The Alabama Archaeological Society is a nonprofit organization chartered under state of Alabama laws. There are no paid officers or staff. All funds come from membership dues and contributions and are used to promote the informed and scientific investigation of archaeological sites, as well as for other educational purposes. Membership is open to everyone.
Unwritten: Archaeology and Oral History of Jim Crow Mobile Speaker Series
The University of South Alabama Archaeology Museum has a new exhibit opening soon and is featuring speakers throughout the month of September. All speakers will be at the USA Archaeology Museum.
Sept. 12 at 5pm: Africatown Archaeology By Land & Sea
“Maritime Archaeology in the 21st Century: Exploring the History and Heritage of our Underwater World” - Dr. Justin Dunnavant
“Positioning Africatown in Post-Emancipation Black Mobile” - Madison Aubey, UCLA Anthropology
Sept. 20 at 4pm: “We Have Not Had One White Friend: The Forgotten 1980s Battle for Africatown” - Nick Tabor
Sept. 26 at 4pm: “Clotilda: the Exhibition at the Africatown Heritage House” - Jessica Fairley, Africatown Heritage House
AAS Southwest Chapter Fall Speaker Series
All speakers will be at the University of South Alabama Archaeology Museum, with presentations beginning at 5:30pm
Sept. 5: “Commingled Ancestors & Deviant Women in Early Bronze Age Tombs in Southeastern Arabia,” by Dr. Lesley Gregoricka, USA Anthropology Faculty
Oct. 3: “Defining Heaven & Hell in the Ancient Mediterranean,” by Dr. Kara Burns, USA Art History Faculty
Nov. 14: ‘We are the land, and the land is mother to us all: Native Feminisms and Environmental Justice in the Work of Four Contemporary Diné Artists,” by Dr. Betsy Hawley, USA Art History Faculty
Our Summer Meeting and Jr. Archaeology Day at Sloss Furnaces was a great weekend!
We had an amazing turn out on Friday for Jr. Archaeology Day. The kids - and adults - learned a lot about stratigraphy, The Ridge at Tuskegee, metal working, flint knapping, as well as what materials were used and can be found at Sloss. The kids also had a chance to excavate a part of a unit! On Saturday we had speakers discuss the history of Birmingham (Pam King), the Western Railway Project (Jeremiah Stager), and Marsha Holley also discussed the success of Jr. Archaeology Day for members who weren’t able to make it, and finished off the weekend with our afternoon tour of Sloss Furnaces.
Photos taken by Rebecca Johnson of The University of Alabama Museums
Call for Papers for the Journal of Alabama Archaeology
The Journal of Alabama Archaeology, a peer-reviewed journal, provides the latest research on topics relevant to archaeology of Alabama. Published by the Alabama Archaeological Society, the JAA covers a wide range of subjects encompassing all eras of Alabama archaeology, as well as articles on related topics in the Southeast. The JAA welcomes submissions from professional, amateur, avocational, and student archaeologists. Our journal offers a great opportunity for graduate students and recipients of AAS Scholarships to publish their research.
Prospective authors should consult the journal’s editorial guidelines at https://alabamaarchaeology.org/files/authorsinfo.pdf
For more information, please contact the current editorial team:
Dr. Greg Waselkov, Dr. Heather Puckett, or Dr. Ashley Dumas at [email protected]
The AAS Executive Board has approved a draft of a Sexual Harassment Policy that will be added to the by-laws. However, the policy must be approved by AAS members at large. The vote will take place at one of our seasonal state-wide meetings. The policy draft is presented below. Any comments or questions you have about the policy can be submitted through the website and will be discussed before the board and taken into consideration for the final draft.
The Alabama Archaeological Society (AAS) is committed to the creation and maintenance of an environment in which all individuals, members and non-members, are treated with respect and dignity. The AAS is a nonprofit organization chartered under state of Alabama laws and recognizes the necessity of compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws including, but not limited to, those that prohibit discriminatory practices including harassment. Therefore, the AAS will maintain a strict policy of prohibiting unlawful harassment of any kind, including sexual harassment and harassment based on race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, sex, age, physical or mental disability or any other characteristic protected by state, federal or local discrimination laws. Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, making unwanted sexual advances and/or requests for sexual favors where such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s mental, physical, and/or emotional well-being and/or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. Members and nonmembers who violate this policy are subject to discipline up to and including the possibility of immediate and permanent expulsion from the society and its functions.
Examples of unlawful harassment include but are not limited to:
• Verbal conduct such as epithets, derogatory jokes or comments, slurs or unwanted sexual advances, invitations or comments.
• Visual conduct such as derogatory and/or sexually oriented posters, photography, cartoons, drawings, e-mail, text messaging, social media, or gestures.
• Physical conduct such as assault, unwanted touching, blocking normal movement.
• Threats and demands to submit to sexual requests.
• Retaliation for having reported or threatened to report unlawful harassment.
The AAS is not an adjudicating body; however, there are processes in place to support members in getting their grievances addressed when unwanted behaviors occur in the context of AAS-sponsored events and activities (e.g. conferences, editorial activities, governance events). Effective June 7, 2019, the AAS Board of Directors will receive complaints of harassment in the context of AAS settings and activities. They will ascertain the view of the complainant to determine what outcome they want and, where appropriate, will refer the complainant to the police. For incidents that occur outside the context of AAS-sponsored settings and activities, AAS members and nonmembers should seek out appropriate authorities with which to file claims of sexual harassment and/or sexual assault. Typically, the line of formal complaint is through the perpetrator’s home institution. AAS members should apprise themselves of the appropriate processes at their home institutions, as well as in the legal jurisdictions where fieldwork, meetings, and other business are conducted.
This policy is not intended to constitute legal advice. In the event of any conflict between this policy and applicable laws or institutional policy, the applicable laws or institutional policy prevails. Members and institutions are encouraged to seek their own counsel for advice regarding any specific situation.
The Alabama Archaeological Society will not tolerate sexual harassment or sexual assault of AAS meeting participants (including, but not limited to attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, AAS members, service providers, or other meeting guests) in any form. By obtaining AAS membership, registering to present or attend AAS meetings, members and participants commit to maintaining respectful and ethical relationships in accordance with the AAS policy. The Alabama Archaeological Society reserves the right to remove an individual violating this policy from organization events without warning or refund, and prohibit attendance at future AAS meetings, programs, and/or activities.Learn More