The Unexpected Task » Day of Archaeology →
Today is Day of Archaeology 2011. The link is for my submission, but there are at least 35 pages of other submissions that you’ll want to peruse as well. Enjoy!
The Seventy Percent Solution « Then Dig →
Up at Then Dig is my contribution to the tool theme. Who doesn’t like having a nice library?
What do we contribute?
There seems to be a perpetual hand-wringing within archaeology and anthropology over what we can contribute to a larger picture. This usually involves a summary of other disciplines and, as a result, a longer to-read list. I ended up reading two such blog posts over this weekend. The first of these was written up on Publishing Archaeology, entitled Why don’t archaeologists talk about...
Archaeological News: Experimental Archaeologists... →
This has been linked to by just about everyone. My favorite of the slide show is the noodle study. I like replication and comparison studies. I’m particularly fond of Stanley Ahler’s work at Rodgers Shelter. At the same time, I sometimes have concerns that ideas are too easily dismissed because they’re tested once and seem to fail. I don’t know about anyone else, but I...
Notes as Tools: Documenting Archaeological... →
This month’s topic at Then Dig has been tools. All of the submittals thus far have been very interesting and entertaining, but Nicholas Laracuente has stolen the show with his post on notes. When I was in school (grad or undergrad), my note-taking strategy was to write down whatever it would take me to remember the details of the topic at hand. When I started to run field projects, I took...
Why are there two different spellings: archaeology... →
We all wondered. Via @brockter on Twitter.
Ancient Digger Archaeology: Twitter Users Speak... →
Ancient Digger polled archaeologists on Twitter as to why they became archaeologists. I’m included in the list, but there are others that you should check out as well. At first, I felt compelled to discuss those historical influences that led to me becoming an archaeologist, but that was impossible to do in 140 characters. Instead, I modified it to what I like about archaeology. It works...
Brain Stew: Holes →
Nice variety! Were the square ones dug in arbitrary levels? I was originally taught to dig square shovel tests in 10 cm levels, but ended up working for firms who either didn’t care or had research plans that specifically said round holes. Depending on the firm, the round holes were either broken down by natural strata or dug as a single unit. jangojips: How I used to dig a...
Flaming the Dead – Alice Beck Kehoe vs. Lew... →
Over at Middle Savagery, Colleen Morgan mentions a recent paper by Alice Beck Kehoe, in which Dr. Kehoe tears apart the work of the late Lewis Binford. As I mentioned earlier, Dr. Binford was a highly influential person in American archaeology. Kehoe uses her typical style of critique that is harshly rigorous in definitions, yet paints a very personal depiction of the goings-on. I’ve always...