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Saturday, March 22, 2008


Disaster Archaeology
By Richard A. Gould
(Professor of Anthropology, Brown University, Providence, RI), University of Utah Press, 2007.
Unlike traditional archaeology, which studies the human past and examines issues of scholarly and popular interest, disaster archaeology is about the aftermath of mass-fatality events and deals with urgent needs such as victim identification and scene investigation. In this context, archaeological skills are an instrument of recovery for the families and others affected by a disaster.
This methodology involves a humanitarian element that often motivates archaeologists to perform this emotionally difficult work, and it requires a commitment to scientifically controlled field recovery and documentation of human remains, personal effects, and other physical evidence. First-hand experiences are described from the World Trade center, the Station Nightclub fire in Rhode Island, and from Hurricane Katrina.
Disaster archaeology involves the meticulous, empirical use of archaeological science as well as emotional sensitivity toward victims and victims’ family and friends. By combining standards of forensic science with state-of-the-art field techniques, archaeologists can decisively affect the outcome of post-disaster investigations and recoveries (Richard A.Gould).

What else can we learn from Disaster Archaeology?
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Thursday, March 20, 2008



Wednesday, March 19, 2008



Dear Sir/Madam,
I would like to inform you that the Archaeology Department of University of Sistan and Baluchestan has now permission to publish the Journal of Archaeological Studies (JAS). After two years attempts of my colleagues, the Ministry of Culture has allowed us to publish this journal. The journal will cover studies on the civilization of Prehistoric, Historic and Islamic Iran. As ancient Iran may have played important roles in the emergence, development and collapse of different civilization located in east/west and north/south, this biannual journal will also cover studies related to the above issues.

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