University) and Rob Edwards (San Diego State University). The scholarships are for three years and include a fee waiver for international students at Flinders University (Adelaide, Australia). Successful applicants will commence September-December of 2019 with a negotiable start date.

Project summary:
This project aims to identify the origins and movements of Australian archaeological ochre through the development of a novel tool combining genomic and chemical analysis. This novel archaeomicrobiological technique could help answer significant questions about past human behaviour, in terms of trade, cultural interactions, territoriality and colonisation. It could also be used to reconnect Indigenous communities with cultural artefacts. The knowledge generated could form the basis of a new, globally applicable method for establishing the provenance of displaced artefacts.

Position Summary:
Two scholarship funded positions are available for three years; one with a focus on archaeological science and one with a focus on analytical methods in archaeology. 

Additional Information :
Further detail including position responsibilities and elligibility as well as application information are available on the website. Applications will only be accepted per the guidelines.

Juvenile Osteology Workshop in Romania

A very fresh, or at least well-preserved opportunity to get your hands dirty in a in-depth research lab workship for juvenile osteological remains. You’ll find the basic stats are at the bottom.
The syllabus link, at the bottom of the project description, is a very comprehensive 10-page pdf, that will answer almost any initial question you can think of.
“The extremely high quality of the recovery of juvenile osteological remains during our excavations, combined with our extensive research and study osteology collection, provides a unique opportunity for a very intensive hands-on laboratory experience. The workshop will provide participants with an intensive review of juvenile osteology and an overview of the ways in which this kind of unique information is interpreted by bioarchaeologists. Topical areas to be included involve the following subject areas: an overview of the bioarchaeology of children, growth and development, weaning and dietary stress, juvenile trauma and pathology, and reconstruction and interpretation of infant mortality. Moreover, seminars and lectures will introduce how novel technological applications (i.e., histology, CT imaging) have been utilized by bioarchaeologists who study juvenile remains.
Our juvenile osteology program is designed to offer intensive, hands on experience with remarkably well preserved human osteological remains, focusing primarily on research skill acquisition. As such, this program offers an essential and necessary skill set to anyone pursuing a career in physical anthropology, bioarchaeology, forensics or medicine.
Our projects are open to both credit students and non-credit participants. For more information on this program see attached syllabus, or visit http://www.archaeotek-archaeology.org
-Dr. Andre Gonciar, Director – ArchaeoTek / BioArch Canada
If Romania sounds intriguing but the lab work, or some other facet of this program doesn’t feel like a perfect fit, then the website link above is a great place to see the other 10 programs run out of this location which do include field-work opportunities.  FYI one of them involves vampire burials!
Bioarchaeology of Children

Location: Odorheiu Secuiesc, Transylvania, Romania
Dates: June 30 – July 27, 2019

     Contact e-mail: archaeology@archaeotek.org

Project Director: Dr. Jonathan Bethard (Department of Anthropology, University of Southern Florida)
Credits: 3-6 undergraduate/graduate credits available through USF (USF deadline to register for credits: April 1st, 2019); non-credit positions are available
Requirements: a human osteology course is a prerequisite

PANYC 35th Annual Symposium – Thursday April 9

Please join us this Thursday, April 9th, at 6:30 PM for the
Thirty-fifth Annual Symposium about archaeology in NYC sponsored by
Professional Archaeologists of New York City, Inc. (PANYC) and the
Museum of the City of New York.

Four short talks will cover Seneca Village, the African American and
Irish village that existed in what is now Central Park, 19th-century
Irish immigrants and their practical uses of hair care products, Fort
Slocum in New Rochelle, and a large Army Corps of Engineers
navigational project.

Free to Students!
(Others use discount code PANYC10 for $10 ticket)
Pre-registration at: www.mcny.org/panyc
Free Admission to Galleries 5:15 to 6:00 PM

For more information, please see the attached flyer

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