National Park Service’s 2017 Archaeological Prospection Workshop

May 15–19, 2017, Pea Ridge National Military Park in Benton County, Arkansas

The National Park Service’s 2017 workshop on archaeological prospection techniques entitled Current Archeological Prospection Advances for Non-destructive Investigations of the Pea Ridge Civil WarBattlefield will be held May 15–19, 2017, at the Pea Ridge National Military Park in Benton County, Arkansas. Lodging will be in Roger, Arkansas, at a motel to be determined. The lectures will be at a meeting room in Rogers, Arkansas, at a place to be determined. The field exercises will take place at the Pea Ridge National Military Park. The park commemorates the March 7-8, 1862 Civil War battle between Federal and Confederate troops in northwestern Arkansas. The resulting Federal victory keep the State of Missouri in the Union. Co-sponsors for the workshop include the National Park Service’s Midwest Archeological Center, Pea Ridge National Military Park, and the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, as well as the Arkansas Archaeological Survey This will be the twenty-seventh year of the workshop dedicated to the use of geophysical, aerial photography, and other remote sensing methods as they apply to the identification, evaluation, conservation, and protection of archaeological resources across this Nation. The workshop will present lectures on the theory of operation, methodology, processing, and interpretation with on-hands use of the equipment in the field. There is a registration charge of $475.00. Application forms are available on the Midwest Archeological Center’s web page at Payment may be made by credit card through the Friends of NCPTT for non-government employees. Federal employees may pay through a training form (SF-182) sent to the Midwest Archeological Center or by credit card through the Friends of NCPTT (NCPTT webpage announcement). For further information, please contact Steven L. DeVore, Archeologist, National Park Service, Midwest Archeological Center, Federal Building, Room 474, 100 Centennial Mall North, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508-3873: tel: (402) 437-5392, ext. 141; fax: (402) 437-5098; email: <>.

BRIDGE: The Heritage of Connecting Places and Cultures
Second Call for Papers

Dates: 6-10 July 2017
Location: Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, Shropshire, UK
Second Call for Papers Deadline: 16 January 2017
Short Description: Bridges physically and symbolically connect places, communities and cultures; they remind us of division while at the same time providing the means for unification. This conference seeks to explore heritage of bridges –not only as remarkable physical structures connecting places and cultures but also as symbolic and metaphorical markers in the landscape.
Indicative themes of interest to the conference include:
The materials and technologies of bridges – the heritage of form and function
National and local iconographies of bridges
Narratives of bridge construction and destruction
Communities united and communities divided by bridges
Poetics of the bridge – representing the bridge in art, literature and film
Love and death on the bridge
The language of the bridge – metaphors and meanings in social life
Touring bridges – travel narratives and tourism economies
Alternative bridge crossings – tunnels and ferries
Please see the website for full details and call for papers.
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Organisers: Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage (University of Birmingham), Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust
Contact: Hannah Stretton,

1st Global Irish Diaspora Congress
Dates: August 15-29, 2017
Location: University College, Dublin

This is the inaugural congress in a triennial series that examines the histories, cultures, heritages and identities of Irish communities beyond Ireland’s shores.

More than 70 million people worldwide can claim descent from Irish emigrants. For many decades there has been considerable scholarly interest in the history of emigration from Ireland, from its beginnings in the middle ages (to Britain and parts of Europe) through the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries (to all corners of the globe), and in how ‘Irishness’ has been and continues to be maintained and expressed by descendant communities.

However, the sheer scale of the Irish diaspora has created obstacles to an international conversation and exchange of ideas. Comparative perspectives will greatly enhance our worldwide research on subjects such as the many causes of Irish migration, the types of people who migrated, the shared or divergent experiences of the migrants in different places and times, the material remains of diaspora, the impact of migrations on host populations and cultures, and relationships between diasporic communities and Ireland.

This congress provides a stage for this long-needed, international exchange and discussion. Researchers from many fields and from every corner of the world are invited to Dublin to attend four days of plenaries and parallel sessions, where they can present their work, meet fellow-researchers, exchange ideas, and establish research networks within and across disciplinary boundaries.

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