CTA Fall Meeting: Professional Development Session Announced

Becky Shelton of the Texas Historical Commission has graciously agreed to lead our Friday, October 26 afternoon professional development session as part of our Fall meeting in San Antonio.  Please see a summary of what to expect below. This session is open to all CTA members.

Evaluating 20th Century Historic Resources 

Staff from the Texas Historical Commission History Programs and Archeology Division have developed a session to discuss how we review late 19th – mid-20th century, and later, historic sites and structural resources. The results of the April 2018 Spring CTA survey will guide some of the discussion. The session will include an analysis of the similarities and differences for reporting requirements and eligibility determinations under the Antiquities Code of Texas and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.  A series of case studies will be included that provide examples of good archival research, how to evaluate unusual resource types, and how the THC recommends they be recorded.  Recommendations will be provided for the documentation needed for the reviewers to make determinations for non-collect surveys. This seminar is a starting off point for further developing survey and documentation guidelines for historic sites.  The intent is to provide feedback for members of the CTA, to seek information on how the membership thinks that this work should be handled, and to encourage the CTA to consider additional guidelines regarding these types of resources as they develop new protocols.

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Table Sponsors needed!

The CTA is now soliciting table sponsors or donations for the CTA Fall Social occurring on Friday, October 26 in conjunction with the annual TAS Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.  Reservations are limited, so please go to this link, scroll down to 2018 Fall Social Table Fee and reserve today.  The table fee is $200 and the deadline to purchase is October 23.

Additionally, donations can be made in any amount (at the same link under 2018 Fall Social Table Donations) to help out but you must meet the minimum fee to use table space. Thanks for your support!

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The CTA welcomes a new Secretary!

We would like to announce that Amanda Castaneda will be serving as the new Secretary for the CTA effective immediately. Here is a little bit about Amanda:

Amanda is currently the Assistant Project Archaeologist for Shumla Archaeological Research & Education Center. She received her BS and MA from Texas State University and has worked in the Lower Pecos Canyonlands since 2009. Amanda’s archaeological research interests are hunter-gatherer lifeways, iconography and rock art, and ground stone technology.

Welcome, Amanda!

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Attention Student Members: Enter Beta Analytics Raffle!

Please see the poster and the website (www.radiocarbon.com/raffle) for more information.

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Spring Newsletter

The Spring Newsletter is now available! Included are further details regarding this year’s meeting schedule, information on Curation Training Part II (which is now full), and other great updates and reports. Click the link below for the PDF.

CTA Newsletter Spring 2018

 

 

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Spring CTA Meeting: USACE training added!

Dear members,

We are pleased to announce that professional development training by USACE has been added to this year’s Spring CTA meeting and will occur on the afternoon of Friday, April 6th. This training will be lead by representatives from three USACE districts: Mr. Jerry Androy (Galveston), Mr. Jimmy Barrera (Fort Worth), and Mr. Chris Parrish (Albuquerque). The training will cover the basics regarding the treatment of adverse effects and will be especially beneficial to early career archeologists and staff.

To recap, the main schedule for this year’s CTA meeting is as follows:

April 5th: Curation Training Part II (space is limited, please email CTA president, Jon Lohse, to register)

April 6th: CTA Spring meeting at the LCRA Redbud Trail Facility, Austin, followed by USACE professional development training.

**As a friendly reminder, you must be a current CTA member to participate in Curation Training Part II and the professional development training offered by USACE.**

Please stay tuned for more details.

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Deadline extended to April 1!

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Call for Papers: CTA Newsletter

A message from the CTA Newsletter Editor, Tina Nielsen:

Hi Everyone-

I will be compiling the spring newsletter later this month, so now is the time to submit any articles you would like to share with the other CTA members. Also, feel free to submit photos from CTA events/meetings, archaeology conferences, interesting field projects, field schools, etc. with a short blurb below with the who, what, where, and when for the CTA photo page.

The deadline for newsletter submissions will be WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2018. Please submit all your entries to me by that date, or let me know if you need an extra day or two so I can anticipate your submission. As a friendly reminder, you need to be a current member to submit, so don’t forget to pay your membership dues!

Thanks!

Tina Nielsen

cnielsen@swca.com

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Call for Student Research Grant Applications

Please see the below poster and this page for more information.

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Part-time Student Positions at TARL

TARL is hiring two part-time positions for a year to help digitize and create a searchable database of the WPA Highland Lakes records. Students from any university are welcome to apply:

Curatorial Technician: Graduate student or upper division undergraduate experienced in archeological investigations including laboratory experience. Candidates must have experience with Excel spreadsheets. Excellent computer skills to include databases, spreadsheets, and graphics software considered a plus. Position will be for 19 hrs/week at a rate of $13/hr.

Student Assistant: Student with a minimum of upper division status in an undergraduate program with experience in archeological investigations including laboratory experience. Candidates must have experience with Excel spreadsheets. Excellent computer skills to include databases, spreadsheets, and graphics software considered a plus. Position will be for 10 hrs/week at a rate of $11/hr.

Please submit a cover letter and resume either by snail mail to the address below and by email to: marybeth.tomka@austin.utexas.edu.

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