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.

The Call for Papers for the SHA 2021 Virtual Conference is now available on our website at www.sha.org/conferences/.  Th...
06/11/2020
Society for Historical Archaeology Conference Information

The Call for Papers for the SHA 2021 Virtual Conference is now available on our website at www.sha.org/conferences/. The abstract submission period will run through August 10, 2020.

The 2021 Conference will be held January 6-9, 2021. The “virtual” conference format will be a new experience for all of us, and the 2021 Conference Committee is working to ensure its success with a range of opportunities for engagement, learning, and networking. In addition, the SHA Board of Directors is committed to making the 2021 Virtual Conference affordable for attendees, and registration rates will be substantially discounted from our regular conference rates.

We look forward to having you join us at the SHA 2021 Virtual Conference!

SHA 2021 Virtual Conference An Archaeological Decameron: Research, Interpretation, and Engagement in the Time of Pandemic In the middle of the 14th century, as Europe was in the grip of bubonic plague, the Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio (1313–1375) wrote his masterpiece, The Decameron. The book...

SAA is revising their Principles of Ethics written in the early 1990s. Towards this end, SAA’s Ethics Revision task forc...
06/02/2020
Ethics Should Concern Everyone: Soliciting Membership Feedback on Updating the Principles of Archaeological Ethics - YouTube

SAA is revising their Principles of Ethics written in the early 1990s. Towards this end, SAA’s Ethics Revision task force put together a playlist of videos highlighting the need to update the principles, and a handful of the many issues we hope the revision will address. Survey is open to SAA members, non-members, former members (so anyone!). If any SHA members, students, or community members concerned about archaeology ethics have the time to respond, the task force would greatly appreciate your feedback. Survey closes June 5, links to survey and playlist can be found below:

Survey link: https://unf.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aeEvnYOYCFKw5Df

“Ethics Should Concern Everyone” YouTube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_Cdhg0f9JD01TzkR1V21T9bzVwg-m7VZ

05/30/2020

In 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King reminded us that our lives begin to end on the day we stop speaking out about things that matter.

As the professional home of scholars of history and culture, the Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) recognizes that racism is not just a thing of the past. In the wake of the death of Mr. George Floyd and the protests that have occurred throughout the United States, we stand in solidarity with all of those who want peaceful and harmonious communities, equal treatment for all, and an end to racial injustice.

Racism is a pattern of thought and behavior that repeats itself throughout history. As archaeologists of the recent past, we study archaeological and heritage sites that represent the physical and material results of inequality. We strive to document and explain how racial injustice erodes societies and how the legacy of bigotry is sustained despite the foresight gifted by the past. As conservators of the past, we have the capacity and responsibility to create a culture that recognizes and roots out inequality. We understand that history shapes the present.

Former President of the SHA, Joe Joseph called for us to “…use the sites and artifacts in your life and work to reach out to the public, to remind them that we are all part of a human continuum, that our appreciation of the past grounds us in the present, and that respect for the heritage of all provides us with the framework to build a better future” (Our Challenges and Mission, January 28, 2016).

We take this opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to the fight against racism, protecting the heritage and past of all, and using our work as a foundation for building a better present and future.

New grants: CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries see more at https://sha.org/covid/
05/11/2020
Covid - Society for Historical Archaeology

New grants: CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries see more at https://sha.org/covid/

COVID News May 9 IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries support museums and libraries in addressing their communities’ immediate and future needs caused by the pandemic. Projects may focus on preserving jobs, training staff, addressing the digital divide, planning for reopening, or provid...

05/08/2020

Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertain health, financial, and travel forecasts for the fall and winter of 2021, the SHA Board of Directors has decided to postpone the planned SHA 2021 Conference in Lisbon, Portugal to 2023. We are very grateful to Tania Manuel Casimiro and the Lisbon Conference team for all of their work and for their willingness to reschedule.

We will move online in 2021. The SHA 2021 Virtual Conference will be an opportunity to innovate and reimagine the conference format in a time of crisis while still providing members with a chance to share their approaches to research and practice, and to network and learn. While we won’t be able to meet up at the bar and share a drink, the 2021 Conference will offer many of the same valuable experiences that have made our annual gatherings so successful for many years.

Work on a virtual conference has begun, and we’re looking for your input! Members will receive an email shortly with a link to a brief survey that will help us with our planning efforts. Please take a minute to complete the survey.

Information on the SHA 2021 Conference will be sent out as soon as it is available, including the Call for Papers. All information will be posted to the SHA website, so be sure to check the website often.

Free classes from the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (see more at https://sha.org/covid/ )
04/22/2020
Covid - Society for Historical Archaeology

Free classes from the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (see more at https://sha.org/covid/ )

COVID News April 22 The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is accepting applications for the NEH CARES: Cultural Organizations program. The purpose of this emergency relief program is to assist institutions and organizations working in the humanities that have been affected by the coronavir...

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is accepting applications for the NEH CARES: Cultural Organizations prog...
04/22/2020
Covid - Society for Historical Archaeology

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is accepting applications for the NEH CARES: Cultural Organizations program (see more at https://sha.org/covid/ )

COVID News April 22 The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is accepting applications for the NEH CARES: Cultural Organizations program. The purpose of this emergency relief program is to assist institutions and organizations working in the humanities that have been affected by the coronavir...

We have started a new page to provide a place for information on the coronavirus as it affects SHA, and the broader hist...
04/07/2020
Covid - Society for Historical Archaeology

We have started a new page to provide a place for information on the coronavirus as it affects SHA, and the broader historical archaeology community. More information will be added in the coming weeks. https://sha.org/covid/ Stay healthy!

COVID News April 1 Information on Payroll Protection Program (also available to 501c3 nonprofits). PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM (PPP) INFORMATION SHEET: BORROWERS Paycheck Protection Program: Application Form March 31 Speaker Pelosi’s Toolkit outlining recent legislation aimed to reduce the economi...

All sorts of links to explore from the Juried Links page including some recent additions from South and Central America ...
03/26/2020
Juried Links Database - Society for Historical Archaeology

All sorts of links to explore from the Juried Links page including some recent additions from South and Central America https://sha.org/students-and-teachers/juried-links-database/?
Again suggestions welcome

Welcome to the “Current Projects” pages at sha.org. Please note that the following links will take you to pages that whose content are SHA-approved, but are not necessarily created and copy edited to conform with SHA style and format. Historical archaeology is a diverse discipline with investiga...

Another set of material culture resources for the great folks at MCN!
03/21/2020
The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources | MCN

Another set of material culture resources for the great folks at MCN!

Check our list (updated daily) to access to endless open content, educational resources for e-learning, and virtual retreats to art, culture, and history.

The SHA website has a number of links for  researchers looking to do some digital scholarship. If you have other sources...
03/20/2020
Research Links Database - Society for Historical Archaeology

The SHA website has a number of links for researchers looking to do some digital scholarship. If you have other sources for historical archaeology digital data please share in the comments and we'll add them to the website. Other links and portals to follow!
https://sha.org/resources/research-links-database/

Research Links Database DataArchaeological Digital DataURL: http://add.utk.eduDescription: ADD is a website to host data from current historical archaeology excavation and digitization research projects in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee.Colonial EncountersURL: http://c...

03/10/2020
Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference Student Committee

Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference Student Committee

Hello all,

It is with great sadness that the MAAC Board has decided to cancel the upcoming conference because of the Coronavirus. Please reach out either here on via email ([email protected]) with any questions and we will try to help.

The following email will be sent to MAAC members:

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Dear MAAC Membership,

After much deliberation and discussion it is with profound sadness that the Executive Board has voted to cancel this years MAAC. We have been contacted by numerous members who have said that they or their company or university have cancelled all travel for employees, faculty and students. I have even been told not to travel to any conferences. The Board feels that this will only increase daily and that we would rather have a well attended, stress-free conference, than not.

In the coming days the Board will be working on refunding everyones meeting registration fees. You will be recieving an email telling you how the refund will happen. All members will be contacted about this decision and it will also be posted on social media and the MAAC website.

The Board will also be discussing whether to reschedule the conference later in the year. I hope all of you understand that this decision was based on the health and well being of all of our membership.

Gregory D. Lattanzi
MAAC President
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We will keep you updated as best as we can.

Cheers and Stay Healthy,
MAAC SC

03/09/2020
CAA International

CAA International

CAA 2020 postponed

The 2020 Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA), which was to be held in Oxford, UK, in mid-April, has been postponed because of the rapidly-evolving situation with COVID-19. The CAA Executive Steering Committee and the local organiser discussed various options, but the health of all attendees as well as those involved in facilitating the conference has to be our highest priority. Participants from affected regions or those who would need to transit through those areas would be particularly impacted.

We therefore feel it is the most responsible decision to postpone CAA 2020. We encourage those of you who have made travel arrangements to cancel or modify them as soon as possible. Please contact the vendor or your credit card company, bank, or insurer to discuss refunds.

We are currently exploring options for rescheduling the conference to the autumn of this year. We will follow up with details about the new plans as soon as they are available.

In anticipation of some of the questions attendees may have:

- There will not be a new call for papers. All papers, posters, sessions, and workshops accepted for CAA2020 in Oxford are accepted for the postponed conference.
- Our intention is to hold an Annual General Meeting at the rescheduled conference date.
- Those awarded bursaries for CAA 2020 Oxford will be eligible to use the funds at the rescheduled conference. No further bursary applications will be accepted as the funds for this year have already been allocated. Bursary applicants will be notified soon.
- If you have questions or require confirmation of the event’s postponement for your employer, university, or travel provider, please contact the local organizing team at: [email protected].

We very much regret this difficult situation, but we must look out for the safety of all our members. We hope many of you will be able to join us in the autumn and will be working hard to make plans for the rescheduled conference, so please stay tuned for further updates. We hope to establish new dates for the event as soon as possible. Thank you for your efforts in contributing to the scientific programme and the CAA community.

CAA 2020 team and CAA International

03/08/2020
Society for California Archaeology

Society for California Archaeology

Dear SCA Conference Community,

The Society for California Board met this afternoon. After a lengthy discussion, the entire board, executive office, and conference planners decided that the most responsible thing we could do for our community and for general public health is to postpone our Annual Meeting. We are actively working with the Conference hotel to create another time to meet. We are hoping for a time around our usual data share meetings in the fall.

Please cancel your travel plans to Riverside, including your hotel reservations. The Board will be discussing this weekend our plans for a future time, and refund policies. While we are disappointed with this postponement, we believe that it is the best thing for us as professionals, students, and tribal partners.

As we have more information, we will share it. Please hold your questions for now, and we will be back on Monday. And please, wash your hands, and STAY SAFE.

SCA Executive Board

Update from Washington: Examining How the Proposed NEPA Changes Would Impact Preservation | Coalition For American Herit...
02/21/2020
Update from Washington: Examining How the Proposed NEPA Changes Would Impact Preservation | Coalition For American Heritage

Update from Washington: Examining How the Proposed NEPA Changes Would Impact Preservation | Coalition For American Heritage

Read our latest update from Washington, DC for guidance on how to participate in the public comment period on the Trump Administration’s proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations. Get details on the President’s budget proposal for preservation. Read the Coaliti...

"Historical Bioarchaeology" - A new thematic collection to be published in Historical Archaeology - Society for Historic...
02/18/2020
"Historical Bioarchaeology" - A new thematic collection to be published in Historical Archaeology - Society for Historical Archaeology

"Historical Bioarchaeology" - A new thematic collection to be published in Historical Archaeology - Society for Historical Archaeology

We are happy to announce the next issue of Historical Archaeology will be arriving in your mailboxes soon! Here’s a preview of some of the content from the guest editor of the thematic collection on Historical Bioarchaeology, Shannon A. Novak. Not only materials suffer the cuts and blows of the ma...

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!

https://bit.ly/3aiUaTK

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