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 SUMMER 2003 News Minimize



Archaeology Educator Receives International Recognition
Montana native Jeanne M. Moe has been selected by the Society for American Archaeology to receive the 2003 SAA Excellence in Public Education Award. This award is conferred annually for outstanding achievements by individuals or institutions in the sharing of archaeological knowledge and issues with the public. Moe is Director of National Project Archaeology, a Bureau of Land Management heritage education program that operates in partnership with The Watercourse at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana (www.blm.gov/heritage/project_archaeology.htm).

Archaeological sites and their contents are "windows to our past" but these non-renewable resources are ever more endangered due to vandalism, theft, and population pressures. Educational instruction can teach young citizens about their cultural heritage so that they are equipped to make wise decisions concerning the use and protection of archaeological sites now and in the future. For more than a decade, first as Director of the Utah State Bureau of Land Management's Intrigue of the Past: Archaeological Education Program, and then as Director of National Project Archaeology, Jeanne Moe has been instrumental in developing quality educational resources that engage students and teachers with the citizenship values that underlie efforts to preserve archaeological heritage.

To date, 5,100 teachers in more than 16 states have participated in these programs with more than 150,000 students annually receiving archaeology as part of their educational instruction. Jeanne Moe's pioneering leadership in archaeological education has helped make archaeological research available to the public and has helped combat vandalism and theft of our Nation's archaeological resources. For further information on Jeanne Moe or for background information on these archaeological education programs contact her at Jeanne M. Moe at 406-994-7582 or email jmoe@montana.edu.

2004 Public Education Award will Honor Educator
The Society for American Archaeology presents an award each year for "outstanding achievement in the sharing of archaeological knowledge and issues with the public." Established in 1997, this award is called the  SAA Award for Excellence in Public Education. The Award acknowledges both those who present archaeology information to the public and those who facilitate institutions and other individuals in their public education efforts. These substantial contributions to public education about archaeology are made through writing or speaking about archaeology, developing or presenting educational programs, publishing, or distributing educational materials and other activities.

The Excellence in Public Education award is conferred on a rotating 3-year cycle to an archaeologist, educator, or institution. The 2004 Award will be made to an educator and may include individuals in precollegiate education, heritage tourism, museum education, or other related areas.

The award recipients encourage a standard for public education practice. Their endeavors embrace and promote the understanding that the archaeological record is a public trust. To this end, this award honors those whose actions promote the central archaeological principle of stewardship. The award selection is based on the following criteria:

  • Impact—the number of people reached, the quality of contributions, the effect on public attitudes or behavior;
  • Creativity—novel approaches to program development, delivery, or distribution;
  • Leadership—positive role model of public education efforts in archaeology;
  • Ethics—promoting preservation and protection of the archaeological record, explaining and advocating currently accepted archaeological methods and techniques.

A call for nominations for the SAA Award for Excellence in Public Education will be made in the fall. Readers are encouraged at this time to begin to consider those educators who might be deserving of the award. For more information, contact Patrice Jeppson, Award Committee Chair, phone 215-56..., email pjeppson@kern.com, or check the A&PE fall issue for details.

Obit: Cartoonist Robert L. Humphrey

Archaeology cartoonist, Robert Humphrey, who illustrated issues of AnthroNotes, passed away in November. His cartoons were a highlight of the educational newsletter, which is published by the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. For a tribute to Humphrey, click here for a reprint from AnthroNotes (www.saa.org/pubEdu/A&PE/summer2003/HumphreyArticle.pdf An additional article about Humphrey was published in the March 2003 issue of Mammoth Trumpet (Center for the Study of the First Americans, Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University), by Smithsonian archaeologist Dennis Stanford, titled "Mammoth Renderings: Remembering Robert Humphrey, 1939-2002."


Oxford Press Publishes Book on Explorer Archaeologists
Oxford University Press has published a new book for children, Archaeologists: Explorers of the Human Past by Brian Fagan. The book is part of the Oxford Profiles series. It contains a series of biographies that are "grouped into five chronological parts which also reveal the different eras of archaeology from heroic discoveries to scientific excavations to academic fieldwork. Each biography includes a synopsis of the archaeologist's career as well as photographs, documents (such as field notebooks), and artifacts that enhance each story. In addition to the suggested readings provided for each individual profile, the book includes an extensive recommended reading list." If you are interested in purchasing this book, you can find it on the Oxford University Press web page:  www.oup.com. The library edition is available for $40.

New Mexico Press Releases New Series for Kids

The Museum of New Mexico Press has started a new series called Museo Kids that introduces young readers to the museums of New Mexico. Miguel Lost & Found in the Palace by Barbara Beasely Murphy is the first title in the series. The story concerns a young Mexican boy who moves to Santa Fe and discovers the Spanish heritage of the United States through his exploration of the Palace of the Governors. The press web site is www.mnmpress.org.

Iowa Launches Preservation Newsletter

The University of Iowa's Office of the State Archaeologist has just launched a quarterly newsletter entitled The Archaeological Steward. Designed to encourage public participation in archaeological preservation, the inaugural volume offers guidelines for documenting artifact collections. Future issues will address the care of artifacts and photographs, site recording, student mentoring, and site preservation. The first volume is a joint endeavor by Julianne Hoyer, Mary De La Garza, and Elizabeth Pauls, all from the Office of the State Archaeologist. Dr. Pauls is Iowa's State Archaeologist. The publication is available on the web at www.uiowa.edu/~osa.

CD-ROM Teaches Archaeology Method & Theory

Another book for young people 12 and up and archaeology buffs in Oxford University Press' Digging for the Past Series is now available. Valley of the Kings, by Stuart Tyson Smith and Nancy Stone Bernard, delves into one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. The book provides the history of excavation in the Valley, including some delightful anecdotes, and discusses the preservation challenges archaeologists face today. Filled with stunning illustrations, it concludes with an interview with UC Santa Barbara Professor Smith who worked on the ten-year Theban Mapping Project in the Valley. Smith has also been a consultant for the movies Stargate, The Mummy and The Mummy Returns. The book is available from www.Amazon.comor direct from Oxford University Press at 800....

CD Teaches Archaeology
Revealing Archaeology is courseware that works for teaching archaeology. The interactive multimedia CD-ROM presents an archaeological method and theory class at an introductory level. It can be used on its own or to supplement a textbook. It features interactive exercises, a glossary, a bibliography, color photos, music, and full narration. Student achievement is tracked automatically and reported to the instructor electronically. Best of all, students really enjoy learning from it. Revealing Archaeology is designed primarily for college and university courses, but much of the material can be adapted to teach advanced high school students. For more information or to request a review copy visit the Thinking Strings® web site at www.thinkingstrings.com or call 973-378-9767.

Arkansas Publishes Soil Description Handbook

The Arkansas Archeological Survey announces the publication of A Handbook of Soil Description for Archeologists, by Gregory Vogel. Short and practical, this 32-page handbook can be taken into the field and used as an aid in describing soil profiles. It is intended as a guide for those with little background in soils or geology. Topics covered in the handbook include sampling soils, soil horizons, color, textures, structure, and factors of soil formation. A glossary and illustrations are included. The handbook sells for $5.00, plus $1.50 postage and handling, and can be ordered from the Arkansas Archeological Survey by calling 479-575-3556 or emailing archpubs@uark.edu.

Toolkit Teaches Novice Archaeologists

The Archaeologist's Toolkit, edited by Larry Zimmerman and William Green, is a new 7-volume paperback set designed to teach novice archaeologists and students the basics of doing archaeology. The complete set, or individual volumes may be purchased through Altamira Press at www.altamirapress.com

Resources Available from SAA

The Society for American Archaeology (SAA) has produced a variety of educational resources that are available to help students, teachers, and the general public learn more about archaeology. Most of these resources are available free from the Society’s web site (see www.saa.org/education/eduMat.html for a complete list). In addition to the web materials, the SAA offers brochures on careers and volunteer opportunities in archaeology, as well as publications for sale, such as History Beneath the Sea: Nautical Archaeology in the Classroom.

The SAA Manager, Education and Outreach, is another resource to consider when looking for information. The Manager is available to answer questions by email, snail mail, or phone, and has access to information about archaeology education resources from many sources. If you are having trouble finding appropriate resources for your classroom or for an outreach activity, the SAA office may be able to help, or find someone who can. For more information, contact Maureen Malloy, Manager, Education and Outreach, Society for American Archaeology, 900 Second Street NE, Suite 12, Washington, DC 20002-3557, phone: 202..., or email: maureen_malloy@saa.org.