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Archeology Division Meeting Summary

Below is a featured post by James M Skibo of the Archeology Division. This marks his last column as the AD’s Contributing Editor for Anthropology News. We are happy he chose to share it here.

This column was put here on the blog because our regular February column was dedicated to a letter from the AD in response to the concerns about the changes by the AAA Executive Committee to the preface of the Long-Range Plan. With these words my work concludes as AD Secretary and Contributing Editor. I put the pen in the able hands of E Christian Wells. It has not only been an honor but also a lot of fun to write the column and participate in the AD Executive Committee. On my way out let me say that you are well represented by the current committee. It is a hardworking group dedicated to advancing the cause of archaeology within the AAA. 

 Cosmos Mindeleff Finally Found! (He disappeared in 1910)
William A Longacre (Riecker Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus University of Arizona)

Cosmos Mindeleff. Printed with permission of William A Longacre

After searching for over 40 years, the life of Cosmos Mindeleff, one of the pioneers of Southwestern archaeology, can now be revealed. He was the younger brother of Victor, an architect hired by the Smithsonian (BAE) to map prehistoric and modern American Indian villages of the Southwest. Cosmos assisted Victor until 1894 when he moved to New York. He married and became a foreign correspondent for NY newspapers living in Europe until 1917. He and his wife moved to Carmel, NY and he retired about 1929. He died in June, 1938. Full details about his life will be published soon.  

Highlights of the 2010 Meeting

Left to right: Michael Schiffer (Patty Jo Watson Distinguished Lecturer) and Ben Nelson (AD President). Photo courtesy James Skibo

Mike Schiffer’s Distinguished Lecture was well attended and inspired lots of discussion showing that people weren’t there for just food and drinks. William D Lipe was awarded the Alfred Vincent Kidder Award during the AAA business meeting. The Gordon R Willey Award for outstanding article in the American Anthropologist 109(1) was presented to Thomas McGovern et al. for the paper “Landscapes of Settlement in Northern Iceland.” The four recipients of Student Diversity Travel award were: Moshe Adamu (University of Florida), Adela Amaral (University of Chicago), Jessica Cerezo-Román (University of Arizona), and Sebastian Salgado-Flores (University of Texas San Antonio). 

Left to right: Bill Lipe (2010 Kidder Award Winner) and David Grove (2008 Kidder Award winner). In the early 1970s Bill and Dave were neighbors on Fuller Hollow Road while they were both on the faculty at Binghamton University. Photo courtesy James Skibo

Archaeological programming at the 2010 Annual Meeting was rich and diverse with almost 220 papers.  These include the following: 6 sponsored and co-sponsored sessions with 51 papers, 11 organized sessions with 122 papers, 7 general sessions with 46 papers, 3 poster sessions with 18 posters, 1 roundtable, and 1 heritage tour of the French Quarter.

Left to right: Thomas McGovern (Gordon R Willey Award Winner) and Rosemary Joyce (AD President Elect). Photo courtesy James Skibo

As we all know, membership has been declining for the past several years from a high of about 1400; it fell below 1000 in 2009. One of the primary goals of the Executive Committee has been to better understand the decline in membership and to implement a number of strategies to reverse the trend. To that end, Executive Committee has created a survey that canvases our members for their opinions as to what AD/AAA activities and roles they find most important, and which they find least important.  It also solicits feedback about the reasons for declining membership. As of October 2010, AD membership was at 998, up from last year, and we would like to see this number continue to increase.  Please urge colleagues to rejoin!

Moshe Adamu, Jessica Cerezo-Román and Sebastian Salgado-Flores (Travel Award Winners). Photo courtesy James Skibo

The Archeology Division is fiscally sound and our assets continue to grow.  This is largely due to the resounding success of our AP3A publication, which continues to earn more in revenues than is predicted by formula. As of the end of the fiscal 2009 fiscal year: Total revenue from dues for FY 2009 were $30,009.78; Total expenditures were only $14,055.98; Net revenues from publications was $8,064.13; Our net assets at the beginning of FY 2009 were $87,899.88, and our net assets at the end of the period were $103,853.69, an increase in our net assets of $15,953.81

 AD at the Society for American Archaeology
The AD Sponsored Session at the SAA 2011 Meeting is “Surplus: The Politics of Production and the Strategies of Everyday Life,” organized by Christopher Morehart and Kristin De Lucia.

 Feel free to comment here. Send news and notices to E Christian Wells at ecwells[at]usf.edu. 

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