Friday Links: What’s New in Historical Archaeology

This week’s photo of the week was taken at Shadwell, the original home of Peter and Jane Jefferson and the birthplace of Thomas Jefferson. The excavators are Devin Floyd and Michell Sivilich, and they are excavating as part of the Monticello Plantation Archaeological Survey. The survey began in 1997, and includes over 20,000 shovel tests, identifying over 40 archaeological sites. To learn more, you can visit the Monticello Archaeology department, both on the web and on Facebook. Thanks to Sara Bon-Harper, the photographer, for sending us the photo.

Also, we are now featuring our Photos of the Week on our Facebook Page as the banner image, and they will also be included in a Photos of the Week Photo Album. Please visit and “like” the photos you like the best!

Headlines

Excavations are being conducted in Manhattan to mitigate a utility project.

Call for Papers

The inaugural Southeastern Conference on Historic Sites Archaeology has a call for papers, due June 29th. The Conference itself is from August 24 and 25, 2012 in Charleston, South Carolina.

Registration is open for the Underground Railroad Conference, being held in St. Augustine, Florida from June 20-24.

Resources

Book: The Oxford Handbook of Public Archaeology, edited by Robin Skeates, Carol McDavid, and John Carman, is now available.

Journal: The Journal of Field Archaeology is Maney Publishing’s Journal of the Month, providing the past three years of journals for free download.

Blogs

A poster from Fort St. Joseph discussing the production of lead shot.

I talk about the applications of PInterest for digital cultural heritage at my blog, Dirt.

Matt Reeves, who wrote about his metal detecting workshop for us last week, also discusses their finds at the Montpelier blog.

Mount Vernon’s Mystery Midden has some wonderful photographs of the zooarchaeological material, and discusses the importance of the assemblage.

The folks at FPAN’s The Dirt on Public Archaeology highlighted a number of archaeological sites for Florida Archaeology Month.

John Roby discusses the recent letting go of SpikeTV’s American Digger host Ric Savage from his column in American Digger Magazine.

Friday Links: What’s Happening in Historical Archaeology?

This week’s photo comes from archaeologist Brian Hoffman, an archaeologist at Hamline University in St. Paul Minnesota. The photo is of stained glass excavated from the Hamline Methodist Church. The excavations were part of Brian’s “Excavating Hamline History” project, where University students engage in archaeology on campus and in the surrounding community. You can read more about the project at Brian’s blog, Old Dirt New Thoughts, and see more photos on his Flickr page.

Headlines

Archaeologists in Amsterdam have discovered 18th century bone telescopes.

A proposal in Kentucky that would have allowed metal detecting in state parks has hit a roadblock in the legislature.

A man in Virginia received a 366 day sentence for metal detecting on the Petersburg National Battlefield.

Archaeologists have used chemical analysis  to reconstruct the diet of Nelson’s Navy.

Excavations are underway at the Harrington Graded School on St. Simon’s Island.

On the Blogs

An interview by Minelab with Montpelier’s Metal Detector Technician, Lance Crosby. Read more about Montpelier and Minelab’s collaboration in this week’s Current Topics Post.

Katy Meyers takes a look at the chemical analysis conducted on Nelson’s Navy at Bones Don’t Lie.

Digs and Docs suggests that we should value public outreach more in academic circles.

A good conversation about teaching in the classroom and student response to American Diggers at Archaeology, Museums, and Outreach.

Friday Links: This Week in Historical Archaeology

This week’s photo was taken by the PAST Foundation, on the 2008 Florida Keys Field School. The photo features now University of Southampton PhD Candidate Scott Tucker, who is now conducting his dissertation research at Historic St. Mary’s City. Visit the Field School website for more amazing underwater photos from the Menemon Sanford Project. Special thanks to Sheli Smith for letting us use the photo!

Headlines

The AIA has issued their official response regarding television shows Diggers and American Diggers.

Archaeologists from the University of Bristol have unearthed a slave burial ground in the South Atlantic Island of St. Helena.

University of North Florida Archaeologists are searching for a Spanish Mission on St. Simons Island.

Lynne Goldstein, director of the Michigan State University Campus Archaeology Program, gives a radio interview about their summer excavations.

Call for Papers

Well, there’s us!

Resources

Natural Resources Conservation Service offers a flow chart guide to soil texture.

Scholarships

The Society for Archaeological Sciences offers a Student Research International Travel Award.

The Blogs

Jamie Brandon at Farther Along announces the Arkansas Archaeological Society summer excavations in Washington, Arkansas.

John Roby shares his takeaways from Amber Grafft-Weiss’s blog post about PB&J and public archaeology.

Image used with permission from Sheli Smith at the PAST Foundation.