Archive for January, 2013

Spanish & Anthropology program in Cusco, Peru

Online registration is now available for the Spanish & Anthropology program in Cusco, Peru this summer.

Program Components

Anthropology Seminar:  Few areas in the world offer a wealth of knowledge and history as great as Cusco. The city and surrounding area are brimming with archaeological sites, including one of the man-made Wonders of the World, the Inca city of Machu Picchu. On top of that, it is a place where traditional and contemporary cultures meet, helping cultivate an atmosphere unlike any other.

Spanish Course:  Six weeks of intensive Spanish language course taught at Ecela Buenos Aires.  This is equivalent to two semester courses and levels from Novice to Advanced are welcomed.  Inquire about earning college credit.

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Need More Information? Request Catalog & Info Sheet
Ready to Pre-Register? Online Registration Form 
                                          (no payment or commitment at this time)

Please direct any questions to and we will respond promptly.  You may also phone us at 1 (347) 329 5506.

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25th Annual All Majors Career Fair

Academic & Career Services presents the 25th Annual All Majors Career Fair. Students will be able to speak with representatives from a diverse group organizations about career opportunities and internships.

For more information, click here.

All Majors Career Fair Thursday, February 7, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the SMSU Ballroom.

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Grand Coulee Dam Archaeologist position with the Bureau of Reclamation

Reclamation is advertising a GS-11/12 position for an archaeologist based at Grand Coulee Dam, which is in north-central Washington State about 90 miles west of Spokane.  Please see the job listing on USAJOBS:

The Grand Coulee Power Office (GCPO) Archaeologist oversees a cultural resources program that includes Grand Coulee Dam in Washington State and Hungry Horse Dam in Montana.  The job has three main responsibilities:

  • assisting Reclamation with its compliance responsibilities under the National Historic Preservation Act and other cultural resources laws;
  • functioning as a member of the Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS) Cultural Resources Program, which focuses on the impacts of reservoir operations & maintenance to historic properties; and
  • managing a collection of over 100,000 pieces of museum property.

In Washington, the GCPO Archaeologist interacts closely with the Colville Confederated Tribes, Spokane Tribe of Indians, Washington SHPO, Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), National Park Service, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Some of the important stakeholders in Montana are the Montana SHPO, Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, BPA, and Flathead National Forest.  Skills in relationship building would be valuable.

The position is in based in Grand Coulee, Washington, which is one of four contiguous towns (Electric City, Grand Coulee, Coulee Dam, and Elmer City) with a total population of about 4000.  It is situated at the head of the Grand Coulee, a canyon carved out of the basalt and granite bedrock during the Ice Age.  Hiking, hunting, and other outdoor recreational opportunities abound.  Coulee Community Hospital, which just moved into a new facility, provides excellent health care.  Local amenities include two grocery stores, a small movie theater, and numerous shops.  Urban shopping opportunities are available in Spokane, Wenatchee, and Moses Lake, all of which are about 1.5 hours away.

If you are interested in a dynamic job that covers issues ranging from Depression-era structures to Native American languages to pictographs, please consider this position.

Please direct any questions about this position to the Reclamation Human Resources office as described in the announcement.

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Positions Available with Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation’s History/Archaeology Program

Two positions are available with the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation’s History/Archaeology Program in northeastern Washington.  The announcements can be accessed at:

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Zooarchaeology and Field Ecology Field School

Zooarchaeology and Field Ecology
A University of Utah Field School
Eagle Lake, California

June 23-July 20, 2013
Course Instructors: Jack M. Broughton, Frank E. Bayham, Raymond J. Bogiatto, Kevin D. Dalton.
Worth 6 Semester Credit Hours

Questions involving past human foraging behavior, paleoecology, and paleoclimate can be addressed through the identification and analysis of archaeological vertebrate remains. These aspects of zooarchaeology serve as the main goals of this novel hands-on, laboratory- and field-based course. Unlike any other archaeological field experience, students will gain expertise in the identification of fragmentary vertebrate remains from archaeological contexts in the western U.S. and at the same time be immersed in the natural history and ecology of local vertebrate animals in a remote and scenic setting. Topics that will be covered include foraging theory, prey choice, the nature of the archaeofaunal record, units of quantification, taphonomy, ecological concepts and theory, vertebrate taxonomy and natural history, and skeletal preparation. Additional experience in both vertebrate identification and analysis will be gained through the completion of a problem oriented research project based on the study of one of several provided archaeofaunal assemblages. The research project will also be presented at 9th Annual Stanley J. Olsen Eagle Lake Zooarchaeological Conference held at the end of the course.

For More Information, Visit: and contact Jack M. Broughton

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Archeological Technician positions


Archeological Technician, 0102, Grade(s) 4/5/7

Willamette National Forest

Middle Fork Ranger District

Westfir, Oregon

The Middle Fork Ranger District of the Willamette National Forest is advertising two seasonal, full-time Archeological Technician (series 0102) positions at the GS-4, GS-5 and GS-7 levels for the summer 2013 field season.  Salary level is dependent on experience and education.  The GS-4/GS-5 level position pays $13.41/hr and $15.00/hr, respectively, and the GS-7 $18.59/hr.  The duty station is the Middle Fork Ranger District in Westfir, Oregon.  The purpose of this notice is to inform the potential applicant pool of these positions.


Applicants for these positions should now apply to the specified OPEN CONTINUOUS RECRUITMENTS through USAJOBS (  Positions are listed under announcement number TEMPOCR-0102-04-ARCH TECH-DT for the GS-4 level, TEMPOCR-0102-05-ARCH TECH-DT for the GS-5 level, and TEMPOCR-0102-7-ARCH TECH-DT for the GS-7 level; the GS-4 and GS-5 positions close 12/02/2013, the GS-7 closes 11/18/2013.  Applicants must select Westfir, Oregon as their desired/preferred location.  All applications must be submitted by midnight, March 3rd, 2013 to be considered for these positions.  The Referral Lists for these positions will be issued to the selecting official by March 8th, 2013.  The specific start work date may be negotiated, but work is expected to commence no later than the end of May, 2013.  For information about these vacancies please contact Terry Godin, District Archaeologist, at or (541) 782-5318.


Archaeological Technician (Survey Crew Member), GS-0102-4/5: Both available positions may be filled at the GS-4 or GS-5 levels, depending on experience.  The position(s) will be part of a survey crew led by district archaeologists and/or the potential GS-7 position listed below.  Duties are as described below.

Archaeological Technician (Survey Crew Leader), GS-0102-7: One of the two available positions may be filled at the GS-7 level, depending on experience.  Duties are as described below, except that the incumbent would be expected to work independently and serve as primary crew leader on surveys when district archaeologists are not available.  The crew will consist of one GS-4/5 Archaeological Technician position and possibly one or two Cultural Resource Technicians (CRTs) on an intermittent basis.  The applicant should have the appropriate experience and interpersonal skills necessary to lead a crew of 1-3 seasonal employees and CRTs.  Good writing skills and proficiency in ArcGIS are also important.  This position would be an excellent opportunity for a self-motivated, independent person who is looking to acquire valuable cultural resource management experience on a fast paced, diverse district.


Work involves a combination of field and office duties although the strongest focus will be on fieldwork.  Primary duties include assisting district archaeologists in conducting archaeological surveys in forested environments (off-trail surveys, which can be very brushy and steep at times) to locate and record archaeological sites.  Surveys may be conducted in support of a variety of Forest projects that could include special uses, recreation and watershed projects.  However, the Middle Fork Ranger District has a robust timber program, and the primary emphasis of both positions for the summer 2013 field season will be the survey of two large timber sale planning areas.  Duties will also include report writing, ArcGIS work, performing data entry of site data, and other miscellaneous tasks as assigned.  Training in first aid, map and compass, Leave No Trace and radio communication will be provided.  All equipment is provided with the exception of boots (good 8” top vibram sole type boots are required) and rain gear.

Poison oak is common on low elevation southern aspects around the District, and we do have our share of mosquitoes and yellow jackets during the summer months.  You should be in good physical condition, able to hike several miles a day in potentially adverse weather conditions over rough terrain.


The positions will be stationed in Westfir, Oregon.   Applicants must apply to this location if they wish to be considered.  Government housing may be offered, but availability is not guaranteed.  Cost is $4.65 a day.

The sister cities of Oakridge (pop. 3,240) and Westfir (pop. 280) are within a 10 minute drive of the Middle Fork Ranger District office. Both towns are nestled among tree-covered hills and located along two forks of the Willamette River. The communities support an elementary, middle and high school.  Services include medical clinics, dentist, one grocery store, a gas station, several restaurants, a hardware store, post office, library, a public golf course, several churches, police and fire. The nearest metropolitan area is Eugene, Oregon, which is 45 miles west of Oakridge/Westfir.

Real estate prices in Oakridge vary, but in general are between $65,000 and above $150,000. Rentals run around $400 to $700 per month.  For more information, call the Oakridge/Westfir Chamber of Commerce at 541-782-4146 or visit their website at:


The Willamette National Forest is a large, complex forest, encompassing over 1.6 million acres in Oregon, which stretches for 110 miles along the western slopes of the Cascades. There are four Districts, an experimental forest, and a diverse and challenging program of work. It is known for its numerous volcanic peaks, the forested Cascade Range, and its outstanding rivers.

The Middle Fork covers around 750,000 acres making it the largest district on the Willamette NF. Currently there are about 120 employees. Almost all disciplines are represented, ranging from Natural Resource, Recreation, Forest Products, Engineering and Fire Management. Employees are currently located at the Middle Fork Office in Westfir. The district encompasses the North, and main forks of the Middle Fork of the Willamette River. One of the most pristine lakes in the world, Waldo Lake, is found here. There are three wilderness areas; Three Sisters, Diamond Peak and Waldo.

The large size of the district ensures that there are always numerous, diverse projects underway or being planned. The district currently plans and offers approximately 35-40 MMBF of timber per year, manages 3,000 miles of road and 623 miles of trail, and has 900,000 public visits per year.


For general or technical information about the Middle Fork Ranger District and/or these positions, interested applicants should contact Terry Godin, District Archaeologist at or by phone at (541) 782-5318.  Inquiries should be made no later than March 1st, 2013.

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Northwest Evolution, Ecology, and Human Behavior Symposium

The Department of Anthropology at Boise State is excited to announce the first annual Northwest Evolution, Ecology, and Human Behavior Symposium to be held at Boise State University, April 19-21, 2013.  The purpose of this symposium is to encourage communication and collaboration between scholars in the Northwest region interested in these topics.
We anticipate a weekend full of stimulating presentations, engaging discussions, and fruitful cross-pollination between the concentration of evolutionary and ecological scholars of human behavior in our region.  We will provide the venue and all meals from Friday night through Sunday morning free of charge to all participants, and are able to offer lodging subsidies to student participants.  There is no registration fee for the symposium.  Please see the link below for more information on the conference, venue, and tentative schedule.

If you would like to present a paper or poster at the Symposium, please submit an abstract of 150-200 words by March 1st to  Include your name and affiliation with your abstract.

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NWAC student paper competition extended to Feb. 22

This is a reminder to submit your paper for the student paper competition if you are presenting at the Northwest Anthropological Conference in March. We have extended the deadline for student paper competition submissions – papers are now due February 22nd. There will be two awards, one for the best graduate student paper and another for the best undergraduate paper. Each winner will receive a $150.00 cash prize and the winning papers will be published in the Journal of Northwest Anthropology. You can find more information on the conference website (
Questions?  Contact Shelby Anderson at

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“The Decline and Fall (and Rise) of the Fort Vancouver Village”

“The Decline and Fall (and Rise) of the Fort Vancouver Village” is the February 12, 2013 lecture sponsored by the Oregon Archaeological Society and given by Dr. Douglas Wilson.  Recent archaeological fieldwork at Fort Vancouver’s Village (aka Kanaka Village) will be highlighted.

The Village was a multicultural community on the margins of Fort Vancouver where most of the population of the fort lived. Since the inhabitants of the Village did not leave a written record, historical archaeology is used to contrast the few historical documents of outsiders with the artifacts, features, and architectural remains of its inhabitants.

Wilson is the Pacific West Region’s historical archaeologist for the National Park Service and archaeologist at Fort Vancouver.  In addition, Wilson directs the Northwest Cultural Resources Institute, which integrates university students with professional archaeologists and volunteers to provide new scientific and historical research while interpreting National Park Service sites. He also teaches the joint National Park Service/Portland State University/Washington State University Vancouver archaeological school at Fort Vancouver and is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology at Portland State University. His publications are numerous.

The presentation is at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is free and open to the public. A general business meeting begins at 7 PM, followed by the lecture.

See or call 503-727-3507 for more information.


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AWA Student Research Grant needs applicants

Student Research Grant

Student Research Grant

Purpose: To facilitate and promote student research in the field of Archaeology.

Eligibility: This grant is available to any student engaged in research relevant to archaeology of Washington and enrolled in a baccalaureate granting college. The research project must be conducted in association with a mentor/advisor from a college. A final report must be submitted and include a summary of the methodology used, a discussion of the results generated by the project, and references cited section (a paper presentation from Northwest Anthropology Conference is acceptable as a Final Report if it contains the above information). All publications/presentations resulting from this grant must acknowledge the AWA for partial or full funding. Students who have received a previous AWA student research grant are still eligible for this grant only if the Final Report was submitted. Student must be a current member of AWA.

Deadline: None. (Open)

Amount: The maximum award for this grant will be $500 of research related expenses. Accepted expenses include equipment, supplies, project-related travel, printing, software and other justified costs.

Selection Criteria:

Provide evidence for the following:

  • Feasibility of successful completion of the research project within the provided timeframe
  • Likelihood the researcher will learn and utilize appropriate research techniques and methodology
  • The research is relevant to the archaeology in Washington state
  • Probability of the proposed project resulting in a publication and/or conference presentation
  • Support from a faculty mentor/advisor
  • Documented approval of animal/human subjects protocol acceptance, if applicable

The proposal must contain the following elements or it will not be reviewed:

  • AWA Student Research Grant Cover sheet
  • Completed abstract form
  • Project description
  • Completed Budget form
  • Letter of support from faculty mentor

Download Proposal Application
Microsoft Word format
(37 Kb)

Submit completed proposal to:

Attn: Dennis Lewarch
c/o Curator of Archaeology
Burke Museum
Box 353010
University of Washington
Seattle WA 98195-3010

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