Archive for November, 2015

Fieldwork Opportunity – Maya Archaeology

The first round of application reviews for the 2016 Texas Tech University Field School in Maya Archaeology (FSMA) is December 11, 2015This is your invitation to join an archaeological expedition to the jungles of Belize, while experiencing all the comforts of “resort archaeology!” In 2016, Texas Tech University’s Field School in Maya Archaeology (FSMA) will be held at Chan Chich, Belize in association with the Chan Chich Archaeological Project (CCAP). The FSMA represents a truly special opportunity for college students to participate in a significant archaeological research project, while receiving instruction in archaeological field and laboratory methods. Rather than a typical study abroad trip, the FSMA represents Research Abroad! To top it off, we will be celebrating our half-k’atun jubilee—10 seasons of research at Chan Chich (you will have to attend the field school to learn what a k’atun is). Students will have the opportunity to learn how to excavate, how to draw profiles and plan maps, how to record archaeological data, and how to process and analyze artifacts in the lab. We will be working at Chan Chich and Kaxil Uinic, a nearby colonial-period Maya village. The field school is limited to 12 students, and spaces typically fill quickly. Academic credit (6 hours of upper division anthropology) is available through Texas Tech University.
Chan Chich is a medium-sized Maya city in northwestern Belize, very near the border with Guatemala. The area was first settled as a small village during the Middle Preclassic period (1000 to 250 BC) and occupied until the Terminal Classic period, ca. AD 850. Most of the visible architecture dates to the Late Classic period (AD 600-800). Chan Chich Lodge, an exclusive jungle resort, is built in the Main Plaza of the Maya ruins and serves as the field camp for the FSMA. The accommodations are top-notched, and the archaeology is exceptional. When you combine the setting with the CCAP’s robust research agenda, it is clear why we say of Chan Chich: “It’s better here!”
The program is open to all college students regardless of major. The field school runs from May 24 to June 27, 2016 (34 nights). A second round of application reviews will occur on January 29, 2016. We expect all 12 spaces to fill during this application cycle, so the chances of securing a spot are greater if we receive your application by the first round deadline (December 11, 2015)!
For more information and to download an application form, visit:

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Field Schools in Transylvania: Archaeology, Bioarchaeology, Museology, Geophysics

Summer field opportunities in field archaeology and bioarchaeology in Transylvania (Romania) – see attached fliers or for more information.

Our programs are intensive hands-on projects designed to immerse our participants in an active research environment and provide the opportunity for the acquisition of practical, technical and specialized field skills. Our research area focuses on Transylvania (Romania), a region essential to the prehistoric and historic development of the Old World – Europe. Transylvania, by its geographic position as one of the main access roads in and out of Europe, and by its highly fertile lands and natural resources (i.e. salt, copper, tin, iron, silver, gold, etc.), was at the core of the multiscalar transformative processes instrumental in European construction.

In this context, our research looks at processes of crisis management in liminal space-time environments, such as the European frontier. We are currently interested in two major continuity breaks in the region: the first one triggered by the collapse of the Dacian Kingdoms after their final defeat in 106AD by Trajan’s legions and subsequent colonization; and the second one following the defeat of the European armies at the Battle on Mohacs in 1526 and subsequent Ottoman invasion. We are focusing on questions of transition and persistence in liminal contexts, creolization, identity and status negotiation/representation in unstable and dynamic environments, socio-cultural and spiritual adaptation as it pertains to mortality, health and salvation in times of crisis.

To this effect, we have several on-going projects, open to both credit students and non-credit volunteers:


ARCHAEOLOGY – EXCAVATION (2 weeks minimum):

BIOARCHAEOLOGY – EXCAVATION (associated 3 and 4 week intensive osteology labs are separate):

For more information, see attached brochures, or visit our website: , or contact us at . All our projects are designed as intensive hands-on field experience programs, complemented by evening lectures, and, as such, are open to both credit students and non-credit participants. For thousands of pictures and perspectives from our past participants, visit our Facebook ArchaeoTek Community page.

Our projects are open to both credit students (both undergraduate and graduate) and non-credit participants (both student and non-student).


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Roman_Urban Excavation_2016

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ASA CAVE event

Join the Anthropology Student Association tomorrow (11/13) at 5:30pm in Cramer 287 for our Cheesy Anthropology Video Event! We’ll have some snacks provided and will be watching Gulliver’s Travels.
If you can’t make the event and would still like to be involved in ASA join us for our general meeting on Monday (11/16) at 4pm in Cramer 141 or email us at We’re always looking for new members and officers!
AlyssA, Rhiannon, and Maddy

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Café Tacvba, The Object Formerly Known as a Record, Nov. 19th


Dear Friends,
The Portland Latin American Film Festival is pleased to present the “album movie”, Café Tacvba, The Object Formerly Known as a Record (El Objeto antes llamado Disco, La película).
Save the date: Thursday, November 19th at 7:00 PM at the Holywood Theatre (4122 NE 41st Ave. Portland, OR 97212.) The film is shown in Spanish with English subtitles.
The film portrays the Mexican Rock band Café Tacvba in the process of creating their latest album. It combines the musical and philosophical ideas of the band members, beautifully rendered performances and a poetic visual-score that culminates in a truly intimate portrait of Café Tacvba’s creative process.
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Café Tacuba (stylized Café Tacvba) is a band from Mexico. The group gained popularity in the early 1990s. They were founded in 1989, and since then have had the same musical lineup of Rubén Isaac Albarrán Ortega (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Emmanuel “Meme” del Real Díaz (keyboards, piano, programming, rhythm guitar, melodica, vocals), José Alfredo “Joselo” Rangel Arroyo (lead guitar, vocals), and Enrique “Quique” Rangel Arroyo: (bass guitar, electric upright bass, vocals). Mexican folk music player Alejandro Flores is considered the 5th “tacubo”, as he has played the violin in almost every Café Tacvba concert since 1994. Since the Cuatro Caminos World Tour, Luis “El Children” Ledezma has played the drums in every concert but is not considered an official member of the band.
 Every studio album released by the band so far has been produced by Gustavo Santaolalla except for Cuatro Caminos which was produced by Santaloalla, Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, Weezer) and Andrew Weiss (Ween). Cuatro Caminos was featured on several Top Albums of 2003 charts, including Rolling Stone, New York Times, Blender Magazine and won the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album.
Tickets are $9.00 and can be purchased at the door the day of the event at the Hollywood Theatre.
Portland Latin American Film Festival (PDXLAFF) serves the community as a non-profit cultural promoter under the guidance of the Hollywood Theatre.

Click here to RSVP & MORE INFO.

Thank you for your support!

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