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Friday, May 6, 2016

22 Archaeology Books every Future Archaeologist should be reading

Posted On Friday, May 06, 2016 by Lauren Axelrod | 0 comments

Even before I began my education in anthropology and archaeology, I had read several books on theory and method, as well as researched diverse cultures and multiple religions. However, once I started taking classes, the required course books became some of the most impactful resources and tools I had at my disposable. Granted, Indiana Jones would say "If you want to be a good archaeologist, you have to get out of the library". However, what if you also love the research aspect of this discipline, which does require you to sift through hundreds of good and bad books, trying to decipher what's fact and what's opinion?

These books, all of which I have either read cover to cover for classes, or read out of pure enjoyment, all have something to offer archaeology students looking to get into the field.  The book that changed my focus from archaeology to anthropology is the first in my list.  The professor that taught from this book attend University of Pennsylvania and had a curious and sometimes confusing way of approaching the class, and yet, I learned more from his class than any other during my graduate work.

22 Archaeology Books every Future Archaeologist should be reading

Visions of Culture: An Introduction to Anthropological Theories and Theorists – I've read this book from cover to cover several times. This book made me love Herbert Spencer, and even today, I still reference the social organism every chance I get. This new edition of Jerry D. Moore's Visions of Culture presents introductory anthropology students with a brief, readable, and balanced treatment of theoretical developments in the field. (Ancient Digger's Top Pick, and favorite anthropology book

Archaeological Theory: An Introduction – Archaeological Theory, 2nd Edition is the most current and comprehensive introduction to the field available. Thoroughly revised and updated, this engaging text offers students an ideal entry point to the major concepts and ongoing debates in archaeological research.

The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts
– In this groundbreaking work that sets apart fact and legend, authors Finkelstein and Silberman use significant archeological discoveries to provide historical information about biblical Israel and its neighbors.

Patterns in Prehistory: Humankind's First Three Million Years, 5th Edition (Casebooks in Criticism)
– Patterns in Prehistory, Fifth Edition, is a comprehensive and engaging survey of humanity's past three million years ago. It brings together theories and archaeological examples to pose questions about who we are and the means by which humanity evolved into what it is today. Ideal for introductory courses in world prehistory and origins of complex societies, Patterns in Prehistory, Fifth Edition, offers a unified and thematic approach to the four great transformations--or patterns--that characterize humanity's past: the origins and evolution of culture; the origins of modern humans and human behaviors; the origins of agriculture; and the origins of complex societies, civilizations, and pre-industrial states. Integrating theoretical approaches with archaeological data from the Middle East, Mesoamerica, North and South America, Egypt, China, the Indus Valley, and temperate Europe, Patterns in Prehistory, Fifth Edition, reveals how archaeologists decipher the past. It demonstrates how theory and method are combined to derive interpretations and also considers how interpretations evolve as a result of accumulating data, technological advances in recording and analyzing data sets, and newer theoretical perspectives.

Friend by Day, Enemy by Night: Organized Vengeance in a Kohistani Community (Case Studies in Cultural Anthropology) – This particular discussion is about the road built to the isolated villages and how it changed the community. Interestingly, you would think with the addition of a new info structure, organized vengeance would fade to some sort of degree. This was not case, as the first highway system actually promoted it, linking villagers with a more modern economy and a new political system. Therefore, this new highway triggered sociocultural transitions in Thull that ultimately resulted in Dushmani.

Life in the Pueblo: Understanding the Past Through Archaeology – Within the effective format of a nontechnical case study, Life in the Pueblo provides an understanding of the basic methodologies in modern archaeology, including the formation of archaeological sites, dating, the role of ethnographic analogy, and analytic techniques like trace element sourcing, use-wear analysis, and carbon isotope determinations of diet. The archaeological interpretations are put into perspective by the inclusion of Hope and Zuni history and myth and the liberal use of ethnographic information from the Hopi and other historic and modern puebloan groups. A short fictional reconstruction of life in the village invites the reader to reflect on the fact that the past was a period occupied by people, not just potsherds. Based on four years of excavation and ten years of analysis of a puebloan site near modern Flagstaff, Arizona, this profusely illustrated volume captures readers' interest and imagination as it explores some of the fundamental principles of archaeology.

Native Religions of North America: The Power of Visions and Fertility – The diversity and continuities in American Indian spirituality! The religious life of Native Americans is a panorama featuring an immense diversity of beliefs, ceremonies, and ways of life. Native Religions of North America reflects this rich tradition as it admirably distills a complex subject in a practical and engaging manner. Through concise expression and careful choice of examples, Hultkrantz identifies the diversity and continuities in American Indian spirituality. He introduces the hunters and farmers, the past and present, and the physical contexts and the sublime speculations of tribal religions, even the subtle shades of meaning within an Indian community.

Ancient Egypt: An Introduction – This book provides an introduction to one of the greatest civilization of all time - ancient Egypt. Beginning with a geographical overview that explains the development of Egyptian belief systems as well as its subsequent political development, it examines methodology, the history of the discipline of Egyptology, religion, social organization, urban and rural life, and death. It also includes a section on how people of all ranks lived. Lavishly illustrated, with many unusual photographs of rarely seen sites that are seldom illustrated, this volume is suitable for use in introductory-level courses on ancient Egypt. It offers a variety of student-friendly features, including a glossary, a bibliography, and a list of sources for those who wish to further their interest in ancient Egypt.

Sexuality in Greek and Roman Culture – "Sexuality in Greek and Roman Culture" is the first comprehensive survey of ancient Greek and Roman sexuality. This title covers a wide range of subjects, including Greek pederasty and the symposium, ancient prostitution, representations of women in Greece and Rome, and the public regulation of sexual behavior. It introduces readers to the bitter theoretical debates that have been fought about gender and sexuality in the classical world. The material is ordered chronologically. This title draws parallels between ancient sexual ideology and contemporary culture. It also draws on literary, artistic and archaeological sources, as well as secondary scholarly sources. It was theoretically sophisticated and skillfully argued, yet accessible.

Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble – History is recorded in many ways. According to author James Deetz, the past can be seen most fully by studying the small things so often forgotten. Objects such as doorways, gravestones, musical instruments, and even shards of pottery fill in the cracks between large historical events and depict the intricacies of daily life. In his completely revised and expanded edition of In Small Things Forgotten, Deetz has added new sections that more fully acknowledge the presence of women and African Americans in Colonial America. New interpretations of archaeological finds detail how minorities influenced and were affected by the development of the Anglo-American tradition

In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology of Early American Life – History is recorded in many ways. According to author James Deetz, the past can be seen most fully by studying the small things so often forgotten. Objects such as doorways, gravestones, musical instruments, and even shards of pottery fill in the cracks between large historical events and depict the intricacies of daily life. In his completely revised and expanded edition of In Small Things Forgotten, Deetz has added new sections that more fully acknowledge the presence of women and African Americans in Colonial America.

A History of Ancient Egypt (Blackwell History of the Ancient World) –Outlining the major political and cultural events, A History of Ancient Egypt is an authoritative and accessible introduction to this fascinating ancient culture. An accessible chronological narrative that draws on a range of historical sources. Offers an up-to-date survey of ancient Egypt’s history from its origins to its domination by the Roman Empire. Considers social and economic life and the rich culture of ancient Egypt
Places Egypt’s history within its regional context, detailing interactions with Asia and Africa. Engages students with various perspectives on a range of critical issues with the Key Debate section included in each chapter. Makes the latest discoveries and scholarship accessible to a wide audience

The Quest for the Historical Israel: Debating Archaeology and the History of Early Israel (Archaeology and Biblical Studies) – Three decades of dialogue, discussion, and debate within the interrelated disciplines of Syro-Palestinian archaeology, ancient Israelite history, and Hebrew Bible over the question of the relevance of the biblical account for reconstructing early Israels history have created the need for a balanced articulation of the issues and their prospective resolutions. This book brings together for the first time and under one cover, a currently emerging centrist paradigm as articulated by two leading figures in the fields of early Israelite archaeology and history. Although Finkelstein and Mazar advocate distinct views of early Israels history, they nevertheless share the position that the material cultural data, the biblical traditions, and the ancient Near Eastern written sources are all significantly relevant to the historical quest for Iron Age Israel. The results of their research are featured in accessible, parallel syntheses of the historical reconstruction of early Israel that facilitate comparison and contrast of their respective interpretations.

Archaeology 6th Edition – This text pairs two of archaeology's most recognized names: Robert L. Kelly and David Hurst Thomas, who together have over seventy years of experience leading excavations. The sixth edition of ARCHAEOLOGY reflects the most recent research and changes in the field, while covering core concepts in an exceptionally student-friendly fashion using personalized examples and high-interest topics. This edition continues a tradition of combining academic rigor with an engaging writing style that has made ARCHAEOLOGY one of the most well-respected and best-selling texts in the discipline. A rich array of supplemental resources is available for purchase, including a book companion website, as well as a CD-ROM developed by the authors entitled DOING FIELDWORK: ARCHAEOLOGICAL DEMONSTRATIONS.

1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed (Turning Points in Ancient History) – A compelling combination of narrative and the latest scholarship, 1177 B.C. sheds new light on the complex ties that gave rise to, and ultimately destroyed, the flourishing civilizations of the Late Bronze Age—and that set the stage for the emergence of classical Greece.

Archaeology Essentials: Theories, Methods, and Practice – This new brief version of the best-selling textbook was carefully rewritten to provide a readable and compact introduction to archaeology for those new to the field. No other book of this length can match its range of essential information and explanation. The vocabulary and the use of technical terms have been carefully reviewed. The amount of detail has been considerably reduced, and coverage of difficult or cutting-edge topics is made more accessible for students in courses that treat such subjects briefly. In particular, the coverage of archaeological theory and science has been substantially rewritten to provide a convenient overview without overwhelming the student. 220 black-and-white illustrations

The Complete Pompeii (The Complete Series) – With its lavish illustrations, covering monumental architecture and inscriptions, shops, graffiti, wall-paintings, and mosaics, plus its numerous box features ranging from theatrical entertainments to water supply, The Complete Pompeii is the ultimate resource and inspirational guide to this iconic ancient town.

The Last Days of the Incas–The epic story of the fall of the Inca Empire to Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in the aftermath of a bloody civil war, and the recent discovery of the lost guerrilla capital of the Incas, Vilcabamba, by three American explorers.

Visions of Culture: An Introduction to Anthropological Theories and Theorists – I've read this book from cover to cover several times. This book made me love Herbert Spencer, and even today, I still reference the social organism every chance I get. This new edition of Jerry D. Moore's Visions of Culture presents introductory anthropology students with a brief, readable, and balanced treatment of theoretical developments in the field. (Ancient Digger's Top Pick, and favorite anthropology book

Archaeology for Dummies – This is the perfect archaeology for beginners book. Archaeology For Dummies offers a fascinating look at this intriguing field, taking readers on-site and revealing little-known details about some of the world's greatest archaeological discoveries. It explores how archaeology attempts to uncover the lives of our ancestors, examining historical dig sites around the world and explaining theories about ancient human societies. The guide also offers helpful information for readers who want to participate in an excavation themselves, as well as tips for getting the best training and where to look for jobs.

The Archaeology Book (Wonders of Creation) – Developed with three educational levels in mind, The Archaeology Book takes you on an exciting exploration of history and ancient cultures. You'll learn both the techniques of the archaeologist and the accounts of some of the richest discoveries of the Middle East that demonstrate the accuracy and historicity of the Bible.

Archaeology: Theories, Methods, and Practice (Sixth Edition) – Since its first edition, Renfrew and Bahn’s Archaeology: Theories, Methods, and Practice has been the leading academic source on what archaeologists do and how they do it. This indispensable resource is a comprehensive introduction to archaeology’s theories, methods, and practices in the field, the laboratory, and the library.

Gods, Graves & Scholars: The Story of Archaeology – C.W. Ceram visualized archeology as a wonderful combination of high adventure, romance, history and scholarship, and this book, a chronicle of man's search for his past, reads like a dramatic narrative. We travel with Heinrich Schliemann as, defying the ridicule of the learned world, he actually unearths the remains of the ancient city of Troy. We share the excitement of Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter as they first glimpse the riches of Tutankhamen's tomb, of George Smith when he found the ancient clay tablets that contained the records of the Biblical Flood. We rediscover the ruined splendors of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the wonders of the ancient wold; of Chichen Itza, the abandoned pyramids of the Maya: and the legendary Labyrinth of tile Minotaur in Crete. Here is much of the history of civilization and the stories of the men who rediscovered it.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Archaeology and Anthropology Internships, Scholarships, Books, Tools and Resources

Posted On Friday, April 29, 2016 by Lauren Axelrod | 0 comments

The Archaeology and Anthropology Internships, Scholarships, Books, Tools and Resources page was created to provide you with helpful resources before and during your archaeological career.  I have included the popular Top Archaeology and Anthropology Schools, Universities, and Colleges page, US Archaeology and Anthropology Schools and their Disciplines, as well as several other guides and resources.

Archaeology and Anthropology Guides (Ancient Digger's Most Popular Help Articles)

US Archaeology and Anthropology Schools and their Disciplines –I created this comprehensive list of Archaeology and Anthropology Schools in the United States and their Disciplines to assist students looking into the fields of anthropology and archaeology. When I first started looking for schools I quickly figured out, it was overwhelming. I had to visit dozens of websites just to gather the information I needed, to determine whether the college or university had the archaeology discipline I was interested in.

Best Graduate and Undergraduate Schools, Universities, and Colleges for Archaeology and Anthropology – I have compiled several lists in order to help you determine the top colleges and universities with the best anthropology and archaeology undergraduate and graduate programs and schools.

Best Schools for Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology and Archaeology – These schools for Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology and Archaeology are not ranked in any specific order, as I believe they contribute to these fields in their own unique ways. I have put the main area of focus next to the college name, but please remember, many of the biological and evolutionary programs are combined into one department at some schools.

Best Graduate Schools for Linguistics – Many students find phonics, semantics, and pragmatics of linguistics programs far too fascinating to pass up as a degree goal. Studying linguistics provides a scientific foundation for broad-based study of human communication that is usually broken into three main subfields, including language meaning, language context, and language form. Within these subfields, graduate schools for linguistics offer students study possibilities involving evolutionary, social, and historical aspects.

Best Graduate Schools for Classical Archaeology – Classical archaeology is a deeply interesting subject that has enchanted researchers and students for ages. Quite simply, it is the study of archaeological excavations from Ancient Greece and Rome. However, some only consider it to be the study of the Roman and Athenian civilizations, but it can include other subjects such as Minoan and Crete civilizations. This field involves not only excavations in the Mediterranean, but the analysis and research into the artifacts, deciphering the ancient texts, and learning about the history of the region. Completion of graduate programs for classical archaeology can mean careers in teaching and writing at major research universities, working at a museum as a curator, or even doing research and excavations.

Guide To Archaeology and Anthropology Graduate School 101 – I recently attended a seminar featuring Dr. John Walker, Professor Peter Sinelli, and Dr.John Schultz from the University of Central Florida. The seminar focused on the Do's and Don'ts of applying to graduate school for archaeology and anthropology and was organized by Hominids Anonymous Anthropology Club.

Beginner's Guide To A Career in Anthropology and Archeology – Are you interested in human history? Do you wonder where we came from and how we got here? If so, you might want to consider a career in either archaeology or anthropology. This article will give a detailed look at these career fields and help you decide if one of them is right for you.

Field Schools

AFOB Field schools – The Archaeological Institute of America offers a plethora of choices for field schools. Whether you're a high school student looking for your first dig, a retired individual just looking for an interesting and educational experience, or an archaeologist or professor working in your field, there's something for everyone.

Fieldwork Directory – Past Horizons World Projects has an extensive list of field work opportunities. They are one of the largest online databases of fieldwork opportunities in the world, featuring hundreds of listings for archaeological projects. The database contains details about the site, with links, project information, dates, costs and much more.

Archaeology and Anthropology Scholarships and Funding 

Archaeology school can come with a cost, and so can research. For those students who continue their studies, and require additional funding to research a certain area or discipline, there are numerous funding opportunities available.

Scholarship Search Database –  I have used Fastweb's services for years for my own students. The application process can get a little lengthy, but they have so many opportunities that often go unclaimed.

Jane C. Waldbaum Archaeological Field School Scholarship – Established in honor of AIA Honorary President Jane Waldbaum, this scholarship is intended to help students who are planning to participate in archaeological field work for the first time. Students majoring in archaeology or related disciplines are especially encouraged to apply. The Scholarship Fund provides $1000 each to help pay expenses associated with participation in an archaeological field work project (minimum stay one month/4 weeks).

Archaeolink Archaeology, Anthropology, History Scholarships – This page is designed to be a starting point for your research by providing examples of the wide range of scholarships offered in archaeology, anthropology and history.   Keep checking back.  This section gets updated regularly.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) – The Field Museum REU program will train a cohort of at least eight students in biodiversity-related research in a 10-week summer program. Each participant will undertake an independent research project supervised by a museum scientist in a discipline such as taxonomy and systematics, phylo/ biogeography, paleontology, molecular phylogenetics, or conservation.

Research Scholarships and Grants  – The Field Museum recognizes the need to support basic research on its collections by interested students and scholars throughout the world. To this end, the Museum offers a modest number of grants and fellowships to visiting scientists and students for research and training in our scientific collections and state-of-the-art laboratories. Grants to examine specimens in our collections are open on a competitive basis to all individuals in the national and international scholarly community working on problems related to natural history. Eligibility for undergraduate research (REU) internships, high school internships and science educators vary, please consult the description for each program.

Scholarships.com –  I've used this site since 2009 for myself and for my students. You can teach virtually any discipline and find something that meets your qualifications.

ZONTA Women in Science Scholarship  – Application Deadlines: June 15, Annually Founded in 1919, Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. With more than 30,000 members belonging to more than 1,200 Zonta Clubs in 67 countries and geographic areas, Zontians all over the world volunteer their time, talents and support to local and international service projects, as well as scholarship programs [...]More

East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI) – Application Deadlines: November 12, 2016; NSF and selected foreign counterpart science and technology agencies sponsor international research institutes for U.S. graduate students in seven East Asia and Pacific locations at times set by the counterpart agencies between June and August each year. The Summer Institutes (EAPSI) operate similarly and the research visits to a particular location take place at the same time. Although applicants apply individually to participate in a Summer Institute, awardees become part of the cohort for each location. Applicants must propose a location, host scientist, and research project that is appropriate for the host site and duration of the international visit. More

Advancing Women in STEM Scholarship
Application Deadlines: December 31, Annually
Women earn almost 60% of all bachelor's degrees in the United States, but they earn only 20% of computer science degrees, 20% of physics degrees, and 18% of engineering degrees. And estimates show that by 2018, the U.S. will face a shortage of more than one million STEM workers.

AWMF & Loreen Arbus Foundation Focus on Disability Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
Our mission is to utilize the media to create positive change. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation supports educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the media and allied fields. This journalist scholarship program consists of one scholarship, made payable directly to the winning student's educational institute.

Bache Renshaw Fellowship
Application Deadlines: January 16, Annually
The Renshaw Fellowship supports the study and shaping of school curricula by providing grants to those seeking to become superintendents; curriculum developers; or influential scholars teaching, writing, and lecturing on educational issues. The Renshaw Fellowship is granted to current doctoral students or applicants to doctoral programs in education.

Beulah Frey Environmental Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
The Beulah Frey Environmental Scholarship - ASWP awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors from our service area of Allegheny, Armstrong, south Butler, Beaver, North Fayette, Northeast Washington, and Westmoreland counties. Students who are applying to two or four-year colleges to further their studies in an environmentally-related field are eligible to apply.

Boston University Robert Noyce Scholarship Programs
Application Deadlines: February 05, Annually
Boston University is excited to announce the Noyce Scholarship Program in Mathematics, a new initiative to prepare middle school and high school mathematics teachers. With funding from the National Science Foundation and the School of Education and in collaboration with six local school districts and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Noyce Program will train up to 13 graduate students.

Cleveland State University Robert J. Noyce Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: Varies
Full tuition fellowships awarded to highly qualified applicants committed to addressing social justice and change in Urban School and Communities.

Cognizant Making the Future Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
The Cognizant Making the Future scholarship program recognizes today's inspiration as tomorrow’s innovation. The goal of the scholarship program is to expand the pool of students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields who are encouraged "to be makers of things, not just consumers of things".

Elms College STEM Scholarships 
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
The Elms College ElmSTEM program, supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, awards scholarship funds to students who major in STEM fields and attend Elms College full-time. First-year students interested in majoring in biology, computer information technology, chemistry, or mathematics are invited to apply to the ElmSTEM program.

Environmental Studies/Natural Science Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
Each year, the Friends of Volo Bog offers a scholarship for Environmental Studies/Natural Science college students. Eligibility: Be a High School Senior applying to an accredited college/university to study environmental or natural science; Be a College/University Student intending to continue studies of environmental or natural science at an accredited college

EPP Undergraduate Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: January 29, Annually
The goal of the EPP Undergraduate Scholars Program is to increase the number of students who undertake course work and graduate with degrees in targeted academic fields integral to NOAA's mission. This program targets students who have completed their sophomore year, attending minority serving institutions (MSIs), and have recently declared, or about to declare a major in atmospheric, oceanic, etc.

Fontana Transport Inc Scholars Program
Application Deadlines: March 15, Annually
Fontana Transport Inc. is a family owned trucking company based out of Southern California whose owners are passionate about higher education and to be able to help future leaders in their community pursue a higher education degree.

Gladys Carol Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
The Gladys Carol Scholarship Program is open to high school seniors, high school graduates, current postsecondary undergraduates, and graduate level students who are United States citizens or permanent residents. They must be pursuing a full-time STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) degree at an accredited, non-profit public or private four-year college or university in the United States.

Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
Graduate students meeting the eligibility requirements noted below may apply directly to The Wilderness Society. Eligibility: Be enrolled in an accredited graduate institution in North America; Have strong academic qualifications; Have academic and/or career goals focused on making a significant positive difference in the long-term protection of wilderness in the United States.

Go Abroad – Extensive list of international fellowships, grants, and scholarships. The ending is available to high school students, graduate and undergraduate students, and also students working on certifications.

ISI Henry Salvatori Fellowship
Application Deadlines: January 16, Annually
The ISI Salvatori Fellowship seeks to further an understanding and appreciation of the principles held by the American Founding Fathers and the culture that formed their values and views.The Salvatori Fellowship is granted to current graduate students in a field related to the American Founding.

JASC-Nielsen STEM Scholarship
Application Deadlines: November 20, Annually
In recognition of the community's achievements and its enduring values, Nielsen supports the next generation of Asian American leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with these two scholarships.

MIT Inspire Competition 
Application Deadlines: Varies
MIT INSPIRE is the first national research competition for high school students in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The competition is organized by MIT undergraduates. Participating high school students, as individuals or teams of two will submit research reports in one of 13 fields, such as: history, economics, or philosophy.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Center
Application Deadlines: Varies
The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and [...] More

National Space Club Keynote Scholarships
Application Deadlines: December 02, Annually
Provided to a high school senior, undergraduate or graduate student with definite plans to pursue a career in the Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) fields.

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
Founded in 1949, the Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship is available to graduating seniors from public high schools in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties in Washington state. Application forms are only available through these high schools and candidates for the scholarship are nominated by their school each year by March 1st. Awards range from $500 to $2,000 a year.

Out To Innovate Scholarships for LGBTQ STEM Students
Application Deadlines: June 06, Annually
NOGLSTP established the Out To Innovate Scholarships for LGBTQ STEM Students, following NOGLSTP's inaugural Out to Innovate Career Summit for LGBTQ People in STEM. These scholarships are intended for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) programs who are either lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.

PG & E NuEnergy Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 09, Annually
The NuEnergy scholarship program targets top-performing college students who have an interest and desire to pursue a career in the energy sector.

Scarlett Family Foundation Scholarship
Application Deadlines: December 15, Annually
Scarlett Family Foundation Scholarships are open to high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who will graduate or have graduated from high school in one of the following Middle Tennessee counties: Bedford, Cannon, Cheatham, Clay, Coffee, Cumberland, Davidson, Dekalb, Dickson, Fentress, Franklin, Giles, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Jackson, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, [...] More

The Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Scholarship Fund Endowment
Application Deadlines: Varies
In accordance with the primary mission of the fund, The Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Scholarship Fund Endowment awards the Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Anthropology Endowment Scholarship to Anthropology majors at the University of West Georgia. These awards offset the cost of education for students, taking into account the costs of tuition, fees, books, and room and board.

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund College Scholarships 
Application Deadlines: April 02, Annually
HSF/ General College Scholarships are designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree. Scholarships are available on a competitive basis to graduating high school seniors, community college transfer students, undergraduate students and graduate students.

-Must be of Hispanic Heritage
-Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for high school [...] More

The LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships
Application Deadlines: February 28, Annually
Scholarship recipients will receive a trip to Atlanta where they will participate in career building activities including a welcome dinner with a keynote speaker, two daylong career & professional development workshops and a scholarship & donor recognition reception.

The Saul Kagan Claims Conference Fellowship for Advanced Shoah Studies
Application Deadlines: January 04, Annually
The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) is offering a limited number of fellowships for Ph.D. and postdoctoral candidates conducting research on the Holocaust. The Saul Kagan Claims Conference Fellowship for Advanced Shoah Studies aims to strengthen Shoah studies and Holocaust memory throughout the world.

Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Inc. Founders Fund Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
This merit scholarship is offered annually in the name of the TGF founders, to a single recipient who has demonstrated excellence and outstanding dedication in a field of study that falls within an environmental field of a school or department.

Washington State Opportunity Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 28, Annually
The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) supports low- and middle-income students pursuing eligible high-demand majors in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or health care and encourages recipients to work in Washington state once they complete their degrees.

Archaeology and Anthropology Internships and Fellowships

Field Museum Women in Science Internships – The internships are hosted in many departments throughout the Museum and aim to give young individuals the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in the sciences. The FMWIS Internship Program is hosting five high school and five undergraduate paid interns for 6 weeks in summer 2016. Applicants are welcome to apply to more than one project.

Smithsonian Internships and Fellowships – The National Anthropological Archives periodicially offers paid and unpaid internships for graduate and undergraduate students interested in exploring a career in archives or anthropology. Intern projects are carried out under the direct supervision of a professional anthropologist, archivist or imaging specialist. Intern projects vary depending on the background and experience of the student, but when available focus on digital imaging, manuscript and photograph collections, and reference services. Please check the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships page for more information on NAA internships. Please email any inquiries to naa@si.edu.

Saltz Internship Program – (High School Students)Participating in the Saltz Internship Program is an opportunity for you to meet Museum personnel, explore scientific content, learn valuable skills for working with and teaching learners of all ages, and have an impact on the experiences of thousands of Museum visitors.

National Endowment for the Humanities – ARIT Advanced Fellowships for Research in Turkey. ARIT directly supports and administers a variety of programs of fellowships for scholarly research and for language study in Turkey.

Paleobiology Internships – The National Museum of Natural History offers internships in the Paleobiology Department with emphasis on the current research initiatives of the staff. An internship at Natural History is a prearranged, structured learning experience scheduled within a specific time frame. The experience must be relevant to the intern's academic goals, and matched to to the Paleobiology Department's research and museum activities. An internship is performed under the direct supervision of Smithsonian staff. Internship appointments should be for at least six weeks and require a minimum commitment of 16 hour per week.


Samuel H. Kress Grants for Research and Publication in Classical Art and Architecture – These grants fund publication preparation, or research leading to publication, undertaken by professional members of the AIA.

The AIA Publication Subvention Program – This program offers subventions from the AIA's von Bothmer Publication Fund in support of new book-length publications in the field of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan archaeology and art history.

INSTAP Grants – The goal of INSTAP's grant program is to promote knowledge of the Aegean region, and to support archaeological fieldwork and research in that area in the chronological span of the Paleolithic through to the 8th century B.C.

AIA Site Preservation Grant – This grant is intended to fund projects that uphold the AIA's mission to preserve and promote the world's archaeological heritage for future generations. The goal of the grant, which carries a maximum value of $25,000 to be awarded over the course of one to three years, is to maximize global preservation efforts and awareness through AIA support.

Cotsen Excavation Grants – The Cotsen Excavation Grant Program provides two grants per year of up to $25,000 each. One will be for a first time director launching a new project;  One will be open to all professionals working in the field. Applicants must be AIA members in good standing and must have a Ph.D. in archaeology or related field.

Society Outreach Grant Program – The Outreach and Education Grant is to encourage societies to undertake activities such as a teachers' workshop, a kids' archaeology fair, a symposium or event in a local library, or other project promotes archaeology and the AIA's objectives for local community outreach.

AIA/DAI Fellowships – AIA Fellowship and Grant Application Form

Helen M. Woodruff Fellowship – Deadline: November 1, annually; (Application must be sent to American Academy in Rome)

Olivia James Traveling Fellowship – Deadline: November 1, annually; Announced February 1; Amount: $25,000

AIA/DAI Fellowship for Study in Berlin – Deadline: November 30, annually

The Archaeology of Portugal Fellowship – Deadline: November 1, annually – To support projects relating to the archaeology of Portugal

Harriet and Leon Pomerance Fellowship – Deadline: November 1, annually; To support a project relating to Aegean Bronze Age archaeology.

Anna C. and Oliver C. Coburn Fellowship – Deadline: January 15, annually; To support study at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens


Ground Penetrating Radar– US Radar is a technological leader in the design and innovation of ground penetrating radar (GPR) systems. If you need to see what is on the other side of a surface, the high-profile Quantum Imager technology can safely help you define what you can’t see with the bare eye.

Bon 84-948 Archaeologist's Starter Tool Kit – Whether you are new to archaeology or have been involved with this art for years, this is one kit you will want to have on every dig you go on. Includes 250'neon line, 3/8" leaf and square, a line level, Lufkin metric rule, 15" canvas bag for all your findings, a 5" x 2" margin trowel, a 7" x 3" pointing trowel and a five piece set of detail brushes.

Bon 12-309 Superlight Molded Rubber Foam Waterproof Knee Pads – Bon's superlight molded rubber foam knee pads with entrapped air provide maximum cushion and comfort. Flexible rubber straps are slotted to fit over buttons. Waterproof to keep you dry. Sold in pairs. Lightweight.

SE 8399-RH-ROCK 11-Inch Rock Hammer, 20 Oz.– 20-oz. Rock Hammer—created especially with prospectors, rock hounds, contractors, and the everyday user in mind. This heavy, well-balanced, 20-oz. rock hammer is fully polished and forged of one piece of steel. It has a comfortable grip handle and comes with a reusable heavy-duty plastic tip cover.

MARSHALLTOWN The Premier Line ATH114S 4-Inch Heavy Duty London Style Pointing Trowel with Archaeology Holster–Forged from a single piece of high carbon steel Good for cutting compacted sediment and compressed soils Tempered, ground, and polished Extra Stiff blade Holster made of rugged construction with long-wearing protective insert and riveted belt loop.

MARSHALLTOWN The Premier Line ATH54 Archaeology Margin Trowel with Holster–Forged from a single piece of highest grade tool steel; this trowel is good for cutting compacted sediment and compressed soils.

Estwing E32H 30-Ounce Carpenter's Hatchet with Nylon Vinyl Grip Handle, Smooth Face–Estwing's carpenter's hatchet has a 3-5/8-Inch curring edge and a nylon vinyl grip handle. 30-Ounce size

Snap-on 870338 Kneeling Pad, 9-Inch x 20-Inch– Snap-On Kneeling Pad features a black/red nylon webbing handle and is made from waterproof 600D polyester on the bottom and neoprene material on the top. Bottom is red and top is black. Material inside is a 1-1/2 inch closed cell polyethylene foam. Dimensions: 20" x 9" x 1-1/2".

Folding Excavation Square– Use this handy tool to layout your dig site and grid lines. Folds for easy storage. A nylone carrying case is included.

Gammon Reel 012 12-Feet Surveyors with Orange Line– Quickly attaches to plumb bob. Eliminates string troubles and provides an instant rewind of plumb bob.

Bon 22-369 5-Liter Plastic Measuring Pitcher– Bon's plastic measuring pitcher is used to measure viscous materials. Measurement markings for both metric volume in liters and milliliters.

Estwing E6048E Engineer's Hammer, 48-Ounce– Estwing's 16-inch engineer's hammer has a shock reduction grip which offers both comfort and durability, the head and handle are forged in one piece and have an attractive blue UV coating, both faces are fully polished.

Archaeology for Kids

Archaeology for Kids: Uncovering the Mysteries of Our Past, 25 Activities (For Kids series)
– This activity book features 25 projects such as making a surface survey of a site, building a screen for sifting dirt and debris at a dig, tracking soil age by color, and counting tree rings to date a find, teaches kids the techniques that unearthed Neanderthal caves, Tutankhamun’s tomb, the city of Pompeii, and Tenochtitlan, capital of the Aztec empire. Kids will delight in fashioning a stone-age tool, playing a seriation game with old photographs of cars, “reading” objects excavated in their own backyards, and using patent numbers to date modern artifacts as they gain an overview of human history and the science that brings it back to life.

Hands-On Archaeology: Real-Life Activities for Kids
– Hands-On Archaeology shows teachers everything they will need to help students conduct real-life archaeological digs. Packed with activities, this book first offers small-scale activities that can easily be conducted in the classroom using everyday materials. Then, the author takes kids out if the school to an empty lot in the community. Students will not just learn about archaeology they will be archaeologists!

Grafix Dig and Discover Stegosaurus Excavation Kit – This dig and discover stegosaurus excavation kit is a perfect gift for the dinosaur lover! Enjoy the process of digging for dinosaur bones. Do you have a future archaeologist in your midst? Watch them discover the excitement of uncovering their very first specimen! Hours of fun! Kit Contains: 1 Dinosaur Fossil, 1 Clay Block, 1 Brush, 1 Digging Tool, 1 Instruction Sheet

Pirate Treasure Chest Dig Excavation Kit – Kids dig this extraordinary excavation project. Use the digging tool to chip away at the gypsum sand block to ultimate find a the pirate treasure. Each set in colorful printed box. Of course, this will be a toy treasure.

Dig! Discover Indian Relics – Unearth collection of 10 Indian inches relics inches cast from authentic finds, (embedded in 9 inches x6 inches frame). Find replicas of an Indian spearhead, arrowheads, pottery sherds, and an ancient stone knife. Restore and paint these treasures of the past. Contents: excavating block, brushes, tool, paint tablets, booklet inches How to become an Archaeologist inches instructions.


Discount TextbooksNetbooks became one of my favorite choices in college. Not only did I rent from them, but I also purchased physical books and online copies.

Visions of Culture: An Introduction to Anthropological Theories and Theorists – I've read this book from cover to cover several times. This book made me love Herbert Spencer, and even today, I still reference the social organism every chance I get. This new edition of Jerry D. Moore's Visions of Culture presents introductory anthropology students with a brief, readable, and balanced treatment of theoretical developments in the field. (Ancient Digger's Top Pick, and favorite anthropology book

The Archaeology Book (Wonders of Creation) – Developed with three educational levels in mind, The Archaeology Book takes you on an exciting exploration of history and ancient cultures. You'll learn both the techniques of the archaeologist and the accounts of some of the richest discoveries of the Middle East that demonstrate the accuracy and historicity of the Bible.

Archaeology: Theories, Methods, and Practice (Sixth Edition) – Since its first edition, Renfrew and Bahn’s Archaeology: Theories, Methods, and Practice has been the leading academic source on what archaeologists do and how they do it. This indispensable resource is a comprehensive introduction to archaeology’s theories, methods, and practices in the field, the laboratory, and the library.

Gods, Graves & Scholars: The Story of Archaeology – C.W. Ceram visualized archeology as a wonderful combination of high adventure, romance, history and scholarship, and this book, a chronicle of man's search for his past, reads like a dramatic narrative. We travel with Heinrich Schliemann as, defying the ridicule of the learned world, he actually unearths the remains of the ancient city of Troy. We share the excitement of Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter as they first glimpse the riches of Tutankhamen's tomb, of George Smith when he found the ancient clay tablets that contained the records of the Biblical Flood. We rediscover the ruined splendors of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the wonders of the ancient wold; of Chichen Itza, the abandoned pyramids of the Maya: and the legendary Labyrinth of tile Minotaur in Crete. Here is much of the history of civilization and the stories of the men who rediscovered it.


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Archaeology Databases

The Ancient Repertorium
Catal Hoyuk
Crow Canyon



Institutes and Academies

California Academy of Sciences


American Museum of Natural History
British Museum
Canadian Museum of Nature
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Field Museum
Florida Agricultural Museum
Museum of Science and Industry
Museum of Turin
Naples National Archaeological Museum
National Museum of American History
Neues Museum
FernBank Museum

Online Magazines/Journals

American Anthropological Association
Archaeology Institute of America
BBC Archaeology
Biblical Archaeology Review
Great Archaeology
History Today
Medieval Archaeology Org
National Geographic
Oxford Archaeology


Delaware Mineral Society

Please feel free to contact me about resources that you find useful. I will happily add them here. Leave your comments below.

Updated ~ April 29, 2016

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Ancient scarab discovered dating back to the Thirteenth Pharaonic Dynasty

Posted On Thursday, April 28, 2016 by Lauren Axelrod | 1 comments

An ancient scarab dating as far back as 18th century BCE, and belonging to a senior Egyptian official of the Thirteenth Pharaonic Dynasty,  has been discovered by an Israeli amateur birdwatcher.

Alexander Ternopolsky was birdwatching near the Tel Dor archaeological site on Israel’s Carmel Coast, where an ongoing excavation of the ancient port city of Dor is taking place, when he happened upon the incredible find. Ternopolsky immediately handed it over to the archaeological team working at the site.

An ancient Egyptian Sacrab Seal dating back to the 18th century BCE, discovered in Israel in the Tel  Dor archaeological site.
Credit: Tel Dor Excavations. (Photo: Courtesy / TPS)

According to Haifa University, the coastal city of Dor at the foot of Mt. Carmel was a key port city for thousands of years. Until the Romans built Caesarea, Dor was the most important commercial center in area and a trading base for spices, resin, and other commodities that were highly valued by the ancient Egyptians. The city was even mentioned in several ancient Egyptian documents dating back 3,500 years.

A preliminary study concluded that the stone scarab is engraved with the name of its owner as well as his position. The description of the scarab owner’s position includes such phrases such as “overseer of the treasury,” “bearer of the seal,” and more, but the owner’s name has not yet been deciphered.

“The scarab must have belonged to a very senior figure in the kingdom, probably the viceroy responsible for the royal treasury,” explains Prof. Ayelet Gilboa from the Department of Archaeology at Haifa University, who is heading the excavations at Tel Dor together with Prof. Ilan Sharon from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

The excavators suggest several theories explaining how the scarab might have reached Tel Dor. The first is that either a representative of the viceroy or the viceroy himself may have come to Dor.

Another option is that the scarab arrived at Dor at a much later stage, perhaps even during the Roman period, when there was demand for such Egyptian “antiques”.

“Since the scarab rolled down from the mound and was not found in its archaeological context, we will probably never really know when and how it got here and where it has been,” said Prof. Gilboa.

Source: Breaking Israel News

Also check out:

The History And Meaning Of Ancient Egyptian Jewelry – Ancient Egyptian jewelry represents a long history of divine craftsmanship by a people we continue to be intrigued by. Egyptian art and jewelry was never just art, but represented a deeper meaning, which even today baffles archaeologists.

Uruk Period Kings –The Uruk Period lasted from 4100-3000 B.C. (time frame not set in stone) and exemplified the dawn of civilization and city-state growth. New cities emerged; arts and crafts became more advanced; social hierarchies were created and molded by system administrators; writing and documenting trade transactions took place on cuneiform; and warfare stretched the Mesopotamian landscapes as city states popped up around the Euphrates and Tigris rivers.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Hotel Travel Deals for Your Upcoming Vacation or Holiday

Posted On Wednesday, April 27, 2016 by Lauren Axelrod | 0 comments

There are 59 days left until my husband and I head to Aruba, Curacao, and Grand Turk. I wanted to thank many of your for your suggestions on historical sites to visit while there. We already have some excursions planned, but this time around, we may just wing it.  I'm always on the lookout for a good fortification, and there always seems to be one, accompanied with a great history at every site we visit.

My last visit to a fortification in St. Kitts, the Brimstone Fortress, was truly enjoyable, and very educational. Not to mention, climbing 800 feet above see level is not an easy task after an umbrella drink. The fortress is one of the earliest surviving examples of a new style of fortification known as the 'polygonal system'.

One of the things my husband and I like to do before setting sail is getting into the right mindset a few days before. Since he will be winding down from teaching his classes – did I ever tell you he's a math professor at a college? – he will be ready to get his feet wet and his bathing suit super sandy.

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My husband and I sail out of different ports, and like to arrive a few days early to beat the crowds. In order to arrive early, we have to have a place to stay. Sure, we've done AirBnB and VRBo before, but for this time frame, being so short, it's just easier to book a hotel. Extended Stay, one of my favorite go to travel sites, is running a Flash Sale! Save 22% off 1-7 nights at any Extended Stay America hotel with promo code MD6BF. I just noticed this, and the promotion ends on April 30, 2016, which is this Saturday.

They always have the best promotions. Since we splurge on the cruise, often opting for a suite once a year, we like to save when it comes to our hotel room. The best part is, Extended Stay America has suites for the same price as Deluxe rooms, usually $124 or less per night.  Our last stay was at the Extended Stay America - Miami - Downtown Brickell - Cruise Port. It was incredibly convenient to the airport, and close to the cruise terminal. We have stayed here for our cruise out of the Miami port, as well as arrived the night before we flew out of Miami to San Juan.

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Remember, this is not an ordinary hotel. Extended Stay serves all guests, from families looking for an affordable overnight getaway to government or military personnel on relocation. My husband is an Army veteran, so he makes sure he gets his discount overtime we book travel. Get Government rates - less than the GSA’s per diem, or Military rates - always at or below per diem. Business travelers also receive great perks and discounts, as well as travel coordinators who need multi-location extended stay hotels with direct billing capabilities.

For those of you who are AAA members,  and I know that's many of you including myself and many of my family members and friends, they have special AAA rates on stays of 1-6 nights.

They have locations all around the globe, and no matter which hotel we stay at, we consistency receive great service and comfortable accommodations. So if you are getting into the vacation or holiday mindset, and need a place to stay, I definitely suggest Extended Stay. They are super reasonable, which is a plus for a family on a budget. Why not let your money go further, and spend your hard earned savings on fun!

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