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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Job Posting: Coastal Environments, Inc.

Dear Members,

Coastal Environments, Inc. is hiring a staff archeologist for their Corpus Christi office. Please click this post for an active link to the job posting.

CEI Job Posting

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It’s time to renew your membership!

Dear CTA members,

It’s that time of year. Head over to the “Become a Member” page for an updated membership form and link to pay through Square.  Please note the updated membership categories/fees as approved by the membership during the Spring 2017 CTA meeting.

Have questions? Contact CTA Treasurer, Julie Shipp, at jshipp@aci-group.net or counciloftexasarcheologists@gmail.com.

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Volunteers Needed–Test of Archaeological Site Potential Model

Members, please see the below message from Dr. Selden:

Greetings colleagues,

The National Forests and Grasslands in Texas and the Center for Regional Heritage Research would like to invite you to participate in a large public archaeology/outreach opportunity from February 18 – March 3, 2018 (two one-week sessions) to test and evaluate an archaeological site potential model for the Davy Crockett National Forest (http://www.passportintime.com/site-testing-on-the-davy-crockett-2018.html). This is a national call for volunteers, and is limited to 40 participants; however, we wanted to open the opportunity to locally-interested colleagues and students in advance of the formal announcement. Registration is required for all participants through the USFS Passport in Time website. Register by visiting the link above and filling out the short application using the Apply Now tab immediately below the image of the dart points.

Thank you for your continued support of our program, and we hope to see you in February! Additional information regarding this opportunity is provided in the link above. Please free to share the announcement widely.

Respectfully,
Z. Selden

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The CTA is now on Facebook!

The CTA is now on Facebook! Like our page here.

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Mark your calendars: Spring CTA Meeting

The date and location for the spring meeting have been confirmed: April 5-6 at the LCRA Redbud Trail facility in Austin. More details will be provided as these become available.

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Governmental Update: Coalition for American Heritage

CTA members,

Please see this summary provided by Haley Rush, Chair of the Membership Committee, on a recent webinar hosted by the Coalition for American Heritage.

Remember that although we are Cultural Resource specialists, we are also the “public” and can and should comment on rules published in the Federal Register.  You can sign up for notifications from the Federal Register by key terms (https://www.federalregister.gov/my/subscriptions).  I have tried it and can say that my email gets overloaded.  The Federal Register website contains an immense amount of information.  As an alternative, the Coalition for American Heritage has a Facebook page and will post notifications for items that are important so you can avoid looking through all documents published in the Federal Register that may contain rules that are worthy of comment.

Comments really can influence changes to rules.  Rules cannot just be wiped away; all are open to public comment.  The rulemaking/changing process is time-consuming; for complicated or contentious issues, it can take years.  Do not let the long time frame lure you into ignoring the potential effects.  There is a legitimate danger in reducing rules/regulations in terms of losing historic resources and in turn, losing jobs.  Again, public comment periods allow time for all interested parties to provide documentation, information, etc., that can help the federal agency decide whether or not to make the changes printed in the Federal Register.   Don’t forget you are an expert in Cultural Resource Management! The government officials are not always experts and do not share your POV as a consultant.   

 Here is a guide to submitting effective comments (remember comments become part of public, i.e., searchable, record): https://handouts-live.s3.amazonaws.com/e479f14e38884325bffc8c11279fbc6c?sessionId=1984408867706048003&participantId=1000008           

 You might ask, where is all this coming from? The current administration passed EO 13771, which requires all agencies to review and reduce rules and regulations: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/02/03/2017-02451/reducing-regulation-and-controlling-regulatory-costs

 Here are some other links/websites that may be helpful or of interest: 

 

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