Fieldnotes: News Briefs

Brief news items on the AIA professional membership and newsworthy activities in the field, including links to recently published institutional press releases or articles in the media.

Halifax Media Group - July 10, 2012
Dr. Ashley White, an American archaeologist and his team have discovered the oldest New World contact site in the terrestrial United States.  This archaeological site dated at 1539 was an encampment of conquistador Hernando de Soto’s royal expedition to the New World.  His entrada is arguably one of the most important events in the history of the United States and the most important in the Southeast United States. De Soto was the first European to discover and cross the Mississippi River. Now hundreds of European artifacts correlating with De Soto’s elusive expedition have been recovered during this seven year project near Ocala, Florida. This never before seen collection of rare 16th century artifacts includes beautiful Murano glass fabricated in Italy during the early 1500s as well as the largest cache of medieval coins found in the American mainland so far.   The collection contains very rare King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella related coins and Spanish armor items.  A collection of these lost archaeological treasures will be gifted to the Kingdom of Spain in correlation with a royal visit by King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain.  An exhibition of the artifacts will be held in correlation with Florida’s 500th Anniversary Celebration which commemorates Florida’s rich Spanish heritage and diverse cultural history through 2013. For more information, official press and student education packages please contact: The Appleton Museum of Art The College of Central Florida 4333 East Silver Springs Boulevard Ocala, Florida 34470-5001 Ruth Grim, Curator of Exhibitions Steve Specht, Events Coordinator 352-291-4455 x1835
France 24 – AFP - June 12, 2012
  Belgian archaeologists have unearthed the complete remains of a soldier on the Waterloo battlefield. The young man is thought to have been killed on June 18, 1815. His skeleton, a musket ball in his ribs, a spoon, a coin, a leather strap, and a piece of wood carved with the initials C.B. were covered by just 15 inches of soil on land held by English troops. The archaeologists will try to identify the remains.
CBC News - June 6, 2012
  Cuts to Park Canada’s budget have triggered a plan to move artifacts unearthed in Atlantic Canada’s national parks from a new facility in Nova Scotia to Ottawa, Ontario. “For our historians and our researchers, it should be here. I can see where we’re going to move this to Ottawa and then when we need to make an exposition or whatever we have to bring this back from Ottawa,” said Charles Gaudet, director of La Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse.
February 3, 2012
  Dear colleagues, If you direct an archaeological field project, please assist us by taking this brief survey. If you know other directors who are good candidates for this survey, please forward the link. The survey is designed to gather information about archaeologists’ engagement with conservation and identify areas in which the conservation community can improve. We would appreciate your participation whether or not you have used the services of a professional conservator, and we hope to have responses from a broad range of archaeologists working on different types of sites, both terrestrial and underwater. The survey is primarily multiple-choice and takes approximately 5 minutes to complete. Your response will be anonymous unless you choose to provide contact information. If you do give us your name, your contact information and survey responses will be kept confidential and only discussed without attribution. The survey results will be shared with both the archaeological and conservation communities. The survey will be active for three weeks, until the 19th February 2012 Survey link: Thank you for your time, Suzanne Davis and Claudia Chemello Conservators Kelsey Museum of Archaeology University of Michigan 434 South State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109
The Trentonian - January 27, 2012
  The Princeton University Art Museum has returned six artifacts to Italy.