French Huguenots founded the town of New Paltz in New York state in 1677. Their first houses were made of logs, but by the beginning of the 1700s, they were building more permanent stone houses. Several of those buildings survive today on Huguenot Street, a National Historic Landmark.
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.
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
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.
From the UK’s National Archives, details on politics and permits regarding archaeology in Syria in the 1930s, featuring Jazz Age Adventurer Leonard Woolley:
Archaeological business as usual? Digging in the Hatay in the 1930s by Juliette Desplatt
Book review of Donald K. Grayson’s Giant Sloths and Sabertooth Cats: Extinct Mammals and the Archaeology of the Ice Age Great Basin is now available here.
Barbour, Orvis, and Land Rover have combined to offer via sweepstakes a classy 1995 Land Rover Defender, restored by East Coast Defenders, green paint and canvas on the outside, saddle leather, tartan, and waxed cotton on the inside. That’s the American version. Over in Barbour’s home country, they have another custom Defender available.
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.
See also: The Van/In Transit.
The New York State Museum has just released Iron in New York, edited by Martin Pickands, a collection of eight articles on the history, geology, and archaeology of the iron industry in New York, primarily in the Adirondacks and the Hudson Valley. The book is free to download at the NYSM.
Physical anthropologist Henry Field, as in, the Field Museum, added to the list of Jazz Age Adventurers.