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Workshop Talk by Dr. Crespo to Take Place Friday, March 6th

Workshop Talk by Dr. Crespo to Take Place Friday, March 6th

Dr. Crespo's Talk Flier

This Friday, March 6th, Dr. Crespo will be giving a workshop talk titled "Who Died during Medieval Plague? An Invitation to a New Dialogue between Historians and Immunologists". The talk will take place in the Library, room W104. For additional details, refer to the event flier.

SCHG Panel on Equitable Louisville Next Week

SCHG Panel on Equitable Louisville Next Week

SCHG Panel Flier

**This information has been provided by the Philosophy Department.

Please try to make it to our panel next week on “Equitable Louisville: From the Ground Up”, featuring Prof. Lauren Heberle of Sociology and the Center for Environmental Policy and Management, Alicia Hurle of KFTC, and Valerie Magnuson of Louisville Grows (a graduate of the Social Change program!). Check out the facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/795384583848233.

For additional information, refer to the event flier. Contact Dr. Avery Kolers if there are any additional questions.

World Scholars Program Funding Applications are Now Available

Announcing the spring competition for World Scholars funding to support a semester or year of study abroad in 2015-16


The World Scholars Program provides select undergraduate students with up to $8000 of funding to support a significant study experience in a country or region of the world whose principal language is not English.Applicants must be actively committed to achieving fluency in the language of that country or region.They must also be declared majors or minors in any of the non-language disciplines offered by the College of Arts and Sciences and endeavor, to the degree possible, to study the material of that discipline while abroad (whether through full-immersion coursework, service learning, internship placement, directed study, etc.).Students studying any of the modern languages offered at the University of Louisville (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish) are encouraged to apply.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: TUESDAY, MARCH 24TH.
Interested? Get started now!
1.Review application requirements at http://louisville.edu/artsandsciences/student/world-scholars to be sure you’re eligible.
2.Make an appointment with Virginia Hosono, associate director of Study Abroad and International Affairs (vlhoso01@louisville.edu), to explore study abroad options that meet the requirements of the program.
3.Line up your letters of recommendation and language evaluation. (Forms included in the application packet.)
Questions? Contact application committee chair Dr. Greg Hutcheson at gshutc01@louisville.edu.

 

Bangladeshi Workers to Speak at UofL on Labor and Workers' Rights

 

Tuesday March 3rd, at 12:30 p.m. in Bingham 300. The event is hosted by Cards United Against Sweatshops.

Anthropology students interested in capitalism, worker's rights/labor, human rights, structural violence, and social justice may want to attend this talk next week (information provided by Cards United Against Sweatshops):

The survivor of the building collapse in Bangladesh will be here at the University of Louisville.
1,129 people died in the Bangladeshi Rana Plaza building collapse in 2013. Mahinoor Begum, one of the survivors, was in the building making clothes that go to stores like WalMart, JC Penny and The Children's Place. She will be at the University of Louisville to tell her story and to tell you what you can do as a student to change the garment industry right here at your university.

The worker tour will be on March 3, Tuesday at 12:30 in the Bingham Humanities Bldg, Rm 300 and will be hosted by Cards United Against Sweatshops.
Joining her will be labor organizer Kalpona Akter. Kalpona has been a garment worker since 12 years old. She is currently the executive director of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity (BCWS), one of Bangladesh’s most prominent labor rights advocacy organizations.

For questions, email Jamie El-Mallakh.



HRAF Internship at Yale for the 2015-2016 Year

HRAF Internship at Yale for the 2015-2016 Year

HRAF Internship Flier

HRAF Internship in Melvin Ember's Honor

The intent of the internship is to learn about cross-cultural research and methods through practical experience. The internship carries a stipend to cover living expenses for almost a year. The position is ideal for graduating seniors who are interested in anthropology but want to take a year off before pursuing graduate work. For more information, refer to the flier.

It's Paper Time: Check out the New and Improved Resources Page for New Research Guides

A heavy overhaul of the resources page is now complete. The newly revised resources page includes links to several new pages, in addition to re-organized and new content. Several new links to blogs of interest to anthropology students were added, as well as a research guide for all journals and databases purchased by UofL. Follow this link for the new resources page, and this link for the updated list of research guides. The UofL specific research guide may also be accessed here: http://louisville.libguides.com/anthropology.

Hicks International Travel Award Applications DEADLINE EXTENSION

Due to the weather, UofL was closed for most of last week. To allow interested students the time needed to complete their applications, the Anthropology Department has decided to extend the deadline for the Hicks International Travel Award Applications to March 3rd. Applications can be found here, and all materials should be handed in to Paula Huffman in the Anthropology Department.

Dr. Haws Presenting on Neanderthal Niche Construction in Iberia at the University of Cincinnati

Dr. Haws Presenting on Neanderthal Niche Construction in Iberia at the University of Cincinnati

Dr. Haws will be speaking at the University of Cincinnati on Thursday, March 5th at 4pm, in the Max Kade Center. The talk is sponsored by the TAFT Research Center of the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Cincinnati Anthropology Department.

For over two decades, Dr. Jonathan Hawshas been conducting archaeological research at Neanderthal sites in Portugal. This research has included excavations at Middle Paleolithic cave sites; these sites in particular are interesting because they may have been some of the last to be occupied by Neanderthals at the end of the Paleolithic. Dr. Haws will discuss evidence for Neanderthal niche construction in the western Iberian peninsula, and will present evidence challenging established dates for Neanderthal survival.

Refer to the event flier for additional details.

Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy March 3rd

Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy March 3rd

The lecture will take place on Tuesday March 3rd, at 6pm, at the Law School in room 275, and it is open to the public.

A full description of the event is outlined on the flier. The lecture by Dr. J.B. Ruhl from Vanderbilt University will focus on conservation policy.

Volunteer Opportunity with Doors to Hope

**The following message came from the LALS Club. Doors to Hope is interested in volunteers, particularly students with a background in Anthropology.

Despite the elements, the LALS Club met today with Lorena Miller, Volunteer Coordinator with Doors to Hope at 2914 South Third Street.  Lorena expressed interest in having more students to volunteer there from U of L, especially from the areas of Education and Anthropology.  The key times that she is looking for volunteers include Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 -7:00pm.  Volunteers would work with youth and adults teaching ESL, GED and computer skills.  Feel free to share this information with others in the community that might like to be involved in volunteering or service learning.

If you would like to get more information about these opportunities you can contact Lorena Miller at 502-384-4673 or doorstohopescn@gmail.com.

Archaeology Field School Opportunity in Alaska

Archaeology Field School Opportunity in Alaska

**The following information has been provided by program director Dr. Brian T. Wygal.

The Adelphi University, Department of Anthropology welcomes applications from students interested in archaeology, environmental studies, or related disciplines to join our 2015 summer field school in the beautiful Susitna Valley, Alaska. Taught by experienced faculty with student-instructor ratios among the lowest available, this program emphasizes a wide range of experiential learning opportunities. For more information about the Adelphi in Alaska Archaeological Field School please see the attached flyer or check out other programs in Alaska and Crete by visiting http://anthropology.adelphi.edu/explore/field-research-and-study-abroad/.

National Anthropology Day Festivities Canceled for 2/19, to be Rescheduled

Due to the weather, the Anthropology Department has decided to cancel the festivities on February 19th in honor of National Anthropology Day. The festivities will be rescheduled to a later time and date.

Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society (AFHVS) 2015 STUDENT RESEARCH PAPER AWARDS

Deadline: March 27th, 2014


To encourage participation by undergraduate and graduate students and to
recognize scholarly excellence, the AFHVS invites submissions to the 2015
AFHVS Student Research Paper Awards. Awards will be given in two categories:
graduate and undergraduate.

An eligible AFHVS paper in the graduate student category must meet the
following requirements: 1) be sole-authored by a student or co-authored by two
students; 2) be on a topic related to food or agriculture; 3) employ
appropriate research methods and theories; and 4) be an original piece of
research. It is expected that the winning graduate student serve on the AFHVS
student research paper awards committee the following year.

An eligible AFHVS paper in the undergraduate student category must meet the
following requirements: 1) be sole-authored by a student or co-authored by two
students; 2) be on a topic related to food or agriculture; and 3) employ
appropriate research methods and theories.

Final versions of the papers must be submitted to the student paper award
committee by 5pm on Friday, March 27, 2015. Soon-to-be-graduating students
must be students at the time of submission in order to be eligible. A paper
submitted to the AFHVS paper competition may not also be submitted to the
Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS) student paper
competition. Published papers or papers that have benefited from formal peer
review (through a journal) are not eligible, however those under review are
eligible.

Papers should be no longer than 20 pages of double-spaced text (data tables,
bibliography, and notes may be additional).  Winners are expected to present
their paper at the AFHVS conference within two years of winning the award, and
a space in a panel is guaranteed. Each award includes: one-year membership to
AFHVS, a $300 cash award, conference fees, and a ticket to the conference
banquet.

Papers submitted to AFHVS should be emailed to Evan Weissman
(eweissma@syr.edu) with the following information included in the body of the
email:
1. Paper title
2. Full name
3. Full postal address
4. E-mail address
5. Academic affiliation
6. Student status (i.e., undergraduate or graduate)
7. An abstract of the paper
8. A statement that the paper is not published, has not received formal peer
review, and was not also submitted for the ASFS student paper award
9. The name & e-mail address of the faculty member or other academic
supervisor who has been asked to verify eligibility.
10. Attached to the e-mail message the complete paper in MS Word, PDF, or RTF
format.

Evaluation: The AFHVS Student Paper Award Committee will judge contributed
papers on the requirements outlined above, relevance to the interests of AFHVS
(see details below), and their scholarly excellence, including quality of
original research, methods, analytical tools, rhetorical quality, and flow
(see detailed rubrics below). The committee will select up to one
undergraduate student and one graduate student to receive awards. Notification
of awards will be made by April 17, 2015.

Opportunity for Publication: Based on the recommendation of the Student
Research Paper Award Committee, the winning graduate student paper may be
forwarded to the journal of Agriculture and Human Values for review for
possible publication. Note that papers submitted for the student paper
competition do not have a particular required format. To be submitted for
publication, however, papers will need to be formatted as specified by the
journal.

Topics of interest to AFHVS: AFHVS is dedicated to an open and free discussion
of the values that shape and the structures that underlie current and
alternative visions of food and agricultural systems. The Society is most
interested in interdisciplinary research that critically examines the values,
relationships, conflicts, and contradictions within contemporary agricultural
and food systems and that addresses the impact of agricultural and food
related institutions, policies, and practices on human populations, the
environment, democratic governance, and social equity.  Recent award winning
student paper titles include:  “Problems with the defetishization thesis: The
case of a farmer’s market”; “The rise of local organic food systems in the US:
An analysis of farmers’ markets”; “Building a real food system: The challenges
and successes on the college campus”; “Landscape agroecology: Pathways for
collective and individual multifunctionality.”

For more information please visit the websites below.
•    Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society:
https://afhvs.wildapricot.org/
•    2015 Conference: http://falk.chatham.edu/foodconference/
•    Agriculture and Human Values: http://link.springer.com/journal/10460

Abstract Deadline Extended for SASA Conferene

Abstract Deadline Extended for SASA Conferene

 

New Deadline is February 21st.

See image and details below for additional information.

 

If you waited until the last minute to submit your abstract for the Southern Anthropological Society's 50th anniversary meeting in Athens, GA from April 9-11th, there is still time! We have extended the abstract deadline until Saturday, February 21, 2015. We hope to see you there!

 

Theme of conference: Anthropology Past, Present, and Future: Fifty years of traditions and transitions in the Southeast

Keynote Title: Tradition and Change: 50 years of Anthropology in the Southeast

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Arthur D. Murphy, Professor of Social and Economic Anthropology, The University of North Carolina Greensboro

 

For those of you who are planning to present at the conference, please be aware that the deadline to submit your panel, paper, or poster abstract is now February 21. ALL ARE WELCOME! Please email abstracts to: Dr. Colleen Cherry, cobrien@uga.edu. The abstract submission form is attached.

 

For more information, check out http://southernanthro.org. Please encourage your graduate and undergraduate anthropology students to attend and present as well. In addition to publication opportunities through our well-respected annual Proceedings, we also sponsor a graduate and undergraduate paper competition each year.

 

The Southern Anthropological Society is holding its annual student research paper competition for the 50th annual meetings in Athens, Georgia, April 9-11, 2015. A graduate and an undergraduate paper author(s) will be announced at the meetings and the winners will be awarded a cash prize of $200.00 and a selection of donated books. Winning papers will also be published and archived on the SAS website. Submissions from all subfields of anthropology are welcomed. The paper should be based on original fieldwork, or original analysis of data collected by others, or original analysis of existing published research or theory. The papers do not have to relate directly to the conference theme. Papers should be no more than 25 pages (excluding diagrams, notes, and references); double-spaced, 11-12-point type, with one-inch margins.

 

To be eligible for the competition, students must have their paper abstract accepted for presentation at the meetings. To submit their abstract, they should email them to the Program Chair by the February 21, 2015 deadline; and, they must pay membership and registration fees by PayPal or directly to the SAS Secretary-Treasurer, Dr. Brandon D. Lundy (blundy@kennesaw.edu).

 

To submit an entry into the competition, students must send the full paper as an email attachment to the Student Paper Competition Committee Chair, Dr. Vincent Melomo (vmelomo@peace.edu). Please contact him with any questions about the competition. The deadline for submitting final papers for the competition is FRIDAY, February 27, 2015.

 

I hope to see a lot of students (and colleagues) presenting their research at the conference! It is a great way to show other students and faculty what you are currently working on as well as a great place to meet up with old friends, make new ones, and support regional anthropology.

 

Warmest regards,

 

Brandon

SAS Secretary-Treasurer

Dr. Zhao Recounts his Sabbatical Experiences

For much of the Fall 2014, Dr. Zhao was conspicuously absent from his office and the Anthropology Department. During this time, he was out of the states on sabbatical, collecting data on Chinese family businesses and the fashion industry in Mainland China and Taiwan, which was supported by an intramural research grant (IRIG) and the Anthropology Department at U of L. He was also invited to a workshop that was held in Paris in the beginning of 2015.

At U of L and many other institutions, a sabbatical is a privilege and honor afforded to those who’ve achieved tenure. A sabbatical, usually lasting a semester or a year, is a time during which professors take a break from service and teaching obligations and devote their time fully to research. During this time they may take a step back from the rush of everyday life to reassess their own research interests, to perhaps develop new ones, or to undertake a writing project of their existing research.

For Dr. Zhao, much of his sabbatical was spent collecting data, reconnecting with long-time informants, and developing new connections in China. Initially, Dr. Zhao had planned to spend his time in Zhejiang, China, and intended to focus mainly on intergenerational transitions in Chinese family businesses. However, Dr. Zhao was also working on a writing project for an edited volume on Chinese fashion industry, for which he needed to gather more updated data. So, while in Shanghai, he followed up with the traders and fashion designers whom he had interviewed and observed for his previous book on the Chinese fashion industry. Additionally, Dr. Zhao presented a paper at a conference in Taiwan. At the conference and through friends, he established academic ties with local schools, and was even able to snag an interview with a Taiwanese entrepreneur.

As such, Dr. Zhao was able to conduct research on Chinese family firms, to establish new research connections in Taiwan, which he plans to explore further in the future, and he also was able to reconnect with the Chinese fashion industry. Prior to his sabbatical, Dr. Zhao had conducted his research during the summer months when teaching obligations were reduced. Much like fashion that has cycles, the family businesses Dr. Zhao studies have their annual cycles. So doing research during the Fall allowed him to collect data that was previously inaccessible. Ideally, Dr. Zhao says, he would stay in China for a full year on this project as he did studying the Chinese fashion industry.

While some professors may take sabbatical as both an intellectual and work break, Dr. Zhao took every moment to collect data and establish new research avenues. He hopes that the connections he developed at the conference in Taiwan and with the interview he conducted with a Taiwanese entrepreneur may lead to a future research project in which he will compare the family business practices between Mainland Chinese and Taiwanese entrepreneurial families.

However, such research will require a great deal of time and financial support. Sabbatical may offer a chance for professors to catch up on research or start new projects, but it can also constrain future projects. For Dr. Zhao, spending all of his time collecting data meant that he was missing out on grant cycles (grant proposals are typically due in the Fall) that could provide funding for his future research in Taiwan. Funding through external grants would be necessary to cover the trip expenses and to fund research assistants in the US and Taiwan. Additionally, the time constraints and the enormity of the data collection meant that Dr. Zhao was unable to spend as much time taking an intellectual break as he would have preferred. Dr. Zhao certainly accomplished his research goals while on sabbatical, but as any high achieving academician might profess, he only wishes for more time.

Anthropology Students Joel Thomas and Kristen Conners Attend AAA meetings

Joel Thomas and Kristen Conners received special funding to attend the 2014 AAA meetings. Below is a recount of their experiences.

The Emerging Leaders in Anthropology Program (ELAP) is an award from the National Association of Student Anthropologist (NASA), a section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), in partnership with the Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA), the Anthropology and Environment Society (AES), and the Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (SLACA).

Four participants were selected from a global pool of applicants as emerging leaders in one of four tracks: SVA-NASA Emerging Leader for topics in Visual Anthropology, AES-NASA Emerging Leader for topics in Anthropology and the Environment
, SLACA-NASA Emerging Leader for topics in Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology
, NASA Emerging Leader for topics in Nationalism, Citizenship and Modernity.

The program provided a stipend towards expenses for attendance at the AAA conference in Washington, D.C. and a membership to the National Association of Student Anthropologists. At the conference, the ELAP cohort met for a peer mentoring lunch to discuss career and study opportunities, AAA and NASA governance, and current issues in the field of anthropology.

Students were selected from undergraduate and graduate students with minors, concentrations, or majors in Anthropology. As part of the ELAP program, students will also work with a selected senior anthropologist to produce a professional training paper to publish in the Student Anthropologist journal.

Kristen Connors
At the AAA conference I attended many sessions. I really enjoyed medical anthropology sessions such as ones on reproductive governance, health in the prison system,and high risk maternity. I also appeared at the SLACA and Society for Medical Anthropology receptions where I was able to network meeting anthropologists working in Latin America and in the US with migrant health.

I also saw the keynote address by French theorist, Bruno Latour, who talked about human action and climate change in the anthropocene.


Joel Ben Thomas

I was named the NASA-AAA Emerging Leader in Anthropology for work submitted on Nationalism, Citizenship, and Modernity. Via program participation, I received a travel stipend to attend the AAA’s 114th annual meeting in Washington D.C., training about NASA and AAA governance, and a mentor to co-author an article for publication in an academic journal (forthcoming). At the AAA conference in D.C., I attended several roundtable discussions about the Middle East and North Africa and engaged with leading anthropologists from across the world to discuss post-Arab Spring/Awakening developments concerning education, politics, and Islamic social movements. Attending this conference broadened my understanding of anthropology as a discipline and familiarized my mind with the orientations of the various sub groups within anthropology.

David Hershberg Scholarship for Study Abroad is Now Available

Applications for the David Hershberg Scholarship are now available. The deadline is February 27th. For more information, please refer to the flier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OSEA Summer 2015 Ethnographic Field School Enrollment Now Open

**The following information has been provided by OSEA.

 

OSEA Ethnography Field School, New Partnership with INAH-Chichen

Summer Field Study Abroad 2015, Yucatán, Mexico.

Open School of Ethnography and Anthropology

New Unique Opportunity!  Service Learning with INAH-Chichén Itzá

OSEA is now partnering with INAH Chichén to offer unique service learning opportunities to work at Chichén Itzá with México’s National Institute of Anthropology and History in areas of Archaeological Heritage, Heritage Management, Heritage Tourism.  Ideal for Undergrads and Graduate Students. Enrollment is filling fast for OSEA Ethnography Field School 2015. Deadline Feb. 20 http://www.osea-cite.org/apply/

 

Program options:

Four Week Program June 21 to July 18 and Six Week July 21 to August 1, 2015 http://www.osea-cite.org/program/. Accredited courses for Undergraduates and Graduate Students. OSEA partners with the Facultad de Antropología of the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán. Ethnography Field School provides experiential hands on training in learning ethnographic methods in contexts of community action research and service learning.

 

Ethnography Field School 4 week and 6 week programs http://www.osea-cite.org/program/ethnography_overview.php with focus on Sustainable Community Tourism http://www.osea-cite.org/program/tourism_research.php Development; Youth Culture and Cultural Change http://www.osea-cite.org/program/contemporary_maya_cultures_research.php; Visual Ethnography; Heritage, Service Learning; Maya Health, Healing, Belief;  http://www.osea-cite.org/program/healthhealing_overview.php New Maya Subjectivities; and Anthropology of Food.

 

Teach English Community Service Learning, 6 week 8 credits http://www.osea-cite.org/program/selt_overview.php.

 

Maya Language Immersionhttp://www.osea-cite.org/program/maya_overview.php, FLAS Eligible, Level 1 is 6 credits http://www.osea-cite.org/program/maya_overview.php.

 

For more information, visit: http://www.osea-cite.org. Or email quetzil@osea-cite.org

Osteology Field Schools in Romania

Programs are run by ArchaeoTrek.

**The following information has been provided by Andre Gonciar, Director of ArchaeoTrek. For additional information, visit the highlighted links.

Our osteology and bioarchaeology programs are designed to offer intensive, practical, hands on experience with human osteological remains, focusing primarily on research skill acquisition. They provide a very effective transition between the controlled teaching environment of an osteology academic lab and real "life" burial assemblages. As such, our programs offer an essential and necessary skill set to anyone pursuing a career in physical anthropology, bioarchaeology, forensics or medicine.

Keep in mind that the origin of our assemblages, Transylvania (Romania), is situated on the main historical communication and technological axes in and out of Europe as well as near massive deposits of salt, copper, tin, iron, gold and coal. As a result, it was a very dynamic zone of culture synthesis, generating a plethora of interacting and transitional cultural, social, economic and even natural environments. Our programs invite students and volunteers to explore and research the human physiological aspects of the genesis of European culture from the Iron Age to the Late Middle Ages as it developed on its most important historical frontier.

PROJECTS (see description below):

1. Bioarchaeology of Children - Juvenile Osteology Research Workshop: Victims of Change – Lost Churches Project
2. Commingled Remains Osteology Research Workshop:  Bioarchaeology and Zooarchaeology Approaches to Collective Burial Analysis (advanced)
3. Adult Osteology Research Workshop: Late Medieval ”Crisis” Populations – The Remaking of the European Frontier



Bioarchaeology of Children: Victims of Change – Juvenile Osteology Research Workshop
Location: Odorheiu Secuiesc, Transylvania, Romania
Dates: July 5 – August 1, 2015
More information:http://www.archaeotek-archaeology.org/#!juvenile-osteology-research-workshop/cpqs
Contact e-mail:archaeology@archaeotek.org
Project Director: Dr. Jonathan Bethard (Forensic Anthropology Program, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Boston University School of Medicine)
Requirements: the Adult Osteology Workshop (or equivalent) strongly recommended but not required

Description - As the 15th century ends, the battle for Europe continues! The heroes (and their legend) that held back the Ottoman East have died: Vlad Dracula the Impaler  in 1476; Holy Stephan the Great in 1504; Skanderberg in 1468, opening the way for the Turkish expansion into Europe. The Saxon fortresses and the Szekely armies managed to hold the Ottomans at bay as the Principality of Transylvania was born in 1570. Turkish pressure combined with the struggle between Catholicism and Protestantism has generated an extraordinary environment that impacted the local populations in a variety of ways, both physiologically and socio-culturally. The aim of the osteology and bioarchaeology projects is to evaluate how major global political events impact physically the local Transylvanian populations. For that purpose, we will analyze the the relatively very well preserved human remains from ca. 150 children (ranging from prenatal to preadult) from four different cemeteries from central Transylvania (Romania), dating from the 16-17th centuries. Students will be taught how to identify fragmented bones, determine age, sex (when applicable), stature, identify pathologies, trauma and take standard measurements. At the same time, they will be introduced to various osteological conservation methods and problems aiming at properly evaluate bone quality for DNA and isotope analysis as well as the potential (and limits) of analytical methods to answer real research questions.

Commingled Remains Osteology Research Workshop - Bioarchaeology and Zooarchaeology Approaches to Collective Burial Analysis
Location: Simeria, Transylvania, Romania
Dates: July 5 – August 1, 2015
More information:http://www.archaeotek-archaeology.org/#!commingled-remains-research-workshop/clfm
Contact e-mail:archaeology@archaeotek.org
Project Directors: Dr. Anna Osterholtz and Daniel Lowery
Requirements: the Adult Osteology Workshop (or equivalent) required

Description - Commingled Remains Osteology Project: The imposing Magura Uroiului rock formation near Simeria (Southern Transylvania) stands as a natural fortress, overlooking all natural and man-made elements of the surrounding landscape. By its position, aspect, and its proximity to sources of salt, copper, iron, tin, gold as well as easy access to coal, it provided both the practical and mystical components to ensure an intensive and quite often specialized use throughout Prehistory, as shown by the Early Iron Age (Hallstatt) “funerary monument” which is the focus of the present study. This workshop is unique in its holistic focus. From excavation to cleaning to recording and data entry into a custom data base, participants will have a very unique field/lab-experience. Our participants will be involved with both the excavation and the analysis of a large commingled assemblage consisting of human and animal bone. As such, the students will identify and quantify skeletal remains and place them within a larger cultural context.

Adult Osteology Research Workshop: Late Medieval ”Crisis” Populations – The Remaking of the European Frontier
Location: Odorheiu Secuiesc, Transylvania, Romania
Dates: June 7 – July 4, 2015
More information: http://www.archaeotek-archaeology.org/#!osteology/cslj
Contact e-mail:archaeology@archaeotek.org
Project Director: Dr. Jonathan Bethard (Forensic Anthropology Program, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Boston University School of Medicine)
Requirements: remaining spots are preferentially given to participants using this Workshop as a prerequisite for either the Juvenile Osteology Research Workshop or the Commingled Remains Osteology Research Workshop

Applications for the Summer 2015 Study Abroad in Portugal Now Available

Applications for the Summer 2015 Study Abroad in Portugal Now Available

Study Abroad in Portugal Summer 2015

Applications are now available for the Summer 2015 study abroad in Portugal through the Portuguese Studies Program. Applications are due on March 1st. All applications are completed online via the link at the bottom of the page for the program. Details are also provided on this page regarding additional application materials, program descriptions and funding information, and necessary credentials students need in order to be considered. Please refer to the flier for additional details. Questions may be directed to Dr. Haws.