Apologies for cross-posting.
Some sad news from the United States, which will not only have an impact
on the discipline across the pond but which will also reverberate in the
very vibrant fields of historical, post-medieval and industrial
archaeology in the UK and Europe.
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, which in many ways pioneered
historical archaeology and has always been central to the discipline
over the last 75 or so years, has closed the Department of
Professor Marley R. Brown III, who was selected by Ivor Noel Hume to
direct the department in 1982, has been made redundant. Curatorial and
laboratory duties have devolved to the Collections division, while the
one remaining full-time archaeologist now works for the Department of
Architectural History (in an rather ironic full swing back to the 1930's
division of labour). Those of you who enjoyed the 1984, 1997, and 2007
SHA/SPMA events in Williamsburg, and of course all of us concerned about
the past, the present and the future of the discipline of
historical/post-medieval archaeology, will be anxious about this
Paul Belford, BSc., MA., MIFA.
Head of Archaeology and Monuments
Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust
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