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.

March 9, 2011
Zooarchaeology Short Course Understanding zooarchaeology: a short course for archaeology and heritage professionals When: 13th to 15th April 2011
 Where: University of Sheffield, Department of Archaeology Cost : £150 (£100 concession) Sheffield has a long history of zooarchaeology teaching and research, and today it is home to one of the largest and most active zooarchaeology research teams in the UK. Our members work throughout the UK and Europe as well as contributing to projects in Asia and Africa, and have research interests that span the period from the Palaeolithic to the recent past. The course aims to provide an understanding of the basic theory and methods which
zooarchaeologists use to understand animal bone evidence. The course will include lectures, discussion and hands on practical classes. Participants will begin to develop the skills necessary to: 

 • Recognise special/unusual faunal deposits and understand the principles of excavating animal bones.
 • Care for and store bones after excavation. • Identify different species from their bones and teeth. • Age and sex bones. • Recognize taphonomy, butchery and pathology. • Understand how zooarchaeological material is analysed and quantified. • Interpret site reports and zooarchaeological literature. For additional information and registration please visit website below.  
KRQE News 13 New Mexico
March 1, 2011
Police in Albuquerque have recovered dozens of artifacts from a man who looted archaeological sites in New Mexico and Arizona for the past 50 years. He reportedly even stole the signs that marked the land as sacred to American Indians.
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.