SAS Bulletin
Volume 19 Number 3/4 July /December 1996

From the Editor

This is, of course, the first Bulletin that I have produced since being appointed Editor earlier this spring; since 1991 I have been the Book Review Editor. I am planning to quickly get our quarterly publication back on schedule, with another double-issue (1997 no. 1/2) to come out in July, and then numbers 3 and 4 in October and January respectively.

I have created some new editorial positions, and brought on board a number of new colleagues to serve as Associate Editors. I thank Chris Nagle, Jim Ebert, Mark Nesbitt, Delwen Samuel, Joe Lambert, and Robin Burgess for their past efforts, and welcome Charlie Kolb (Archaeological Ceramics); Carl Heron (Archaeological Chemistry); David Landon and Linda Scott Cummings (Bioarchaeology); Richard Evershed (Biomolecular Archaeology); Michael Glascock (Book Reviews); Donna Kirner and Jack Rink (Dating); and Apostolos Sarris (Remote Sensing and GIS) as new Associate Editors. Martha Goodway (Archaeometallurgy) and Sue Mulholland (Meetings Calendar) continue their long history of Bulletin service.

In addition to our usual conference and book reviews, meetings calendar, and Martha's archaeometallurgy column, I anticipate having regular columns from all of the Associate Editors, and short articles and news items concerning archaeological science. I want to emphasize too that we need your help. The SAS is an international organization with members in more than 30 countries; I ask all members, but especially those of you living outside the United States to please send your news and comments to the appropriate Associate Editors (contact information on the back cover). We look forward to your suggestions for book reviews and to timely information about conferences, university programs, employment opportunities, archaeology laboratories, and research projects.

For your information, I am an assistant professor in the Anthropology Department at the University of South Florida, where the importance of scientific applications in archaeology is well respected. Our graduate and advanced undergraduate students receive hands-on experience in laboratory methods, and learn to integrate scientific evidence with that obtained from fieldwork and library research. My colleagues in archaeology/anthropology as well as in geology, geography, biology and other departments have strongly encouraged interdisciplinary projects, and the university has provided me with my own laboratory space and the equipment necessary to conduct my research (elemental and isotopic analysis of materials for characterization, provenance and/or dietary information). I know this is not the typical situation within American universities or in certain other countries, but with the help of organizations like SAS, archaeological science is becoming more mainstream. The publication of the Bulletin increases our visibility and recognition and I look forward to working with the editorial staff to produce a useful and informative Bulletin that will help the SAS meet its professional goals.

Robert H. Tykot May 16, 1997

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