The Fiske Center Blog

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

January 14, 2014
by John Steinberg
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Kate Johnson’s JAS paper is picked up by the Huffington Post

Article about Kate's work

Article about Kate’s work

Kate Johnson (who got her MA in historical Archaeology from UMass Boston)  recently published paper in the Journal of Archaeological Science called  Rediscovering the lost archaeological landscape of southern New England using airborne light detection and ranging (LiDAR).  This paper was picked up first by National Geographic, then by Science, then by the Huffington Post, and then most recently by CT NPR.  Kate gave us a preview of this paper a few months ago.

October 29, 2013
by John Steinberg
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Brown Bag Lecture by Kate Johnson

Department of Anthropology and the Fiske Center for Archaeological Research
Brown Bag Lecture Series

Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) as a methodological tool for historical archaeology in New England

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Kate Johnson (University of Connecticut)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 12:00 McCormack, first floor, room 503

September 17, 2013
by John Steinberg
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Massachusetts Archaeology Month Poster

2013 Archaeology Month Poster

The 2013 Massachusetts Archaeology Month Poster prominently features Stephen Mrozowski’s excavation at Grafton.  The Poster shows the foundation of Sarah Boston’s house under excavation. In the foreground, the drain out of the cellar is being investigated.  The photo was taken by Heather Law, an alumna of the MA Program in Historical Archaeology and now a PhD student at UC Berkeley.  Mrozowski, in his orange jumpsuit, can be seen in the background.

 

2006 Archaeology Month PosterThis is the second time in 7 years that a Fiske Center project has been featured on an archaeological month poster.  In 2006 David Landon’s excavation at the African Meeting House on Joy St was featured.

May 2, 2013
by John Steinberg
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Geophysics during the Archaeological Field School in Plymouth, Massachusetts

Panorama photo of Burial Hill

Geophysics will be part of the field school at Plymouth.  We plan to do some GPR and conductivity at Burial Hill during the first weeks of the field season.  Brian Damiata and I will be running the survey for the first few weeks of the field school.  You can see some of Brian’s work at Sylmar, Santa Monica, and Crows Landing.  Not only will students learn about collecting the data, but they will also learn how to analyze it with GPR Slice software.

It is not too late to register

April 26, 2013
by John Steinberg
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Archaeological Field School in Plymouth, Massachusetts

Plymoutn in 1846 showing location of archaeological field school.

The Archaeological Field School in Plymouth, Massachusetts is collaboration between the Department of Anthropology and the Andrew Fiske Memorial Center for Archaeological Research at UMass Boston. This summer’s work will help launch “Project 400: The Plymouth Colony Archaeological Survey,” a broad project of site survey and excavation leading up the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Colony in 2020.  Much of the archaeological work will take place along Spring Ln near the Jenney Mill

You can learn more at http://www.umb.edu/academics/caps/summer_programs/field_study/archaeological_plymouth

April 25, 2013
by John Steinberg
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Field School in Historical Archaeology at Hassanamesit Woods

This summer the department of Anthropology in conjunction with the Andrew Fiske Center for Archaeological Research at the University of Massachusetts Boston will sponsor a field school in historical archaeology at Hassanamesit Woods in Grafton, Massachusetts.  You can learn more and enroll at http://www.umb.edu/academics/caps/summer_programs/field_study/hassanamesitt

April 10, 2013
by John Steinberg
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Sylvester Manor: Land, Food and Power on a New York Plantation

Eben Fiske Osby at the opening of the special preview of “Sylvester Manor: Land, Food and Power on a New York Plantation”

Steve Mrozowski, as well as other folks from the Fiske Center attended a special preview of the exhibition “Sylvester Manor: Land, Food and Power on a New York Plantation” on Tuesday night.  Eben Fiske Osby opened the event with a graceful speech

Stephen Mrozowski points to a picture of Alice Fiske at the NYU exhibit with bones excavated from Sylvester Manor.

If you are in New York you can see some wonderful artifacts excavated by UMass Boston Field Schools in the Bobst Library Gallery on Washington Square, at NYU.  They also have on display some wonderful documents that were in the vault.  These documents are now part of the NYU collection.