Archaeology Field School in Mallorca, Spain – University of Washington

University of Washington Archaeology Field School

PROGRAM DATES: June 26, 2017 – July 26, 2017 (UW Summer A term)
LOCATION: Son Servera, Mallorca, Spain

CREDITS: Students can earn 12 credits of ARCHY 270 through UW; this
typically transfers to about 8 credits for semester schools.

In this program, students will join a team of American and Spanish
archaeologists in order to learn various techniques of archaeological
fieldwork (excavation and surveying) and laboratory analysis. Students
will live in the town of Son Servera on the island of Mallorca and
participate in fieldwork for four weeks. Several weeks will be dedicated
to learning the ins and outs of archaeological excavation including
stratigraphy, profile plan drawing, field photography, total station
mapping, and photogrammetric recording. Remaining weeks will be
dedicated to learning the techniques of archaeological survey (i.e.,
systematically walking through the countryside while collecting and
recording traces of past human behavior using GPS equipment). Throughout
the four weeks, students will learn basic procedures for cleaning,
processing, labeling, and recording artifacts that they collected in the

Outside of these unique field experiences, students will be immersed in
the local Mallorcan culture and will learn about the history of the
Balearic Islands. Weekend day-trips will include visits to some of the
spectacular archaeological sites and museums on the island.

Ideal candidates would be undergraduate or early graduate students
interested in archaeology and ancient history: majors in Archaeology,
Anthropology, Classics, History, Geography, or Spanish Languages and
Literature. However, interested students from other fields are
encouraged to apply as we value a multi-disciplinary team.

This program is designed for people who want to learn and practice
archaeology including those without previous fieldwork experience. You
will work under the close supervision of professional archaeologists
that will teach you what you need to know.

Interested students should visit to learn more
about the program and the ongoing research. You can also hear student
and director perspectives in this short video:


Students should apply through the UW Study Abroad website.
Application deadline is February 15.
Send any questions or inquiries to We would be happy to
discuss the program with you.


Olympia Historical Society – Annual Meeting and Program – Jan. 28, 2017

The Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum will hold its Annual Meeting, Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the Olympia Community Center, 222 Columbia Street NW.   The program “Odd Olympia,” starts at 1:30 pm with business meeting to follow.  Local historians will present the history of some of Olympia’s odd characters and events including the “Pagan Frolic,” details about Bill Greenwood and his ark and the life and work of spiritualist and suffragist Rev. Genevra Lake.   The program is co-sponsored by the City of Olympia Heritage Programs.   More information:


Calling all young preservationists!

RevitalizeWA is Washington State’s annual historic preservation and Main Street conference. The 2017 conference will be held in Ellensburg, April 24-26.

In an effort to bring fresh and diverse voices to the study of Historic Preservation and Main Streets at RevitalizeWA, the fellowship supports first-time attendance by students and young professionals with interest in gaining professional exposure to the fields of preservation and downtown revitalization, as well as by practitioners and independent scholars in the field.

Awards are restricted to recipients studying, residing or currently working within the state of Washington ages 18-29. Winners are not required to present at the conference, although strongly encouraged.

Applicants studying or working in preservation, architecture, history, archeology, anthropology, engineering, landscape architecture, construction, community development, economics, sociology, advocacy, government, or a related field with an interest in historic preservation or the Main Street program are encouraged to apply.
Each award recipient will be matched with a leader in a related field to serve as a mentor throughout the conference. The award recipient will connect with their mentor prior to and during the conference to discuss educational and professional paths.

The award will cover the cost of registration for the conference including tours. Winners who live more than 30 miles from the conference site will also receive a stipend for travel and lodging, to be presented at the conference. Winners, including those presenting at the conference, are required to write an article to be published in the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation’s newsletter, Trust News, discussing what they learned as first-time attendees.

Applications are due February 10th 2017, and should consist of a C.V. or resume and a one-page letter detailing how the candidate heard about the RevitalizeWA Access/Mentorship program, why he or she qualifies, and what interests him or her about attending RevitalizeWA. Materials should be submitted as email attachments in Word of PDF format to Please include “2017 RevitalizeWA Fellows Program” in the subject line of the email. Questions about the program may also be directed to that address.


Wisaard Q & A

Hi All! I’m back after a little time away (and the blog was broken for a while so nothing got posted). Hope you are all having a wonderful new year!

Q: I see a Determined Not Eligible red triangle on the map for a Property, but when I look at the Project History associated with that Property, I don’t see the same info. What is the deal?

A: Before we started with online survey all of the determinations were made on paper forms. These forms were all uploaded as PDFs to the old HPI and they are also in Wisaard, but at the time the forms were not linked with Projects like they are in the new Wisaard. So you kind of have to do a little digging in the inventory details to find the determination.  See the image below for a brief explanation. 

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SHPO AWARDS – Nominations Sought

Nominations Sought for Outstanding Achievements in Historic Preservation

The Washington state Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) is seeking nominations for the 26th Annual Awards for Outstanding Achievements in Historic Preservation.  This awards program recognizes persons, organizations, and projects that have achieved distinction in the field of historic preservation.  Award recipients will be recognized at a ceremony held during National Historic Preservation Month, May 2017.  The ceremony is sponsored by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and will take place on Tuesday afternoon, May 16th, at the Pritchard Building in Olympia.

Nominations can be made in one of the following categories:  historic preservation planning, historic property rehabilitation projects, career achievement, public education, stewardship, special achievement media and cemetery preservation.  A nominee in this last category should demonstrate outstanding career achievement, stewardship, or a completed preservation effort in the context of preserving a historic cemetery.

Nominations for the State Historic Preservation Officers Awards must be postmarked or submitted to DAHP by Friday, March 17, 2017 at 5 p.m.  Nomination forms, instructions and other information about the awards may be obtained by visiting, or by contacting Russell Holter at 360.586.3533 or





Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area Archaeologist Position


The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is filling a permanent GS-0193-12 Archeologist in Hood River, OR. We hope to advertise the position in early winter 2017. Our goal is to have a successful candidate selected in time to transition with the current incumbent.
The Columbia River Gorge is world renowned for its complex and diverse cultural history. Tribal occupation in the region is marked by ancient villages, images, legendary sites, monuments and traditional resource areas. The River people have never left the area and are integral in our understanding the importance of the river. Six treaty tribes and numerous other tribes have legal and cultural ties to the Gorge and are close working partners in the identification and management of cultural resources in the area.


NPS Revises Policy on Transmitting HABS/HAER/HALS Documentation to Library of Congress

A recent three page memorandum from Stephanie Toothman, Associate Director of Cultural Resources, Partnerships, and Science at the National Park Service (NPS), announces a reversal of a 1997 policy that limited the transmittal of Historic American Building Survey (HABS), Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) and Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) to the Library of Congress (LOC) in Washington, D.C.

Toothman’s memo explains:

On October 1, 1997, the NPS,…issued a policy memorandum announcing that documentation to HABS/HAER standards “will continue to be carried out” only for “National Historic Landmarks, properties eligible for the National Register at the national level of significance, and some specifically identified, individually eligible properties significant at the State and local levels.”

The memo continues by stating:

[T]he NPS will reinstate its original policy of accepting and transmitting to the LOC mitigation documentation to HABS/HAER/HALS standards for all historic properties to be substantially altered or demolished by a federal agency’s action or assistance, without restrictions as to type of resource or level of significance.

For questions or a copy of the memorandum, contact Greg Griffith at or 360-586-3073.



Applications for GSA Regional Architect due by 12/21/2016

The vacancy announcements for the Regional Chief Architect (RCA) position located in Auburn is open through Wednesday, December 21st. This position works with historic properties owned or managed by the U.S. General Services Administration  in the Northwest Region.

One announcement (1710357LMMP) is open for current career / career conditional employees, and the other announcement (1710358LMDE) is open to all U.S. citizens.


Planning Association of WA seeks Conference Session Proposals by 1/31/2017

The Planning Association of Washington (PAW) invites you to submit a session proposal(s) for its 2017 conference to be held May 3-5, 2017 at the Campbell’s Resort in Lake Chelan. We look forward to featuring a slate of diverse and dynamic presentations and excellent networking opportunities as inspiration for this years conference theme.
PAW ( is seeking session proposals that relate to the conference theme and address the following areas of interest:


  • How to respond to a fast changing environment. What does changing technology and demographics mean for planning, customer service, and citizen engagement?
  • Innovative urban design and new technologies for planners. Demonstrations with Google Earth, GIS SketchUp and similar tools.
  • Social media and the challenge of reaching your audience.
  • Historic Preservation: Preserving history in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Ways to respond to homelessness and housing affordability in today’s evolving urban environment.
  • Water resources now and on the horizon.
  • Looking ahead, what is going to emerge as the next significant issues for planners.
  • What will the planning office in the future look like? How will we respond to change.


Please transmit an email message with session proposals attached as a Microsoft Word document named with the proposed session title only. Please use the following guidelines in preparing your session proposal:


  • Include a paragraph describing the topic and the proposed means of delivering the information.
  • Proposals should contain a clear but concise explanation of what participants will learn from the session and how the presentation relates to the conference theme and/or one of the tentative tracks. This description must be no more than 200 words in length.
  • Provide contact information (names, titles, email addresses, mailing addresses, and phone numbers for the speakers/moderator along with short speaker bios, limited to 100 words each.
  • Sessions should be approximately 90 minutes in length.

The deadline for proposals is “January 31st 2017”, PST.

Please email session proposals to: Samantha La Deaux at

Include your contact information (name, address, phone, and email address).

If you have questions please submit those to Samantha at the above email address.
If selected, the session organizer will be responsible for confirming speakers, creating the content of the session, assigning a moderator, and ensuring the session is appropriately implemented. Al speakers at the conference will be offered reduced fee registration for the conference. We look forward to collaborating with you on what will surely be a highly successful event!