About Terry Brock

Terry is a PhD Candidate at MIchigan State University, and is currently conducting his dissertation research at Historic St. Mary's City in Southern Maryland. He is currently the Chair of SHA's Technology Social Media Subcommittee. You can visit his personal blog at Dirt or read his posts at the Inside Higher Ed Blog Gradhacker.

Why Archaeology Matters: A Petition

Gov Affairs

Over the past month, the Society for Historical Archaeology and the archaeological community have been actively engaged in voicing our concern for the recent op-ed published by US Representatives Eric Cantor and Lamar Smith in the USA Today. SHA President Paul Mullins drafted a letter to Cantor and Smith, and our push to encourage people to share their thoughts about #WhyArchMatters was a surprising success. We’ve also asked for your stories and experience with NSF funding, a process that has yielded a number of responses that will aid in our efforts to further engage the federal government regarding why archaeology matters, and how public funding supports archaeological research.

We’ve also been working behind the scenes to establish a way for you and the people you serve to be even more engaged in communicating your opinion about the importance of publicly funded archaeological research. Today, we’re announcing the beginning of our first SHA Change.org petition.

By visiting the petition and adding your name, you will join us in telling Representatives Cantor and Smith that we believe archaeological research matters and should be funded by the US Government. But we need you to do more than just sign this petition: in order for this effort to be successful, we need you to take this petition into your own communities. Share it with the people who visit your museums, who you engage with through your research, or who volunteer at your labs. Post it on Facebook and Twitter and send it out through email, and let the communities you work with know how publicly funded research supports the work that you do, and how that work, in turn, benefits them.

We also want to draw your attention to a similar petition drive being led by our colleagues at the National Humanities Alliance. The National Endowment for the Humanities is also facing proposed budget cuts of 49 percent, and the National Humanities Alliance has begun a campaign to petition Congressional leaders. We encourage you to support their cause, since NEH funding has been a critical source of funding for historical archaeology projects, as well.

Your support is important to archaeology and to SHA. Thank you!

Sign the SHA Petition to encourage Eric Cantor and Lamar Smith to continue Supporting publicly funded Archaeological research

GMAC Activities at SHA 2014

The Gender and Minority Affairs Committee (GMAC) works to address equity issues affecting women and minority groups within the SHA and in the field. Three panels will be presented by the GMAC at the upcoming conference in Quebec City. Please check the conference website (http://www.sha2014.com/) for scheduling information.

“Queer Forum: Queer Scholarship and Queer Experience” is a hybrid forum that begins with presentations on current queer scholarship and transitions to conversations about issues facing queer (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, and allied) archaeologists. The goal is to draft a white paper outline on LGBTQ issues that will serve as a basis for further discussion. Forum details, including presentation abstracts, are posted online at http://tinyurl.com/queersha2014

Archaeologists will also meet to address “A Question that Counts: Why is Achieving Diversity and Confronting Racism in the SHA Important for the Future of Our Organization, Profession, and Theoretical Understanding of the Past, Present, and Future?”  In conversation with each other and audience members, panelists discuss the intersection of theory and practice, racism and diversity in the SHA and our profession.

The symposium, “Theorizing African Diaspora Archaeology” is co-organized by the Society of Black Archaeologists in collaboration with GMAC. Papers in this session use theoretical perspectives from Africana Studies, Public Health and other disciplines to help rethink old African diaspora sites and help explain new ones.

Those interested in equity issues and activities of the GMAC are invited to attend the GMAC committee meeting. The committee meeting is traditionally scheduled early in the morning so that it does not interfere with presentations.

Awardees of the inaugural 2014 GMAC Diversity Field School Competition will be announced in Quebec City. The award recognizes those who have shown a commitment to diversity in historical archaeology in a field school context. Information on the award, including application information (deadline: December 15, 2013) is online: http://eepurl.com/G7uGX

You can also enter the GMAC Diversity Photo Competition. Contest winners will be announced on the blog, Facebook Page, and at the conference.

GMAC Diversity Photo Competition

This year at the SHA Annual Conference, GMAC will be holding a diversity photo competition. The competition is part of a broader effort by the SHA to promote and encourage a more diverse SHA. The purpose of this photo competition is to display how we as historical archaeologists embrace diversity as an essential part of what we do as anthropologists. Photos should demonstrate the views of the photographer of how they view diversity in their day to day interactions as a practicing anthropologist and archaeologist, but not limited to gender, age, ethnicity, or just standardized ideas of diversity.  The role of the photographer to explain how and why their photo represents diversity with the goal of expanding how diversity can be and is viewed.

General criteria

  1. The contest is open to all SHA members
  2. The Contest Opens On November 20th 2014
  3. The Deadline for Entry is December 15th 2013
  4. Photos must have been taken between January 1 2012 and November 2013 to be eligible for entry.
  5. Winners will be announced at the 2014 SHA Meeting in Quebec City.
  6. Only individual entries will be accepted.  No group entries.
  7. Only one entry per person.

Submission Criteria

  1. Submitted image must be an original photo (with only brightness and/or contrast adjusted) taken by the person who enters the photo for consideration in the contest. The image must tell a story about how and why historical archaeology embraces diversity within the profession, the field and society.
  2. In addition to a photo, you must submit a title for your photo and a maximum 200-word description of your photo. This description, along with your photo, will be used by the panel of judges to select the top three winning entries as well as up to three honorable mention winners if so needed.
  3. A people’s choice winner will also be selected by vote of SHA members selecting the picture the like as displayed on the SHA Facebook page.
  4. Photo should be a TIFF or JPG format large enough to create at least and 8” x 11” photo for display.  Print resolution should be no less than 1600 x 1200 pixels minimum.  If you are looking at camera megapixels it should be no less than 6+ megapixels capture resolution.
  5. Submissions for the contest should be posted to the following box link folder by the deadline by no later than Midnight PST.  https://app.box.com/s/wruf7p7onc668hq5cely
  6. All Photos will also be placed on the SHA Facebook page and the one receiving the highest number of ‘Likes’ will be selected as a People’s Choice Winner

Winners’ Criteria

Owner retains copyright of submitted image. If your photo is selected as a place winner or an honorable mention, you give The Society for Historical Archaeology and The Gender and Minority Affairs Committee permission to use your photo’s in future publications whether print or digital and to publish your photo on the SHA website (www.sha.org/) and/or in the SHA Newsletter or Blog.

Winners Prize

The Winning Photographers

  1. Receive a certificate signed by the SHA President announcing their achievement
  2. Will be published in an upcoming issue of the SHA Newsletter, be featured on the SHA Facebook Page and Blog, and Publicly Displayed at the 2014 SHA Meeting in Quebec City.

Submit questions about the GMAC 2013 Photo Contest to Lewis Jones, SHA GMAC Photo Contest Committee Chair, via email at lecjones@indiana.edu.