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|Sarah's first pilgrimage to national PA on MSU campus 2011.|
Next week I travel to Bozeman, Montana for my last Project Archaeology Leadership Team meeting. After 7 years on the team, I'm in a sentimental mood. I first became aware of Project Archaeology 18 years ago during my Masters program at East Carolina University (go Pirates!). Charlie Ewen was my advisor, and I opted to do an internship with Patricia Samford who at the time was the archaeologist at Tryon Palace in New Bern. Tricia introduced me to Intrigue of the Past lessons published by PA, and I was hooked.
|Jeanne Moe presents at my first PA workshop in WV 2006.|
|Project Archaeology Conference at Crow Canyon in Cortez, Colorado 2004.|
|Gwynn Henderson in front of Bozeman public library.|
I first realized there was such a thing as the Leadership Team during a Project Archaeology meeting where the Leadership Team members had to put on a skit and help present information to other coordinators. Who were they? What did they do? Who would I have to push down the stairs so I could join this team of leadership?
|Joelle Clark facilitates 1st facilitator training in Florida 2009.|
Gwynn Henderson nominated me to the Leadership Team in 2011. Maybe she was worried about the stair factor, but I like to think she wanted to fan the spark in my heart for archaeology education. Lynn Alex from Iowa, who I long admired from her work on the Society for American Archaeology's (SAA) Public Education Committee, was also nominated and elected with me that year. We traveled for the first time to Bozeman in 2011 where I roomed with Joelle Clark and we got to business of Archaeology Science for All, curriculum development updates on Food and Land, watched the professional development video to be used for promotional and training purposes, discussed website updates, and reviewed a rock art special unit. I learned Leadership Team retreats are somehow even MORE intense than Project Archaeology conferences, which are all day, full engagement exercises in team building and collaboration.
|Gwynn and Gail rappin' *|
|Virginia and Alex chattin' *|
|Viginia carrying Jeanne's guitar for strummin'|
|9 pm at night and Ranel, Maureen, and Gail are still in the room I shared with Joelle focused on PA!|
|Project Archaeology received a US Secretary of the Interior's Partners in Conservation Award 2011.|
|Professional development in a fav place: a cemetery!|
I don't know who my roommate will be this year, or what joys and challenges we'll be sharing. I do know it will be solid days of hard work and cold walks up the hill to MSU campus. I'll see Project Archaeology peeps still at conferences and the biennial meeting, but I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Jeanne Moe, Crystal Alegria, and the rest of the national Project Archaeology staff over the years: Courtney Agenten, Erika Malo, Rebekah Schields, Kathleen Fransciso, and Lawson Moorman. I want to thank Gwynn Henderson for the nomination, and my roommates Joelle and Teresa for continuing to digest each day's meaty topics until midnight. And all the people who served and continue to serve on Leadership Team.
I may be the only Leadership Team member to serve a 7 year term, snuck in that extra year for good measure! It was a special time- I'm grateful, and I'm looking forward to fanning the sparks of others eager and willing to serve.
Lianne Bennett: 2010 1st PA workshop at Cumberland Island, PA instructor 2011 at Kingsley, and now Leadership Team member for Florida!
In order of appearance on agendas starting in 2011:
Virginial Wulfkuhle - Kansas
Gail Lundeen - Missouri
Ranel Capron - Wyoming and BLM liaison
Maureen Malloy - Chesapeake region and SAA liaison
Gwynn Henderson - Kentucky
Joelle Clark - Arizona
Lynn Alex - Iowa
Shelley Davis-Brunner - Idaho
Dani Hoefer - Colorado
Theresa McReynolds Shebalin - North Carolina
Samantha Kirkley - Utah
Elizabeth Reetz - Iowa
Lianne Bennett - Florida
Carol Ng-He - Oriental Institute
Elizabeth Pruitt - SAA liaison
Courtney Agenten - Minnesota
Becca Simon - Colorado
And signing off Sarah Miller - Florida
Text & images: Sarah Miller, FPAN staff
*Gwynnlish appears courtesy of Gwynn Henderson- never a pecknad, and so very very yeay
International Archaeology Day is coming up on Saturday, October 21st! The Archaeology Institute of America (AIA) started the day in 2011 as National Archaeology Day with fourteen groups officially joining as Support Organizations. Although lacking in preparation time and resources, this inaugural event still took place in 38 U.S. states and 4 Canadian Provinces. The event increased in scope yearly and by 2016, International Archaeology Day was a worldwide happening. In 2016, there were events in 700 countries organized by 530 Collaborating Organizations!
|International Archaeology Day celebrant|
|FPAN's 4th Annual International Archaeology Day Pub Crawl|
|FPAN's 3rd Annual International Archaeology Day Pub Crawl|
AIA Jacksonville Society and Beaches Museum will present the fourth annual International Archaeology Day Fair on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Jacksonville Beach. FPAN will be volunteering at this event and we hope to see you there!
To find an event near wherever in the world you may be next week, check out the AIA's International Archaeology Day Calendar.
In our neck of the woods, there is an AIA Society in Jacksonville, FL and an AIA Society of Central Florida (Orlando, FL). You can check and see what lectures and events they're sponsoring.
Text by FPAN Staff: Robbie Boggs
Photos by FPAN Staff (with exception of International Archaeology Day logo by AIA)
Learning Scientific Photogrammetry
|Figure 1. Getting started with some overview lectures on day 1 of training.|
|Figure 2. Setting up a photogrammetry project in one of the MCI digital imaging labs.|
|Figure 3. MCI digital photography expert pulls out all the stops on data collection.|
|Figure 4. Learning streamlined processing techniques.|
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We challenge you to get out to your local historic cemeteries to check on them. How do they look after Hurricane Irma? How do they look compared to last year? Join us on a dash to see how many cemeteries we can monitor during the month of October!
Step One: Become a Scout! Click here for the online application.
Step Two: Find a site. You can use our handy Florida Historic Cemeteries and Sea Level Rise map.
Step Three: Fill out the monitoring form. Click here for the online version and here for a printable format.
Step Four: Snap off some photos of each cemetery and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the site included.
Step Five: Repeat!!
For more information on the Cemetery Dash, check out last year's blog post. For more information on HMS Florida, please visit our website.
Text and images by Emily Jane Murray, FPAN Staff.
Sarah Miller: Old Stone Warf, New Smyrna Beach
Emily Jane Murray: Shell Bluff Landing, GTM Research Reserve, Ponte Vedra Beach
Robbie Boggs: San Sebastian Cemetery, West Augustine
Words and images by FPAN Staff members where noted.
|Hurricane Irma, as seen from NASA's Space Observatory. (Photo Credit: NASA)|
1. Stay safe!
mindful of hazards from storm damage, including downed trees, hanging limbs, downed power lines, standing water, debris and more. If you are unsure if the area is safe, do not enter it. Take a photo from outside of cemeteries or from the perimeter of archaeological sites. Many managed areas like State and National Parks are still in the process of clean up and have not reopened. Be patient - we'll be able to get to all of these places in due time.
If you're not a scout, click here sign up today! Check out our blog series on how to monitor sites. Read about your local sites. Brush up on your artifact identification with our handy guides. Practice your mapping skills. Make a list of sites that were potentially impacted. Get ready to hit the field for more monitoring! Many managed areas like State and National Parks are still in the process of clean up and have not reopened. Be patient - we'll be able to get to all of these places in due time.
3. Check on a historic cemetery.
Historic cemeteries took a lot of damage last year Historic Cemetery map to find a few nearby.
from downed vegetation - and with stronger winds in Irma, the impacts could be even greater. You can cruise by your local historic cemetery or use our
4. Revisit sites you have monitored before.
Part of monitoring is tracking changes over time and understanding how things like storm events affect sites. We encourage you to back to sites you've previously monitored to see what impacts they experience. Even if the site looks the same, it's still important to document no changes. So don't forget to snap those photos! If you're unsure of which sites you've monitored, send us an email and we can give you that information: email@example.com.
5. Stay tuned in.
Clean up takes time. Some impacts won't be noticed for weeks or even months still. We're still checking in with partners and will be sending updates and calls-for-action as they're needed. So keep an eye out for Scout emails, visit EnvArch for opportunities to help or follow your favorite parks or museums on social media to track their recovery process.
We'll be posting weekly updates from the field as we check on sites in northeast and central Florida. Visit the blog to see some of the sites we visit, or drop us a note about a site you monitor to be included.
Words by Emily Jane Murray, images by Emily Jane, Robbie Boggs and Sarah Miller, FPAN Staff, unless otherwise noted.
|Click here to view Tidally United 2017 program. (Photo: FPAN SW)|
No one was home earlier this month as we traveled to Hollywood, Florida to attend the 2nd annual Tidally United Summit. Reporting to you with another installment of Conversations about Conferences to fill you in on where we are when we're not in the office!
Sarah: In good ways I expected very little. I was so happy to see the event go on and the new organizers make it totally their own. I knew it would be a fun reunion of archaeologists and climate change minded preservationists. I was very curious to see how the hosts, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, wanted to be involved and what their take on the topic would be. There was no native presence last year, and with the summit in south Florida this year I was over the moon to hear of the partnership. I was also excited to see familiar faces, like Tom and Joanna of SCAPE coming over from Scotland as well as other archaeologists from Florida and the southeast.
Sarah: Wow, where to start. The Seminole and Miccosukee presence was my favorite part of the Summit, safe to say both years combined! They shared so much with us. It wasn't just that they supported the Summit by giving us an event venue. Their ambassadors welcomed us, they fed us, they shared from the heart and from their minds very clearly how climate changes are a part of their daily lives. I was really blown away by Jr. Miss Seminole Princess Kailani Osceola's commitment to be at the Summit, get up in front of our group to speak, and it was an amazing way to bring the youth into the room to not just observe but stand up and participate in this issue. Betty Osceola spoke from the heart on the panel in the afternoon. She gave such a personal, deep time perspective of what is happening to the land and how it impacts how people meet their basic needs. I thought of her words often the next day as we did the wet walk in the Everglades. Their present flooding situation is the future of the rest of Florida. They are living it now and making very intentional decisions to stay and stand up for the land.
|My hero: Betty Osceola, member of the Miccosukee tribe and Panther clan.|
|Kailani Osceola, Jr. Miss Florida Seminole Princess|
|Samuel Tommie, member of Seminole tribe Bird Clan|
|Joe Frank, Big Cypress Representative, Seminole Tribe Board of Directors|
Paulette McFadden from Florida's Bureau of Archaeological Research presents her poster on the Garden Patch site, Margo Schwadron from the Southeastern Archaeological Center (NPS) sharing a moment with Betty Osceola on the afternoon panel, ladies of FPAN (Emily Jane Murray, Kassie Kemp, and Rebecca O'Sullivan) share HMS Florida case studies from around the state.
|Livestream provided by Seminole Media Productions, click to view all segments.|
EmJ: So we attend a lot of conferences in a year - what from this Tidally United will you bring back to the public for their benefit?
Sarah: All of it! Full day of presentations, seconds at lunch, poster sessions, and both tours on Saturday. Everglades National Park sponsored our wet walk through several tree islands. Holy smokes! I was so scared about gators, snakes, and heat; but I felt it was important to support all parts of the Summit and I'm so glad I did. I will never ever think of the Everglades the same and it was an honor to experience the environment this close up.
After the wet walk, we drove over to Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki museum for a tour and meeting with Daniel Tommie. Meeting is not the right word, more to say we were welcomed by Daniel at his family clan camp. After, Samuel Tommie addressed the group in the auditorium to share music. Joe Frank brought the tour to a close but continued to meet with us into the night at the Billie Swamp Safari where an international conversation took place over heritage, shared challenges, and the short sightedness of many modern attempts to manage the land.
If you have not been to theAh-Tah-Thi-Ki museum before, now is a great time to go. They are celebrating 20 years of service to the community and have many special exhibits and events planned.