The Fall 2013 SHA Newsletter is now on its way to members. Of particular note in the current issue is a story from Charles Hodges regarding a recent metal detecting event at the iconic site of Flowerdew Hundred, a site which is important not just for its archaeological record, but also for its important role in the development of North American historical archaeology. In March 2013, Flowerdew Hundred was the site of the “Grand National Relic Shootout”, a largescale metal detecting event undertaken without any archaeological involvement, and allegedly without the informed consent of the landowner. This cautionary tale will be of interest to any SHA member interested in the ongoing debate about the interaction between archaeologists and different metal detecting groups. The story is being presented to SHA members in coordination with the Council for Northeastern Historical Archaeology, and will also be printed in the Fall CNEHA Newsletter. Other highlights in the Fall issue include a story from Eleanor Breen and Esther White offering a case study of surveying archaeological repositories in Virginia, and the print version of the 2014 SHA conference preliminary program – here’s hoping we’ll see many of you in Quebec City this January!
You can also download the summer 2013 newsletter at sha.org, along with an archive of all our previous versions.
The 2013 Spring edition of the SHA Newsletter is now wending its way via mail to SHA members who receive the print version. Digital subscribers have had access for the last week. Content highlights this issue include the print version of the 2014 Québec City call for papers, and a summary of the 2013 SHA awards from Terry Majewski. There are also submissions from Student subcommittee, the Public Education and Interpretation Committee about the 2013 Leicester conference, and from the Governmental Affairs Committee on the work being undertaken on SHA’s behalf in lobbying the US Congress.
The regular Current Research and Images of the Past features have a particularly international flavor this issue, with Images of the Past touching on the roots of historical archaeology in Brazil, while Current Research includes articles on work in Austria, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Argentina and – demonstrating just how global historical is in both practice and themes – the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. There are also plenty of current research contributions from the United States and Canada, so no one need feel left out.
The deadline for submissions to the summer issue is the 1st of June. If you have some news about current research you’d like to share with SHA’s increasingly global membership, consider getting in touch with your regional coordinator (see the Newsletter for contact details), who’ll be happy to help. Or if you have opinions about issues pertinent to historical archaeology you’d like to include in the Opinion and Debate section, please feel free to contact the Editor directly – I’ll likewise be happy to offer guidance on appropriate submissions.
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