New issue of the SAS Bulletin: Autumn 2020 online now

Our diligent and excellent editor, Carmen Ting, has just released a new issue of the SAS Bulletin! This is Volume 43, Number 3, Autumn 2020, and has lots of great content. Below is a screenshot of the table of contents, and you can see the full text of all the articles at http://socarchsci.blogspot.com/ To download a PDF of this issue, click here. Congratulations Carmen, and thank you for putting together this wonderful issue!

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Interview with Dr Chris Vyhnal by Roxanne Radpour about the role of archaeological science in teaching chemistry and experimental science in high school

Dr. Chris Vyhnal sat down remotely with SAS associate editor Roxanne Radpour to discuss how archaeological science can play an important role in teaching chemistry and experimental science to high school students. Vyhnal, the Science Department Chair at the Thacher School in Ojai, California, designed a 4-day course titled “Chemical Synthesis of Color in Art” for his students when he and the rest of his colleagues at Thacher were tasked to produce an emergency last minute short course in the 2017-2018 academic school year.

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Updates on zooarchaeology

By Laerke Recht, associate editor in Zooarchaeology

As my first contribution to this newsletter, I want to highlight two new zooarchaeology-related things that I am excited about:

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Some new archaeological network publications

By Mark Golitko, Associate editor in lithic and network analysis

This is my first blog since being asked to serve as associate editor for lithic analysis and network analysis. It is somewhat delayed due to the global pandemic and the strange adjustments we have all had to make (teaching and conducting all business online in my case). The spread of Covid-19 itself, and the rapid dissemination of fake news and strange conspiracy theories surrounding the virus have served to highlight the complexity of the global human network to which we all belong, such that a virus that jumped to the human population somewhere in Wuhan, China, reached South Bend, Indiana (where I currently sit writing this) after only about two or three months.

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Technological examination of copper bolts

Technological examination of copper bolts from the Deltebre I (1813) site by means of spatially resolved neutron texture measurements

In this brief report, the ongoing spatially resolved neutron texture analysis performed on several copper bolts used to fasten different wooden components of the hull’s structure recovered from the Deltebre I (1813) shipwreck is presented. This site corresponds to a transport ship of a combined British, Sicilian and Spanish fleet supervised by Lt. Gen. John Murray, which ran aground in the Ebro delta (Catalonia coast, western Mediterranean) after an unsuccessful expedition to liberate the city of Tarragona from the control of Napoleon’s troops. Since 2008, it has been the subject of archaeological study by the staff of the Catalan Centre for Underwater Archaeology of the Archaeological Museum of Catalonia. The research conducted has included surveying and recording the ship’s structure, and the excavation of the vessel’s whole cargo (Vivar et al. 2014, 2016). Previous metallurgical studies were conducted on different copper-base artifacts associated with the ship’s structure and cargo (Ciarlo 2015; Ciarlo et al. 2016).

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