Browsing All posts tagged under »anthropology«

Blogging Archaeology- The Final Review of #blogarch

April 6, 2014

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  We have finally reached the end of the #blogarch blogging carnival. The SAA session on blogging is at the end of the month so this will be the last of the #blogarch carnival, for now. It has been an amazing run. You can see all of the responses to last months questions at there […]

My hopes, dreams, and fears (blogging for tenure) for #BlogArch

April 1, 2014

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Last week I was on the Radio with the great folks at Trowel Points and Terry discussing blogging. Aside from shameless self promotion, I recommend that you have a listen as it was an excellent session. One of the questions Joe asked us was, “does social media and blogging matter?” “Does it lead to anything?” […]

What is the use of Archaeology? Naysayers crushed by Rev. #WhyArchMatters

March 20, 2014

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“But archaeology is not simply valuable as a purveyor of facts and evidences for the use of the historian. It elevates the mind of man; it enlarges his soul; it divests us of a part of our selfishness; it lifts us out of the rut of our every-day life; it makes our hearts beat in […]

SEO is Killing the Internet

March 19, 2014

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This post has been a long time coming but today I am finally mad enough to write it. Today I woke to another SEO email in my inbox- “Hello, I am really satisfied with your blog content, your posts are really good and you are keeping it well. I would like to publish my post […]

Top Organizations Receiving NSF Archaeology Funds

March 17, 2014

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Ever wonder which universities or organizations (yes, you don’t have to be a part of a university to apply) are the most successful at getting National Science Foundation funding for archaeology? Well, after some data crunching I have the numbers. Last week I looked at the top individual recipients of National Science Foundation funding for […]

Does the Size of Your NSF Grant Request Matter?

March 12, 2014

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The National Science Foundation appears to favor a specific size of grant when it gives money out to archaeology but it is complicated, as I have found out. This post came about because Carla commented on one of these NSF data examination posts I have been writing recently, “One potentially interesting way to group the […]

Gender Inequalities in Archaeology plays out in NSF funding

March 11, 2014

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I had no plans to write this post. That is because when I got the National Science Foundation data on archaeology grants it did not come with gender or sex of PIs. However, yesterday when I was looking at the top PIs, in terms of number of grants and amounts, for NSF grants to archaeology […]

Who Has Gotten National Science Foundation Archaeology Money, Interesting Results

March 10, 2014

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Last week I presented data on National Science Foundation funding for the archaeology/Archaeometry programs and then I examined funds for archaeology projects outside of these programs. I also gave the raw data so anyone can check my results. In that raw data are the listed Principal Investigators for each project. I took a look at […]

A #blogarch Look at “Old” Work- Does Blogging Have to Be Linear?

March 7, 2014

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The Archaeology Blogging Carnival has raised some interesting subjects to think about in relation to archaeology and blogging. One aspect I have been thinking about lately is the linear nature of blogging. Most blogging platforms work in a linear fashion. You post and usually, unless one specifies it differently, your most recent post is found […]

The Actual Amount of National Science Foundation Funding for Archaeology

March 6, 2014

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Early this week I published data on National Science Foundation funding for archaeology. This is what that data looks like: These numbers were based off of the Archaeology, Anthropology (Archaeology-related), Systematic Anthropological Collections and Archaeometry programs of funding. It shows an increase in funding for archaeology by the NSF. However, this does not capture the complexity […]

You’re blogging, people are reading, but what impact are you having? #blogarch

March 4, 2014

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We blog but is anyone actually reading? Answer: Yes, of course. We have web stats that let us know that people are reading our posts. The real question I want to look at is what sort of impact our posts actually have on our audiences. This is what I want to tackle for my contribution […]

National Science Foundation Funding for Archaeology: Surprisingly Good News

February 25, 2014

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Last week, I posted numbers on the National Endowment for the Humanities funding for Archaeology. It has been a complete disaster for Humanities funding of Archaeology in the US. NEH funding for Archaeology is now 1/5th of what it was a few decades ago. However, not all Federal Government grant funding to Archaeology has been […]

The National Endowment for the Humanities Does Not Cover All Your Funding Needs.

February 21, 2014

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This is the third in my series on National Endowment for the Humanities funding for Archaeology. The first and second posts are here and here. This is just a final note as it were. While the NEH does give out grants to cover the full amount required, many times the NEH gives funds on the […]

Who Gets National Endowment for the Humanities Funding for Archaeology and How Much?

February 18, 2014

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Yesterday, I posted some information on the funding of archaeology by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Today I am going to share some of the other insights I managed to tease out of the data I looked at (which I posted in my first piece so anyone can use it).  First, some rough numbers. […]

Oh the Humanities! National Endowment for the Humanities Funding for Archaeology

February 17, 2014

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On Thursday, May 6, 1937 the Hindenburg, a German airship, exploded over New Jersey. Herbert Morrison’s eyewitness radio report has now become famous. Especially, his uttering of the phrase ‘Oh, the humanity!’ as the ship went down. While I am unease about making the comparison, as I don’t want to trivialize an event in which […]

How to Communicate with Your Elected Representative- Effectively

February 13, 2014

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Everyone once and awhile someone tries to pass an asinine law, like sell all of the Smithsonian’s collections to help pay for vacations for do nothing legislators. Sometimes it is not as heart grabbing and might be as simple as budget freezes or the laying off of your local heritage officer. Usually, this is followed […]

Archaeology or Cultural Resource Managment? Real Archaeologists or Fake Archaeologists- Does it even matter?

February 12, 2014

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My post yesterday was inspired by Bill’s post, When archaeology field techs have to teach PhDs how to do archaeology. If you scroll to the bottom you will see a lively discussion occurring in the comments (just like most Archaeology Bloggers wish they had on all their posts). There are a few comments that I […]

Is University Just More #freearchaeology?

February 11, 2014

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PhD holders that don’t know how to use a compass. PhD holders that have never drawn a plan view. PhD holders that don’t know how to rent a car or hotel room. Those are just a few of the examples that Bill, at the Succinct Research, has come up with in his long laundry list […]

Blogging Archaeology #BlogArch – All of the Responses to the best and worst posts

February 6, 2014

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Another great response to the Blogging Archaeology blog carnival! If you don’t know what Blogging Archaeology is click on this link. A quick announcement- thanks to These Bones of Mine we have a new banner. Also, there is some exciting news (at the end with next months question, scroll down to see): Even though this […]

My Best, My Worst- #blogarch

January 30, 2014

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Here is my post for this months #blogarch the Archaeology Blogging Carnival and a reminder that on the 5th of Feb. I will post all the responses to this months question so best get them in soon. Best. Hmmmm, well looking at stats in my case is useless, maddening, and heartening. Here are my top […]

What is a General Schedule (GS) Grade and How Does it Affect Federal Archaeologists?

January 10, 2014

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To continue my series looking at US Federal Archaeologists I will take a look at GS and what it means for Federal Archaeologists- The General Schedule (GS) is the pay skill system that the Federal Government in the US uses for the majority of Federal Archaeologists, and majority of Federal employees. There are other pay […]

How Many Archaeologists are Employed by the US Federal Government?

January 7, 2014

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How Many Archaeologists are Employed by the US Federal Government? If you have ever asked yourself this question? If so I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that the U.S. Office of Personnel Management keeps track of such information, which anyone can access at FedScope. The bad news is […]

Blogging Archaeology #BlogArch – All of the Responses to the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

January 5, 2014

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Another great response to the Blogging Archaeology blog carnival, 56 (now 59) responses, some of them new to the carnival! If you don’t know what Blogging Archaeology is click on this link. Even though this post is the summation of what was said in the last month it is not too late to join in. […]

Is the 9-5 Dig Killing Public Archaeology ( #pubarch )?

December 11, 2013

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What if I told you that before the first trowel goes into the ground for your public archaeology (#pubarch on twitter) dig you probably have excluded half the population? Would you be shocked? Would you be surprised? Has this ever crossed your mind? About a month ago I wrote a post on diversity and archaeology, […]

With each passing year your degree means less and less and less and less…….

November 18, 2013

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‘A Bachelors is the new high school degree. Soon you will need one to get a job at McDonalds’ – unknown I remember several years ago that someone told me that. Unfortunately, it has come to pass for archaeology that this is true. Continuing on my examination of the Profiling the Profession data, the last […]

Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference

November 14, 2013

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Last Saturday I was at Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference. As I usually try to do, I video recorded and edited in the slides of the talks. Thank you to Cara for inviting me along to do that.There are all listed below. If you did not get a chance to attend there were some very good […]

Is It Open Access If No One Can Find It? The loss of 100,000+ Archaeology & History Articles

November 7, 2013

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Here is a question for you, if I put something up on the internet for free but no one can find it have I actually done anything? A little background story to how I came to this question. Over the last couple of weeks I have been running some analysis for the Society of Antiquaries […]

Blogging Archaeology

November 5, 2013

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At this year’s SAA conference there is going to be an amazing Blogging in Archaeology session. It has been a few years since there has been one. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend the session and I know a couple of other archaeology bloggers who can’t either. My way of contributing is to widen […]

Jobs in British Archaeology 2012-13 (draft)

October 28, 2013

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Just finished up remaking the figures for the annual Jobs in British Archaeology article. Hopefully at some point in the near future it will be in an issue of The Archaeologist. I have redone the figures with a table-graph?. I am not sure what to call it. However, it really captures the distribution of pay […]

I, for one, welcome our new female overlords in Archaeology

October 24, 2013

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Archaeology, it’s a women’s world. Ok, slight exaggeration but not by too much. For years there has been concern about the male domination of archaeology, especially when other professions quickly gained more equal gender ratios following the women’s rights movement and archaeology did not. The latest Profiling the Profession report (which I will be posting […]

Archaeologists, the Whitest People I Know

October 15, 2013

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Archaeologists are probably the whitest people I know. Actually, now that I am living in Scotland, archaeologist are the darkest people I know. Having a job that requires you out in the sun, or grey overcast (it is Scotland) all day means that many archaeologists develop tans. I use that term tan loosely in Scotland […]

Profiling the Profession 2012-13 is Now Out!

October 7, 2013

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It took several more months than expected but the whole Profiling the Profession 2012-13 report is now out. You can download it here- http://www.landward.eu/2013/10/archaeology-labour-market-intelligence-profiling-the-profession-2012-13.html. For those unaware, PP is a sort of census of Archaeologists working in the UK. It happens every 5 years and gathers data like pay, age, gender, etc. It is 230 […]

The Sexist Trowel

September 8, 2013

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Sometimes you see things that just make you think ‘you have got to be kidding me’. In this case it was the ‘women’s trowel by archtools’ (not posting a link because they don’t deserve the link juice to boost their stores google search rank). I have been meaning to post about this for several weeks […]

#freearchaeology- Devil’s Advocate, an intro

August 12, 2013

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Sam has been running a serious of amazing posts on the topic of #freearchaeology (well a few months ago, it has taken me a few months to get this out). Seriously, he should get a Pulitzer for all the research and work he has done on the topic. Check out some of his posts: free […]

What is the Deal with the Nacirema?!?-AAA Viewer Stats and the Relevance of #Anthropology

July 30, 2013

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What is the Deal with the Nacierma? Answer that question and you will have great insights into the relevance of Anthropology (and in certain parts of the world that includes archaeology) to our modern world. A little background to that cryptic sentence- Again, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) has been very kind and shared some […]

New Archaeology Blog List

July 2, 2013

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My old archaeology blog list has gotten pretty long and I am reaching the limit of what can be done with a simple list. The list was nice but it was getting very long and hard to manage. Also, there was only so much detail I could give out with a list. So this weekend […]

Blog is AAA’s Fourth Most Digitally Viewed Publication or Is It?

July 1, 2013

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To continue with an examination of the impact of blogs I would like to share some numbers that were kindly shared with me by the AAA. Here (at the end of this post) is the table of downloads (for blog it is views) of articles from the AAA publications in 2012. The first thing that […]

What Might Be Cut in English Heritages’ £121m Loss of Funding

June 27, 2013

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Yesterday it was announced that English Heritage was getting the ax and the government was cutting all funding. This was put with a slightly nicer spin of look at the good bye money we are sending. The press release is pretty bad but it does state that, ‘Under current plans, the new charity will be […]

The Kiss Goodnight for English Heritage

June 26, 2013

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For months now the Heritage Sector in England has been bracing for the budget news for English Heritage and it has finally come. It might be one of the bravest faces being put on by EH I have seen as the government has done more than cut the budget, they have cut English Heritage. Here […]

It’s a Digital World We Read In

June 25, 2013

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Yesterday Ralf brought up an excellent point on my post about blogging verse traditional publishing: You ignore the thousands of printed copies of those journals in your stats. Having not gone into the post blind, having done some research into publishing over the years, I knew that this is indeed correct BUT not too relevant. […]

A difference by orders of magnitude- The Impact of Archaeology/Anthropology blogging

June 24, 2013

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A difference by orderS of magnitude is the title of the this post and I really can not stress enough that order of magnitude is plural. A session is being organized for the next SAA conference on blogging and archaeology. You can check out the website and get involved. I am not sure what I […]

Archaeologists honored/honoured by Whitehouse

June 22, 2013

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It is not everyday that the Whitehouse honors/honours an archaeologists so if you have a minute to spare check out the Whitehouse release on Eric Kansa and Open Context. Eric has been doing some amazing work on Open Data and Open Access. Hmmmmm. It seems if more archaeologists want to get their work recognized Open […]

Academic Archaeology Jobs in UK- 4REF is King/Queen

June 19, 2013

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I have been seeing a very disturbing (in my opinion) trend in job postings for Archaeology Academic jobs in the UK. Here is a new job posting (warning, link my not work when job closes) and the first requirement under essential criteria: ‘PhD in Archaeology or cognate discipline at the time of application’ OK not […]

Is it Legal to Collect Arrowheads on Federal Land?

June 3, 2013

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Spend some time on an arrowhead collecting forum and you will eventually be told that it is legal to hunt arrowheads on Federal land in the US (as opposed to all other forms of collecting/looting that is illegal). Supposedly this loophole is the Carter loophole, named after the former president. Apparently Carter liked to collected […]

Trowelblazers

May 17, 2013

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I have been traveling so there has been a complete lack of blogging here lately. However, I would like to take a quick moment to recommend a tumblr blog to you- trowelblazers. http://trowelblazers.tumblr.com/ “Awesome trowel-wielding women: WE SALUTE YOU!” It covers awesome women in the fields of archaeology, palaeontology, and geology. It’s a great blog […]

Devastation in 2 Pictures

May 5, 2013

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This is not a long post, just a link and this sentence- “The two images below show the same archaeological site, the ancient city of Apamea, in Syria, firstly as captured by Google Earth on 20th July 2011, and then on 4th April 2012.”

McDonalds = Archaeology Profession?

April 30, 2013

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Sam Hardy has an excellent piece on  free archaeology: job insecurity and the need for an archaeological minimum wage. I have been meaning to build off of it for some time now but have been very busy so this is a bit delayed. First, go read Sam’s post- it covers so much and is very good. […]

Copyright and Archaeology- “Walking into the lions den with your cock out”

April 22, 2013

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Last week, I presented a paper at the IfA conference that touched on the issue of copyright after my earlier discussion last week about the issue. It was described as, “Walking into the lions den with your cock out” by someone else in the session. Apparently, my musings were controversial and several people were so […]

Good News for Open Access

March 11, 2013

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Just saw this on twitter and followed the link- The Society for Cultural Anthropology (a section of the American Anthropology Association) is excited to announce a groundbreaking publishing initiative. With the support of the AAA, the influential journal of the SCA, Cultural Anthropology, will become available open access, freely available to everyone in the world.  Starting […]

Practical Augmented Visualization on Handheld Devices for Cultural Heritage

February 27, 2013

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One of the last presentations from CAAUK: Giovanni Murru, Marco Fratarcangeli and Tommaso Empler (Sapienza University of Rome) We present a framework for the interactive 3D visualization of archaeological sites on handheld devices using fast augmented reality techniques. The user interface allows for the ubiquitous, personalized and context-aware browsing of complex digital contents, such like […]