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RPA Certified Field School Highlight: Laurentian University

Investigate questions like where did we come from, why did human ancestors start making and using tools, what was the impact of the domestication of plants and animals on human society and health? Participate in local field work, including surveys to discover sites and excavations. Learn methods archaeologists use to reconstruct past human activities. Gain skills that are transferable and in-demand for other disciplines. Many skills learned can be applied to fields such as earth science, environmental science, forensic science, geography, history, classics, indigenous studies, and anthropology.

For more information go to: rpanet.org/list-of-certified-field-schools/
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Call for Scenarios for the 2020 Society for Historical Archaeology Student Ethics Bowl

The Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) Student Ethics Bowl is now in its sixth year. This year, the event will be held at the 2020 SHA conference in St. Charles, Missouri. The goals of the Student Ethics Bowl are to better prepare students for situations they might encounter in their professional careers and to provide a platform for examining ethical issues relevant to the practice of archaeology. During the Student Ethics Bowl, students debate possible solutions for one to three randomly selected “ethical case studies” adapted from real-life experiences of archaeologists and archaeology students working in academic, CRM, museum, or other settings.

The Register of Professional Archaeologists supports the Ethics Bowl by providing award money to be shared among the winning team. We also encourage our registrants to support this fun and educational event by contributing ethical case studies for debate—and attending the debate in person. Ideas for ethical case studies drawn from current events or personal experiences can be sent to the Register’s Ethics Committee at ethics@rpanet.org.

In your submittal, please describe the proposed dilemma and outline some of the factors involved in choosing an ethical path forward. Individual case studies should be roughly 200 to 500 words but do not have to be in final case study form. Submitted case studies will be complied by the Ethics Committee and forwarded on to the Bowl organizers and SHA Ethics Committee for review. During this process, all submissions will be “scrubbed” to remove references to specific people and places.

Thanks for your help in making the 2020 SHA Student Ethics Bowl a high-quality training experience for our future Registered Professional Archaeologists! Remember, too, that the Register also sponsors the SAA Ethics Bowl, CIfA Ethics Workshop, and archaeologicalethics.org.

Christopher D. Dore
Registered Professional Archaeologist 10331
President
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What were the top ten search terms at archaeologicalethics.org for November?

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Archaeologicalethics.org: Your one-stop site for resources on professional ethics.
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RPA 2019 Certified Field School Highlight: Florida State University

Florida State University is offering a field school at the Colonial Spanish Mission Site of San Luis de Talimali in Tallahassee. Investigating Socio-Economic Negotiations at San Luis de Talimali. What happens when a group changes its identity, or its religion? As archaeologists, can we tell when a group of people adopts a new identity and a new religion? All of these questions can be explored in the proposed project focused on understanding the indigenous side of the story about Spanish immigration to Apalachee Province. Our project is unique because it looks to restore agency to the Apalachees who actively sought alliance with the Spaniards.
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