The international journal Lithic Technology is devoted to the archaeological and ethnographic study of stone tools. The journal publishes full-length articles, shorter comments, book and film reviews, commentary on recent events, and announcements of events to come. After a period of quiescence, it was resuscitated in 1993 and has put out two issues/year from 1993 through 1995. It is a primary source of information on the lithic database, and should be in every institutional archaeological library, and in the private libraries of all serious practitioners. The price is a modest $17.00/year (U.S.) or $20.00/year (outside U.S.). In addition, the journal has recently published its Special Publication #3: Lithic Resource Studies: a Sourcebook for Archaeologists, by Tim Church, with contributions by Julie Francis and Cherie Haury. It is the latest word on lithic sourcing, and contains an enormous annotated bibliography on the subject, as well as pointers on how to proceed. The cost of this 255-page volume is $23.00 (U.S.), or $25.00 (outside U.S.). To order either publication, please contact George H. Odell, Department of Anthropology, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK 74104.
Francis P. McManamon, NPS chief of archaeological assistance, was given the NPS Meritorious Service Award recently by Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt. The award was presented by NPS Director Roger Kennedy at an archaeological conference in Santa Fe. The citation said that under McManamon's leadership the archaeological program changed in significant ways "particularly through initiatives that focused upon public education and awareness, training and technical information, data preservation, protection of the archaeological record in place, and improved archaeological curation and collections management."
Ronald Cockrell, former regional historian at the Midwest Regional Office, and now senior historian with the Great Plains System Support Office, is the 1994 recipient of the Roy E. Appleman-Henry A. Judd award, which recognizes outstanding work in cultural resources management. Cockrell was cited for the quality of administrative histories he has produced and general research excellence, his management of Section 106 compliance, and his mentoring of other NPS historians.
Federal activities have generated millions of objects and archival records that are managed in public trust by hundreds of federal and non-federal institutions around the United States. The U.S. Department of the Interior and the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of California-Berkeley are sponsoring a conference to provide a forum for non-federal and federal participants to address major issues related to the long-term management of federally associated collections. The goals of the conference are to foster communication and cooperation, build new strategies of action, create new and revive old partnerships, and improve technical expertise related to managing federally associated collections of all kinds. Staff of state and private institutions that hold federally associated collections; federal curators and other professionals concerned with collections (e.g., archaeologists, biologists, and paleontologists); managers of federal agencies; tribal representatives and curators; university collections managers and curators; collections users (e.g., researchers, students, educators); staff of private consulting firms; and contractors are invited to participate. Themes and possible session topics include: building and strengthening partnerships between federal agencies and non-federal institutions, streamlining management of federally associated collections, improving long-term preservation of collections, and Native American issues. For more information, send your name, address, institutional affiliation, phone number, FAX number, and email address to Fritz Stern, University of California, Berkeley, Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 103 Kroeber Hall #3712, Berkeley, CA 94720-3712, fax (510) 642-6271, email email@example.com. If you are interested in organizing a session or presenting a paper, please send a 100-word abstract along with your contact information. You may also propose pre-conference workshops for June 3 or 4. The deadline for receiving program proposals and abstracts is February 15, 1996.
The Curtiss T. & Mary G. Brennan Foundation announces a pilot program of grants to support Precolumbian archaeological field research in Andean South America. Funds are available to a maximum of $5,000 to support research designed to establish the significance of a proposed project and the feasibility of carrying it to completion, or to fund an ancillary portion of an existing project important to the understanding of the project as a whole. Application must be made by the sponsoring institution through the principal investigator. Individuals are not eligible, and dissertation research does not qualify. Application may be made throughout the calendar year, with deadlines of June 30, 1996, and December 31, 1996. For guidelines and application materials, contact The Curtiss T. & Mary G. Brennan Foundation, 535 Cordova Rd., Suite 426, Santa Fe, NM 87501.
Smithsonian Institution Fellowships in Museum Practice. Proposals are invited for the fifth annual Fellowships in Museum Practice program, a professional development opportunity dedicated to helping museums increase their expertise and leadership. An award enables experienced staff to spend time at the Smithsonian conducting research on a topic of importance to the field. Fellowships are individually designed. Applications are accepted until February 16, 1996, for projects beginning after October 15, 1996. For guidelines and application procedures, contact Nancy Fuller, Center for Museum Studies, Smithsonian Institution, MRC 427, Washington, D.C. 20560, (202) 357-3101, fax (202) 357-3346, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Science Foundation has provided funding for an archives analysis of documents produced by the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research (University of Arizona), the Museum of Northern Arizona, the Laboratory of Anthropology (Santa Fe), and the Gila Pueblo Archaeological Foundation, as well as individual researchers. The study of the development and expansion of archaeological tree-ring dating during the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s will be conducted by Stephen E. Nash (University of Arizona) under the guidance of Jeffrey S. Dean. The dendroarchaeological research conducted during this period was undertaken by a relatively small cohort of scholars, most of whom were trained by the founder of tree-ring dating, A. E. Douglass. This cohort conducted research at a time when paper records and correspondence were the primary means of scholarly communication. The proposed multilayered, controlled comparison and analysis of (1) sample acquisition records, (2) unpublished documents, and (3) the published research record, are intended to illuminate facets of the development of archaeological tree-ring dating that are not available through analysis of the published record alone. The research will permit a clearer understanding of how the development of North American archaeologists changed the way in which archaeological research was conducted. The research may therefore facilitate an improved understanding of the processes by which anthropologists incorporate new techniques and data in their investigations. Scholars interested in this research please contact Nash or Dean, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, West Stadium, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, email email@example.com.