Monday, November 2, 2015

CNEHA 2015 Presentation

This year's conference will be hosted in my old stomping grounds of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This will likely be my last conference for a while. I knew I wanted to present on a project relating to Fredericksburg but given that I work in New Jersey, my options were fairly limited. Thankfully, I recalled an old collection I had learned about while working at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library in Fredericksburg, Virginia. A project was conducted on the property in the early 90's and the budget was extremely small. Every artifact was collected via pedestrian reconnaissance and during monitoring. You can read a copy of the presentation from my Academica account, although I will provide a disclaimer here: 95% of the research wasn't actually mine, I essentially gave a presentation on a project that another firm completed. The firm no longer exists and I was able to give this presentation with the support and approval of the archaeologist who ran the job in the early 90's. I was unable to back check all of the information in this report prior to the presentation and it is possible that some of the information could be fine-tuned given that there may be more resources available today. The paper, which offered some background research, summary of results and a look at landscape analysis, was well received by archaeologists local to the Fredericksburg area and I was happy to have presented on the subject.

An added bonus to this conference was that my colleagues from New Jersey were also able to attend and I was able to share some of my favorite haunts with them during the post-presentation hours.

Monday, August 3, 2015

MSU Digital Archaeology Conference 2015

A few weeks ago I learned of an Institute on Digital Archaeology program, hosted by Michigan State University. I submitted my application materials and I am happy to say that I received word that I was accepted into the program. I am one of twenty participants who will receive funding to attend the conference and complete the program. There are an additional ten participants who will not receive funding.

We will need to develop a capstone project which will utilize various media tools to produce and promote a project that focuses on an ongoing project in archaeology. I am now working on a project located here, which focuses on a historic tavern site in the Pinelands of New Jersey. MSU requires that we provide monthly updates about the status of this project on their blog. Once the website is ready for official launch, I will post an update here. Stay tuned!