Recent News

 

10/10/2018:  Did you know that October is Archaeology Month in Alabama?  Check our our upcoming events page for activities near you!

10/9/2018:  Is your local community interested in hosting a traveling exhibit for Alabama’s State Bicentennial?  If so, apply here:  http://www.makingalabama.org/contact-us/?utm_source=Sept-Oct+2018&utm_campaign=Sept-Oct+2018&utm_medium=email

9/24/2018:  The Friends of the Alabama Archives are sponsoring two, $1000 Student Research Fellowships in 2019.  The Fellowships are available to senior-level or graduate students in an Alabama college or university, or to Alabama residents in study at a school outside the state.  Fellowships help offset expenses incurred while conducting research using the collections of the Alabama Department of Archives and History.  For more information and application, please visit http://www.archives.state.al.us

7/17/2018:  Alabama Historical Commission announces results of underwater survey in new search for the Clotilda.  (click for more information on the AHC website).

7/9/2018: New REWARD offered for information leading to an arrest of the individual(s) responsible for the theft of artifacts from Moundville Archaeological Park in 2003.

6/7/2018:  UPDATE: Due to recent heavy rains that have inundated the road to the Summer Meeting site, we have decided to meet at the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church on Choccolocco Road. From there, we will shuttle all attendees to the site (5 minute drive) between 8:30 and 9:00 am. The church is at 8837 Choccolocco Rd. Anniston, AL.  Camping is still available Friday night; however, you will need to either have 4-wheel drive or contact Dr. Holstein for alternate transportation.

6/6/2018: The Alabama Historical Commission (AHC) will administer a $750,000 state-funded Grant Program in fiscal year 2019 (October 1, 2018 - September 30, 2019), for improvements as well as educational programming at historic sites in Alabama.

Grants will be awarded to public or private entities who own and operate historic sites in Alabama. Grants will be awarded to entities that reflect an education-based mission, concentrate on educational programming, and reflect the geographical diversity of the state. Preference will be given to publicly-owned battlefields or  structures constructed prior to 1840 that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and historic  school structures. Grant amounts will not exceed $20,000 for any one entity.

Applicants must complete an official 2019 Historic Sites Grant application available on the AHC website, here.  Grant Application Guidelines are also available on the AHC website.

Applications must be hand-delivered or mailed to Tryon McLaney, Contracts and Grants, Alabama Historical Commission, by August 15, 2018. Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted. AHC will announce the grant awards in October 2018. See additional guidelines on the AHC website.

5/31/2018:  Just a reminder that the AAS Summer Meeting is coming up on June 9th!  Hope to see you all there!

4/2/2018:  The AAS Summer Meeting for 2018, will be held at the Bains Gap Site.  Despite the recent tornado damage at Jacksonville State University, Dr. Harry Holstein says that the Archaeology Lab weathered the storm well, and he is ready to host us on June 9, 2018!  Stay tuned for more details as they become available…

4/2/2018:  The East Alabama Chapter of the Alabama Archaeological Society has moved their next meeting to 2:30pm, April 8, 2018 (Sunday), in conjunction with the Lee County Historical Society.  Come out and hear Hamilton Bryant (Wiregrass Archaeological Consultants) speak about recent excavations at a rock shelter near Auburn.  Meeting will be held at the Lee County Museum in Loachapoka.

3/22/2018:  This is short notice, but the first dig of the season will be held at St. Stephens this weekend (3/24).  George Shorter will be continuing excavations at the Douglass Hotel, the location where Alabama’s territorial legislature first met.  George advises that the hotel dig site is not suitable for small children or those that have difficultly with rough terrain.  Please contact George for more information:  gshorter43 - at - gmail.com or call 251-709-7369.

3/6/2018:  We are currently in the process of uploading and building links to past issues of the Stones & Bones newsletter, as well as its predecessor, the newsletter of the Birmingham Anthropological Society.  This great historical resource will allow members to follow the evolution of the society over time.  If you would like to follow our progress as we add issues, you may view it by clicking this news item.

3/6/2018:  Alabama Historical Commission confirms Twelvemile Island Wreck is not the Clotilda.  Read more here.

2/6/2018: 

BE A BICENTENNIAL SCHOOL APPLICATIONS DUE MARCH 31

Attention Alabama K-12 educators and parents!

Celebrate Alabama’s 200th birthday as a Bicentennial School. Encourage your school to apply for a flag and governor’s commendation. Schools who engage in a community project are eligible to receive a $2000 grant. Applications are due by March 31, 2018. Contact Erik Haeuser at [email protected] or 334-353-9152 for more information.

1/31/2018:  Have you paid your 2018 dues yet?  If not, please see our ‘Join’ page for details, or send your dues via PayPal to [email protected]  Please reference your name and any change of address.

11/28/2017:  SAVE THE DATE!  Jacksonville State University has been selected as the site of the 2018 AAS Winter Meeting to be held Jan 19-20, 2018.  This year’s silent book auction will feature a large selection from Dr. Harry Holstein’s personal library - be sure to attend!

11/27/2017:  Blakely State Park will once again be offering tours of the impressive Bottle Creek Mounds in Baldwin County.  On December 2nd and 16th, the Delta Explorer will depart from Lower Bryant Landing and journey up the Tensaw Delta for a guided tour of the site led by Dr. Greg Waselkov.  Please call 251-626-0798 for more information.

11/6/2017:  Get ready for South Central Historical Archaeology Conference! The annual meeting will be November 17-19, 2017 at Old Cahawba, which was Alabama’s capital from 1819-1826.

Hotel info: A block of 12 rooms are available at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Selma, located near the junction of Medical Center Parkway and Hwy 80 (West Highland Ave.). A map will be provided at a future date. The room rate is $99 plus tax. Reservation deadline is Thursday, November 2.

Call for papers: Please send paper and poster abstracts to Linda Derry at [email protected] and Sara Hahn at [email protected] by Monday, November 13.

9/27/2017:  The East Alabama Chapter of the Alabama Archaeological Society will be hosting a free Artifact Identification Day at Pioneer Park in Loachapoka, Alabama on October 14th (9am-noon).  Come have professional archaeologists evaluate the age and scientific value of your artifacts!  Please note that this is not an appraisal service - no evaluation of cash value will be provided.

9/12/2017:  Applications for AAS Research Grants and Scholarships are due by October 1st.  Have you mailed yours in yet???  For more information, please see our Grants and Scholarships page!

9/5/2017:  Did you recently receive what appears to be a duplicate issue of the Journal of Alabama Archaeology?  Our printer recently made an error, and color slides were accidentally left out of the issue.  The corrected copy was recently sent out to our membership! 

8/17/2017:  This is also a concern in Coastal Alabama:  https://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Inhabit/2017/0804/Salvage-archaeology-When-rising-seas-threaten-to-wash-away-history

6/30/2017:  The AAS Summer Meeting has been rescheduled for July 29th at Old Cahawba Archaeological Park.  Registration starts at 8:30am at the Visitor’s Center.  Please check our Facebook page for more details.  Hope to see you there!

UPDATE 6/23/2017:  DUE TO FLOODING CAUSED BY TROPICAL STORM CINDY, THE AAS SUMMER MEETING HAS BEEN INDEFINITELY POSTPONED.  WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE AND WILL TRY TO RESCHEDULE FOR LATER THIS YEAR.

June 22, 2017: Due to extremely heavy rain in western Alabama, we are currently assessing the potential need to reschedule the summer meeting.  Please stay tuned for more information.

June 18, 2017:  The next AAS Summer Meeting is this coming weekend at Old Cahawba!

May 27, 2017:  Volumes 60 and 61 of the Journal of Alabama Archaeology shipped this week - did you get some yours yet?  If not, your membership may have lapsed.  See our membership page for more info…

May 9, 2017:  2017 marks the 300th anniversary (Tercentenary) of Fort Toulouse! 

There has been a lot of information in the news lately about Alabama’s Bicentennial, but did you know that 2017 also marks the 300th Anniversary of the construction of a French Colonial fort in the interior of Alabama?  Fort Toulouse des Alibamons was built by French Colonial Marines in 1717, at the invitation of the Muscogee (Creek) Indians.  Located near present-day Wetumpka, this fort was strategically located at the confluence of the Coosa and Tallapoosa Rivers, which form the headwaters of the Alabama River.  This same location would later be used as the location of Fort Jackson, during the War of 1812.  Find out more here at the Encyclopedia of Alabama, and at https://fttoulousejackson.org/

April 25, 2017: Alabama Bicentennial Summer Institutes for Teachers

For Alabama teachers, grades 3rd -5th, looking for professional development on Alabama’s history, the Alabama Bicentennial Commission offers a series of summer workshops.  In 2016, 12 teachers from across the state were selected as Alabama Bicentennial Master Teachers.  Each of these teachers has been trained at the Alabama Department of Archives and History and paired with a content specialist.  Together these teams created a 3.5-day Bicentennial Summer Institute each unique to a specific region of the state.  Interested teachers who want to participate in an institute should contact their superintendent.  For more information, visit  www.alabama200.org/summerinstitutes/ or call Carson Williford at 334-353-4755.

Alabama Bicentennial Commission Announces Regional Workshops

The Alabama Bicentennial Commission is hosting planning workshops across the state to help local municipalities and organizations plan commemorative events and celebrations of 200 years of Alabama history.  The regional workshops will include presentations of funding opportunities.  For schedule of workshops April - September and for more information, email Connor Lowry at [email protected].

April 12, 2017: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District Archaeologist (and AAS member), Matt Grunewald recently assisted with a Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency mission to recover American service member remains in Vietnam.  See more details here.

March 7, 2017:  At last night’s Board of Director’s Meeting, Old Cahawba Archaeological Park was selected as the site of this year’s AAS Summer Meeting.  This meeting will be held in conjunction with the University of Alabama Natural History Museum’s Expedition 39, with a focus on excavations at the site of Alabama’s first Statehouse.  Details will be coming soon, but mark your calendars for June 24, 2017!

March 2, 2017:  Did you know that March 2017 marks 200 years since Alabama was split from the Mississippi Territory?  Learn more this weekend at Borderline Confusion: Cultures & Conflict in the making of Mississippi and Alabama.  Nissan Auditorium (Parkinson Hall), Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, MS, March 5, 2017, 2-4pm.

March 2, 2017:  The Alabama Archaeological Society Board of Director’s will hold their quarterly meeting on March 6, 2017, at Neighborhood Grill & Catering in Clanton, AL.  If you would like to add an item to the agenda, please contact the AAS President.

February 21, 2017:  Did you know that the H.L. Hunley, the first submarine to successfully carry out an underwater attack on a surface vessel on February 17, 1864, was actually constructed at the Park & Lyons Machine Shops in Mobile, Alabama?  On the 153rd anniversary of the loss of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, the Naval History and Heritage Command Underwater Archaeology Branch just released an archaeological report on the recovery of the boat.  Read more by clicking here.

February 10, 2017: The latest edition of Stones&Bones mailed this week.  Have you received yours yet?  If not, your membership may have lapsed!  See our membership page for more information about renewals.

February 9, 2017:  Have you seen a link or page suggesting that you send your AAS dues to [email protected] via PayPal, and have never received a response?  We apologize, but there was some confusion when setting up the new website a couple of years ago.  We are working on fixing that error as soon as possible and hope to retrieve any lost information.  In the meanwhile, if sending your 2017 dues via PayPal,please send them to: [email protected]

February 6, 2017The Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation and Alabama Historical Commission are now accepting nominations for the 2017 Places in Peril Program.  This joint program annually recognizes Alabama’s most endangered historic resources.

February 1, 2017:  Alabama Legislature to revisit the State Historic Tax Credit (Links to story on Birmingham Business Journal).

January 30, 2017:  Check out the new book, Alabama’s Prehistoric Indians and Artifacts, by David Johnson.

It’s a field guide for artifacts from all around the state including projectile points, stone tools, and pottery with tips on collecting, recording, and learning. It includes maps and information about various public archaeological sites. An easily understandable one-stop reference for Alabama archaeology, and best of all, all proceeds from sales of the book go to the Alabama Archaeological Society!

January 28, 2017:  The Winter Meeting of the Alabama Archaeological Society was held on Saturday, January 28th at Alabama Archives and History in downtown Montgomery.  Look for a summary in the next Stones & Bones!

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