Browsing All posts tagged under »Archaeology«

Blogging Archaeology- The Final Review of #blogarch

April 6, 2014


  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


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


“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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 […]

Blogging Archaeology – Responses to Feb’s Question or how I killed #BlogArch, and final question!

March 5, 2014


This is the summary to February’s question to the Blogging Archaeology blog carnival! If you don’t know what Blogging Archaeology is click on this link. Blogging Archaeology- banner from These bones of Mine. Image credit Even though this post is the summation of what was said in the last month it is not too late to join […]

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

March 4, 2014


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 […]

How Much Do Federal Archaeologists Get Paid?

January 16, 2014


In the last part of this series I talked about GS (General Service) and what it means for those employed as Archaeologists in the US Federal Government. Essentially, it is a pay level. I also talked about ‘steps’ and how they affect the rate of pay you get for a GS level. You would think […]

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

January 10, 2014


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


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


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. […]

#BlogArch- From Good to Meh

January 4, 2014


My turn to answer December’s question for the #BlogArch carnival (There is still time to post for December as I don’t do summaries till the 5th of each month). The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Archaeology Blogging or in my case the Good and the Meh. The Meh As of yet I have […]

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

December 11, 2013


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, […]

Blogging Archaeology #BlogArch – All of the Responses to Why?

December 3, 2013


Wow! We had an amazing turn out for the first month of the Blogging Archaeology blog carnival, 58 (now 72) participants! 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 […]

Why Blogging?

December 1, 2013


Here is my contribution to my own blogging carnival- Blogging Archaeology.  FYI- I will not be doing a summary of November’s question till December 3rd so there is still time to join in. Why Blog? I had to go back a few years to my first post to see why I started blogging. Back then […]

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

November 18, 2013


‘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


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


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


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


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


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


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 […]

#freearchaeology- How do you know you really want to work in Archaeology?

October 8, 2013


If you have a spare moment I recommend reading  ‘& Even More Thoughts on Getting a Job in the Cultural Heritage Sector‘ over at Archaeology, Museums & Outreach ( It is an interview with Carol Ellick about getting work in the Cultural Heritage Sector. It is an excellent piece to read. Full disclosure- I took the […]

Profiling the Profession 2012-13 is Now Out!

October 7, 2013


It took several more months than expected but the whole Profiling the Profession 2012-13 report is now out. You can download it here- 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


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- Great Expectations

August 16, 2013


To continue my thoughts on #freearchaeology from my last post, I would like to explore the topic of #freearchaeology and expectations of new graduates. To be fair to all that has been written about #freearchaeology the topic is wide and encompassing. However, I would like to focus on the catalyst that started #freearchaeology, Emily’s post  […]

#freearchaeology- Devil’s Advocate, an intro

August 12, 2013


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 […]

New Archaeology Blog List

July 2, 2013


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 […]