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February 22, 2016
by John Steinberg
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Thesis proposal mini-course

booksThe second meeting for the thesis proposal mini-course will be today at 3.  Today we will focus on developing research questions using a rubric to better understand middle range theory in historical archaeology.

The schedule for the thesis proposal mini-course has been changed (due to the snow-day loss on February 8).  Here is the new schedule:

February 22 (3 PM, Room 503): Developing research questions, part 1
February 29 (3 PM, Room 503): Developing research questions, part 2
March 7 (3 PM, Room 503): Understanding the process and reasonable timelines

March 14: Spring Break
March 21 (2 PM, Room 503): Examples of successful proposals

February 17, 2016
by John Steinberg
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Steve Mrozowski on WABC Here and Now talking about Sylvester Manor

Steve Mrozowski Sylvester Manor on Here and Now on WABC

Steve Mrozowski talking about Sylvester Manor on Here and Now on WABC

On Feb 14 the Fiske Center’s Steve Mrozowski, along with Dr. Georgette Grier-Key of the Eastville Community Historical Society, were featured in a segment of Here and Now talking about Sylvester Mannor. The show was hosted by Emmy Award winning  journalist Sandra Bookman.  Here and Now is a  weekly one hour program,  that is dedicated to covering the issues and interests of the African-American community in the New York tri-state area.  The video clip is about 8 minutes long.

the link i : http://abc7ny.com/society/here-and-now-on-february-14-2016-sylvester-manor/1198575/

Alice Fiske, our benefactor, contributed to the understanding of slave life in colonial New York by opening her 350-year-old  Sylvester Manor estate on Shelter Island to archaeological study by Steve Mrozowski and UMass Boston.  She died at at the Manor, on April 17 2006 at the age of 88.

February 16, 2016
by Fiske Center
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How many boxes?

We have a lot of graduate students working in the labs, but there are always a few undergraduates doing special projects as well, and we’ll be featuring their work in a few upcoming posts.

Steven Williams, a UMB undergraduate, is doing an internship in the Fiske Center this spring to implement a new system — bar codes for our boxes! These bar codes will be linked to the artifact cataloging database and let us know how many boxes we have in total, how many from each site, what is in them, and where they are.

Photographing boxes and scanning bar codes

Photographing boxes and scanning bar codes

In this photo, Steve is using an iPad to photograph each box and to scan the bar code. The photo becomes part of the database record, in addition to a number of fields that are entered by hand.

January 29, 2016
by Fiske Center
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Summer Field Schools

The information about summer archaeological field schools is now available on the UMass Boston CAPS webpage!

Students excavating in New Mexico in 2015.

Students excavating in New Mexico in 2015.

There will be three field schools this summer: in Plymouth, Massachusetts; Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Belize. Those in Plymouth and Santa Fe are offered by Fiske Center archaeologists; the Belize program is directed by Dr. Lauren Sullivan in the Anthropology Department.

December 23, 2015
by David Landon
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Community Preservation Coalition Highlights Archaeology

The Community Preservation Coalition has recently highlighted the use of Community Preservation Act funds to support archaeology in Massachusetts. One of their featured projects is our work on Nantucket at the Boston-Higginbotham House, a collaborative undertaking with the Museum of African American History.

Nantucket Artifacts

Read more about it here:

http://www.communitypreservation.org/successstories/historic-preservation/22022?utm_source=December+2015+Newsletter&utm_campaign=Dec+2015&utm_medium=email

November 10, 2015
by Fiske Center
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Brown Bag Series: Project 400, 2015 Fieldwork on Burial Hill, Plymouth, MA

Drawing the wall profile of EUs 14 and 18

Drawing the wall profile of EUs 14 and 18


On Monday,November 16, 2015 at noon in McCormack, first floor, room 503

Drs. David Landon and Christa Beranek will talk about

Project 400: 2015 Fieldwork on Burial Hill, Plymouth, MA

Please join us and feel free to bring your lunch.

October 30, 2015
by David Landon
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Public Presentation: UMass Boston’s Plymouth Archaeology Project

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Tuesday, November 10, 7–8:30 pm • Plymouth Public Library

Fehlow Room, Main Library, 132 South Street, Plymouth, MA

Please join us for an overview of the planned work for the University of Massachusetts Boston’s archaeological and geophysical investigations in the Town of Plymouth. This work is being sponsored by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and is designed to learn more about the history and archaeology of the Town as part of the lead up to 2020. Proposed work for 2016–2018 will be described followed by a question and answer session for the audience.

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