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  1. 1. 1NNEEWWSSLLEETTTTEERRof theAAARRRCCCHHHAAAEEEOOOLLLOOOGGGIIICCCAAALLL GGGEEEOOOLLLOOOGGGYYYDDDIIIVVVIIISSSIIIOOONNNGeological Society of AmericaVolume 28, Number 1 Summer, 2006A Message from the AGD ChairApril 2006Greetings from your new Chair. I am honored to serve asthe lead representative of the Archaeological GeologyDivision (AGD) for the next two years. I have beeninvolved in archaeological geology since 1983, workingmainly in the western U.S. and parts of Latin America,and I look forward to serving our organization and(hopefully) meeting you.As stated in our division’s bylaws, the purpose of theAGD is “…to provide a suitable forum for presentation ofpapers on archaeological geology and discussion ofrelated problems, to stimulate research and teaching inarchaeological geology, and to act as an organized groupin promoting these objectives within the framework of theGeological Society of America.” We are one of 15divisions within the Geological Society of America(GSA), with approximately 460 active members. GSAdivisions provide much of the intellectual energy for theorganization by promoting innovative earth sciencethrough technical programs, field trips, and relatedactivities. My goal as chair is to work with fellow officersand members to maintain the vitality of the division andensure that it carries out these objectives.An indicator of our division’s well being is the number oftechnical programs we sponsor at the GSA AnnualMeeting. This year’s meeting is in Philadelphia, October22-25, where we will be sole or lead sponsor for sixtopical sessions on subjects such as the geoarchaeology oflarge river valleys, prehistoric earthworks, naturaldisasters, wetlands, caves, and marine settings. Iencourage you to submit an abstract for an oral or postersession; abstracts must be electronically submitted athttp://www.geosociety.org/meetings/2006/index.htm byJuly 11, 2006. In addition to cosponsoring other technicalsessions with allied divisions, we will be sponsoring aone-day, pre-meeting, archaeological geology field tripto be led by Joe Schuldenrein. This trip will look atcontemporary and past landscapes of the Pennsylvania-New York area, starting at Philadelphia and proceedingnorth along the Delaware Valley. Stops will include aprehistoric quarry site, exposures of Quaternary loessand alluvial stratigraphy, and potentially an ongoingurban archaeological excavation (see below for moreinformation on the upcoming GSA meeting). Plans arealso currently being developed for the AGD-sponsoredfield trip at the 2007 GSA Annual Meeting in Denverthat will involve high elevation Paleoindian sites in theMiddle Park Area of Colorado.Given the diverse interdisciplinary program at thisyear’s annual meeting, I hope that we have a largeturnout in Philadelphia of both veteran and new GSAmembers. Moreover, one of my goals as chair is toincrease student participation in the AGD. If you arean educator, I ask that you invite and encouragestudents to attend the annual meeting, particularlythose students living in the northeastern U.S. It is notoften that the annual meeting is held in this region, andstudents will have an opportunity to see presentationsof a wide variety of archaeological geological researchand meet the people who do it. Many students may beinvolved in research of their own that they may want topresent. Students who plan to present a paper or postercan apply for travel support through the AGD and GSA(see Student Section at our division websitehttp://rock.geosociety.org/arch/ for applicationprocedures). Students can find additional informationabout the archaeological geology profession and howto participate in AGD activities by contacting ourstudent representatives:Ellery Frahm frah0010@tc.umn.edu orLori Wozniak lori-wozniak@uiowa.edu. (cont. p2)
  2. 2. 2Chair’s Message (continued)The health of the division inevitably depends on yourparticipation. In addition to attending GSA national andsectional meetings, another way to participate is to submitcontributions to the AGD Newsletter Editor, Jen Smithjensmith@wustl.edu. Even if it’s a shameless plug aboutyour work and accomplishments (I’ve done my share!),it’s always good to hear what our members are doing.The newsletter is published in the summer and fall and canbe accessed at our division website.Yet another sign of a scientific discipline’s vitality is itsrepresentation in the peer-reviewed literature. Ours is aninterdisciplinary science, and you can find recent papers inarchaeological geology in journals too numerous tomention here. Along this line, I am happy to announcethat our division journal, Geoarchaeology: AnInternational Journal, is 20 years old this year and stillgoing strong. Editors Rolfe Mandel and Paul Goldbergseek quality submissions from division members andcolleagues. Of course, I also encourage you to submityour work to the GSA journals, including Geology,Geosphere (electronic publication), and the GeologicalSociety of America Bulletin.If you have questions, concerns, or recommendationsregarding division activities (or lack thereof), I can bereached at 520-615-2644 or ghuck10@comcast.net. Ilook forward to seeing you in Philadelphia.Gary Huckleberry, ChairARCHAEOLOGICAL GEOLOGY DIVISIONMinutes of the Annual Business MeetingMonday, October 17, 2005Salt Place Convention Center 251CSalt Lake City, UtahMeeting convenes at 5:40 pm.1. Chair Report (David Cremeens)• Introduced AGD officers and committee chairs.• Commented on excellent field trip and thankedorganizers/leaders for their efforts• Indicated that two sessions on Tuesday aresponsored by AGD• Asked for volunteers to man the AGD booth onTuesday• Encouraged members to make nominations for GSAcommittees2. Vice Chair Report (Gary Huckleberry)• Commented on next year’s Philadelphia meeting—better AGD representation is needed than atSalt Lake.• Two topical sessions have been suggested-Large River Valleys & Multicomponent sitesin the East (D. Cremeens)-Geoarchaeology of Earthworks and Mounds(R. Mandel)• Joe Schuldenrein has agreed to organize a fieldtrip3. Secretary-Treasurer Report (Andrea Freeman)• Commented on fund raising and the fanny packpremium• Indicated that the general division fund has abalance of $7887.03• Applicants are needed for AGD student travelfunds• Reported on officer election results (15% of themembership voted). Gary Huckleberry waselected Chair, Andrea Freeman Vice Chair, andRussell Stafford Secretary-Treasurer. Thanksto other candidates for participating.• Rip Rapp Fund balance is $50,740• Student travel is now a line item in generaldivision budget4. Installation of New AGD Chair:Out-going Chair, David Cremeens, turned meetingover to in-coming Chair, Gary Huckleberry.Gary Huckleberry thanked David Cremeens for asmooth transition. He called for the membership toparticipate in AGD and indicated that new memberswere needed, especially students. Membership rose by20 this year. AGD is the 8thlargest division in GSA. Ifyou have concerns please feel free to contact the Chair.5. Open Discussion and Announcements:Jennifer Smith asked for suggestions regarding thenewsletter; encouraged the membership to submit newsitems and featured research.David Cremeens indicated that GSA is concernedabout Section meetings and wants Divisioninvolvement. He will attend the North Central Sectionthis spring.Rick Dunn indicated that Catherine Yansa,(Department of Geography, Michigan State University)is the new chair of the Nominations Committee.(continued on p3)
  3. 3. 3AGD Business Meeting (continued)Rolfe Mandel indicated that the editorship ofGeoarchaeology is in transition. He and Paul Goldbergwill be co-editors of the journal. He encouragedindividuals to submit manuscripts (long and shortcontributions). AMQUA will have its biannual meeting inBozeman, Montana, August 2006. Geoarchaeology fieldtrips are planned.Vance Holliday mentioned the Conference onArchaeological Science at University of Arizona inSeptember 2006. Participation by students andprofessionals is welcome. Contact Vance if interested.6. Awards Ceremony• The Claude C. Albritton, Jr. Award was made toColin Cooke (Department of Geology, Universityof Pittsburgh) for “Reconstruction of pre-Incanmetallurgy using lake sediments from north/centralPeru”• The Rip Rapp Archaeological Geology Award wasmade to C. Reid Ferring (University of NorthTexas). Rolfe Mandel was the citationist.Meeting adjourned at 6:15 pm.Respectfully submitted byRussell StaffordSecretary/TreasurerArchaeological Geology DivisionARCHAEOLOGICAL GEOLOGY DIVISIONMANAGEMENT BOARD, 2005-2007Chair Vice-ChairGary Huckleberry Andrea Freeman3577 E. Nugget Canyon Place Dept of ArchaeologyTucson, AZ 85718 University of Calgary(520) 615-2644 Calgary, AB T2N 1N4ghuck10@comcast.net (403) 220-2792freeman@ucalgary.caSecretary-Treasurer Past ChairC. Russell Stafford David CremeensDepartment of Geography, GAI Consultants, Inc.Geology & Anthropology 385 Waterfront Drive EIndiana State University Homestead, PA 15120Terre Haute, IN 47809 (412) 476-2000 x1423(812) 238-2693 d.cremeens@gaiconsultants.comanstff@isugw.indstate.eduSUBMIT AN ABSTRACTGSA ANNUAL MEETING Oct. 22-25, 2006Philadelphia, PAABSTRACT DEADLINE: JULY 11, 2006The Archaeological Geology Division is sponsoring orco-sponsoring several topical sessions (listed below) atthe 2006 GSA Annual Meeting. The sessions will notrun unless enough papers are submitted, so please helpthese sessions see the light of day by submitting anabstract. If your research doesn’t fit well into thesetopical sessions, you may wish to consider submittingto the Archaeological Geology Division general(discipline) session. Relevant topical sessions include:T1. High Resolution Quaternary Records fromCave EnvironmentsGSA Archaeological Geology Division; GSAQuaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division;GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA SedimentaryGeology Division; Society for VertebratePaleontology; Paleontological Society; GeochemicalSociety; Karst Waters InstituteBonnie A.B. Blackwell, Donald McFarlaneCaves are geological time-capsules. When dated,they reveal detailed patterns of climatic,sedimentological, and hydrological changes, andbotanical, faunal, and archaeologicalturnover.Contributions from all disciplines workingin caves, rock shelters, or karst fissures welcomed.Oral and Posters.T2. Alluvial Geoarchaeology of Large River ValleysGSA Archaeological Geology DivisionDavid L. CremeensThis session encourages contributions from scientiststhat have investigated archaeology sites in large rivervalley settings. Discussions of soil stratigraphy,correlation, paleoenvironmental reconstruction, post-occupation burial and alteration, and newer techniquesand analyses are particularly encouraged. Oral.T3. Reconstructing Landscape Contexts of HumanOccupation Surrounding WetlandsGSA Archaeological Geology Division; GSALimnogeology Division; GSA Geology and SocietyDivisionCatherine H. Yansa, Andrea K.L. FreemanThis session will provide examples of how valuableinformation about human activities in wetland andsurrounding upland landscapes is obtained from theanalysis of soils, sediments and fossils from wetlands(lake, bog, marsh and riparian). Oral.
  4. 4. 4T4. Marine Geoarchaeology: New Exploration of Sitesfrom Coast to Shelf (Posters)GSA Archaeological Geology DivisionJean-Daniel Stanley, Eduard G. ReinhardtMarine geoarchaeology aims to understand human andenvironmental interactions during the Holocene in now-submerged settings. New techniques and applications inthis new interdisciplinary field will present latestresearch in reconstruction of coastal and shelf settings.Posters.T5. Archaeological and Geoarchaeological Records ofNatural and Human—Induced DisastersGSA Archaeological Geology DivisionTina M. Niemi, Suzanne Leroy, L. Mark RaabThis session explores geologic and archaeological data,as well as historical records of catastrophic events anddisasters in human history including earthquakes,volcanic eruptions, climate and environmental change,droughts, floods, and crises of cultural origin. Oral andPosters.T6. Geoarchaeology of Prehistoric EarthworksGSA Archaeological Geology DivisionRolfe D. MandelThis session encourages contributions from researcherswho have applied geoscientific methods, such asgeophysics, remote sensing, soil stratigraphy,sedimentology, and micromorphological analyses, to thestudy of prehistoric earthworks, including mounds,mound-ridge complexes, canals, and moats. Oral.T61. Geology and America’s Early WarsGSA History of Geology Division; National Park Service;GSA Engineering Geology Division; History of the EarthSciences Society (HESS); GSA Archaeological GeologyDivision, GSA Quaternary and Geomorphology Division;GSA Geology and Society DivisionBob Higgins, William R. Brice, Judy EhlenGeology plays a critical role in every military venture.This session will examine how the American geologicsetting, including geomorphology, hydrology, andresources influenced the course of the Revolutionaryand Civil wars, and other conflicts. Oral.Going to the Annual Meeting? Don’t miss theDIVISION SPONSORED FIELD TRIPPrehistoric and Urban Landscapes of the MiddleAtlantic Region: Geoarchaeological PerspectivesSat., Oct. 2. Leader:Joe Schuldenrein (GeoarcheologyResearch Associates, +1-718-601-3861, fax +1-718-601-3864, geoarch@aol.com).Contemporary and buried landscapes of the urbanNortheast preserve evidence of complex land use andsedimentation patterns in conjunction with Holocene andhistoric human occupation. While industrialization anddevelopment have destroyed much of the pristinesurfaces and landscapes, geoarchaeological investiga-tions over the past 20 years have producedreconstructions of the landscape history that are tied tochanging settlement and land utilization. This trip willsample a variety of the geoarchaeological environ-ments that have been investigated as a result of historicpreservation projects. The trip will begin inPhiladelphia and extend northward up and across theDelaware Valley, spanning the margins of theWoodfordian glacial boundary, and it may extend asfar north as northern New Jersey or even New YorkCity. (Sign up for the field trip when you register forthe meeting.)ARCHAEOLOGICAL GEOLOGY DIVISIONSTUDENT TRAVEL AWARDThe Archaeological Geology Division announces a$650 travel grant for a student to attend the 2006 GSAAnnual Meeting in Denver. This competitive grant willbe awarded based on the evaluation of an application,including an abstract of the paper or poster prepared bya student for presentation in the Division’s technicalsession at the GSA meeting. The paper or poster mustbe single-authored. The deadline for applications isapproximately September 20, 2006. Please go tohttp://rock.geosociety.org/arch/ for details or to apply.STUDENT NEWSThe Archaeological Geology Division needs studentvolunteers to staff the Divisions booth at the GSAAnnual Meeting (October 22-25) in Philadelphia.Those attending the Annual Meeting and wishingto volunteer for an hour or two (or more) shouldcontact the PR Chair, Jennifer Smithjensmith@wustl.edu. The student travel fund supportsthose who are traveling to the GSA Annual Meeting topresent a paper or poster. Student membersare encouraged to help the Division build this fund byserving time as volunteers for the Annual Meeting.If any student members are interested in some sort ofsocial gathering at the Annual Meeting (to a bar,having lunch or dinner at a restaurant, etc.), pleasesend Ellery an e-mail. If there is sufficientinterest expressed, well organize a get-together.Lori Wozniak lori-wozniak@uiowa.eduEllery Frahm frah0010@umn.eduStudent Representatives
  5. 5. SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE DIVISION,AND THE STUDENT TRAVEL FUND!Speaking of the Student Travel Fund: For a $10 donationto the Student Travel Fund, you will receive a royal bluebelt pack emblazoned with the division logo (as seen onthe newsletter bannerhead). If you can bear to wait untilthe Annual Meeting, you can stop by the Division boothin the Exhibit Hall, make your donation, and receive yourfanny pack there. Alternatively, contact Jen Smithjensmith@wustl.edu, and arrangements can be made toprocess your donation and have a belt pack sent to you.(rock hammer for scale, not included)FROM THE NEWSLETTEREDITOR5Please send input! We need more“News from the Membership” and“Featured Research.” If there’ssomething you’d like to see in theNewsletter that’s not here, something that would beparticularly useful or enjoyable to you, please let meknow. Any and all suggestions for improving thenewsletter would be welcomed! I’ll be at the businessmeeting in San Juan, so you’re welcome to give me somefeedback then. Send all correspondence to: Jennifer R.Smith, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences,Washington University, Campus Box 1169, 1 BrookingsDrive, St. Louis, MO 63130, Office: (314) 935-9451, Fax:(314) 935-7361, email: jensmith@wustl.edu.Million Dollar OpportunityLaRamie Soils Service, Inc., the nation’s oldestgeoarchaeological consulting firm, is acceptingapplications for senior partner position(s). Interestedindividuals should highlight their consulting, business,and professional experiences. Please respond to:laramiesoilsservice@msn.com.CLAUDE ALBRITTON FUND FORARCHAEOLOGICAL GEOLOGYUnder the auspices of the Archaeological GeologyDivision, family, friends and close associates of ClaudeC. Albritton, Jr. have formed a memorial fund in hishonor at the GSA Foundation. Initially, the fund wasset up with a gift of several thousand dollars. Membersof the GSA Archaeological Geology Division, GSAmembers, and those who knew Claude Albritton arebeing asked to consider contributing to this fund. TheAlbritton Fund will provide awards in the amount of$650 in support of thesis or dissertation research bygraduate students in archaeology and geology, withemphasis on the field and/or laboratory parts of thisresearch. Additional information will be provided inthe Fall newsletter; the next round of proposals will bedue in March, 2007. Those desiring further informationabout these scholarships should visithttp://rock.geosociety.org/arch/ or contact the Chair ofthe Awards Committee, Scott Pike, atpike@lynchburg.edu. Those wishing to contribute tothe Albritton Fund should send gifts to the GSAFoundation, designating the gift for this fund.DOUGLAS C. KELLOGG FUND FORGEOARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCHCongratulations to Heidi Luchsinger, 2006 recipient ofthe Douglas C. Kellogg award, for her dissertationresearch on archaeological geology in Argentina!The Douglas C. Kellogg fund will provide support ofthesis or dissertation research, with emphasis on thefield and/or laboratory parts of this research, forgraduate students in the earth sciences andarchaeology. The application deadline is generally inDecember. For additional information, contact Dr.Christopher L. Hill, Douglas C. Kellogg Fund,Department of Anthropology, Boise State University,1910 University Drive, Boise, Idaho, 83725-1950;email chill2@boisestate.edu.OTHER FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FORGRADUATE RESEARCH*Note* on the Student News page of the updatedDivision website http://rock.geosociety.org/arch thereis a link to a webpage maintained by Ellery Frahmcontaining additional information on fundingsources.
  6. 6. 6DIRECTORY OF GRADUATE PROGRAMS INARCHAEOLOGICAL GEOLOGYThe “Directory of Graduate Programs in ArchaeologicalGeology and Geoarchaeology” is published by the GSAArchaeological Geology Division. It is accessible throughthe Division web site http://rock.geosociety.org/arch.Rolfe Mandel took over the responsibility of updating RipRapp’s Directory; if you would like a hard copy of theDirectory, contact Rolfe mandel@kgs.ku.edu.ON THE WEBThe American Quaternary Association (AMQUA) hasestablished a listserv to foster better and timeliercommunication with members. This listserv is forannouncements from AMQUA only. It is not a "reply-to"discussion list nor is it intended to compete with othersuch lists. The AMQUA publication, the QuaternaryTimes, is going to become completely electronic, and thelistserv will be led into it. All AMQUA members withemail addresses were automatically subscribed. If you arean AMQUA member and have not received an emailindicating your subscription please visit the followingWeb site to subscribe:http://museum.state.il.us/mailman/listinfo/amqua-announceAMQUA has also established a new Web site:http://www.amqua.org/. This site is currently underdevelopment, but plan to see major improvements soon.Greg Vogel is developing an "earthworms andarchaeology" web page, which will contain more generalinformation on bioturbation when completed. It isintended for the general public, but may also be of interestto the geoarchaeologists, and can be found at:http://www.projectpast.org/gvogel/Earthworms/home.htmGreg would welcome any images of interesting or unusualforms of soil turbation for the gallery section of the website; you can contact him at ggvogel@gmail.com.(The following link was forwarded to the SAS mailing listby Dave Killick, University of Arizona):For those involved in the analysis of petrographic thinsections, a method for time-saving digital image analysisof thin sections is described at:spartan.ac.brocku.ca/~ffueten/stage/ WelcomeF.htmlLooking for images to use in teaching? Check outwww.earthscienceworld.org/imagebank/ This archivecurrently has over 6000 indexed images.For aerial photographs, try the California GeographicalSurvey, http://geogdata.csun.edu, which maintains aseries of aerial panorama collections being created for theuse of schoolteachers and their students. Postings to dateinclude: World Atlas of Panoramic Aerial Images, AlaskaAtlas of Panoramic Aerial Images, California Atlas ofPanoramic Aerial Images, Nevada Atlas of PanoramicAerial Images, Oregon Atlas of Panoramic AerialImages, and the Washington Atlas of Panoramic AerialImages.For your use and enjoyment, a variety of videoprograms are available on The Archaeology Channelat http://www.archaeologychannel.org. You cansupport this public service by participating in theirMembership and Underwriting programs.Collections of paleoclimatic data (including pollen,ice core, coral, tree-ring, and other proxies) can befound online at NOAA’s Paleoclimatology website,www.ncdc.noaa.gov/ paleo/paleo.html and at theNASA Global Change Master Directory,http://gcmd.nasa.gov/index.html.Looking for GIS data? The National Geospatial DataClearinghouse is a great one-stop shoppingopportunity at http://clearinghouse1.fgdc.gov/. Youcan search by place, keyword, or target a particulardataset or server. Retrievable datasets are global,continental, national, state, and local.A useful set of links to sites on archaeologicalapplications of GIS is that maintained by the Stanfordlibrary, at:http://www.sul.stanford.edu/depts/gis/Archaeology.htm“PalaeoWorks,” a new website, is designed to be aportal to resources being developed for palaeo- andarchaeobotanical research in the Asia-Pacific region.Please visit at:http://palaeoworks.anu.edu.au/index.html.Contents include: the Indo-Pacific Pollen Database, theAustralasian Pollen and Spore Atlas, individualcollections of pollen floras from sites investigated bymembers of PalaeoWorks, and up-to-date informationon the group’s current research activities.Ever wondered what would happen if you got a littleoverly ambitious during excavation? This website, “IfI dig a very deep hole, where I go to stop?” athttp://map.pequenopolis.com will tell you.Announcement forwarded to the Quaternary listserv atQUATERNARY@CLIFFY.UCS.MUN.CA:Many of you may have heard of an NSF- and EU-funded project with the acronym of CRONUS that is,Cosmic-ray-produced nuclide systematics. This isan international project that is supposed to improve andstandardize cosmogenic-nuclide dating methods,
  7. 7. 7and make them more easily and more accurately appliedto Earth science research.One goal of this project is to make standard methods ofcalculating exposure-ages and erosion rates fromcosmogenic-nuclide measurements more easily accessibleto the entire community of geologists andgeomorphologists. Toward this end we have developed anonline exposure-age and erosion-rate calculator for Be-10and Al-26 measurements. This is intended to do twothings:1) to allow researchers, who wish to use cosmogenic-nuclide measurements as part of a broader study, to easilycalculate exposure ages and erosion rates using a standard,internally consistent, and generally accepted method.2) to enable researchers to easily recalculate exposure agesin the existing literature, that may have originally beendetermined using different geographic scaling schemes orproduction rates, using a common basis for comparison.These online calculators are located here:http://hess.ess.washington.edu/math/. They are fully open-source, with links to the actual MATLAB code that carriesout the calculations, and fully documented.The point of this announcement is to invite those of youwho use cosmogenic-nuclide measurements in your workto try them, and let us know if they are helpful to you, orif you have difficulties in using them. We are especiallyinterested in your comments on whether the user interfaceis easy to use, completely incomprehensible, or somethingin between.At present these calculators are in review -- we arecurrently sending in a paper that describes them for formalreview -- and until theyve been formally reviewed, wemay make changes in both the calculation method itselfand the user interface. Thus we suggest that anyone whowishes to use these to generate published results beforethe review is complete should contact us to make sure thatthey have not been overtaken by events.-Greg Balco balcs@u.washington.eduCosmogenic Nuclide LabUniversity of Washington, Seattle, WA USAhttp://depts.washington.edu/cosmolabNEWS FROM THE MEMBERSHIPEllery Frahm, a doctoral candidate in Archaeology andresearch fellow in Geology at the University ofMinnesota, is taking a few weeks away from his air-conditioned lab, the Electron Microprobe Laboratory,to visit a site in the Khabur plains of Syria this summer.The site, a Chalcolithic to Middle-Bronze-Age tell, isideally located for exchange into Anatolia, and the tradematerials include obsidian. Ellery will visit the site tostudy the lithic assemblage, select obsidian fragmentsto bring back for provenancing using the electronmicroprobe, and participate in this years excavations.Allen Gilbert (Fordham University) and JosephSchuldenrein (GRA) are assembling papers for anedited volume on Geoarchaeological Applications inHistoric and Urban Landscapes. The volume is to besubmitted to the University of Florida Press.Geoarcheology Research Associates (GRA) is aboutto begin the final stage of a long term coring projectin New York Harbor. The objectives are toreconstruct the margins and paleoenvironments of theburied shoreline since the end of the Pleistocene,extending to Euroamerican contact and colonial andhistoric periods. This is an interdisciplinary project thatincorporates input from geomorphology, paleo-climatology, stratigraphy and archaeology. Field workwill include submarine coring and side scan sonar forreaches of the harbor that are not well documentedstratigraphically. Earlier phases of the project produceda baseline sequence that stressed biostratigraphy anddated sedimentary columns. The entire data set will beintegrated into a GIS platform that will model landformand archaeological successions in the dynamic harborenvironment.GRA is also engaged in the excavation of theLeetsdale site, a 6 m deep multi-component andstratified site in the upper Ohio River valley. Thesite spans a series of floodplain, terrace and meanderscroll surfaces. This is one of the largest archaeologicalsites currently under excavation in the eastern U.S. Anallostratigraphic framework is being designed toaccommodate the variability in the site landscape aswell as the inherent differences in stratigraphicdocumentation produced by the 3 separate teams ofarchaeologists who have excavated the variouslandscape segments. GRA is tasked with developing acomprehensive site stratigraphy.GRA is also involved in a 3 year NSF"biocomplexity" grant on the theme of Landuse andLandscape Socioecology in the MediterraneanBasin that has been awarded to an interdisciplinaryteam headed by Mike Barton at Arizona StateUniversity. Objectives of the project are to examine theinteractive dynamic between landscape, vegetation,and cultural systems in the evolution of early
  8. 8. civilizations across the greater Mediterranean regionduring the Holocene. GRA will be leading a groundtruthing effort to establish the alluvial and environmentalhistories of trunk drainages in western Jordan and theJordan Valley that are associated with the emergence ofsome of the earliest agricultural settlements.SOCIETY FOR ARCHAEOLOGICALSCIENCESThe Society for Archaeological Sciences (S.A.S.) wasfounded to establish a forum for communication amongscholars applying methods from the physical sciences toarchaeology and to aid the broader archaeologicalcommunity in assessing the potentials and problems ofthose methods. Base membership (including subscriptionto the SAS Bulletin) is $20. For membership inquiries,please contact Rob Sternberg, General Secretary, Societyfor Archaeological Sciences, Department of Earth andEnvironment, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA17604-3003 USA. Phone: (717) 291-4134 Fax: (717) 291-4186 or email: Rob.Sternberg@FandM.edu.GEOARCHAEOLOGY: ANINTERNATIONAL JOURNALGeoarchaeology:An International Journal is now beingco-edited by Rolfe Mandel and Paul Goldberg. Thejournal has a broad, interdisciplinary scope dealing withthe understanding of archaeological sites, their naturalcontext, and the material artifacts recovered from them.Manuscripts may include subjects from disciplines withinthe earth sciences (e.g., geography, pedology,climatology, geology, oceanography, geochemistry,geochronology, and geophysics) or those from biologicalsciences. They should be sent to: Paul Goldberg or TrinaArpin, Boston University, Department of Archaeology,675 Commonwealth Ave. Boston, MA 02215. tel: (617)358-1666 fax: (617) 353-6800 Electronic submission ofmanuscripts is now available.CONTENTS OF RECENTISSUES OF GEOARCHAEOLOGYVolume 21, Issue 5 (June 2006)Editorial statement (p 401-402) Paul Goldberg, RolfeMandel, Trina ArpinResearch ArticlesStratigraphic investigations at Los Buchillones, a coastalTaino site in north-central Cuba (p 403-428) Matthew C.Peros, Elizabeth Graham, Anthony M. DavisPetrography and provenance of Laecanius Amphoraefrom Istria, northern Adriatic region, Croatia (p 429-460) Maria A. Mange, Tam´s BezeczkySediment consolidation and archaeological siteformation (p 461-478) Brian N. AndrewsColoring and preservation state of faunal remains fromthe neanderthal levels of Kůlna Cave, Czech republic(p 479-501) Véronique Michel, Hervé Bocherens,Isabelle Théry-Parisot, Karel Valoch, PatriciaValensiShort contribution: Buried Canopic channel identifiednear Egypts Nile delta coast with radar (SRTM)imagery (p 503-514) Jean-Daniel Stanley, ThomasF. JorstadBook ReviewsThe biomarker guide, volumes 1 & 2 (p 515-517)William C. JohnsonTechniques in archaeological geology (p 518-519)Lara K. HomseyIn the maw of the Earth monster: Mesoamerican ritualcave use (p 520-521) Nicholas P. DunningVolume 21, Issue 4 (April 2006)Special Issue: Geoarchaeology and the Peopling ofthe New World Edited and Introduction by Vance T.Holliday.Research ArticlesLate Wisconsinan Port Eliza Cave deposits and theirimplications for human coastal migration, VancouverIsland, Canada (p 307-332) M. Al-Suwaidi, B.C.Ward, M.C. Wilson, R.J. Hebda, D.W. Nagorsen, D.Marshall, B. Ghaleb, R.J. Wigen, R.J. EnkinProblems and prospects in the preservation of LatePleistocene cultural sites in southern Oregon coastalriver valleys: Implications for evaluating coastalmigration routes (p 333-350) Michele L. Punke,Loren G. DavisGeoarchaeological insights from Indian Sands, a LatePleistocene site on the southern northwest coast,USA (p 351-361) Loren G. DavisThe Ryan/Harley site: Sedimentology of an inundatedPaleoindian site in north Florida (p 363-391) JamesH. Balsillie, Guy H. Means, James S. DunbarBook ReviewsThe protohistoric pueblo world, A.D. 1275-1600(p 393-395) Gary HuckleberryEarly earthquakes of the Americas (p 395-397) Tina M.NiemiA prehistory of the north: Human settlement of thehigher latitudes (p 397-399) Lucille Lewis Johnson8
  9. 9. Volume 21, Issue 3, Pages 201-303 (March 2006)Research ArticlesModeling environmental influences on the locations ofIrish early medieval ringforts (p 201-220) Robert J.Legg, David TaylorCharacterizing anthropic sediments in north EuropeanNeolithic settlements: An assessment from Skara Brae,Orkney (p 221-235) Ian A. Simpson, Erika B. Guttmann,Jonathan Cluett, Alexandra ShepherdIntegrating geochemistry and micromorphology tointerpret feature use at Dust Cave, a Paleo-Indianthrough Middle-Archaic site in Northwest Alabama(p 237-269) Lara K. Homsey, Rosemary C. CapoClimate and pre-Columbian settlement at Anse à laGourde, Guadeloupe, Northeastern Caribbean (p 271-280) C.J. Beets, S.R. Troelstra, P.M. Grootes, M.-J.Nadeau, K. van der Borg, A.F.M. de Jong, C.L. Hofman,M.L.P. HooglandA new strategy for analyzing the chronometry ofconstructed rock features in deserts (p 281-303) NiccoleVilla Cerveny, Russell Kaldenberg, Judyth Reed, DavidS. Whitley, Joseph Simon, Ronald I. DornVolume 21, Issue 2, Pages 131-200 (February 2006)Research ArticlesTimes of sand: Sedimentary history and archaeology atthe Sigatoka Dunes, Fiji (p 131-154) A. Anderson, R.Roberts, W. Dickinson, G. Clark, D. Burley, A. de Biran,G. Hope, P. NunnPrehistoric gold markers and environmental change: Atwo-age system for standing stones in western Ireland(p 155-170) K.R. MooreEffect of fire on phytolith coloration (p 171-185) Jeff ParrShort ContributionGeological and religious factors for subsurface quarryingthat formed the Zedekiah Cave in Jerusalem, Israel(p 187-196) Zeev LewyBook ReviewsHandbook of stable isotope analytical techniques, volume1 (p 197-198) F. Donald PateClimate changes during the Holocene and their impact onhydrological systems (p 199-200) Adrian G. ParkerVolume 21, Issue 1, Pages 1-130 (January 2006)Research ArticlesComparison of sedimentation and occupation historiesinside and outside rock shelters, Keep-River region,northwestern Australia (p 1-27) I.A.K. Ward, R.L.K.Fullagar, T. Boer-Mah, L.M. Head, P.S.C. Taçon, K.MulvaneyInstallation age of limestone masonry determined from itsviscous remagnetization (p 29-60) Graham JohnBorradaile, Bjarne Sven AlmqvistThe management of arable land from prehistory to thepresent: Case studies from the Northern Isles ofScotland (p 61-92) Erika B. Guttmann, Ian A.Simpson, Donald A. Davidson, Stephen J. DockrillThe significance of vivianite in archaeological settings(p 93-111) Glenys McGowan, Jonathan PrangnellShort contributionMapping Quaternary deposits as a method forexplaining the distribution of Mesolithic sites inreclaimed landscapes: An example from Vålse Vig,southeast Denmark (p 113-124) Shaun Rømer,Henrik Breuning-Madsen, Thomas Balstrøm, Anna-Elisabeth JensenBook ReviewsThe Burnham site in northwestern Oklahoma:Glimpses beyond Clovis? (p 125-127) Matthew G.HillSoils, stones and symbols: Cultural perceptions of themineral world (p 128-130) George (Rip) RappNEW BOOKS AND MONOGRAPHS(received by Geoarchaeology: An International Journal)The Protohistoric Pueblo World A.D. 1275-1600. E.Charles Adams and Andrew I Duff (Editors), 2004,University of Arizona Press Tucson, 218 pp.(hardcover).Ground-Penetrating Radar for Archaeology. LawrenceB. Conyers, 2004, Altamira Press, A Division ofRowland and Littlefield Publishers, Inc. WalnutCreek, California, xiv + 203pp. (softcover).A Prehistory of the North: Human Settlement of theHigher Latitudes. John F. Hoffecker, 2005, RutgersUniversity Press, Piscataway, NJ, xv + 225 pp.(softcover).Laser Ablation ICP_MS in Archaeological Research.Robert J. Speakman and Hector Neff (Editors), 2005,University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, NM.vii + 200 pp, (cloth).The Plain of Phaistos: Cycles of Social Complexity inthe Mesara Region of Crete. L. Vance Watrous,Despoina Hadzi-Vallianou and Harriet Blitzer, 2004,Monumenta Archaeologica 23, Cotsen Institute ofArchaeology at UCLA. xxvi + 668 pp (hardcover).Ceramics in Archaeology: Readings from AmericanAntiquity, 1936-2002. Hector Neff, 2005, Societyfor American Archaeology, Washington DC. 384pp.(softcover).The Biomarker Guide: Biomarkers and Isotopes in theEnvironment and Human History. Volume 1.Kenneth E. Peters, Clifford C. Walters, and J.Michael Moldowan. (2005) Cambridge UniversityPress. 2nd edition. xviii + 471.9
  10. 10. 10Notes for all those teaching geoarchaeology: 1) PaulGoldberg and Richard Macphail have just published"Practical and Theoretical Geoarchaeology" (BlackwellPublishing, 2006); 2) the second edition of"Geoarchaeology" by Rip Rapp and Christopher Hill willbe published in April, 2006 (by Yale University Press).UPCOMING MEETINGSWe invite your involvement in GSA’s next specialtymeeting. Managing Drought and Water Scarcity inVulnerable Environments: Creating a Roadmap forChange in the United States will take place inLongmont, CO, on 18-20 September 2006. Thisparticipatory conference will involve presentations fromnationally-known experts, poster exhibits, and breakoutsessions designed to obtain input from multiplestakeholders on the politically charged topic of allocatingand conserving our increasingly limited water resources.To encourage interaction and communication, registrationis limited to 250 people.How can you participate?--Volunteer to be a field trip guide on Sunday’s pre-meeting outing to view the Water Resources of the ScenicRocky Mountains.--Volunteer to be on the Scientific Advisory Panel for theconference.--Suggest names of possible exhibitors for the conference.--Register online athttp://www.geosociety.org/meetings/06drought/registration.htm.--Submit a poster abstract athttp://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2006DRO/index.epl.--Encourage a student to attend. Limited spots areavailable for student volunteers for whom registration feeswill be waived.For additional information, please see the meeting websiteat http://www.geosociety.org/meetings/06drought/, or contactDeborah Nelson (303) 357-1014; dnelson@geosociety.org.July 24-26, 2006 Guelph, Canada. Sixth InternationalConference on Aeolian Research (ICAR VI). Thismeeting brings together researchers interested in the manyareas of inquiry focusing on the entrainment, transport anddeposition of sediment by wind including applied aspectsof aeolian research. The conference will consist of threeand a half days of technical sessions with oral and posterpresentations. In addition to the technical sessions therewill be a full day field trip to the coastal dunes of LakeOntario, one of Canadas Great Lakes. For details,registration, and to submit abstracts: please visitwww.uoguelph.ca/icarvi/index.cfm.August 29-September 1, 2006 Edinburgh, Scotland.Registration is now open for all postgraduate researchstudents wishing to attend the QRA 5th InternationalPostgraduate Symposium at the Institute ofGeography, University of Edinburgh. The meeting isdesigned to provide a forum for delegates to presentand discuss their work in a relaxed and informalenvironment and to facilitate the development of closelinks within the Quaternary research community. Forinformation: www.geos.ed.ac.uk/conferences/qrapg2006.August 17-20, 2006 Bozeman, Montana. The theme ofthe American Quaternary Association 36th BiennialMeeting is “Ocean/Atmosphere Interactions andContinental Consequences: Environmental Forecastingfrom the Quaternary Sciences.” Plenary sessions willfocus on the intersection of two important areas: therapidly advancing science of ocean/atmosphereinteractions and continental impacts, and the increasingdemand for environmental forecasting. Meeting details:<http://bsi.montana.edu/amqua>.August 25-September 2, 2006 São Paulo and Maringá,Brazil. GLOCOPH (Global Commission onContinental Paleohydrology - Fluvial sequences asEvidence for Landscape and Climatic Evolution in theLate Cenozoic-IGCP-518: Present and Past FluvialSystems: Methods and Applications. The mainobjectives are to discuss fluvial sequences andpaleohydrological records as evidence for landscapeand climatic evolution in the Late Cenozoic and topromote the discussion of methods and techniquesrelated to the reconstruction of past fluvial systemsconditions and their applications in present day fluvialmanagement. For more information contact ThiagoMorato tmorato@infonet.com.br, who will send thefirst-circular. Information and registration: Dr. Jose C.Stevaux jcstevaux@uem.br or jstevaux@prof.ung.brand Dr. Edgardo M. Latrubesse latrubes@terra.com.br.September 7-9, 2006 Stockholm, Sweden. The generalaim of the Second International Symposium onBiomolecular Archaeology is to stimulate research inthe subject area and to encourage the exchange ofinformation between researchers in differentdisciplines. Focus of the symposium will be theapplication of biomolecular techniques toarchaeological questions, this ideally in combinationwith "traditional" archaeological research methods.Abstract Deadline: May 15, 2006. RegistrationDeadline (to avoid late fee): May 31, 2006. For moreinformation visit www.archaeology.su.se/isba2.
  11. 11. 11September 13-16, 2006 Tucson, Arizona. TheArchaeological Sciences of the Americas Symposium2006 is soliciting contributions. In recognition thatarchaeological science represents an interdisciplinaryeffort, six major themes will be represented at themeeting: Geoarchaeology, Conservation Studies andEphemeral Remains, Spatial Analysis and RemoteSensing, Chronometry, Human-Environmental Inter-action, and Material Culture Studies. Session proposaldeadline (5-6 papers and one discussant): May 15, 2006.Abstract deadline: June 1, 2006. For more information,visit http://asas06.ltc.arizona.edu or contact an organizingcommittee chair directly:R. Emerson Howell rhowell@email.arizona.edu orAJ Vonarx ajvonarx@email.arizona.edu.September 19-25, 2006 Mekelle, Ethiopia. TheInternational HighLand Symposium will discussenvironmental change, geomorphic processes, landdegradation and rehabilitation in tropical and subtropicalhighlands. The second circular, containing the final list ofinvited speakers, themes to be discussed, and practical andfinancial information related to this conference, is atwww.biw.kuleuven.be/lbh/HighLand2nd%20circular011105.pdfSeptember 25-27, 2006 Lafayette, Louisiana. The role ofHolocene environmental catastrophes in humanhistory: Geological record of hurricanes. This year theIGCP490 has organized a one day session (oral andposter) fully integrated into the annual meeting of the GulfCoast Association ofGeological Societies (GCAGS). Thekey note speaker is Prof. Kam-Biu Liu (LSU), a specialistof palaeotempestology. Webpage: www.gcags2006.com.Registration: On-line, begins July 15, 2006; deadlineAugust 31, 2006.September 27-29, 2006 Berlin, Germany. The SR2A 2006workshop on Synchrotron Radiation in Art andArchaeology will explore the current and potentialapplications of synchrotron science to problems inarchaeology and art conservation, bringing together keymembers of the synchrotron community and experts in thedisciplines of Archaeology, Archaeological Science, ArtConservation and Materials Sciences. Information on theconference can be accessed at www.bessy.de/workshops/.Abstract deadline: July 1, 2006.October 20-22, 2006 South Carolina. Binghamton 2006Geomorphology Symposium. Posters on the theme ofThe Human Role in Changing Fluvial Systems are invitedfor the to be held at the University of South Carolina, onOctober 20-22 (Friday through Sunday). Poster abstractsare due September 20, but may be submitted at any timebefore that date. Student funding is available forgraduate students wishing to attend the conference.Funding preference will be given to students deliveringposters, although all graduate students are eligible forsupport. Applications for student funding are due bySeptember 1. For info on submitting a poster, studentfunding, and registering for the conference, go to:http://geography.uoregon.edu/amarcus/Binghamton2006/index.htmNovember 15-18, 2006, Washington, DC. The 2006American Schools of Oriental Research AnnualMeeting will include sessions of interest togeoarchaeologists, including Artifacts: The InsideStory, a session discussing instances in which theanalysis of Near Eastern artifacts by means of physicalor chemical techniques has led to a new or re-interpretation of the archaeological record. Paper topicsmay include materials characterization, raw materialacquisition, workshop activity, manufacturingtechniques, ancient technology, and productdistribution. For information: http://www.asor.org/.November 23-25, 2006 Nanjing, China. InternationalSymposium on Terrain Analysis and DigitalTerrain Modelling. Terrain analysis has been anactive study field for some years and attracted researcheffort from geographers, surveyors, engineers andcomputer scientists. However, due to lack ofcommunication across various disciplines, the effortseems to be quite isolated and mostly focused onproblems within individual application fields. With therapid growth of Geographical Information System(GIS) technology, particularly the establishment ofhigh resolution Digital Elevation Models (DEM) atnational level, the challenge is now focused ondelivering justifiable socio-economical andenvironmental benefits. For this we need to bringpeople in the field of terrain analysis together andprovide a platform for more active and fruitfulcommunication and exchange of ideas.April 19-21, 2007 Cambridge, England. The secondDeveloping International GeoarchaeologyConference (DIG 2007) will be held at the Universityof Cambridge. The conference will be preceded by atwo-day workshop of the International ArchaeologicalSoil Micro-morphology Working Group. Informationabout the conference is available on the conferencewebsite at http://www.arch.cam.ac.uk/dig2007. Pleaselet us know if you would like us to put you on themailing list for the second circular by emailing us at:digarch@hermes.cam.ac.uk.
  12. 12. 12June 3-8, 2007 Vail, Colorado. First North AmericanLandslide Conference Landslides and Society:Integrated Science, Engineering, Management, andMitigation. The conference is designed to provide astimulating forum for geoscientists, engineers, planners,economists, program managers, and other decision makersconcerned with landslide hazards and their impact onNorth American society. Abstracts are due February 15,2006. Additional conference information is available at:http://www.mines.edu/academic/geology/landslidevail2007/.June 4-8, 2007 Ontario, Canada. The CanadianQuaternary Association conference in 2007 will providean invigorating forum for those interested in Quaternarygeoscience, including geologists, geomorphologists,physical geographers, biologists, botanists, oceano-graphers, archaeologists, environmentalists, and others.For information, please visit www.canquaottawa2007.ca.June 24-July 1, 2007 Rhone River, France. IAG LargeRivers Symposium. Two days of meetings on the largerivers of the world; the meetings will be preceded andfollowed by two days of field trips on the Rhone.Responsible for the local scientific committee: Pr Jean-Paul BRAVARD, University Lumiere-Lyon 2. For furtherdetails and expresion of interest, please email ProfessorBravard at jean.paul.bravard@univ-lyon2.fr or AvijitGupta at avijit@foxhill.demon.co.uk.June 18-22, 2007 Banff, Alberta, Canada AlluvialFans 2007 The First Circular has been posted at:http://husky1.stmarys.ca/~pgiles/AF2007/AlluvialFans2007.htm.Alluvial Fans 2007 will be held at Banff Park Lodge inBanff, Alberta, Canada. A program of presentationsessions and field trips is being developed. Themeeting will bring together an interdisciplinary groupof scientists interested in various aspects of alluvialfans: geology, sedimentology, geomorphology,hydrology, hydrogeology, engineering, resources, andforestry on fans. Studies of modern fans as well asfans that are part of the stratigraphic record will bepresented. All those interested in the study of alluvialfans are invited to attend this meeting. The organizershave identified tentative themes for presentationsessions. Please consult the meeting website forupdated information or to add your name to the mailinglist.July 28-August 3, 2007 Cairns, Australia Twenty-Seventh INQUA Congress. Preparations areunderway for the twenty-seventh INQUA congress in2007. The Australasian Quaternary Association issponsoring the meeting. For additional information:http://www.aqua.org.au/AQUA/INQUA2007.html oremail INQUA2007@aqua.org.au.GSA Archaeological Geology Division Newsletter - Volume 28, Number 1, Summer 2006Table of ContentsChair’s Message 1Division Business Meeting Minutes, GSA Annual Meeting, October 2005 2Archaeological Geology Division Management Board, 2005-2007 3GSA Annual Meeting Abstract Submission 3Division Field Trip 4Student Travel Award 4Student News 4Support the Student Travel Award 5From the Newsletter Editor 5Claude Albritton Fund for Archaeological Geology 5Douglass C. Kellogg Fund for Geoarchaeological Research 5Other Funding Opportunities for Graduate Research 5Directory of Graduate Programs in Archaeological Geology 6On the Web 6News from the Membership 7Society for Archaeological Sciences 8Geoarchaeology: An International Journal 8Contents of Recent Issues of Geoarchaeology 8New Books and Monographs 9Upcoming Meetings 10

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