Archive for November, 2012

Archaeologist Job Opportunity

The Bureau of Reclamation has a vacancy for an archaeologist who would work closely with the both the Ephrata Field Office (based in Ephrata, Washington) and the Grand Coulee Power Office (based in Grand Coulee, Washington).  This GS-11 position will involve a diverse set of duties with field work and other tasks at both offices.  The position would be based in Ephrata in the sunny heart of the Columbia Basin in central Washington State.  Ephrata has a population of about 8000 people, a thriving arts community, an independent bookstore, and most importantly, good coffee.

The announcement comes in a Fed and non-Fed version:
·        BR-PN-VA-CCA-13-041 – Current Federal Employees with career and career-conditional appointments and others under special hiring authorities.
·        BR-PN-DE-CCA-13-042 – All US Citizens and Nationals

Link to the USAJOBS listing –

The advertisement closes December 14, 2012.

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Archaeological field school opportunities in Alaska

The Adelphi University Department of Anthropology welcomes applications from graduate and undergraduate students interested in Anthropology or related disciplines to join one of two 2013 archaeological field school opportunities in Alaska. In addition to our undergraduate program in the Susitna valley (ANT 333.001), this season we are offering an additional advanced field course in the middle Tanana valley of interior Alaska (ANT 733.001).

In addition to participation in an ongoing research program, students will experience unspoiled Alaska wilderness, acquire important technological skills using state-of-the-art field based research technologies, and learn the fundamentals of archaeological field methods including excavation and survey. Backcountry hiking and remote camping are required. A love of dirt is mandatory.

Email or visit our website for additional information on these and a variety of other programs offered on the island of Crete.

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Millet, Baobab, and Indigo: The Dynamics of Savanna Farming in Precolonial Southeastern Burkina Faso

Please join us for an archaeology presentation next Thursday, Dec. 6, 4 pm, Cramer Hall 41, on PSU Campus.
Dr. Daphne Gallagher (University of Oregon) will present:
 Millet, Baobab, and Indigo: The Dynamics of Savanna Farming in Precolonial Southeastern Burkina Faso

Voltaic states played an important role in regional political and economic systems throughout 2nd millennium AD central West Africa, however their origins and development trajectories are poorly understood owing to limited archaeological investigation. This talk will examine the roots of the Gourmantché polities around the Gobnangou escarpment in southeastern Burkina Faso, providing a long-term perspective that reveals the dynamism of developments leading to large-scale Voltaic societies and their farming economies. Results from recent fieldwork (full coverage survey and test excavations) around the Koabu drainage indicate foraging populations in the region from 4000 BC until a sequential adoption of domesticates over the second half of the 1st millennium AD. The state likely arrived in the early 2nd millennium AD, incorporating pre-existing local populations, and constructing a landscape of power rooted in shifting cultivation practices. Ultimately these developments would integrate the Gobnangou into regional economic systems, including the indigo cloth trade.

Dr. Gallagher studies the relationship between socio-economic systems and agricultural practices over the past two millennia in West Africa. In particular, her archaeological research addresses colonial and post-colonial narratives on traditional agriculture through the study of long-term trajectories of land use and settlement patterns. In addition to directing a regional survey near the Gobnangou escarpment in southeastern Burkina Faso, Dr. Gallagher addresses these topics through collaboration as a paleoethnobotanist on projects throughout the West African savanna/sahel (Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Nubia).

Please note:  the Anthropology Student Association is hosting a pizza party reception after Dr. Gallagher’s talk, in the Anthropology Department (Cramer 141).   Please join us for that as well.

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By Dr. Donald P. Ryan, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington

Most people are familiar with the tomb of Tutankhamun, the Great Pyramid, the Rosetta Stone, and a handful of other iconic symbols of Egypt’s ancient past.  But 200 years of exploration has revealed much more that is likewise well-deserving of broader attention.

Join Dr. Ryan as he takes us on a side-illustrated tour of these discoveries, sharing his knowledge of archaeologists and their explorations that, for whatever reason, have not received the headlines they merited.

These discoveries showcase a number of dynasties, locations and events in the long story of ancient Egypt. They range from papyri to solar boats, from sarcophagi to funerary treasures, and from a site that would have rivaled the tomb of Tutankhamun to a burial of non-royal mummies in the Valley of the Kings. While some of these amazing discoveries have mostly escaped public notice. Dr Ryan convincingly concludes that they are not less significant because of that! Test your knowledge and expect some surprises.

Wednesday, November 28, 7:30 p.m.
Room 236, Smith Memorial Student Union, Portland State University

Free admission and open to the public.
Free parking in PSU parking structures after 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Donald P. Ryan, Ph.D., is an archaeologist and Faculty Fellow in the Division of Humanities at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. He is best known for his research in Egypt including excavations in the Valley of the Kings where he has discovered lost tombs and controversial mummies. He is the veteran of many expeditions and is the author of numerous scientific and popular articles on archaeological subjects.  His many books include fun “starter” books such as The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Ancient Egypt and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Lost Civilizations.  In 2010, his autobiographical book, Beneath the Sands of Egypt—Adventures of an Unconventional Archaeologist described his life, his intriguing explorations, and the remarkable rediscovery of a lost tomb in the Valley of the Kings.

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National Student Exchange opportunity

Next year, you could be studying on a beach, exploring a new city, or sitting in a classroom thousands of miles away. Portland State University is a member of National Student Exchange (NSE), which means you have the opportunity to take classes during one term or up to an academic year at other participating campuses in the Unites States, our territories, or Canada. Applying for exchange through NSE is a great way to broaden your horizons, experience different cultures, and/or take courses that might not be offered at PSU.

To learn more, attend an upcoming information session (attending a session is required prior to submitting an application).   The application deadline for 2013-2014 exchange is February 1, 2013.

Remaining Information Sessions:
Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 1:00-2:00pm, SMSU 294
Friday, December 7, 2012,  12:00-1:00pm, SMSU 294

Please visit the following websites to learn more:

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John E. Lobdell Undergraduate Award: $1500

The Alaska Anthropological Association invites applications for the annual John E. Lobdell Undergraduate Award, for $1500.

The scholarship is designed to assist eligible students in their pursuit of an academic degree. Ordinarily a scholarship will be used for tuition and fees to help underwrite a program consisting of at least eight academic credits. If fewer credits are taken, it is required that the student be engaged in full-time work toward a degree. Scholarships are not intended to underwrite part-time studies or to cover expenses of doing fieldwork not directly connected with academic courses. Applicants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program and be members of the Alaska Anthropological Association (i.e., current year dues must be paid at or before time of application). The scholarship may be used at any appropriate institution.

The primary evaluation criterion will be evidence of promise in and commitment to the field of anthropology. All three awards are not necessarily made each year, depending on the number and quality of submissions.

Applications must be received by February 1 for awards to be announced at the annual meeting in March. Scholarship funds must be expended within one year of being granted and may not be used retroactively.

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Field School in Southern Peru

There are still several spots available in an undergraduate field course to southern Peru in January-February:

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SfAA Student Paper Competition

The Student Committee of the Society for Applied Anthropology is pleased to announce our new student paper prize competition.  The winner will work with the editor of Practicing Anthropology for eventual publication.  More information here:

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Senior archaeologist position openings

The Office of History and Archaeology (OHA) / State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is currently recruiting for two senior archaeologist (Archaeologist II) positions:

One position (PCN 10-5242) is responsible for day-to-day oversight and management of the OHA Integrated Business Suite (IBS), which includes the Alaska Heritage Resources Survey (AHRS) database, along with related data sets, maps and records. The position also plays a lead role in ongoing IBS re-design efforts, assists and trains IBS users, trains and monitors lower level staff, may occasionally serve as principal investigator for investigations, and participates in more general programs of OHA. This posting expires on November 29, but may be extended.  For more information, contact Dave McMahan at 269-8723.

The other position (PCN 10-5262) will work in the OHA/SHPO Review/Compliance Unit as the Cultural Resource Liaison with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF).  The position will be the point of contact for DOT&PF Cultural Resource Management staff.  Under the supervision of the Review/Compliance Unit lead, the position will review DOT&PF and FHWA projects for potential impacts to historic properties. The position will also provide technical and planning assistance to DOT&PF staff in early project planning, historic property identification efforts, and environmental public meetings.  This posting expires on December 7. For more information, contact Judy Bittner at 269-8715 or Shina Duvall at 269-8720.

Alaska residents may view details and apply for either position through Workplace Alaska at

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Malawi Immersion Seminar- Ethnographic Field School

Announcing the 11th season of the Malawi Immersion Seminar sponsored by the University of Rochester, Department of Anthropology.

ANT 299/499: Malawi Immersion Seminar- Ethnographic Field School

Lilongwe/Salima/Ntcheu, Malawi

May 27- June 18, 2013

Please visit our website for complete information:

The Malawi Immersion Seminar is a three-week study abroad/field school addressing cultural, health, political, and ecological issues in Malawi, Africa using the anthropological method. The seminar provides students with an immersive and transformative summer experience offering them a chance to engage in an independent summer research project. The program will provide the necessary language and methodological training for meaningful and productive learning abroad.

Prior experience in anthropology is not required. The field school is appropriate for students from diverse disciplinary approaches. Undergraduate and graduate students from any university and in any major may apply. International students are also welcome.

Students will spend two weeks living and studying in a rural village with Malawian host families. Additional time will focus on language lessons, cultural training, as well as lectures in the areas of anthropology, history, public health, ecology, and wildlife. Students will travel to Liwonde National Park for a two-night safari to conclude the seminar during which they will present individual research projects and learn about the complex social-ecological system in the park.

Limited scholarships are available for undergraduate students.

Further detail and applications for this summer field school and scholarship can be found on the following link. 

Application deadline is February 8, 2013. 

Highlights Include

• Training and practice in conducting interviews, surveys, and participant observation

• Courses in Chichewa language

• Exploration of Ngoni and Chewa culture

• Designing and completing an independent ethnographic research project

• Homestay in a rural Malawian community

• Hiking in the Great Rift Valley

• Two-day safari at Liwonde National Park

• Working alongside Malawian hosts on rural irrigation projects and in a rural health center

• Seminars with local experts on sustainable agriculture, economics, culture, history, religion, and public health.

Undergraduate students who successfully complete the program will earn 4 hours of course credit  (ANT 299) and graduate students can earn 3 credits (ANT 499)

Tuition and Fees

Tuition is $3,985, which includes:

  • 4 academic credits
  • All lectures and educational activities
  • All in-country travel, meals, lodging, and fees
  • A two-night safari to Liwonde National Park
  • Travel health insurance
  • Mosquito net
  • All museum admission fees
  • Chichewa language instruction

Tuition does not include airfare.

A maximum of 15 students can enroll in the field school.

Further Enquires on course content and details of the program should be sent to the instructor, Joseph Lanning at:

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