Tucson’s Presidio and Historical Archaeology in the 1920s

By digging at the site of the Presidio San Agustín del Tucson in 1929, Engineer Donald Page gets the nod as Tucson, Arizona’s first historical archaeologist. That was his only excavation, and less than ten years later, his life took a tragic/stupid turn (alcohol and a handgun were involved). See Donald Page: Tucson’s Tragic First Historical Archaeologist by Homer Thiel.

Scholarship for New York Archaeology Undergraduates

For New York state undergraduates interested in a career in archaeology,  the Daniel H. Weiskotten Scholarship Fund 2018 awards $750 and a 1 year membership in the New York State Archaeological Association

To apply for this award, a student must be a New York state resident enrolled in an accredited New York state college or university undergraduate anthropology or history program. The student applicant must have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours; be majoring in anthropology or history; and be intending to pursue a career in archaeology (prehistoric, historic, military, industrial, underwater archaeology or museology); and have a financial need.

Details are at New York State Archaeology

The Scholarship is administered by the William M. Beauchamp Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association

OMG the next Toyota Tacoma comes with a snorkel

2019 Toyota Tacom TRD Pro. Source: Toyota

Toyota calls it a Desert Air Intake, but it’s a snorkel. Only available on the top of the line 2019 TRD Pro. As Toyota says:

The most eye-catching of the Tacoma upgrades, no doubt, is the available all-new TRD Desert Air Intake. Designed to sustain consistent off-road performance no matter how silty or dirty the terrain gets, the TRD Desert Air Intake takes the 278-horsepower 3.5L V6 engine’s air intake away from dust that hovers inside the wheel well (where traditional air intakes are located) during off-road operation. This allows for air ingestion to occur in a cleaner space above the windshield, therefore, helping to benefit filter longevity and, ultimately, engine health.

2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro. Source: Toyota
2019 Toyota TRD Pro 4Runner, Tundra, and Tacoma. Source: Toyota

 

 

Overbuilt for Archaeology

Some interesting ideas (like folding seats/cots sourced from helicopters) in a pricey-looking work van custom built for archaeology:  The Archaeologist’s Backpack: Building the Ultimate 4×4 Office

As for its being significant to archaeology, it sure ain’t no 1991 Ford Transit van.

The Van
The Van. Front Elevation. Source: Contemporary Archaeology (contemp-ironbridge.blogspot.com

See also: The Van/In Transit.