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The Adelphi University, Department of Anthropology welcomes applications from students interested in archaeology or related disciplines to join our 2016 summer field school in Alaska. Research will focus on the newly discovered Holzman site along Shaw Creek where large mammal bones, mammoth ivory fragments, and stone tools have been found dating back to the end of the last Ice Age. Join our research team in the scenic Tanana Valley as we investigate the question, who were the First Alaskans?   Taught by experienced faculty with student-instructor ratios among the lowest available (3:1), this program emphasizes a wide range of experiential learning opportunities. For more information about the Adelphi in Alaska Archaeological Field School please see the attached flyer and visit website




The Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project announces its archaeological investigations for the summer of 2016!


In 2016 BVAR will continue investigations at the ancient Maya sites of Cahal Pech, Baking Pot, Lower Dover and Xunantunich. These sites are among the largest prehistoric Maya cities in western Belize. Despite many years of investigations at Baking Pot, large portions of the monumental site core are unexcavated and sections of the settlement area remain unexplored.  Lower Dover, in contrast, is a recently discovered site and investigations here are only just beginning. Excavations at Cahal Pech have revealed that this site is the location of some of the earliest Maya settlements in the Maya lowlands. At Xunantunich, investigations of the large palaces and temples continue to examine the late rise of this major Maya city.

During the summer of 2016, BVAR will continue its research agenda in the monumental core of Baking Pot, with extra emphasis on radiocarbon dating and methodologies for chronology building. Research at Lower Dover will also focus on the monumental architecture, in order to develop a chronology for construction episodes and abandonment of the center. Investigations in the site core and periphery at Cahal Pech will continue in an effort to further elucidate the status and complexity of this center spanning the Preclassic to Terminal Classic periods. At Xunantunich, work will continue to expose and conserve the large prehistoric buildings in the main plaza.

Students will be involved in all aspects of these archaeological investigations, from the setting of excavation units to the production of site maps. The project also incorporates daily laboratory work where students participate in the processing and documentation of the cultural remains recovered from the site (including ceramic and lithic artifacts and human and animal remains). Weekly lectures will present an overview of Maya civilization and will provide introduction to other specific topics such as ceramic analysis, archaeological survey methods, human osteology, and ancient Maya ritual and ideology.



Session I: May 30 to June 24, 2016

Session II: July 4 to 29, 2016


This Field Research opportunity is also available in two-week sessions:

Session I: May 30 to June 10, 2016

Session II: July 4 to 15, 2016


Academic credit is available!


Registration fees for the project are $1100 U.S. per two-week session or $2100 for the one-month field school.  Fees include lodging, weekday meals, and transportation to and from the airport.  Academic credit, travel to and from Belize, and incidental expenses are the responsibility of the participant.


For applications and more information all interested parties should respond via e-mail to Myka Schwanke


Find us on the Web!  WWW.BVAR.ORG


Graduate & Professional School Fair Friday, October 3rd, the Career Services Office will be hosting the Fall Career Fair  in the Pryzbyla Center Great Rooms form 10:30am-2:30pm.

·         Over 55 employers will be attending the event, representing a wide variety of industries looking to fill both internship and full-time positions that begin this Spring and Summer

·         The event is open to the CUA undergraduate/graduate student populations as well as alumni.

·         Younger students, such as Freshmen and Sophomores, are also encouraged to attend and learn more about a particular industry or field.

·         Students should dress in business professional attire for the Career Fair.

      Career Fair Preparation:

  • The Career Services Office will be hosting “Resume Critique Days” on October 1st and 2nd  (no appointment necessary) to assist students in preparing for the event. 
  • Please encourage students to make use of this service.


Employer Information:

Click below for an overview of employers targeting:
--Liberal Arts majors (such as Anthropology, Politics, History, English, Media Studies, Music, and more)
--Business majors (such as Accounting, Marketing, International Business, and more)
--Service-oriented majors (such as Education, Social Work, Nursing, and more)
--STEM majors (such as Engineering, Science, IT, Mathematics, and more)
--Click here for a complete list of the 55+ organizations attending!


Study Abroad opportunities are listed on our E-Announcements page.

Summer Field Schools in Archaeology and Ethnography for the coming Summer are posted on the bulletin board in the Department Commons Room.  Past years' have ranged from Virginia and Maryland historic sites to NSF-funded programs in Arizona and other states to projects in Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East.  They change all the time.


The Recovering Voices Program at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History is accepting applications for two new full-time positions (Fall 2014)!

Recovering Voices is looking to hire two non-federal, four-year, trust-funded full time Program Assistant positions ($42,209 salary). Both positions will be integral to helping further the work of Recovering Voices Program at the National Museum of Natural History (

We will accepting applications until September 17, 2014


In addition to a cover letter explaining your interest in, and qualifications for the position, please include a CV, which lists the starting/end dates of job (mo./yr.), average number of hours worked per week, salary, country of citizenship and 3 references with contact information.

Send your cv to: Joshua A. Bell, Curator and Director of Recovering Voices, Department of Anthropology, NMNH, MRC 112, P.O. Box 37012, Washington, DC 20013-7012,  Electronic submissions welcome.


The Presidential Management Intern Program (PMI) provides an opportunity to students completing graduate degrees in a wide variety of disciplines to work as interns with challenging and rewarding assignments in support of public service programs, federal departments and agencies, and all cabinet departments of the U.S. Government.  Assignments involve domestic or international issues, technological changes, criminal justice, health research, and financial management, among many other opportunities.  Check our E-Announcements.

Additional internships, study grants, and fellowships are posted on the Bulletin Board in the Commons Room, and E-Announcements on this website.



Graduate Student Led Conference.
A graduate student-led conference organized by students in the Departments of Anthropology in the University of Maryland, College Park is planning their fourth annual conference, Anthroplus, in spring 2013.  Watch this space for announcements and calls for papers from students in other universities in the Washington Consortium.

Society for American Archaeology Student Paper Award.
Students doing high quality original research and currently members of the Society for American Archaeology (or maybe future members) are invited to submit papers for the annual competition that encourages students to present their research at SAA meetings. They can gain valuable experience, professional recognition, and winners receive more than $1,000 in books, journals, and other prizes from sponsoring university presses.
The Student Paper Award Committee judges papers on 1) the quality of the arguments presented; 2) the quality of the data used for support; 3) the contribution to broader methodological or theoretical issues in archaeology; 4) the contribution to understanding a specific region or topic; 5) the quality of the writing and structure; and 6) the appropriateness of length and number and kind of graphics for a 15-minute presentation. A student must be the lead author on the paper but other students or faculty members may be co-authors. New this year, to ensure that students submit high quality papers, each student must have one faculty or supervisory sponsor who will review and approve the paper before the student submits it.
Complete information about the award and how to enter can be found on the SAAweb at  

Grants-in-aid for full-time Graduate Students in Washington Area Consortium Universities are offered by the Cosmos Club Foundation of Washington, DC, up to $3,000 to meet specific research needs not covered by other supporting funds - such as expendable equipment, travel to research sites, or professional meetings.  Tuition and basic research expenses are not covered.  For students enrolling in programs leading to graduate degrees in Consortium universities, application information and forms are available on-line at  The deadline for applications is early November.  Brochures in the Department office.
Other announcements from government agencies and foundations are available in the Department office.

Academic Job Announcements are posted regularly on the bulletin board in the commons room.
The American Anthropological Association has a Career Center for job seeks and employers .  Using this new, interactive, online tool, you will be able to mount a successful career-building campaign.  You can view all recently posted job opening, or use their "advanced search" utility to pinpoint only those opportunities that match your specialty, desired location, or other needs.  You can also post your resume or CV.
Some Important Deadlines and University Information
  • Fellowship and grant applications to programs of the SSRC, NSF, Mellon and other foundations are due in October.  Check the files in the office or with your advisor for the programs to which you might apply.
  • CUA's committee for reviewing research on human subjects has announced its schedule of meetings for his year.  Check the bulletin board in the office.
  • Find that Grant! - The files of The Grand Advisor PLUS (including TGA-PC) are now on-line.  This provides access to a set of databases for federal and private funding opportunities in disciplines from fine arts to miscellaneous.  Available on the campus network at