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The H. John Heinz III Fund of the Heinz Family Foundation announces its grant program for archaeological fieldwork in Latin America for the year 2000. This program will fund four to six scholars to conduct archaeological research in Latin America. Applications for dissertation research will not be considered. The maximum amount of the awards will be $8,000 each. The deadline for submission is November 15, 1999, and notification of the awards will be made by late March or early April 2000. Request guidelines or information from James B. Richardson III, Section of Anthropology, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, (412) 665-2601, fax: (412) 665-2751, email: jbr3+@pitt.edu.

The 1998 Awards Committees of the American Society for Ethnohistory are pleased to announce the recipients of the Society's Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin and Robert F. Heizer Awards. For the best book-length work in ethnohistory, the 1998 Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin Prize was awarded to Cynthia Radding (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), for her book, Wandering Peoples: Colonialism, Ethnic Spaces, and Ecological Frontiers in Northwestern Mexico, 1700­1850, published by Duke University Press, Durham, North Carolina, in 1997. For the best article in the field of ethnohistory, the 1998 Robert F. Heizer Prize was awarded to Ruth Wallis Herndon (University of Toledo) and Ella Wilcox Sekatau (Narragansett Tribe) for their article, "The Right to a Name: The Narragansett People and Rhode Island Officials in the Revolutionary Era," published in Ethnohistory 44(3): 433­462.

The Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) at its 32nd Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah presented the 1999 J. C. Harrington Medal to George F. Bass of Texas A & M University. The Harrington Medal is given for a lifetime of scholarly contributions to the field of historical archaeology. Bass was honored not for his world-famous field explorations, which have focused on ancient shipwrecks in the Mediterranean, but rather for his pioneering work of creating and building the field of underwater archaeology. Bass, in his publications, education programs, and preservation advocacy, always gave equal attention to modern (A.D. 1400 to the present) as well as ancient shipwrecks and submerged sites around the world. The Bass-founded Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A & M and the international Institute of Nautical Archaeology have been instrumental in expanding the field into the modern period. These many contributions were outlined by Kevin J. Crisman, his colleague from Texas A & M. The formal presentation of the medal was made to Bass by Pamela J. Cressey, SHA president, at the annual banquet awards ceremony.

Assemblage is an online, peer-reviewed archaeological journal produced by the graduate students of archaeology and archaeological science at the University of Sheffield, England, covering diverse topics and issues in archaeology. Past issues can be found on the Web at www.shef.ac.uk/assem/3/3comment.html. Issue 4 is currently on the Web at www.shef.ac.uk/~assem. The site has been selected as a UC-Santa Barbara "Hot Site" and received a InterNIC Academic Guide "Featured Site" award. Submissions are sought from archaeology postgraduate students and professionals.

The New York State Museum in Albany, New York, announces a call for the submission of slides to all archaeological illustrators for its April 26­July 30, 2000 exhibition, "Focus on Nature VI: Natural History Illustration." This is a biennial exhibition of scientific and natural history illustrations. For the purposes of this exhibition, the definition of natural history illustration is the depiction of natural history subjects (archaeological, biological, geological, astronomical, etc.) that are either scientifically measured or intended to accurately represent organisms or research results and processes. Since its inception in 1990, the exhibit's geographical representation, breadth of subject matter, and technical quality has increased and now holds a high standard and an international participation. There are no limitations as to the slide size or medium used. Slides must be submitted by November 1, 1999. Several all-day illustration workshops are planned for the week of April 26, 2000, during the New York Natural History Conference. A purchase prize will be awarded on the basis of high quality, scientific accuracy, and aesthetic achievement. An exhibition catalogue with commentary by the artists will be produced. The NYS Museum attracts approximately 1 million visitors each year including tens of thousands of schoolchildren who participate in programs linked to the exhibitions. Further information and a submission form can be available by contacting Patricia Kernan, Cultural Education Center, Rm. 3140, New York State Museum, Albany, NY 12230, tel: (518)486-2024, email: pkernan@mail.nysed.gov, Web: www.nysm.nysed.gov.

The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts awards approximately six senior fellowships and 12 visiting senior fellowships each year for study of the history, theory, and criticism of art, architecture, and urbanism of any geographical area and of any period. Applicants should have held a Ph.D. degree for a minimum of five years or possess a record of professional accomplishment. Scholars are expected to reside in Washington, D.C. throughout their fellowship period and participate in the activities of the center. All grants are based on individual need. Fellows are provided with an office and subsidized luncheon privileges. The center also will consider appointment of associates who have obtained awards for full-time research from other granting institutions and would like to be affiliated with the center. Qualifications are the same as for senior fellows.

Deadlines for:

Award Period Deadline

Senior Fellowship and Associate

 
academic year 2000-2001 October 1, 1999
Visiting Senior Fellowship and Associate  
March 1, 2000-August 31, 2000 (maximum 60 days) September 21, 1999
September 1, 2000-February 28, 2001 March 21, 2000

March 1, 2001-August 31, 2001

September 21, 2000

For further information and application forms, contact the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC 20565, tel: (202) 842 6482, fax: (202) 842 6733, email: advstudy@nga.gov, Web: www.nga.gov/resources/casva.htm.

The following archaeological properties were listed in the National Register of Historic Places during the second quarter of 1999. For a complete list of National Register listings every week, check "The Weekly List" at www.cr.nps.gov/nr/whtnew.htm.

Alabama, Jackson CountyRussell Cave National Monument, additional documentation approved 6/10/99

Colorado, Montezuma CountyArchaeological Site no. 5MT4700, 6/11/99; Bass Site, 6/11/99; Seven Towers Pueblo, 6/11/99; Woods Canyon Pueblo, 6/11/99

Mississippi, Jackson CountyBack Bay of Biloxi Shipwreck Site, 4/22/99

South Dakota, Custer CountyArchaeological Site no. 39CU1619, 6/3/99

In addition, the following archaeological properties were designated as National Historic Landmarks by the Secretary of Interior on 1/20/99:

California, Santa Barbara CountyMission Santa Ines.

New York, Suffolk CountyFort Corchaug Archaeological Site.

North Carolina, Forsyth CountyBethabara Historic District.

The Foundation for Exploration and Research on Cultural Origins (FERCO) is a private foundation established by Thor Heyerdahl and Fred Olsen to further Heyerdahl's vision of archaeology's role in demonstrating the possible relations between peoples of the past. It is based on Tenerife, Canary Islands, at the Pyramids of Guimar Ethnographic Park, which provides funding through its parent company Fred Olsen S.A. The following projects received funding in the 1999 FERCO Grant Competition:

Richard L. Burger (Yale University): The 1999 Excavation at the Initial Period Center of Manchay Bajo, Lurin Valley, Peru

Warren B. Church (Columbus State University): The Origins of Eastern Andean Cloud Forest Cultures: Vertical Migrations or Interregional Interaction?

Douglas J. Kennett (California State University-Long Beach) and Atholl Anderson (The Australian National University): The Nature of Long-Distance Trade and Interaction in Remote Oceania: ICP-Mass Spectrometry of Fijian Lapita and Navatu Ceramics

Joy McCorriston (Ohio State University): Roots of Agriculture in Southern Arabia: Indian Ocean Interaxtion and Environmental Change in Choosing Food Producing Strategies in Mid-Holocene Arabia

Juan Francisco Navarro (Universidad de La Laguna, Tenerife, Canary Islands): Las aras de sacrificio prehispánicas de Canarias: Función y orígen

Richard M. Rothaus (St. Cloud State University): Prehistoric and Ancient Harbors in the Eastern Korinthia (Greece): A Geoarchaeological Approach for Determining Maritime Trade Patterns

David W. Steadman (University of Florida) and Anne V. Stokes (Southeastern Archaeological Research, Inc.): Prehistoric Cultural and Faunal Change on Tobago Island: Continental vs. West Indian Influences through Time

Sharon Steadman (SUNY-Cortland): Socioeconomic Organization and Interregional Interaction in North Central Anatolia: Excavations at Prehistoric Cadir Hoyuk

Barbara Voorhies (University of California-Santa Barbara): Analysis of Archaeological Materials from the Oldest Site in Pacific Coastal Mexico

Samuel M. Wilson (University of Texas-Austin): The Prehistory of the Caribbean: A New Vision

The Foundation for Exploration and Research on Cultural Origins (FERCO) announces its 2000 grant program for research on cultural origins, with particular focus on long-distance interaction in prehistory and on the ancient use of the world's oceans. Proposals in the fields of prehistoric, classical, and historic archaeology; ethnohistory; art history; and other relevant fields will be considered. Interdisciplinary research is strongly encouraged. It is expected that projects will include a significant field, archive, or museum component. The competition is open to individual scholars, including those without institutional affiliation. Most grants will not exceed $10,000; larger requests will be considered only upon prior consultation. Proposals must be in English and must be postmarked by January 15, 2000; decisions will be announced by May 1, 2000. Direct inquiries and requests for proposal guidelines to Dan Sandweiss, President, FERCO Scientific Committee, Dept. of Anthropology, S. Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469, fax: (207) 581-1823, email: dan_sandweiss@umit.maine.edu. Further information on FERCO also is available on the Web at www.ferco.org/.

Lithic Technology is the world's only international journal devoted exclusively to the analysis of archaeological lithic remains. Beginning its use-life in 1972 as a newsletter, three issues per year were published until 1988. Starting in 1993, a new editor changed its format to a perfect-bound edition, published twice each year. Since then, it has appeared continuously and generally punctually. During this period, hallmarks of the journal have been its generally high quality of submissions and its mission to publish works of general interest to anyone studying archaeological stone tools anywhere in the world. Despite the journal's excellent content, steady publication record, and low cost, a surprisingly large number of archaeologists do not know of its existence. Perhaps the problem lies in the public perceptionthat it is relevant only for stone tool buffs, i.e., those who knock rocks for business or pleasure or who insist on peering through microscopes. Yet for the past 2.5 million years, stone has been the medium of choice for hominoids who wanted to get something done. A large proportion of practicing archaeologists must deal in some way with stone tools in the course of their careers. This means that they would be well advised to be conversant with the properties and characteristics of stone, and with developments in this field. Subscriptions to Lithic Technology have not attained a level that can sustain it at the current rate, and it is in danger of becoming extinct. Direct subscription and other inquiries about the journal to George Odell, Department of Anthropology, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK 74104, tel: (9228) 631-3082, fax: (918) 631-2540, email: george-odell@utulsa.edu.

The new Cultural Resources Diversity Newsletter, Heritage Matters, is sponsored by the Cultural Resources Programs of the National Park Service. This biannual newsletter will provide information of cultural resources associated with diverse groups. Short articles and notices for inclusion in the newsletter are invited and should be sent to Bradley Finfrock, Heritage Preservation Services, National Park Service, 1849 C St., N.W., Room NC 330, Washington, DC 20240, email: Bradley_Finfrock@nps.gov.

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) invites applications for its 2000­2001 Scholars in Residence Program and its recently inaugurated Collaborative Residency Program. The Scholars in Residence program provides support for full-time research and study in the manuscript and artifact collections at any commission facility, including the State Archives, the State Museum, and 26 historic sites and museums around the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Collaborative Residency Program will fund original research that relates to the interpretive mission of PHMC sites and museums and advances a specific programmatic goal of the host site or museum. Proposals for a Collaborative Residency are to be filed jointly by the interested scholar and host institution. Both programs are open to all who are conducting research on Pennsylvania history, including academic scholars, public sector history professionals, independent scholars, graduate students, educators, writers, filmmakers, and others. Residencies are available for 4 to 12 weeks between May 1, 2000 and April 30, 2001 at the rate of $1,200 per month. Deadline for application is January 17, 2000. For further information and application materials, contact Division of History, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Box 1026, Harrisburg, PA 17109, tel: (717) 787-3034, email: ishopes@phmc.state.pa.us, Web: www.phmc.state.pa.us.

A major exhibition, "Gold of the Nomads: Scythian Treasures from Ancient Ukraine," of ancient gold treasures of the fierce, nomadic horsemen who roamed the European steppe from the fifth to the third centuries B.C., will open at the San Antonio Museum of Art on November 7, 1999. These proud marauders, who grew rich on trade with the Greeks, were patrons of some of the finest Greek goldsmiths, and commissioned lavish gold objects for adornment, ceremony, and battle. The exhibition also will travel to the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

After an extensive search through stacks of reports and publications on Canada's archaeology, Richard E. Morlan of the Canadian Museum of Civilization (CMC), in association with the Canadian Archaeological Association (CAA), has just published "The Canadian Archaeological Radiocarbon Database" (CARD), a unique, fully searchable Web resource. CARD is a compilation of radiocarbon measurements that indicate the ages of archaeological and vertebrate palaeontological sites in Canada. With the assistance of Luke Dalla Bona, webmaster for the CAA Web site, Morlan took advantage of the powerful search and cross-referencing capabilities of modern electronic technologies. Designed for both specialists and nonspecialists, CARD includes a wealth of information on the nearly 7,000 radiocarbon age determinations documented, as well as general information on radiocarbon dating. Anyone can access the CARD Web page through the CAA site at www.canadianarchaeology.com and run searches as complex or as simple as desired. The search page is designed for ease of use and enables searches by culture, province, region, time period, Borden number, lab number, and other fields.

The annual journal, Utah Archaeology, is seeking papers and subscriptions. Utah Archaeology reports on the archaeology of the eastern Great Basin, the northern Colorado Plateau, and the western Rocky Mountainsareas within and surrounding Utah. Submissions are welcome from all scholars and avocational archaeologists with an interest in the region. The journal is refereed, and sponsored by the Utah Professional Archaeological Council (UPAC) and the Utah Statewide Archaeological Society (USAS). Subscriptions can be obtained for $15 (or as part of membership in UPAC for $25) from Utah Archaeology, Utah Division of State History, 300 Rio Grande, Salt Lake City, UT 84101. Paper submissions and inquiries should be directed to Editor, Steven Simms, Utah Archaeology, Anthropology, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322-0730, email: ssimms@hass.usu.edu.

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) and Heritage Preservation seek nominations for their joint Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Preservation and Care of Collections 2000. The first award was given in 1999 to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. The award is presented annually to an organization in North America that has been exemplary in the importance and priority placed on conservation concerns and in its commitment to the preservation and care of cultural property. Nominees should be nonprofit organizations of any size responsible for cultural property that may include collections, historic sites, and structures. Collections can include fine arts, library and archival materials, natural history, natural science, musical instruments, textiles, technology, archaeology, ethnography, and photography. Organizations that effect the care of cultural property through funding or advocacy also are eligible. Nominations for the 2000 award must be sent to AIC and postmarked by November 15, 1999. To obtain nomination guidelines and additional information, contact either organization: American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, 1717 K St. N.W., Suite 200, Washington, DC 20006, tel: (202) 452-9545, fax: (202) 452-9328, email: speceraic@aol.com, Web: aic.stanford.edu/ or Heritage Preservation, 1730 K St. N.W., Suite 566, Washington, DC 20006, tel: (202) 634-1422, fax: (202) 634-1435, email: chansen@heritagepreservation.org, Web: www.heritagepreservation.org. ·

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