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Silk Road Tours of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, has opened its first North American office and is seeking archaeologists interested in serving as tour leaders for tours to Iran. Special custom-made tours for groups or individuals are also combined with tours to other Middle East countries. All land and air arrangements would be made and paid by Silk Road Tours, although the tour leader would help to establish an itinerary. An English-speaking guide would be provided, as well as contacts for archaeological sites to be visited. For more information, contact Silk Road Tours at (888) 881-7455, (604) 925-3831, or email

Announcing the arrival of a new online anthropological journal! Internet Journal of Anthropological Studies (IJAS) is based at the University of Montana, Department of Anthropology, and is a student-developed and -edited forum for all scientific papers dealing with anthropological studies. The journal is open to all professional anthropologists and students. The editors invite all graduate associations and anthropology clubs to forward their email address to the journal so information pertaining to calls for papers and upcoming journal issues can be posted directly to the group's address. IJAS is accepting papers for publication. Papers can be sent by either email or snail mail. If sent snail mail, the paper must be on disc. For further requirements, please check the IJAS home page at: (keyword "call for papers").

The Centro de Investigación de Arte Rupestre del Uruguay (CIARU) sponsors a new bilingual site on the Internet and invites your comments. The site ( is dedicated to rock art and archaeology.
El Centro de Investigación de Arte Rupestre del Uruguay (CIARU) presenta un nuevo sitio bilingue en Internet e invita sus comentarios. El sitio ( se dedica principalmente al arte rupestre y la arqueología

The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, a part of the National Gallery of Art, announces a program for the Samuel H. Kress/Ailsa Mellon Bruce Paired Fellowships for Research in Conservation and Art History/Archaeology. Applications are invited from teams consisting of two scholars: one in the field of art history, archaeology, or another related discipline in the humanities or social sciences, and one in the field of conservation or materials science. The fellowship includes a two-month period for field, collections, and/or laboratory research, followed by a two-month residency at the Center for Advanced Study, National Gallery of Art. This fellowship is supported by funds from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and from endowed funds for Visiting Senior Fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Applications will be considered for study in the history and conservation of the visual arts (painting, sculpture, architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, graphics, film, photography, decorative arts, industrial design, and other arts) of any geographical area and of any period. A focus on National Gallery collections is not required. These fellowships are open to those who have held the appropriate terminal degree for five years or more and who possess a record of professional accomplishment at the time of application. Awards will be made without regard to the age or nationality of the applicants. Each team is required to submit an application for the Samuel H. Kress/Ailsa Mellon Bruce Paired Fellowship. Seven sets of all materials, including application form, proposal, a tentative travel schedule indicating the site(s), collection(s), or institution(s) most valuable for the proposed research project, and copies of selected pertinent publications must be forwarded by the application deadline, March 21, 1998. In addition, each team member must ask two individuals to write letters of recommendation in support of the application. For information and application forms, write to the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC 20565, (202) 842-6482, fax (202) 842-6733, email Information on this fellowship program and others at the center is available at

Announcing the new Claude Albritton Fund for Archaeological Geology. Under the auspices of the Geological Society of America's Archaeological Geology Division, family, friends and close associates of Claude C. Albritton, Jr., have formed a memorial fund in his honor at the GSA Foundation. The Albritton Fund will provide scholarships and fellowships for graduate students in the earth sciences and archaeology. Recipients of these awards will be students who have (1) an interest in achieving the M.S. or Ph.D. degree in earth sciences or archaeology; (2) an interest in applying earth science methods to archaeological research; and (3) an interest in a career in teaching and academic research. Awards in the amount of $500 will be given in support of thesis or dissertation research, with emphasis on the field and/or laboratory parts of this research. Those desiring further information about these scholarships should contact Reid Ferring, Institute for Applied Sciences, P.O. Box 13078, University of North Texas, Denton, TX 76203, (817) 565-2993.

The Archaeological Geology Division of the Geological Society of America announces a $500 travel grant for a student to attend GSA's annual meeting in Toronto, October 26-29, 1998. The competitive grant will be awarded based on the evaluation of an abstract and 1,500-2,000-word summary paper prepared by a student for presentation in the division's technical session at the GSA meeting. The summary paper may include one figure and must be by one author. The deadline is May 1, 1998. Applications should be sent to William Farrand, Awards Committee Chair, Exhibits, Museum of Natural History, 1109 Geddes Ave., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1079, (313) 763-4191, fax (313) 647-2767, email:

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