Building a Preservation Community through Archaeology: An IFR Site Becomes a National Park

Dr. Bonnie J. Clark, April 2022 Last summer I was onsite at Amache, the Japanese American incarceration site located in Southeastern Colorado.  It is one of the 10 primary locations where whole families were confined during World War II and the location of an IFR field school.  I was there with a small group of volunteers and project staff to test a new field documentation system built from the innovative Online Cultural and Historical Research Environment, or OCHRE.  It was an exciting time to be onsite, and not just because it was the first time we’d been able to return since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. That July, the Amache Historical Site Act was being voted on by [...]

By |April 8th, 2022|

The Washington Post: Genetic researchers work to overcome suspicion among indigenous groups

In 2003, the Havasupai Indians of Arizona issued a banishment order against Arizona State University, forbidding researchers from setting foot on their reservation in response to prior unauthorized DNA research done on tribal members’ blood samples. In 2002, the Navajo Nation banned DNA studies out of fear of how their samples might be used by scientists. But many genome scientists believe that health care can be improved with the use of genetic information and are concerned that if indigenous communities do not participate, they will be left behind. This has led to a major effort, particularly among younger researchers of indigenous descent, to work collaboratively with communities, consulting with their leaders and holding preliminary meetings where members help design research projects. By Sindya N. [...]

By |February 25th, 2020|

Santa Barbara Independent: ‘Hostile Terrain 94’ Toe-Tag Exhibit at UCSB Portrays Crossing Deaths in ‘Hostile Terrain 94’

In a gallery at the back of UCSB’s Art, Design & Architecture Museum, four folding worktables face a large map dotted with location markers and hung with clusters of yellow and orange tags. More tags sit in stacks on each of the tables, along with manila envelopes and pages of printouts from a database. Opposite the map, on the two walls that flank the entrance to the room, dozens of stained and tattered T-shirts form a haphazard collage. On one side of the space, there’s a shelf displaying similarly distressed items, things like torn canvas shoes and a waterlogged diary; on the other, there’s a video monitor displaying drone footage of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. The exhibition is called Hostile [...]

By |February 25th, 2020|

Archaeological Institute of America: Ferrycarrig 2019: Experimental Archaeology – Furnace Building And Iron Smelting

This summer saw a new program at the Carrick site. The IAFS partnered with Dr. Brendan O’Neill from University College Dublin to run an experimental archaeology program at the Carrick Centre. It was a two-week long program that allowed us to learn about experimental archaeology, and relate what we learned back to the Carrick excavation itself. by Gwyneth Evans August 23, 2019

By |February 25th, 2020|

The Southern Illinoisan: 40 years later, Southern Illinois archaeologist’s finds return to SIU, shedding light on early cultures

CARBONDALE — Like many prolific people, Irvin Peithmann’s documents, writings, photographs and artifacts became dispersed over his career and after his death in 1981. But the amateur archaeologist’s work has found its way home to Southern Illinois at the perfect time. Peithmann discovered a passion for archaeology in boyhood, unearthing arrowheads while working the plow on his family’s Washington County farm. By Byron Hetzler Dec 19, 2019

By |February 25th, 2020| Traveling back in time through smart archaeology

The British explorer George Dennis once wrote, "Vulci is a city whose very name … was scarcely remembered, but which now, for the enormous treasures of antiquity it has yielded, is exalted above every other city of the ancient world." He's correct in assuming that most people do not know where or what Vulci is, but for explorers and historians—including Duke's Bass Connections team Smart Archaeology—Vulci is a site of enormous potential. by Meghna Datta, Duke Research Blog, Duke University  December 10, 2019

By |February 25th, 2020|

Archaeology In The Digital Age: Invisible Archaeology & Digital Displays At The Museo Egizio, Turin

Invisible Archeology (Archeologia Invisibile), is the current temporary exhibit at the Museo Egizio (Egyptian Museum), in Turin, Italy, which runs from March 13, 2019 to January 16, 2020. The exhibit aims to connect visitors to the biography of objects through archaeometry – scientific analyses and digital tools used in archaeological investigations. Each summer, I run a field school on Museology and Egyptian Material Culture at the museum, through IFR (the Institute for Field Research), and was able to take advantage of the exhibit to explore the potential of digital technologies in a museum setting with two groups of our students. By Dr. Caroline Arbuckle MacLeod  August 8, 2019

By |February 17th, 2020|
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