The Fiske Center Blog

Weblog for the Fiske Center for Archaeological Research at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

October 15, 2015
by John Steinberg
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Brown Bag Series: The Skagafjörður Church and Settlement Survey: Research in North Iceland, Summer 2015

The Skagafjörður Church and Settlement Survey: Research in North Iceland, Summer 2015

Doug Bolender
John Steinberg

Monday, Oct 19, 2015 at noon
McCormack, first floor, room 503

Drone picture of Excavations in progress at Norse Churchyard

 
During July and August the Skagafjörður Church and Settlement Survey (SCASS) excavated a churchyard and a number of Viking Age settlements.  We will talk about how we are comparing the settlement sequence to the geography of churchyards.  Come hear about the summer’s work and the research program.
Please join us and feel free to bring your lunch!

September 29, 2015
by John Steinberg
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Fowler Clark Epstein Farm in Mattapan Kick off Event

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John Steinberg and Joe Bagley at the Fowler-Clark Epstein Farm kick off event.

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Mayor Martin J. Walsh speaking at the kick off event.

Joe Bagley, the Boston City archaeologist  and I were at the kick off for a campaign to raise more than $1 million to restore the Fowler Clark Epstein Farm at 487 Norfolk St in Mattapan.  There was a nice article about the kick off in the Globe by Cristela Guerra The Mayor was also there.  You can read more about the project, the partners, and the event on Historic Boston’s website.

In preparation for Urban Farming, the Fiske Center had done a geophysical survey and a few shovel test pits at the property.  You can read a summery of the archaeological work on Historic Boston’s blog.  The full report can be downloaded from the Research page of the Fiske Center’s website.

September 18, 2015
by John Steinberg
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Brown Bag Lecture Series: Our Digital Presence: UMB Archaeology on Social Media and the Web MONDAY NOON

Brown Bag Lecture Series

Our Digital Presence: UMB Archaeology on Social Media and the Web

 with

John Steinberg, Christa Beranek, and Douglas Bolender

 

Monday, September 21, 2015 at noon  McCormack, first floor, room 503

 

UMBWebpageWe currently have blogs, Facebook pages, and a Twitter account that we use to share our research and engage the public.  Come to this talk for a discussion of how to share your research via these applications, archaeological ethics and social media, and to provide your feedback on social media presentation.

Please join us for the first talk of the year, and feel free to bring your lunch.

March 13, 2015
by John Steinberg
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Archaeological Field Study Programs at UMass Boston for the Summer of 2015

The College of Advancing and Professional Studies (CAPS) has put out its lineup for Field Study Programs this summer. UMass Boston is offering an unprecedented 4 archaeological Field schools.  Two of the field schools are being run under the auspices  of the Fiske CenterHistorical Archaeology at Hassanamesit Woods and  the Archaeological Field School in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  The other two are being offered through the Department of Anthropology: Maya Archaeology and the Eastern Pequot Archaeological Field School.

February 10, 2015
by John Steinberg
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Dr. Karin J. Goldstein, 1965-2015

Karin Goldstein on top of Burial Hill, on a rainy day, explaining her vision of the archaeology for Plymouth  400th.   Standing behind her, from right to left is Lee Hartmann, (Director of Planning and Development for the Town of Plymouth) David Landon (Assistant Director of the Fiske Center for Archaeological Research at UMass Boston) and Richard Pickering (Deputy Director of Plimoth Plantation)

Karin Goldstein on top of Burial Hill, on a rainy day, explaining her vision of the archaeology for Plymouth 400th. Standing behind her, from right to left is Lee Hartmann, (Director of Planning and Development for the Town of Plymouth) David Landon (Assistant Director of the Fiske Center for Archaeological Research at UMass Boston) and Richard Pickering (Deputy Director of Plimoth Plantation)

Our good friend and colleague Karin Goldstein passed away on January 28, 2015.  She will be sorely missed. There are so many students of Plymouth who owe so much to Karin.  She was an amazing resource who knew so much about the town of Plymouth. Luckily for us, she was so generous with her knowledge.

Karin was a historian and curator at Plimoth Plantation. Karin had  MA’s from the University of Leicester (1991, Nomenclature of Museum Objects) and UMass Boston (2001, Creation of a New England Gentry: The Winslows of Plymouth Colony).  She received her PhD in American studies from Boston University in 2006 (From Pilgrims to Poverty: Biography of an Urban Renewal Neighborhood in Plymouth, Massachusetts).  In 2013 she published a History of Jewish Plymouth.  We have lost a great scholar.

As 2020 approaches we will try and remember her energy, enthusiasm, and knowledge of the town and the events of the 15th Century.

There is a wonderful interview with Karin in Archaeology from 2006 about Thanksgiving at Plimoth.

A memorial celebration will be held in the Hornblower Visitors Center at the Plimoth Plantation on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at 3 p.m.

 

See more at:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/wickedlocal-plymouth/obituary.aspx?n=karin-j-goldstein&pid=174051271&fhid=25389#sthash.t3dIriOL.dPYSIZ3M.dpuf

Karin Goldstein

Karin Goldstein

http://www.cartmellfuneralhome.com/obituary/Karin-J.-Goldstein/Plymouth-MA/1477790

February 3, 2015
by John Steinberg
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Thesis Process mini-course

Sword_CrosierHere is the new Mini-Course schedule,  running for five weeks on Wednesdays 3:00-4:00 pm, just before Anth 625 in Room 503:

In the first two weeks we will talk about connecting data-method-theory and how to create research questions out of those connections (sometimes called the middle range).  We will then give examples of successful proposals, talk about the logistics of finishing the thesis , and finally provide descriptions of ongoing research.

Schedule
February 4:     Developing research questions, part 1
February 11:   Developing research questions, part 2
February 18:   Examples of successful proposals
February 25:   Understanding the process and reasonable timelines
March 4:         Project fair – a chance to hear about research opportunities on faculty and Center projects

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