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With the editor currently delayed in Tibet, I've been given the opportunity to take over his corner this issue. I've just returned from a survey season in Germany with 16 students and volunteers from the United States and Japan, and my mind is still preoccupied with the experience. In particular, and perhaps relevant to the Bulletin's focus on the role of archaeology in society, I am struck once again by the strong position of archaeology in Germany.

My views are derived from the small corner of southern Germany where I work, but the trends there seem to be generally applicable to other areas as well. First of all, state-sponsored fieldwork appears to be thriving (see the Web page at, in contrast to a few years ago, when many government funds were diverted during the early days of reunification. This summer I witnessed excavations of sites from the Middle Paleolithic through the Iron Age, and later periods receive even more attention and funding. In a rather new development, many archaeologists have turned as well to private corporations to supplement public financing.

Museums also are active, with a number of traveling and special exhibits on display. The small museum of prehistory in the town of Bad Buchau has received money from the European Union to help construct full-sized replicas of Neolithic and Bronze Age houses. European funds also are assisting in the construction of an "archaeological trail" to link sites across many kilometers and mark each with explanatory placards, photos, and, in some cases, partial reconstructions. These projects reflect the great public interest in local archaeology, an interest that begins in elementary schools and is documented by numerous visits of school classes to the museum. One village is building a hostel to house visiting classes who come from afar to learn about prehistory and natural history.

This awareness of, and interest in, archaeology among the local population is admirable, and certainly aids me in my own fieldwork, as local farmers and landowners have been generally quite receptive to my requests to dig on their property. It seems logical to assume a connection between this receptivity and early education. ·

Mike Jochim is a professor at UC-Santa Barbara.

SAA and the Combined
Federal Campaign

Mark J. Lynott

In September 1999, federal archaeologists will have the opportunity to make charitable contributions through the Combined Federal Campaign for the year 2000. The Combined Federal Campaign includes a large number and wide variety of charitable organizations, and federal employees have the opportunity to make single direct payments to organizations, or arrange for payments through payroll deductions. The Society for American Archaeology has been approved by the Combined Federal Campaign (Organization #1022) and is eligible for contributions beginning this fall.

This is an excellent and convenient opportunity for federal archaeologists to make a financial contribution to SAA. Readers of the Bulletin are certainly familiar with all of the programs of the Society, and every one of us benefits from one or more of SAA's activities. The Combined Federal Campaign is an opportunity for each of us to make a contribution that will benefit archaeology and the programs of SAA. If every federal archaeologist were to contribute as little as $2 per pay period, together we could raise thousands of dollars. With a contribution of $5 per pay period, you can personally donate $130 to SAA in the year 2000. You don't have to be a member of SAA or even an archaeologist to contribute to SAA through the Combined Federal Campaign. All federal employees are eligible to contribute.

When the Combined Federal Campaign literature arrives in your office, please take the time to seriously consider a contribution to SAA (Organization #1022). Almost everyone can afford to make a small contribution, and together, we can make a major contribution to the Society and help expand its programs and activities. ·

Mark J. Lynott, a vice-chair of SAA's Fund Raising Committee, is manager of the Midwest Archeological Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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