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.

February 9, 2011
Here’s an update on the state of rock art and archaeological sites in Somaliland. “At the moment we do not do any excavations because we are not able to host objects,” said Sada Mire, the country’s first archaeologist.
BBC News
February 1, 2011
Some 200 volunteers are helping archaeologists learn about a cliff-side Roman villa in Kent, England, before it erodes into the sea.
The New York Times
December 10, 2010
When the Environmental Protection Agency cleans up toxic waste at Superfund sites, it is required to determine if significant historic features are present. Sometimes archaeologists are asked to retrieve artifacts while wearing hazmat gear and respirators.
Trent University - Daily News
November 8, 2010
A team of Trent University archaeologists led by Dr. Helen R. Haines has recently uncovered what is believed to be the name of a previously unknown Mayan ruler painted on the wall of a tomb located on the site of Ka'Kabish in North-Central Belize. Although translation is still on-going, Dr. Christophe Helmke, an epigrapher at the University of Copenhagen, believes that the glyphs record a name. Based on the tomb’s design and construction, Trent’s archaeologists believe that the individual was a person of importance and likely a ruler of the site. The Trent archaeological team led by Prof. Haines, who is based at Trent University Oshawa, Thornton Road Campus, is supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) grant through Trent University.  
October 15, 2010
The University of Cincinnati's excavations at Pompeii ('PARP:PS' - directed by Steven Ellis) have been featured on the Apple website - one of the most visited websites on the planet!  Apple caught on that PARP:PS were using iPads to revolutionize their field-work and so sent out a team to document this use of cuting-edge technology in archaeology.  One of the more public results has been the story on their website, which has led to much discussion and excitement in the archaeological community about the use of tablet computers to document the past.