Upcoming ARF Events

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Upcoming Events
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Total Station Training, Apr 27

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 08:37
A training session with our Sokkia total stations is planned.
Please register online
We’ll meet in the ARF Atrium and go outside with the units. The total stations are our Sokkia SET 5 series that are typically used for precision mapping during excavation.
Our normal workshop includes the process for setup and mapping with the units as well as the download procedures and export from Sokkia to a standard Text coordinate file.
This year is going to be different because we’ve purchased a 7” Toughpad controller for each Sokkia so now we have a nice display system for wirelessly controlling the Sokkia units (via Bluetooth) and viewing the resulting map data graphically while in the field. The software is an upgrade from Sokkia Survey Field (SSF) that some of you have used. Topcon purchased Sokkia recently and they’ve rebranded.
We’ll be learning how to use Magnet Field with our Sokkia systems. We’ll cover the same setup issues (leveling the instrument, etc) but this time we’ll also learn how to use Magnet to simplify the initial setup as well as taking points and possibilities for designing a data dictionary to expedite feature mapping.
Anyone planning to use one of our units or interested in learning the new Magnet software please register for the workshop.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Apr 29

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 08:37
The Fort Davis Archaeological Project is collaborative teaching project directed by historical archaeologists Katrina Eichner, MA and Dr. Laurie A. Wilkie, and geoarchaeologist Erin Rodriguez, MA. The Project’s research focuses on the lifeways and interactions between residents of the Post and Town at Fort Davis, Texas after the Civil War (1867-1891) and 20th century in order to investigate daily life and interrelationships among residents of different ethnic, racial, and gender identities. Of particular interest to the project are the experiences of African-American Buffalo Soldiers, working women living on the frontier, Hispanic civilians, and the changing ways in which people in the community related to each other in this diverse and shifting landscape.
In this presentation, we will present the results and preliminary finding from our 2013 survey and legacy collection analysis. We will broadly address the space that black regulars collectively held in the public imagination of the 19th and early 20th centuries, their contributions to notions of Diasporic identity in the US and beyond and explore why there has been no sustained archaeological study of these soldiers. I will then turn my attentions to archaeological materials recovered from Fort Davis National Historic Site, Texas, during trenching in 2009, and what these items have to say about the ways the men of Fort Davis saw themselves as on the frontier of reconstructing the nation’s understandings of Black manhood.