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.

Here’s What’s New in Historical Archaeology This Week

This week’s photo of the week comes from Archaeologist Jamie Brandon (@jcbrandon), who visited Phase II excavations at the Foster Site in Lafayette County, Arkansas. You can see other photos by Jamie on his Flickr Page.

Headlines

Excavations at Monticello are highlighted, particularly their use of maps to help with excavations.

A wooden shipwreck was found in South Africa.

The Virginia Gazette gives a brief history of archaeology in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Call for Papers

The Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology (CNEHA) has their website up for their upcoming 2012 conference in Newfoundland, Canada. It will be held from October 4-7th.

The University of Puget Sound is hosting the Redford Conference in Archaeology, which is accepting abstracts for talks about digital archaeology. The conference will be from October 25-28, 2012.

Resources

Visit the Avondale Burial Place Website to learn about the excavations and history of African American burial grounds in Georgia.

On the Blogs

This Week in Pennsylvania Archaeology highlights the excavations at Old Economy Village, home to the 19th century Christian community group the Harmony Society.

Mick Morrison (@mickmorrison) discusses his survey project in Mareeba, Australia.

Mt. Vernon’s Midden takes us through a three part series on understanding capacity through mugs and cups.

[Photo courtesy of Flickr User Farther Along under Creative Commons License]