Hello, and welcome to the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training. My name is Tad Britt and I’m Chief of Archeology and Collections here at the Center. On behalf of Archaeology Day I’d like to tell you about the Center and some of our archeological events we have planned for the next year.
A component of the National Park Service, the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, is located in Natchitoches, LA. Since 1994, the Center has engaged in state-of-the-art research in archaeological treatments and technologies. The Center provides grants, education, research, and training opportunities in the areas of archaeology and collections, architecture and engineering, materials conservation, and historic landscapes. To date, over $9 million dollars have been spent on sponsored research via our grants program.
At the upcoming April, 2015, Society for American Archaeology annual meeting in San Francisco, the Center will host a 20 year retrospective symposium. The session will be focused on the innovative contributions of the grant award recipients to the archaeological sciences and technologies. This symposium will include papers that cover topics ranging from the development and fielding of magnetic susceptibility, multi-beam swath bathymetry, and a friction cone-penetrometer, to non-destructive ¹⁴C analysis, site location probability modeling, lithic and ceramic characterization, freshwater shell sourcing/identification, aerial archaeology, and Native American consultation protocols.
Specifically, the researchers will be re-examining their original work and addressing the impact to their respective fields, how their work has influenced their research, and progress in their study areas since the initial award.
We hope to see you there!
In addition, we have several workshops planned for the upcoming year:
- Desert Geomorphology for Archeologists, Fall 2014
- Metal Detecting for Archeologists, Spring 2015
- Maritime Archeology Prospection, Summer 2015
Thank you for your time and we wish you a happy Archaeology Day. Good Day!