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CNEHA News 2013

New Sweden Conference Video Recordings

The organizing committees of the 375th Anniversary New Sweden Conferences in Lund, Sweden – Encountering the Other, Understanding Oneself: Colonialism, Ethnic Diversity and Everyday Life in Early Modern Sweden and New Sweden, and the University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, USA, Encountering ‘Others’ in the Atlantic World: Perspectives from the Material World (November 2013) are pleased to announce that video recorded presentations may be accessed via this portal website:
 http://sites.udel.edu/newswedenconference2013/

NYC Planning Commission’s proposal to remove protections for archaeological and historical resources in City parks

The Executive Board and the members of the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology wish to express our deep concern with the City Planning Commission’s proposal to remove protections for archaeological and historical resources in City parks. Though seemingly small in size and import, and undeveloped because they are “open spaces,” such parcels have the potential to contain highly significant remains from both prehistoric and historical periods.
 Letter to New York City Mayor’s Office of Environmental Coordination

Treasure Hunt at Flowerdew Hundred

The following article, Flowerdew Hundred Plantation and the 2013 Grand National Relic Shootout, will appear in CNEHA’S fall newsletter and is being jointly published by SHA and CNEHA regarding the treasure hunt at Flowerdew Hundred. Also attached is a letter to accompany the article that puts these events into a broader context. Last March over 200 metal-detector-wielding members of a relic collectors club descended on the historic Flowerdew Plantation and removed 8,961 metal artifacts dating to between ca. 1590 and 1865.
 Flowerdew Hundred and the 2013 Grand National Relic Shootout
 A Letter from the Chair, re: the Flowerdew Hundred Treasure Hunt

Conservation Letter to Congress from AVCRP

CNEHA signed America’s Voice for Conservation, Recreation, and Preservation’s (AVCRP) letter to congress and supports their efforts to continue federal investments in conservation, outdoor recreation and historic preservation.
 AVCRP’s Letter to Congress

Metal Detector Hunt at Flowerdw Hundred

As most of you know, Flowerdew Hundred is a nationally and internationally significant property that is on the National Register of Historic Places, and has been the subject of many important archaeological excavations and educational programs for the past 40 years, and as recently as 2010. Shockingly, the plantation was the site of a recent, large-scale organized metal detector “hunt” that Taft Kiser details in this piece.
 nytimes.com/2013/08/03/opinion/open-season-on-history

International Archaeology Day 2013

October 19th is International Archaeology Day organized by the American Institute of America. International Archaeology Day is a celebration of archaeology and the thrill of discovery. Every October the AIA and archaeological organizations across the United States, Canada (including CNEHA), and abroad present archaeological programs and activities for people of all ages and interests. Whether it is a family-friendly archaeology fair, a guided tour of a local archaeological site, a simulated dig, a lecture or a classroom visit from an archaeologist, the interactive, hands-on International Archaeology Day programs provide the chance to indulge your inner Indiana Jones.
For a list of sponsored events, see
 Archaeological.org/archaeologyday/events

2013 New Sweden 375th Anniversary Conference

The 2013 New Sweden 375th Anniversary Conference will take place from Nov. 8 to 10, 2013 at the University of Delaware’s Clayton Hall in Newark, Del. with a live video-feed of concurrent sessions at the University of Lund in Sweden. Entitled “;Encountering ‘Others’ in the Atlantic World: Perspectives from the Material World,” the conference is an international forum on comparative colonialism that will also serve as the annual meeting of the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology and the New Sweden History Conference.

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