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Unit History

Bronze and gold figure of a mother goddess found at Alaca Huyuk.

In 1976, Eileen Meier began formally organizing the study unit under the name "Middle and Near East Archaeology Unit". Eileen, along with 27 members, proposed the unit as an affiliate of the American Topical Association and on August 30, 1977 it was formally accepted into the ATA family of study units. In 1979, the unit was accepted as an APS Unit. Eileen became President of the unit and served until 1984. The newsletter was published under the able editorship of David Detrich with Ed Koschman as secretary from 1977 through 1980.

Heinz Schwinge became secretary in 1980 and Hugh Johnson served as President from 1984 to 1989. Eileen again took the reins in 1989 through 1998. Editor Detrich retired in 1997 and George Holland served in this capacity from 1997 through 2003. Merle Farrington became President in 1998 as Eileen assumed the secretary and treasurer position. Our own Caroline Scannell has now assumed editorship duties as of 2003 and the new website administrator is Fran Adams. In August 2004, the unit celebrated its 25th anniversary as a unit of the APS.

We're happy to carry on providing philatelic information of interest to thematic collectors of archaeological subjects around the world and we hope to continue for some time to come.

Writer Guidelines

Scope of Articles for the Newsletter:
Prehistory to Ancient. Right now 1200 A.D. seems like a good 'cut off' year.

Format of Articles:
We prefer articles with a of minimum 2 and a maximum of 5 pages in length, typed and double spaced. If you can send a complete article with illustrations electronically, that is fine. For electronic transfers we prefer the Microsoft Word format. We can receive articles by email or fax.

A minimum of 3 illustrations per page of text is acceptable, with an ideal of 6. This is, after all, a philatelic journal. If you send color photocopies we can scan those into the computer without any problem. Original stamps and/or philatelic materials will be returned after scanning. Photocopies will be filed with the original article unless return is requested by the submitter. We look forward to your submissions.

Publication Deadlines:
January/March issue first half of January deadline December 10-15th
April/June issue first half of April deadline March 10-15th
July/September issue first half of July deadline June 10-15th
October/December issue first half of October deadline September 10-15th

Caroline Scannell, Editor
14 Dawn Drive
Smithtown, N.Y. 11787-1761
Fax: 631-366-1057

Articles for the Web Site:
Articles can cover any archaeological subject up to approximately 1200 A.D., be of any length over two paragraphs and are accepted at any time.

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