Fieldnotes: News Briefs

Brief news items on the AIA professional membership and newsworthy activities in the field, including links to recently published institutional press releases or articles in the media.

Beth Alpert Nakhai, Ph.D. - March 10, 2014
The William F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem is pleased to announce the winner of the thirteenth annual competition for the Sean W. Dever Memorial Prize. This award offers $650 for the best published article or paper presented at a conference by a Ph.D. candidate in Syro-Palestinian or Biblical Archaeology. Authors may be of any nationality but the article or paper must be in English. The winner this year is Josephine A. Verduci, a Ph.D. candidate in the Classics and Archaeology Department in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. Her paper, “A Feather in Your Cap: Symbols of Philistine Warrior Status,” was presented in November 2013 at the Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research in Baltimore. The Sean W. Dever Prize was established in 2001 by Mrs. Norma Dever and Professor William G. Dever, in memory of their son Sean.  
February 4, 2014
My name is Katherine Becker, and I am a student at University College London, the Institute of Archaeology. I am currently on student placement at the Museum of London, and am researching epoxy impregnated iron objects for my MSc dissertation.    The link below is for a survey about past treatments (field or lab) of archaeological iron. It has 10 questions and should take 5-10 minutes. The anonymous results will be included in my dissertation.    Thank you very much and please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at I really appreciate your participation!   
Duke University, Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies - December 18, 2013
Beginning in August 2014, the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University will offer a new Master’s Degree in Historical and Cultural Visualization. The 18-month program integrates historical disciplines and the study of cultural artifacts with digital visualization techniques for the analysis and presentation of research. The program builds on courses and well-developed strengths at Duke University, and requires ten courses over three semesters in addition to summer research. Students affiliate with an existing faculty research initiative, from which they will develop their own independent research project for the M.A. thesis. Common themes that unite the various projects are the visualization of process, the representation of change over time, recontextualizing displaced objects, and object biographies. The M.A. prepares students for future work in such fields as public history, city planning and architectural design, cultural heritage, museum exhibition design, and visualization-based journalism, and provides a springboard for more advanced study in art history, archaeology, architectural history and visual studies. The ideal candidate seeks engagement with the Digital Humanities, and conceptualizes digital visualization as a way of doing research. The program encourages applicants from across the Humanities and Social Sciences, whether from established disciplines, such as history, archaeology, and art history, or emerging fields of study, such as spatial history, media arts & sciences, and cultural geography. For more information and to apply, visit
Ancient World Mapping Center - October 31, 2012
The Ancient World Mapping Center is pleased to release version 2.0 of the Antiquity à la Carte application. Version 1.0 appeared in spring 2012 and served as a proof of concept for the mapping application. The application, engineered by Ryan Horne, provides the user with a map base that can be populated by drawing on the collective databases of the Ancient World Mapping Center and the Pleiades Project. The new version, more fully featured, offers the user a range of new capabilities, including: The option of saving data sets assembled using the application and that of uploading data to the map (.json). Options for both printing and exporting the map created using the application; combining the export functionality with the ‘numbered features’ option provides an ideal template for a map-based quiz or examination. Version 2.0 makes extensive use of linked data opportunities by connecting to the Pleiades Project and participating in the linked data initiatives of the Pelagios Project. For Pleiades community editors and members, editing of Pleaides can happen directly by means of this interactive feature of the application. Version 2.0 offers an updated visual interface and site layout. Version 2.0 allows other websites to communicate directly with the application using .json objects or text parameters in the url. Version 2.0 allows the user to create a range of line work, polygons, and shading that then appear in the exported version. These are but a few of the new features offered by Antiquity à la Carte 2.0. We encourage feedback from members of the community who use the application – your comments will help AWMC improve the application. Users can also become registered members of this site and thus be able to closely follow the discussion and receive word of further updates. Interested in more information? Email Jeffrey Becker at
Andina - October 23, 2012
Archaeologists from the Regional Directorate of Culture in Cusco, Peru, unearthed a ceremonial pot and stones at Machu Picchu. The items are thought to have been left as an offering sometime between 1438 and 1470 A.D., but the pot is a couple of hundred years older.