The Society for Historical Archaeology

The Society for Historical Archaeology The SHA is an organization dedicated to the scholarly research and the dissemination of knowledge concerning historical archaeology.
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Rules for Use: The Society for Historical Archaeology’s page is intended as a vehicle for SHA members and non-members to discuss, share, and communicate about society activities and the importance of historical archaeology in our world.. When adding content to this page, please take care to ensure that nothing that you say can be considered defamatory to any individual or organization. Do not post personal information (address, telephone number, etc.) to the page. Also, private communications between group members should be handled through regular email or Facebook message not through postings to the group. No solicitations or advertisements will be allowed on this page. All postings that are deemed inappropriate or in violation of SHA's code of ethics will be removed from the site; repeated offenders will be blocked from having access to the page. The SHA reserves the right to make these determinations.

Mission: The main focus of the society is the era since the beginning of European exploration. SHA promotes scholarly research and the dissemination of knowledge concerning historical archaeology. The society is specifically concerned with the identification, excavation, interpretation, and conservation of sites and materials on land and underwater. Geographically the society emphasizes the New World, but also includes European exploration and settlement in Africa, Asia, and Oceania.

DAACS
01/17/2020

DAACS

Have you ever wanted to contribute data to DAACS? Do you wish you had more formal archaeological material culture training? If so, DAACS has an exciting training opportunity for you!

This summer, we are offering a four-week program in use of DAACS as a database and research tool, along with the study of 18th and 19th century archaeological material culture. Those who successfully complete the program will be certified to enter data into DAACS. There are fifteen fellowship slots available, with half of the fellowships reserved for scholars from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the fields of archaeology and anthropology. These fellowships are funded by a Sustainability Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and a financial match made by generous private donors to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.

The DAACS-NEH Fellowship in Material Culture and DAACS Database Certification will be held July 19 through August 14, 2020. The fellowship provides round-trip travel to our lab at Monticello in Charlottesville and includes housing, a $1000 stipend, and travel and lodging during field trips to Winterthur and collections repositories across the Chesapeake. The fellowship requires a full-time commitment for the duration of the month.

Applications are due to our project director, Dr. Jillian Galle ([email protected]), by February 15th for review by an external fellowship advisory committee. Please click through the link below for further application details, and share this announcement far and wide. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to the DAACS team. We look forward to seeing your application!

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As part of its continuing effort to gather data on repositories throughout the United States you are asked to complete t...
01/16/2020
Survey123 for ArcGIS

As part of its continuing effort to gather data on repositories throughout the United States you are asked to complete this short survey if you have archaeological collections
Collections Repository Questionnaire https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/a7f002b41d914b1daca277cf08448cca
The results of this survey could aid in procuring future funding for research, facility updates, etc... This survey takes approximately 5-7 minutes.
Any questions please contact Kerry S. González [email protected]
Information about archaeological repositories across the United States can be found here https://sha.org/resources/archaeological-repository-survey/

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Massachusetts Archaeological Society
01/14/2020

Massachusetts Archaeological Society

Sending our thanks out to the The Society for Historical Archaeology and annual conference chairs Joe Bagley City of Boston Archaeology Program and Jen Poulson Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology for their tremendous efforts in making the recent Revolution 2020 conference in Boston a great one! MAS also sends a huge thank you to conference committee members Vic Mastone (ret., Mass Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources), Lindsay Randall Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archaeology, Ellen Berkland @MassDCR, and the many other local archaeologists who worked to make #SHA2020 so successful. The MAS team really enjoyed being a part of the conference, book room, and especially the Family Fun with Archaeology event. Thrilled to hang out at Saturday's archaeology fair with friends from Museum of Science, Boston, Plimoth Plantation, Gray & Pape, Inc., @CapeCodMuseumofNaturalHistory, Salem Maritime National Historic Site, Archaeological Institute of America, Northeast Museum Services Center, Barbara Donahue of Donahue Consulting, Leominster, MA, Friends of the Office of State Archaeology (CT), Hurstwic, Epoch Preservation, the Indigenous Resource Collaborative, and the 54th Massachusetts Regiment. Thanks again! #Massachsuetts #archaeology #history #culture #digMass

01/14/2020

Awesome conference in Boston in the books! Many thanks to Joe Bagley (City of Boston Archaeology) and Jennifer Poulsen (Harvard Peabody Museum) for organizing, and thanks to the great archaeologists who contributed in sessions, meetings, exhibits and hallways!.

Very cool exhibits at the Peabody and the food was great! #SHA2020
01/10/2020

Very cool exhibits at the Peabody and the food was great! #SHA2020

DAACS
01/09/2020

DAACS

A meeting of the minds. Last night expert scholars in eighteenth and nineteenth century material culture evaluated the DAACS assessment. This year at The Society for Historical Archaeology meetings the DAACS team will be administering the assessment to collect data for a scientific study on material culture training in the discipline. We’ve been working hard with our collaborators to develop a test that encompasses a “highlights” tour of eighteenth and nineteenth century British Atlantic archaeological material culture.

Are you interested in trying your hand at ID-ing some sherds and collecting a $20 amazon gift card for your time? Or just want to know more? The test is live and ready to go. Swing by the DAACS table in the bookroom to set up an assessment time.

Northeast Museum Services Center
01/09/2020

Northeast Museum Services Center

This week, NMSC is participating the the The Society for Historical Archaeology's annual conference in Boston. Yesterday, our archeology team conducted a four-hour workshop on identifying historic ceramics. Alicia and Jessica presented on ceramics found on North American sites, and the whole team was on hand to answer questions. Are you bummed you missed it?? We'll be highlighting some of the tips we shared on Facebook next week!

Salem Maritime National Historic Site
01/09/2020

Salem Maritime National Historic Site

Looking for something free and educational for you and the family to do this weekend? Join us and many other heritage and history exhibitors at the "Family Fun with Archaeology" event sponsored by The Society for Historical Archaeology.

Dig up some fun with us from 10AM to 2PM this Saturday at the Boston Public Library! (MZ)

#2020ParkVision #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque

01/09/2020

7am committee meetings - check. Sessions starting - check. Book room full of great stuff - check.
Weather warming through the weekend and great conference attendance. If you are not here we miss you, and you're missing out!

DAACS
01/09/2020

DAACS

A meeting of the minds. Last night expert scholars in eighteenth and nineteenth century material culture evaluated the DAACS assessment. This year at The Society for Historical Archaeology meetings the DAACS team will be administering the assessment to collect data for a scientific study on material culture training in the discipline. We’ve been working hard with our collaborators to develop a test that encompasses a “highlights” tour of eighteenth and nineteenth century British Atlantic archaeological material culture.

Are you interested in trying your hand at ID-ing some sherds and collecting a $20 amazon gift card for your time? Or just want to know more? The test is live and ready to go. Swing by the DAACS table in the bookroom to set up an assessment time.

01/07/2020

Conference registration starts this afternoon. Weather is lovely (if a little fresh)

For anyone attending the SHA 2020 Conference, our Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair, Liz Quinlan, has pulled toget...
12/12/2019
Society for Historical Archaeology Conference Information

For anyone attending the SHA 2020 Conference, our Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair, Liz Quinlan, has pulled together an SHA 2020 Access Package, which has information on traveling to and around Boston, a Presenter Guide on Accessibility and Inclusion, and targeted medical, spiritual, LGBTQ+ resources, as well as resources for disabled individuals, parents and caregivers, and people in crisis. Download the SHA 2020 Boston Access Package on the conference webpage under the Accessibility and Inclusion tab at https://sha.org/conferences/.

Revolution 2020 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology Boston, MA January 8-11, 2020 Sheraton Boston Download the SHA 2020 Call for Papers The Call for Papers opens on May 1, 2019 and closes July 15, 2019. To submit your abstract, go to https://www.conftool.com/sha2020. Download the SHA...

City of Boston Archaeology Program
12/07/2019

City of Boston Archaeology Program

Free family-friendly archaeology event at the Copley Boston Public Library on Saturday January 11! Many local archaeology organizations will be at the event joining over 1,000 historical archaeologists heading to Boston for the The Society for Historical Archaeology’s annual conference.

The advance registration deadline for the SHA 2020 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology is Sunday, Decemb...
11/25/2019
SHA 2020 - ConfTool Pro - Login

The advance registration deadline for the SHA 2020 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology is Sunday, December 1, 2019. After December 1, registration rates will increase. To register, go to www.conftool.com/sha2020. Sign up today! It promises to be a great conference.

The 2019 Election results are available at https://sha.org/about-us/sha-and-acua-2019-election-results/ Congratulations ...
11/22/2019
SHA and ACUA 2019 Election Results - Society for Historical Archaeology

The 2019 Election results are available at https://sha.org/about-us/sha-and-acua-2019-election-results/
Congratulations to our newly elected officials, and many thanks to everyone who agreed to run.

PRESIDENT SECRETARY BOARD OF DIRECTORS NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS COMMITTEE ACUA COMMITTEE PRESIDENT Julie Schablitsky Present Position: Chief Archaeologist and Cultural Resources Section Chief, Maryland Department of Transportation; Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Maryland-College Park; R...

Reminder!!! The due date for the Jamie Chad Brandon Student Paper Prize is November 30thThe Academic and Professional Tr...
11/19/2019
farther along...

Reminder!!! The due date for the Jamie Chad Brandon Student Paper Prize is November 30th
The Academic and Professional Training Committee is pleased to announce that the Society of Historical Archaeology Student Paper Prize is now named after our late colleague Jamie Chad Brandon and is called: The Jamie Chad Brandon Student Paper Prize.
Jamie received his BA in Anthropology from the University of Memphis in 1995, his MA in Anthropology from the University of Arkansas in 1999, and his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004. He served as the Research Station Archaeologist at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia from 2006 to 2014. From 2014 until his death, Jamie was an Associated Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arkansas Fayetteville and the UAF Research Station Archaeologist. Jamie’s research interests focused on the archaeology of the Ozarks and greater southeastern United States, specifically the material culture and identity, race construction, representation and power relations in the American South.
Jamie was a long-time member of SHA. From 2010-2018, he served as an Associate Editor for Historical Archaeology and as a member of the Journal and Co-Publications Editorial Advisory Committee. From 2006-2018 he served on the Academic and Professional Training Committee as the Continuing Education Coordinator (2006-2011); the APTC Committee Chair (2010-2014); a Student Paper Prize Subcommittee judge (2006-2018); and the Student Paper Prize Chair (2008-2014).
For a full listing of Jamie’s extensive teaching, research, outreach, and service, please see his personal website: https://fartheralong.wordpress.com/
The Jamie Chad Brandon Student Paper Prize will be awarded at the 53rd Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, to be held January 8‒11, 2020, in Boston, Massachusetts. The prize will be awarded to a student, or students, whose written version of a conference paper is judged superior in the areas of originality, research merit, clarity of presentation, professionalism, and of potential relevance to a considerable segment of the archaeological community. One prize will be awarded. The winning author(s) will receive a book prize consisting of titles donated by the many presses and organizations exhibiting in the SHA Conference Book Room and a letter of recognition from the SHA President. The winning author(s) will be encouraged to submit the paper to be reviewed for possible publication in Historical Archaeology. The results of the competition will be communicated to the entrants prior to the meeting, and the winner will be announced at the annual business meeting.
Criteria
1. Entrants must be student members of the SHA prior to submission of papers and be registered for the 2020 annual meeting by November 1, 2019.
2. The paper must be prepared according to current Historical Archaeology guidelines (see the SHA website for these details) and be submitted by November 30, 2019. Submissions must be made electronically (MS Word or PDF) to Alicia Caporaso, chair of the Student Paper Prize Subcommittee at [email protected]. If entrants have a problem with an electronic submission, please contact Alicia Caporaso at the email address above
3. The paper must be presented by one of the student authors at the annual meeting.
4. There may be a maximum of three authors on the paper. All of the authors must be students and members of SHA at the time of submission. In the event of a winning co‐authored paper, the authors will split the available book prizes.
5. Papers are to be limited to no more than 10 pages of double-spaced text using standard fonts and margins. The intent is that the length of the paper submitted must be in line with what can reasonably be presented in 15 minutes. Papers that are deemed by the committee to be impossible to deliver in a standard 15-minute format will be eliminated from the competition. Poster submissions are not eligible.
Any additional questions may be addressed to Alicia Caporaso via email ([email protected]).

Jamie Chad Brandon's Home on the Web... an anthropologist living, researching and teaching in Arkansas

Just one of the terrific tours available on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at the SHA 2020 Conference on Historical and Unde...
10/29/2019

Just one of the terrific tours available on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at the SHA 2020 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology.

Strawbery Banke Museum is an outdoor history museum dedicated to bringing over 300 years of history in a waterfront neighborhood to life. Join museum archaeologist Alix Martin to tour the recent excavations at the 1695 Sherburne House, the 18th century Marshall Pottery site, and the site of an early 20th century mikveh (ritual bath) that was central to the neighborhood's Jewish immigrant community. Visitors will go behind the scenes in the 1803 Yeaton-Walsh House, the home of an Irish immigrant family, now awaiting rehabilitation; and in the archaeology lab, where artifacts from the 50+ years of urban archaeology at the museum are in storage and on display.

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Two new workshops have just been added to the program for the SHA 2020 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeolo...
10/18/2019

Two new workshops have just been added to the program for the SHA 2020 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology in Boston. The two new workshops are:

WKS-9: The Dating Game: Identifying Historic Ceramics
Half-day Workshop: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Instructors: Alicia Paresi (National Park Service) and Jessica Costello (National Park Service)
Costs: $40 for SHA members, $50 for non-members, $20 for SHA student members, and $30 for student non-members
Abstract: Do you ever feel overwhelmed when identifying ceramics? Do the hundreds of ware and decoration types make your head spin? Then this is the workshop for you! Ceramics are some of the most common finds on archaeological sites, but are also one of the most diverse artifacts; always challenging to identify. Join Alicia Paresi and Jessica Costello as they break down how to identify and date historic ceramics. Whether you’re new to ceramics or just want to brush up on your skills, please join us for a fun filled session.

This workshop includes a survey of historic ceramic forms common to the eastern United States from the 17th-19th centuries. Through hands-on instruction with artifacts from the Boston African Meeting House and other historic New England sites, participants will learn the major types of historic ceramics, including decoration styles, production methods, date ranges, and vessel forms. Handouts will include a bibliography and other helpful resources.

WKS-10 How to Write Archaeology for Normal Human Beings
Two-hour Workshop: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Instructor: Chip Colwell (Editor-in-Chief, Sapiens and winner of the SHA 2020 James Deetz Book Award)
Costs: $20 for SHA members, $30 for non-members, $10 for SHA student members, and $15 for student non-members
Abstract: Increasingly, archaeologists are seeking ways to connect their research, discoveries, and thinking to a broad, public audience. But how? This workshop explains the importance of storytelling and provides practical insights into the art and science of writing for the public. Attendees will learn how to master storytelling techniques that speak to the heart as well as the head, and the practicalities of writing for SAPIENS and other popular magazines and newspapers. Public engagement is a craft that must be cultivated, so please come join us to sharpen your skills and learn about how you can engage a broad public audience to make your research matter.

These workshops are in addition to eight other workshops that will be offered in Boston:

WKS-1 Practical Aspects of Bioarchaeology and Human Skeletal Analysis
WKS-2 Photogrammetry for Archaeology
WKS-3 Digital Heritage for Historical Archaeology: A Practicum in 3D Modeling
WKS-4 Dealing with the Living: The Art of Public Interpretation
WKS-5 ACUA Underwater Cultural Heritage
WKS-6 Archaeological Illustration
WKS-7 GMAC Introduction to Systemic Racism
WKS-8 GMAC Second-Steps Antiracist Workshop: Becoming an Antiracist Multicultural Institution

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