BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Lisa Fischer
Present Position: Director of Digital Initiatives, Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation

Education: M.A. in Anthropology with a Specialization in Historical Archaeology, The College of William & Mary; A.B. in Anthropology, Amherst College

Professional Service to SHA and Other Societies:
Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA): Chair of the SHA Technologies Committee, 2012–2015; member of the SHA Technologies Committee, 2009–present
Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA): Chair of the North American Chapter of CAA, 2013–present; Chair of the CAA2009 Organizing Committee; Member of the following CAA committees: International Steering Committee, 2007–2010, 2013–present; Peer Review College, 2011–present; Scientific Committee, 2016–present; and the CAA2017 Organizing Committee
Digital Heritage Congress: Scientific Commissioner for Built Heritage for the first International Congress on Digital Heritage, Marseille, France, 2013; Co-Chair of the second International Congress on Digital Heritage and Federated Event Co-Chair (CAA), Granada, Spain, 2015; Federated Event Co-Chair (CAA) and Member of the Program Committee for the upcoming third International Congress on Digital Heritage, San Francisco, CA, 2018
Virtual Systems and Multimedia (VSMM): Member of the VSMM Board, 2014–present; Member of the VSMM2012, VSMM2014, and VSMM2017 Technical Program Committees

Research Interests: digital heritage; 3-D modeling; GIS; archaeology of the 17th- and 18th-century Chesapeake; public outreach; social media

Biographical Statement: I specialize in digital heritage applications—both online and on-site—for research and public education. I joined the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation, which has been excavating and interpreting the site of the 1607 James Fort for over two decades, as the Director of Digital Initiatives in 2015. In this role my focus is on the dissemination of information about the site and archaeological project through the web and social media as well as on the development of more cutting-edge digital applications, like 3-D modeling and virtual reality for educating and engaging the public. I began my career in archaeology aat Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest before joining the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Department of Archaeology, where I spent more than six years working on projects in both the field and lab. I then moved in the Foundation’s Digital History Center (DHC) to focus on how to leverage technologies, like GIS and 3-D modeling to engage public with Williamsburg’s history. In my time running the DHC, I oversaw a variety of projects including development of eWilliamsburg, an interactive map for visualizing the town’s growth and development across the 18th century; Virtual Williamsburg, an interactive 3-D model of the town as it looked in 1776; and websites on the American Revolution and one bringing together a network of sites interpreting slavery and the slave trade around the world.
An SHA member for nearly 25 years, I have advised on digital applications through being on the Technologies Committee since it was first established in 2009 and serving as its chair for several years. I have also been involved with Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, including organizing the 2009 conference in Williamsburg, for which we organized a session featuring the American archaeological societies, including SHA.

Nicole Bucchino Grinnan
Present Position: Public Archaeologist and Research Associate, Florida Public Archaeology Network

Education: M.A. in Historical Archaeology from the University of West Florida, 2014; B.A. in History from the University of Central Florida, 2010; B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Central Florida, 2010

Professional Service to SHA and Other Societies:
Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA): From 2012 to 2015, I served two terms as one of two Graduate Student Representatives for the Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology (ACUA). During this tenure, I worked as the ACUA’s liaison to the Academic and Professional Training Committee’s Student Subcommittee. Together, we organized four panels (one in each year) on subjects of specific importance to students and young professionals. While with the ACUA, I also led a project to publish a quarterly newsletter targeting students at universities with classes or programs in underwater archaeology. The goals of the newsletter were to highlight research across the discipline and allow students to network with one another across various institutions. Taken over by the next ACUA Graduate Student Representatives, the newsletter continues to be published quarterly. Since 2012, I have also assisted the ACUA each year in teaching a section on public outreach and education during their “Underwater Cultural Awareness Workshop” for nonunderwater archaeologists. My other committee involvement includes the Academic and Professional Training Committee’s Student Subcommittee (since 2012) and the newly formed Heritage At-Risk Committee. Additionally, I have assisted the Society for Historical Archaeology with their Public Archaeology Day events, most recently at the 2018 meeting in New Orleans. In addition to hosting a booth geared toward early education and archaeology, I conducted a televised program for children to introduce them to the basics of the discipline. I have also helped with graphic design projects for SHA’s Executive Director over the last several years and assisted with graphic design and marketing for the New Orleans Public Archaeology Day event.
Florida Archaeological Council: Currently serving as Board member and Membership Secretary (since 2015)
Historic St. Michael’s Cemetery Foundation of Pensacola: Currently serving as Public Events Committee Chair and Board Member (since 2014)
Junior Scientists in the Sea: Currently serving as Dive Safety Officer (since 2016)

Research Interests: archaeology in maritime communities, archaeological/historical ecology, public interpretation of cultural resources, issues related to access and archaeology, archaeological ethics

Biographical Statement:
When I began my graduate career, the Society for Historical Archaeology had an incredible influence on me. I have attended the annual meeting each year since 2010 and am thrilled to be increasingly involved with SHA at a variety of levels. I currently work as a Public Archaeologist and Research Associate for the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) in Florida’s Northwest Region, delving into multiscalar public education and outreach projects. One of the unique aspects of my role at FPAN is the ability to partner with local, state, and federal organizations. Maintaining many of these connections through SHA, I have had the opportunity to work on both archaeological and public education projects with city governments, the Florida Division of Historical Resources, the National Park Service, and NOAA (among many others).
Working with a variety of partners has also provided me with broad experience shaping my personal approach to the discipline of archaeology. My academic background has always relied on multidisciplinary methodology to answering research questions; I am thus a strong proponent of an archaeology informed not only by history, but also by environmental studies, geography, political science, and social demographics studies. Drawing on this approach, my graduate and postgraduate research has thus focused on maritime communities and how they are situated within a broader historical, social, and ecological landscape. I have had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects along the Atlantic coast of the United States, with more recent emphasis on Florida’s Gulf of Mexico coast.
One of the obligations of a well-informed, multidisciplinary archaeology, as I see it, is engagement in public education and outreach. Local communities, maritime or otherwise, are the arbiters of their history. If archaeologists are interested in the preservation of cultural resources, we must help create connections to the past for people in the present. As someone who is constantly engaging in public education initiatives, I have had the fortune to hone my skills as a public speaker, interpreter, web manager, graphic designer, and workshop coordinator. My experience includes developing interpretive plans for historical and archaeological resources, designing both permanent and traveling exhibits for formal museum spaces, developing public programs and workshops, and managing print and digital media for both FPAN and partnering organizations. Taking on these projects is infinitely enjoyable to me and, as I see it, infinitely important for helping archaeology remain an important consideration for community development, community and individual identity, and future legislation.

>Given the qualifications and experience outlined in your biographical statement, what do you believe you can contribute to SHA if elected?
Impressed by the efforts of the Society for Historical Archaeology and the many opportunities it provides to those just beginning their careers, I am honored to be nominated to run for a seat on the society’s board of directors. Although I am what many would consider a young professional, I have 10 years of experience working in archaeology and have been devoted to my involvement with SHA and smaller, local archaeological societies and civic organizations. I continue to pursue opportunities with each of these and look forward to creating an impact on SHA with my passion and perspective.
Of the many contributions I can bring to SHA, I believe that my experience in public education, outreach, and interpretation are of crucial importance. Although archaeology has made great strides in bridging the gap between the academic discipline and the general public, there is still a great deal to do. International organizations like SHA can help energize and guide these outreach endeavors, creating an imperative for archaeologists working at all levels and in a variety of capacities. Whether we are students or career archaeologists, we all understand the need for archaeology and the impact that it can have on communities and individuals. Now more than ever, it is critical that we engage the public and our legislators to protect both the material cultural resources we study and the stories of the past brought to light through our research. One of the most exciting areas of public outreach that I have been exploring recently has been in virtual reality and interactive digital media. These types of outreach media present unique opportunities to bring archaeology to underserved groups and to the offices of our politicians, developers, and community managers. I believe that my work in these areas can provide insight and on-the-ground experience to the society, and I would look forward to taking on new projects to carry these efforts forward.
Finally, I also feel that I can contribute a variety of practical skills to SHA. With a great deal of experience in graphic design, social media engagement, organizational branding, and writing for public audiences, I know that I can create memorable impacts on the society and assist it with its ongoing mission of advocating for cultural resources above and below the water.

If elected to serve SHA, what priorities would you emphasize?
With a history of over 50 years, the Society for Historical Archaeology has made a tremendous impression on archaeology and raised the international visibility of historical archaeology. In the last few years, however, we have seen threats to the SHA’s mission through attacks on legal frameworks protecting archaeology at the federal and state levels, as well as through high visibility pseudoarchaeology that reaches a large public audience through television programming and internet news outlets. If elected to the SHA Board of Directors, I would place significant priority on two things. First, we need to continue and improve our efforts to carry out conversations with those outside of our discipline: the public, our legislators, and the media. To do this, we need to understand how to be relatable, create connections, and be impactful. Second, and toward a similar end, SHA should accelerate efforts to encourage and facilitate dialog among its members. As someone with multidisciplinary research interests, I recognize the significance of exchange and access to information. Although specialization in archaeology is absolutely necessary, it is also critical to reach across boundaries to create a unified voice that is both motivating and relevant for those outside of the discipline. Ultimately, fostering connections within the society through workshops, panels, symposia, special events, and media beyond the annual meeting will build our momentum into the future. Given the importance of these priorities, I hope to bring my energy and enthusiasm for them to the SHA’s Board of Directors!

Benjamin Pykles

Present Position: Historic Sites Curator, LDS Church History Department

Education: Ph.D., Anthropology, with a specialization in Historical Archaeology, University of Pennsylvania, 2006; B.A., Anthropology, Brigham Young University, 2000

Professional Service to SHA and Other Societies:
Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA): Chair, SHA History Committee, 2012–present; Editor, “Images of the Past,” for SHA Newsletter, 2009–present; Member, SHA History Committee, 2004–2012; Member, SHA Student Sub-Committee, 2001–2004

Research Interests: cultural persistence and change, history of historical archaeology, 19th- and 20th-century American West, archaeology of religion, Latter-day Saints (Mormons)

Biographical Statement:
I am fortunate to wear multiple hats in my professional life. For the last seven years, I have been employed as a historic sites curator for the LDS Church in Salt Lake City, Utah. In this capacity, I help identify, manage, protect, preserve, and analyze cultural resources on land that the church owns throughout the United States. I also assist with planning, development, and interpretation at over twenty of the church’s historic sites in Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Wyoming, and Utah, including three National Historic Landmarks. In my present position, I regularly consult with federal and state agencies and American Indian tribes on projects related to resources that are significant to Mormon history and identity. Prior to moving to Utah, I was an assistant professor of anthropology at the State University of New York at Potsdam, where I taught courses in historical archaeology and hosted field schools. I occasionally still teach historical archaeology as an adjunct faculty member in Utah, and I regularly involve students and faculty members in my fieldwork. My research and publications have focused on cultural persistence and change in religious settings, remote-sensing techniques at historic sites, and the history of historical archaeology. Over the last 10 years, I have also fulfilled a variety of roles in SHA, including serving as the chair of the History Committee (2012–present) and as the editor of the “Images of the Past” column in the SHA Newsletter (2009–present). In these capacities, I worked with a talented group of board members and committee members to help commemorate SHA’s 50th anniversary in 2017.

Given the qualifications and experience outlined in your biographical statement, what do you believe you can contribute to SHA if elected?
Because of my diverse professional responsibilities and experiences, I have developed a broad and balanced perspective on the strengths of our discipline and the challenges we face going forward. Through my research into the history of historical archaeology, I have acquired a solid understanding of our discipline’s past, which I believe sheds important light on how we can successfully navigate the future. If elected to the SHA Board of Directors, I will bring the knowledge and skills I have acquired while serving on SHA committees over the past 17 years, including an understanding of the operations of the society and positive working relationships with other committee chairs and board members. Much of my current professional work is collaborative in nature, and I will bring that same collaborative spirit and leadership to any responsibilities I have as a board member. Finally, as a historical archaeologist working in Utah, I will represent a geographic and research area—the American West—that tends to be underrepresented in our discipline and professional community.

If elected to serve SHA, what priorities would you emphasize?
If elected to the SHA Board of Directors, I will do my best to support and represent the broad interests of the society. In particular, I will emphasize the following priorities:

  • The global protection and preservation of cultural resources through government outreach and advocacy, public education, and ethical scholarship
  • The promotion and dissemination of quality historical archaeology research from around the world
  • Engaging, enjoyable, and affordable annual meetings
  • Continuing efforts to ensure that the society and its resources are accessible to students and young professionals, who constitute the future of our society and discipline
  • Targeted membership and development campaigns to continually improve our society
  • trengthened relationships with partner organizations and increased outreach to the global historical archaeology community.

E.W. Duane Quates

Present Position: State Cultural Resources Specialist/Archaeologist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Education: Ph.D., Anthropology with a concentration in archaeology, Michigan State University, 2012; M.A., Anthropology with a concentration in archaeology, Michigan State University, 2007; B.A., Anthropology with a concentration in archeology, University of West Florida, 2000

Professional Service to SHA and Other Societies:
Society for Historical Archaeology: Technology Committee, 2013–2016; UNESCO Committee, 2016
Society for American Archaeology: Government Affairs Committee, 2011–2013; Military Archaeological Resources Stewardship (MARS) interest group (chair), 2012–2014, (secretary) 2014–2016
Conference on Michigan Archaeology: Fellow, 2017–present
Michigan Archaeological Society: Vice president, 2018–present

Research Interests: public archaeology, community archaeology, historic landscapes; descendant communities; African Diaspora, slavery, frontiers and borderlands; smuggling, and human trafficking

Biographical Statement:
I am a U.S. Navy Veteran with 19 years of experience as a professional archaeologist. I have worked in multiple positions within contract archaeology, academia, and state and federal government. I have been a member of the Society for Historical Archaeology since the 2009 Toronto meeting. Since attending that meeting, I have thought of SHA as the home of my professional family.
I currently work with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) as the State Cultural Resources Specialist/Archaeologist in the State of Michigan. Here I work with farmers and NRCS staff, educating them on the importance of cultural resources and the preservation of archaeological sites, while helping my agency comply with various federal historic preservation laws and regulations. In the two years that I have been with this agency I have built a cultural resources program and implemented a cultural resources training program for NRCS staff and partners in the State of Michigan.
Prior to my arrival at the USDA in 2016, I worked as an installation archaeologist for the Department of the U.S. Army at Fort Drum in New York for seven years. While working with the Army, I developed “Be an Archaeologist for a Day,” a public archaeology field event to engage the military community to consider, appreciate, and learn the importance of protecting archaeology and cultural resources on the base, within the nearby local community, and while deployed in other countries.

While in New York, I also worked as an adjunct professor from 2013 to 2016 at the State University of New York at Oswego. There I developed a study-abroad program that brought together psychology students in Trauma Studies with archaeology students and military veterans to travel to the Salisbury Defense Estate in the United Kingdom. While in the UK we worked with Operation Nightingale, an award-winning program in the UK Ministry of Defense that uses archaeology as a form of rehabilitation therapy to help wounded soldiers gain confidence and skills to reenter civilian life.

Given the qualifications and experience outlined in your biographical statement, what do you believe you can contribute to SHA if elected?

Over my career as a professional archaeologist, I have worked in the three main arenas of employment in archaeology: contract archaeology, government, and academia. I have an extensive amount of experience working with various communities, building relationships and developing engagement opportunities; even within the constraints of government service. My professional work has focused on archaeology as a community activity. While government archaeology is inherently public by nature, it cannot necessarily be called community archaeology. Throughout my career, I have endeavored to transform government cultural resource compliance archaeology into a community-based practice by identifying multiple interested parties, building mutually respectful relationships with them and engaging them as stakeholders in the archaeological research process. I believe that I can offer the board an insightful perspective and a drive to help grow SHA into a diverse, inclusive, and global organization.
In community archaeology, one must be prepared to act as an advocate for historic preservation. I have taken on this role multiple times throughout my career, whether it was by advising a U.S. Army commanding general of his responsibilities to comply with cultural resource law, persuading an engineer that archaeology doesn’t have to get in the way of a project if cultural resources are considered early in the design of the project, or dispelling a farmer’s concern that by reporting an archaeological site to the SHPO the government would have an excuse to take his property or give the government leverage to dictate what he could or could not do on his own land. I would relish the opportunity to work in this capacity as a member of the SHA Board of Directors.
If elected to serve SHA, what priorities would you emphasize?
It would be a great honor to serve on the SHA board, and if elected, I would emphasize the need to build a stronger relationship with the general public. In this era of shrinking federal budgets, attacks on historic preservation legislation, and a political climate that seems increasingly antagonistic towards the mission of SHA, it is important that we continue to advocate for the strengthening of historic preservation law before Congress. While I will certainly continue to oppose the dismantling of the legislation and elimination of the sources of funding that make the preservation and management of cultural resources possible, I believe that major gains can also be made by building trust with the public at large. As a society, we should work collaboratively to find new and innovative methods of reaching and engaging the public, educating them about the past, eliminating misconceptions about archaeology, creating inclusive opportunities, building a more diverse membership, and garnering support for the preservation of cultural resources.

COMMUNICATIONS EDITOR

Mark Freeman
Website Editor Mark Freeman has declined to submit an election statement.

Patricia Samford
Present Position: Director, Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory

Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, M.A. Anthropology, College of William and Mary, B.S. Anthropology and Psychology, College of William and Mary

Professional Service to SHA and other societies:
SHA: SHA Board of Directors 2015-2017; SHA representative on Steering Committee of 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, PEIC Committee; Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology: Board member, 2010 to present, Committee on Collaborative Preservation; Council for Virginia Archaeology Newsletter Editor.

Research Interests: English ceramics, archaeology of colonial and nineteenth-century North America with an emphasis in African-American archaeology, public archaeology, gender, West Africa, identity formation

Biographical Statement:
For over 30 years, I have conducted archaeological research in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, working at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, North Carolina State Historic Sites and the Maryland Historical Trust. Currently, I am the Director of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, the state’s archaeological research, curation and conservation facility.

Given the qualifications and experience outlined in your biographical statement, what do you believe you can contribute to SHA if elected?
The newsletter is a significant resource in keeping members up to date with new research, job openings, field opportunities and funding sources. My past experiences as editor for the Council of Virginia Archaeology newsletter and for the Living History Classroom will serve me well in my new position as newsletter editor for the society.
After working over 30 years as a historical archaeologist in museum, academic and cultural resource management settings, I have gained an understanding of the challenges faced by the diverse venues in which we practice our profession. As a director of various institutions, working with staff, board members, non-staff professionals, and the public, I have developed management skills that will help me take into account the varied interests of SHA membership when making decisions as a board member. I feel that increased public outreach within our profession is extremely important, particularly in the current political and economic climate where the humanities are under constant attack. As director of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab, I have made it a priority to expand access to collections, both through online research and artifact identification tools such as Diagnostic Artifacts in Maryland, Maryland Archeobotany and Archaeological Collections in Maryland, and through the development of online finding aids, such as Maryland Unearthed, to the collections curated there. Educational outreach to the public in the forms of traveling exhibits, educational modules, engaging with public schools and publications have also been a priority throughout my career. These experiences will be beneficial to my participation as a board member.

If elected to serve SHA, what priorities would you emphasize?
If elected as Communications Editor, I would continue the excellent work of newsletter editor Alasdair Brooks in expanding the content coverage of the newsletter beyond the continental United States. While the newsletter remains an important vehicle for communicating with the membership, I also recognize that communication modes have multiplied over the last decade, reaching and appealing to different demographics. I would prioritize working with the website editor and social media liaisons to facilitate creating relevant content for a variety of professional audiences. As a member of the larger SHA Board, I would prioritize assisting the organization in working to address member needs and concerns, particularly as they relate to the current political climate. Additionally, because much of my career has been spent in museums, I am committed to working with diverse audiences in engaging the public with archaeology. As such, I am concerned with the challenges of making archaeology accessible and interesting to the public without compromising our ethical standards of site protection and integrity. I am committed to furthering the accessibility of archaeological data and research resources through web-based media.

NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS COMMITTEE

Siobhan M. Hart
Present Position: Associate Professor, Skidmore College

Education: Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2009; M.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2004; B.A., Colgate University, 1999

Professional Service to SHA and Other Societies:
My professional service includes serving as a peer reviewer for University Press of Florida, American Antiquity, Northeast Historical Archaeology, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, and the National Science Foundation. In 2012–2013, I cochaired the Grants Committee of the World Archaeological Congress, an international professional organization. My responsibilities included soliciting, reviewing and allocating funds (40,000 USD) to support travel to the 2013 WAC7 meeting in Dead Sea, Jordan, for participants from Indigenous communities, economically disadvantaged countries and students. I maintain professional memberships in several professional organizations, including American Anthropological Association, Society for American Archaeology, Society for Historical Archaeology, and the World Archaeological Congress.

Research Interests: heritage, Indigenous archaeologies, community-based archaeology, repatriation, colonialism, archaeology of Northeastern North America

Biographical Statement:
I am a teacher-scholar concerned with both the experiences of people at particular moments in the past (e.g., Native Americans at the onset of European colonialism in the 17th century; working-class residents of urban neighborhoods in the 20th century) and the way that their contemporary descendants (whether cultural, political, or class-based) engage with heritage. My research and teaching is driven by a concern with the ways that communities cope with and challenge inequalities through heritage collaborations and engagements with material culture. Engaging with contemporary communities about past lives and experiences through heritage work provides a focal point for dialog and action that can improve quality of life, increase sociopolitical power, and contribute to dismantling structural inequalities.

Given the qualifications and experience outlined in your biographical statement, what do you believe you can contribute to SHA if elected?

One of the most critical tasks of the Nominations Committee is to ensure that SHA has leadership that is actively engaged in the issues presently of concern for members, while also charting a productive future for the discipline. This requires communicating how historical archaeology informs on current issues (e.g., race, immigration, enduring inequalities),and being nimble and responsive advocates when crises arise. In most of my service and archaeological work (in field, lab, and museum contexts) I have served as a facilitator and have worked across traditional disciplinary boundaries and internationally. I see my primary contribution to the Nominations Committee as drawing on that experience to work with colleagues to identifiy candidates for leadership positions.

If elected to serve SHA, what priorities would you emphasize?

As a member of the Nominiations Committee, my priority would be to identify candidates for leadership positions whose work and public engagement evidence the SHA Ethical Principles, particularly around confronting racism, white privilege, gender bias, and harassment.

Alexandra Jones

Present Position: N/A

Education: Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley

Professional Service to SHA and Other Societies:
Gender and Minority Affairs Committee
Research Interests: community archaeology

Biographical Statement:
Alexandra Jones, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Archaeology in the Community, is an education leader focused on community outreach and service. Dr. Jones has been an educator for more than 16 years; she has taught in multiple educational environments from primary schools to museums, colleges and camps. She obtained dual Bachelors of Arts degrees from Howard University in History and Anthropology in 2001. Dr. Jones became a classroom teacher and discovered she had a natural talent for teaching. In an effort to further her career as a teacher she continued her education by obtaining a master’s degree in History from Howard University in 2003 and then attending University of California, Berkeley to obtain a Ph.D. in Historical Archaeology in 2010. She currently teaches people of all ages about archaeology. Dr. Jones worked for PBS’s television show Time Team America as the Archaeology Field School Director, where she directed field schools for junior high and high school students at each of the sites for the 2013 season. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Baltimore City Community College and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Baltimore.

Given the qualifications and experience outlined in your biographical statement, what do you believe you can contribute to SHA if elected?
I have an extensive background in working with and educating the public on archaeology, I feel I could bring those talents and skills to SHA to help foster its relationship with people outside the field of archaeology.
If elected to serve SHA, what priorities would you emphasize?
I would emphasize maintaining a system where the nominations process is fair and equability for all who apply and are nominated.

Lauren McMillan

Present Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Historic Preservation, University of Mary Washington

Education: Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2015; M.A., Anthropology, East Carolina University, 2010; B.A., Historic Preservation, University of Mary Washington, 2008

Professional Service to SHA and Other Societies:

Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference: Program Chair, 2016–present; Social Media Chair, 2016–present; Member, Nominations Committee, 2016–2017; Judge, Student Paper Competition, 2014–2016, undergraduate papers; 2017–present, graduate papers; Founding Chair and Liaison to the Conference Board, Student Committee, 2014–2016
Council of Virginia Archaeologists: Co-Chair and Social Media Chair, Public Outreach Committee, 2016-present; Member, Public Outreach Committee, 2013–present
Archaeology Working Group, Archaeological Ordinance, City of Fredericksburg, Virginia, 2016–present
Research Interests: archaeology of colonialism, African Diaspora, trade and consumerism, historic landscapes, clay tobacco pipes, public archaeology, education, and community outreach and collaboration, intersection of historic preservation, the built environment, commemoration, social activism, and archaeology

Biographical Statement:
I am an historical archaeologist who works in the Middle Atlantic region of the United States. I have a multidisciplinary professional and educational background in archaeology, historic preservation, anthropology, material culture studies, and history. I am an Assistant Professor of Historical Archaeology in the Department of Historic Preservation at the University of Mary Washington where I teach archaeology, introduction to preservation law and practices, architectural history, and material culture studies.
My work and research interests focus on two main topics: the archaeology of trade and consumerism and African Diaspora archaeology. My research into early-colonial trade in the Chesapeake has centered on individual consumption practices, piracy, identity studies, and the origins of capitalism. My work and teaching experience has focused on the archaeology of African American and plantation life in the antebellum, postbellum, and Jim Crow Upper South, with an emphasis on cultural landscape studies. Recently, I have been developing a research project focused on contact-period Native America in collaboration with a Virginia State Indian Tribe.
I have worked at several historic sites and museums, which has fostered a professional and teaching interest in public education and community outreach. I am particularly interested in questions related to social memory, commemoration, and how archaeology and historic preservation can and are used in public presentations of history and for social activism. Some of my recent work has focused on collaborating with local descendant groups and avocational archaeologists to conduct archaeological and historical research for use in public interpretations at local historic sites and museums.
I am a strong advocate for collections-based research with a focus on the use of a multidisciplinary approach to artifact studies. Both in my teaching and research, I focus heavily on the use of previously excavated and orphaned collections to ask new questions of “old” assemblages as a way to combat the curation crisis we all currently face and to encourage best collection’s management practices among the next generations of archaeologists. I have collaborated with other researchers in the digitization and online accessibility of archaeological data, a priority that I continue to emphasize among my student researchers at UMW.

Given the qualifications and experience outlined in your biographical statement, what do you believe you can contribute to SHA if elected?
If elected to the Nominations and Elections Committee, I would bring a multidisciplinary perspective to the committee focused on the intersection of archaeology and historic preservation with additional emphases on undergraduate education and public outreach. As preservation laws, regulations, and funding are increasingly under attack, a detailed understanding of these practices is needed to ensure the future of our profession. I am particularly passionate about supporting the cultural resource management industry. CRM practitioners are the front line in the protection and educational efforts related to archaeology and preservation, especially as related to public understanding and appreciation of what we do. A focus on public outreach and stakeholder involvement is essential if we are to convince lawmakers to support our work.
As an undergraduate educator and current Co-Chair of the Council of Virginia Archaeologists’ Public Outreach Committee, I stress the importance of public involvement in any research project. I always tell my students, if the public does not think what we do is important they will not support it and thus legislators will not support it. What we do is inherently interesting to many different communities and it is essential that we have leaders within the organization who know how to engage diverse groups of people. Over the past several years, I have become increasingly interested in nontraditional and first-generation student education. I have found that often times, these students, who have had previous careers and experiences prior to finding archaeology, are some of the most passionate and effective advocates for archaeology to the general public. I also see nontraditional and first-generation student education as a way to increase diversity in our field. I understand diversity in a variety of ways including race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, and socioeconomic status. As an educator, I believe we must recruit and encourage these diverse groups of people to enter our profession.

If elected to serve SHA, what priorities would you emphasize?
If elected to the Nominations and Elections Committee, I would emphasize two main priorities: the protection and support of preservation legislation and research funding; and the increase in diversity in our profession. These two goals are intertwined with and cannot be achieved without a purposeful and meaningful emphasis on public outreach and engagement. As a member of the Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference Nominations Committee in 2016 and 2017 and as the current Program Chair, I actively sought out CRM professionals and candidates from diverse backgrounds to run for board positions and to serve in key roles within the conference, a priority that I would continue as a member of the SHA Nominations and Elections Committee.

Mary Furlong Minkoff
Present Position: Curator of Archaeological Collections, James Madison’s Montpelier

Education: Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Maryland, College Park, M.A., Historical Archaeology, University of West Florida; B.A., Anthropology & History, University of Mississippi
Professional Service to SHA and Other Societies:
Society of Historical Archaeology (SHA): Member, 2006–present; Member, SHA PEIC Committee, 2016–present; Member, SHA Curation & Collections Committee, 2016 present
Society for American Archaeology: Member
Mid-Atlantic Archaeology Conference: Member
Slave Dwelling Project: Member
Fort Ward Interpretive Planning Committee, Alexandria, Virginia: Appointed Member
Transforming Community Spaces Committee, University of Virginia: Appointed Member
Research Interests: public archaeology, civic engagement, anti-racism, African Diaspora, plantation archaeology, Civil War archaeology, Spanish Colonial archaeology, ceramic analysis

Biographical Statement:
For over 15 years, I have worked in archaeology in nearly every component of the profession including cultural resources management, academia, museums, and at all levels government. Through these experiences, I have had the opportunity to work on sites and collections spanning a variety of time periods and locations. Connecting all of these projects and experiences, has been my effort to bring archaeology to the public, particularly through civic engagement.
As a civically engaged public archaeologist, I am dedicated to working with stakeholders, in particular descendants, to elevate their voices in the understanding of the past. I believe that mutually beneficial relationships, based on long-term commitment, trust, and transparency are the best way to work with communities and stakeholders to interpret the past. I am also invested in making archaeology and the way it informs our understanding of the past accessible to the general public, particularly through open sites and labs, digital engagement, and collaboration with educators.
In my current position as the Curator of Archaeological Collections at James Madison’s Montpelier, in Orange, Virginia, do collaborative work with a variety of stakeholders, including the descendants of the Montpelier enslaved community, teachers, collectors, metal detectorists, students, and other archaeologists as well as overseeing Montpelier’s Archaeology Lab, public lab programs, and the processing, curation, and exhibition of artifacts. Prior to coming to Montpelier, I worked with descendants and stakeholders of to uncover the archaeology and memories of African American communities surrounding the Civil War Defenses of Washington. I also worked with the National Park Service and Groundwork, USA to develop the Urban Archaeology Corps summer youth employment program. Before coming to the Mid-Atlantic, I worked for the Florida Public Archaeology Network as the Outreach Coordinator for the Northwest Regional Office.

Given the qualifications and experience outlined in your biographical statement, what do you believe you can contribute to SHA if elected?
Since 2006, I have been an active member of SHA and its committees, including Public Education Interpretation (PEIC) and Curation & Collections. Though my time with SHA I have grown from a student member to a regular member. Likewise, throughout my archaeological career, I have worked in all facets of the field including academia, museums, government agencies, and private CRM firms. My varied experience within the field and the organization gives me insight to the different priorities, needs, and interests of many of our members. As a member of the Nominations Committee this would help me select candidates that would represent a wide variety of constituent groups among our membership.
In addition, I would contribute to SHA through my experience working in a variety of public archaeology settings. I believe that our organization can continue build on its current efforts in public outreach. As a member, I have regularly participated in public archaeology days during our annual conferences. I regularly coauthor conference papers with public stakeholders, including teachers and descendants, and last year, I organized a panel of public archaeology program participants and volunteers on behalf of PEIC in order to bring new voices into our annual conference and archaeological discussions.

If elected to serve SHA, what priorities would you emphasize?
As a member of the SHA Nominations Committee, I would emphasize the need for diversification of the field and organization, through the nomination of candidates. I would approach this effort towards diversification in several ways, including recruiting candidates that are members of underrepresented groups and/or have established records of working towards turning SHA into an anti-racist and more inclusive organization. I would also work to encourage new members, students, and young professionals to join committees and become more active participants. This will allow for a greater pool of candidates in the future. If elected to the Nominations Committee, I would make it my priority that the candidates nominated represent all of the different constituency groups within our membership as well as the future of our field.

ACUA COMMITTEE

Only four candidates are standing for the three ACUA Committee positions this year. Voters should select three candidates from four.

Jean-Sébastien Guibert

Present Position: Associate Professor, History Department, French West Indies University (Martinique)
Education: Ph.D., History, French West Indies University (FWI); M.A., History, French West Indies University (FWI); Undergraduate, History and Archaeology, Strasbourg University (France)

Professional Service to SHA and Other Societies:
Society for Historical Archaeology: Session Chair, SHA conference, 2018
Guadeloupe Historical Society: Board member
Lesser Antilles Archaeology Association: Board member

Research Interests: West Indian maritime history and archaeology, coastal and underwater archaeology, shipwreck and wrecks as a prism to study maritime trade, flows and activities, ports, seafaring and risks history: West Indians ports, maritime flows (naval, Atlantic trade and cabotage), maritime risks, coastal plantations

Biographical Statement:
For the past 10 years I developed research in Maritime History and Archaeology in French West Indies through several ways from nonprofit organizations to academic studies. By this experience I managed to initiate projects in order to structure research dealing with maritime history in Lesser Antilles from field work to heritage management and research of funding. This experience gave me an expertize knowledge on Colonial maritime West Indies archaeology and history.
In my current position I may go further in research, I am presently running a global project “Maritime History and Archaeology of Lesser Antilles” in collaboration with several colleagues and institutions as Drassm and Dac of French Culture Ministry. Also by teaching and as supervisor Undergraduate program of History department I may initiate and consolidate students interest for past, archaeology and history in every days’ lectures or heading of students in M.A.

Given your qualifications and experience, what do you believe you can contribute to the ACUA/SHA if elected?
My academic and field work experience may help better develop ACUA and SHA. The location of FWI in an American geographical context but under French regulation concerning heritage could help in order to develop research and promote protection in needed areas. This external point of view could be useful as well for ACUA and SHA.

If elected, what priorities would you emphasize taking into consideration the ACUA and SHA missions and goals, ongoing committee activities, and the management and financial challenges of the Society?
I am very interested in supporting the ACUA’s relationship with UNESCO and the preservation of underwater heritage especially in the Caribbean and around the world. I would like as well to help in order to help to develop academic research in Historical Archaeology by emphasizing the link between archives and field works. I may also help in linking teams within the Caribbean but also with French institutions dealing with heritage and underwater archaeology.
SHA and ACUA are great organizations that have helped me greatly during my career; I would be honored to return that assistance to its members.

Raymond L. Hayes

Present Positions: Professor Emeritus, Howard University College of Medicine; Research Associate, Smithsonian Institution, American History; Society Member, Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole); Researcher, International Institute for Maritime Research; Volunteer, Naval History and Heritage Command

Education: Ph.D., Human Anatomy, University of Michigan

M.S., Human Anatomy, University of Michigan; B.S. cum laude, Biology, Amherst College
Professional Service to SHA and Other Societies:
Society for Historical Archaeology: Member, Ethics Committee; Member, Gender and Minority Affairs Committee; Member, UNESCO Committee
ACUA: Associate Member (MAHS representative)
American Association for the Advancement of Science: Fellow/Life Member
Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean: Exec. Director/Life Member
Global Coral Reef Alliance: Board/Researcher
Maritime Archaeological and Historical Society: VP/Board/Lecturer/Editor
Stichting Mariene Archeologie Curaçao: Project Director/Board/Author
Institute of Maritime History: Board/Author
Nautical Archaeological Society: Tutor Trainer/Lecturer
National Association of Underwater Instructors: Instructor #3271 /45 year awardee

Research Interests:
My research interests in underwater archaeology have focused on the Caribbean region and have included surveys of historical anchorages, elemental chemical analysis of submerged cultural resources, and merchant shipwreck archaeology.
As an active researcher, I have lectured in introductory underwater archaeology courses, edited or co-authored books on underwater archaeology, and published survey reports and book chapters.

Biographical Statement:
My extensive career of nearly 60 years as a medical educator, researcher and administrator has provided many opportunities for interaction with administrators, faculty, students and the general public in a wide range of academic institutions, both domestic (e.g., Michigan, Harvard, Pittsburgh, Morehouse and Howard) and international (e.g., University of the West Indies, University of the Virgin Islands). As an instructor, course director, department chairman, director or dean, my roles and responsibilities have been multifaceted and extensive. The professional services I have contributed to the discipline of medical anatomy encompass the fields of gross morphology, cell biology, histology and organology, developmental and molecular biology, neuroanatomy, physical anthropology, vertebrate paleontology and archaeology, all of which are cognates of my scholarly pursuits and education. Years of basic research on muscle, connective tissue, stony coral skeletogenesis, thermal coral reef bleaching, diseases of marine organisms, and global climate change have prepared me for underwater research, especially in oceanic ecosystems. The research tools, techniques and skills that I have utilized routinely as a marine biomedical scientist are directly applicable to underwater archaeology.
In retirement, I have committed my scholarly pursuits exclusively to underwater archaeological research. My field experience as a volunteer has included project participations throughout the Atlantic coasts of Maine, Massachusetts, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia. My contributions to international surveys and instruction have been on the island nations of Anguilla, Barbados, Bonaire, Curaçao, Dominica and St. Kitts.

Given your qualifications and experience, what do you believe you can contribute to the ACUA/SHA if elected?
Emanating from my experiences as a medical educator, a scientific researcher and a participant in both domestic and international underwater archaeological projects, I am prepared to contribute the following attributes to ACUA:

  1. Ethics: My familiarity with medical education and administration has instilled in me an appreciation for precision, careful management and honesty in underwater archaeology and adherence to a behavioral code of ethical conduct that is fair, respectful and considerate of all contributors (e.g., professional leaders, volunteers, advisors, contractors, conservationists, and museum curators) to a field survey team and to an academic milieu.
  2. Science: My experience in marine biomedical research has provided me with an awareness of the need to incorporate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) into archaeological surveys wherever possible. Underwater archaeologists should be familiar with the natural sciences of chemistry, biology, physics and mathematics as well as with the applied sciences of engineering, environmental ecology and climatology.
  3. Innovation: My perspectives from prior participation in and various responsibilities to underwater archaeological projects have been of an holistic nature, extending well beyond expected traditional knowledge of history, heritage and culture (social sciences) to include quantitative and qualitative data as well as postacquisition data analyses, such as basic and complex statistics.

If elected, what priorities would you emphasize taking into consideration the ACUA and SHA missions and goals, ongoing committee activities, and the management and financial challenges of the society?
Two priorities that I would bring to the ACUA are (1) the integration of natural and applied sciences in underwater archaeological research and (2) the application of well-established habits of mind and critical-thinking skills in project planning, project administration and the preparation of project reports. I would emphasize the value of scientific databases to complement observations and descriptions generated during a field project. Underwater archaeologists should be generalists, recognizing that information derived from many fields reinforce historical interpretation. Underwater archaeologists also should be revisionists, advancing and refining history through analyses of submerged sites and cultural resources. For those analyses, chemical, geological, biological, environmental and computational data add significance to project results.
Scientists conduct experiments and report data comprehensively, even when they do not support a particular hypothesis. Comprehensive treatment of data assures integrity of the scientific method. Scientific advancement is incremental. Concepts and theories are revised or affirmed through challenge. Prevailing ideas withstand scrutiny over time. As methodologies improve, as technologies for detection and recording increase in precision, and as advancements are made, accuracy and reliability of interpretation increase. Thus, truth is approximated.
I believe that my awareness of the benefits of science and my willingness to recognize the value of all research results from submerged cultural resources and sites are essential contributions that I would bring to the ACUA.
Furthermore, I would advocate the implementation of critical thinking and problem-solving skills in underwater archaeology. My experience facilitating critical thinking in students has equipped me to instill fundamental standards and principles of reasoning in research. Finding a solution to a problem is an essential skill in any research effort.
Discovery and interpretation of artifacts and sites in underwater archaeology refines and extends documentary history. However, that contribution must be fair, logical and sensitive. Such are possible when critical thinking and reasoning skills are adopted.
I believe that my adherence to strategies of higher-order thinking, diagnostic reasoning and problem solving are positive factors that I would bring to the ACUA.

Joe Hoyt

Present Position: Senior Archaeologist, NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary

Education: M.A., Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology, East Carolina University – Program in Maritime Studies; B.A., Anthropology, East Carolina University

Professional Service to SHA and Other Societies:
ACUA/SHA: none to date. While I have not had the opportunity to serve ACUA/SHA or other cultural heritage societies, I have served in a professional capacity on other similarly functioning bodies.
NOAA Diving Control and Safety Board: Deputy Line of Office Diving Officer, 2016–present
The Battle of the Atlantic Research and Expedition Group (BAREG): NOAA Liaison and Archeological Advisor on the Board of Directors, 2013–present

Research Interests: development of research programs in support of cultural heritage protection and preservation; establishment of new marine protected areas; educating, training, and engaging with the public in a citizen-science capacity to foster ownership and participation in the process of documentation and protection; applying emerging technologies to aid site interpretation and public outreach; Great Lakes heritage and shipbuilding; battlefield/conflict archaeology

Biographical Statement:
Over the past decade my career focus has centered on preservation and public engagement. My interest in underwater archaeology began through participation in an avocational survey of a Great Lakes shipwreck in the 1990s. That initial experience showed me the value of professional archaeologists working with the public and the profound effect it can have on attitudes towards preservation. This not only fueled my interest in archaeology, but opened my eyes to the threats facing heritage resources and the need for increased protection.
After earning an M.A. I chose to get to work in the public sector, taking a position within the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. I believe there are significant gaps in the legal framework that applies to UCH and there is an immediate need to establish protection for vulnerable sites. As such, working within a federal agency that has the capacity to legally protect UCH holds great appeal. Now in my 10th year in this position I have had the privilege of focusing most of my efforts on this very goal.
My research with NOAA has centered on battlefield archaeology and studying WWII shipwrecks off the U.S. East Coast. This has given me the privilege to work with colleagues throughout the preservation community, utilize a wide range of survey technology, and provide engagement opportunities for avocationals via NAS training. The most challenging and rewarding aspect of this effort is applying the research towards the development of public policy. This has given me experience in taking archaeological research and developing management plans, drafting regulations, writing environmental impact statements, and holding public hearings. As a result, NOAA is now considering expanding the boundaries of the Monitor NMS to include dozens of vulnerable wreck sites. I feel my background in operations/project management and public policy will be valuable to ACUA.
Given your qualifications and experience, what do you believe you can contribute to the ACUA/SHA if elected?
In my current position as an archaeologist working for a federal agency I have gained a great deal of experience and insight in how academic archaeological work can inform development of new approaches in cultural resource management. If elected to ACUA I believe this experience would be valuable in helping to communicate ACUA issues or concerns in terms that federal resource managers understand. I have experience in developing and executing research projects that are both academically rigorous as well as having deliverables pertinent to the development of public policy and resource management. ACUA is a body governed by ethics and public programs are governed by laws. While these are often consistent there are certainly gaps that leave some categories of resources unprotected or unmanaged. Communicating how ethical positions could be translated into laws or rulemaking and then advocating for their implementation is an area where I think my experience is valuable.
Likewise, I have had a great deal of experience working with avocational groups. Many of these groups initially find the academic and professional archaeology scene a bit intimidating. I have consistently encouraged participants that I have trained via NAS to attend, and in some cases, present at SHA. I feel that involving divers and the general public is the best way forward towards community buy-in, particularly as it relates to preservation and implementation of new regulations. I would encourage both ACUA and SHA to develop more public-facing initiatives that focus on inclusion of the general public.

If elected, what priorities would you emphasize taking into consideration the ACUA and SHA missions and goals, ongoing committee activities, and the management and financial challenges of the society?
ACUA’s mission to educate scholars, governments, sport divers and the general public about underwater archaeology and preservation is critically important. If I am elected to serve the ACUA I would emphasize the importance of advocacy in preservation initiatives, especially in the government sector. Many state and federal organizations are limited in their ability to self-advocate and it is often difficult to communicate their needs directly to policy makers. ACUA can be a powerful voice in advocating for and supporting initiatives that effect the preservation of archaeological resources. As a body, voicing our stance on ethics and support for preservation can meaningfully assist government managers in their efforts. Communicating the importance of these initiatives is especially valuable in this time of shrinking resources across state and federal programs. Activating not only the board, but also individual members of ACUA/SHA to write congressional representatives and speak loudly and persistently on behalf of cultural resources is an area where I think I can contribute and best serve the mission and goals of ACUA.
With regards to the business of ACUA I am eager to support internal initiatives and help with basic management and coordination of ongoing needs. I have experience in operations management and managing programmatic finances and am more than happy to support the needs of the organization. Likewise, I believe in strong networking, partnerships and creative solutions to meet operational and financial needs. Should I be elected, I am committed to being an active contributing member of the council.

Roberto Junco

Present Position: In charge of the Underwater Archaeology Office (SAS), INAH-Mexico
Education: Ph.D., Archaeology, ENAH Mexico; Diploma, Historical Archaeology, Leicester University; M.A., Archaeology, ENAH Mexico; B.A., International Business Administration, American University of Paris

Professional Service to SHA and Other Societies:
ACUA: Representative for SAS INAH Mexico
ICUCH: Member
ICOMOS: Member

Research Interests: historical archaeology in Mexico and places where there was a connection, Pacific navigation and maritime remains from the 16th to 20th centuries, especially Manila Galleons and the archaeology that can be done from the interaction of such distant parts with the obvious interchange of materials such as Chinese porcelain Biographical Statement:
I am a Mexican archaeologist, and for the past 15 years, my career in underwater archaeology has focused mainly on the research and management of UCH in Mexico. I have had the opportunity to work in many of the different types of underwater sites such as lakes at high altitude, sinkholes, and different sea and coastal archaeological contexts. These contexts range from the prehistoric to modern. During my time at SAS, I have directed several projects and have implemented exhibits and other means of communicating to the public the results. For this work one of my projects was recognized last year by UNESCO as best practices in underwater archaeology. Currently I direct the area of Underwater Archaeology for the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico.

Given your qualifications and experience, what do you believe you can contribute to the ACUA/SHA if elected?
I believe I can provide an alternative view point on issues of UCH from a Mexican perspective.

If elected, what priorities would you emphasize taking into consideration the ACUA and SHA missions and goals, ongoing committee activities, and the management and financial challenges of the society?
I think one of the main goals would be to maintain ACUA as an important organization to foster the interests of UCH around the world.