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Game Issues for Scholarly Discourse or for Public Understanding

February 25, 2013

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From the CAAUK conference, Erik via Google Hangouts. Erik could not make it to the UK so he presented all of his work via a Google Hangout. You can listen and see his slides: Erik Champion (DIGHUMLAB DK and Aarhus University) Academic discourse presupposes a vast domain of related background knowledge, a certain learnt yet […]

CAAUK Keynote: Open Archaeology

February 24, 2013

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The keynote speech from Mark Lake (University College London) This paper will discuss some of the key themes raised in the recent ‘World Archaeology’ issue on the theme of Open Archaeology. It seems indisputable that there is now very real momentum towards greater willingness to share interpretations, data and software, but although technological developments are […]

There is a Crises in UK Academic Archaeology BUT it’s not the one you think

February 20, 2013

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All of yesterday and now most of today I have seen this Guardian article making the rounds on social media sites, forums, etc.- Will the study of archaeology soon become a thing of the past? It was written by a historian,  Michael Braddick who also happens to be the pro-vice-chancellor for the faculty of arts […]

Predatory Open Access Archaeology Journals or just poor quality? PAGEPRESS Publishers

February 11, 2013

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I am in the process of updating Open Access Archaeology’s searchable database of Open Access Journals. Some journals have ceased to exists (online at least) others have moved or change their OA policy etc. During the search I came across one publisher of OA archaeology journals that seemed to fit the definition of Predatory Open […]

Archaeology/Archaeology Related Blogs to Read XXII

January 26, 2013

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Over 100+ blogs covered so far, full list can be seen here and more to go. Here is this weeks installment to add to the list: Mike Pitts – Digging Deeper- http://mikepitts.wordpress.com/ “This site is about archaeology, and things that catch the interest of an archaeologist who is lucky enough to work in journalism: I […]

Review of tDAR (the Digital Archaeological Record)

December 30, 2012

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I have spent the last few days working with tDAR. It is “an international digital archive and repository that houses data about archaeological investigations, research, resources, and scholarship.  tDAR provides researchers new avenues to discover and integrate information relevant to topics they are studying.   Users can search tDAR for digital documents, data sets, images, GIS […]

digipubarch Conference Video: Vote For Me – Interactive Ways to Digitally Engage Audiences with Archaeology

November 15, 2012

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From the Museum of London a great presentation at the Digital Engagement in Archaeology Conference: Abstract: Vote For Me – Interactive Ways to Digitally Engage Audiences with Archaeology The Museum of London’s Archaeological Archive & Research Centre (LAARC) is the largest of its kind in the world, storing records for over 8,500 excavations and over five […]

digipubarch Conference Video- When digital engagement costs you nothing: making websites in minutes

November 15, 2012

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One of the last presentations, and my second, at the Digital Engagement in Archaeology Conference: Abstract: When digital engagement costs you nothing: making websites in minutes In 2010, the BBC reported that it cost the UK Government £105 million over three years to create and run one of its websites, businesslink.gov.uk. Most archaeologists, regardless of affiliation, […]

digipubarch Conference Video- From Khipu Knots to Instant Tweets

November 15, 2012

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One of the last presentations of the conference, a very interesting looking at Inca knots and Twitter at the Digital Engagement in Archaeology Conference: Abstract: From Khipu Knots to Instant Tweets Transition to the New Media Platforms in Archaeology Just as 15th century Andean culture underwent a dramatic shift when forced to switch from khipu binary […]

digipubarch Conference Video- Publishing in archaeology: Open Access and the REWARD project

November 15, 2012

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A presentation on the subject of Open Access in Archaeology, something that is near and dear to my heart, at the Digital Engagement in Archaeology Conference: Abstract: Publishing in archaeology: Open Access and the REWARD project Publishing in archaeology is evolving along with trends in open access, open data and the semantic web. The open access […]

Digipubarch Conference Video- Let’s Get Digital, Digital!

November 14, 2012

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Cara, from Archaeology Scotland, presents some great work they are going at Adopt-a-Monument, at the Digital Engagement in Archaeology Conference: Abstract: Let’s Get Digital, Digital! Adopt-a-Monument and Digital Engagement Adopt-a-Monument is a five year scheme which encourages communities to take a lead role in conserving and promoting their local heritage. We help with a variety of […]

Digipubarch Conference Video- Integrating Technology into the Trench

November 13, 2012

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Made it to the second day of the Digital Engagement in Archaeology Conference.  Very interesting talk about integrating technology into field projects: Abstract: Integrating Technology into the Trench The Virtual Environments for Research in Archaeology Project at Roman Silchester Increasingly more work is being done to integrate information technology into archaeological systems. In this paper we […]

Digipubarch Conference Video- Digital Artifact Ecosystems: The “Internet of Things” in Archaeology

November 12, 2012

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Almost done, editing all of the videos from the first day of the Digital Engagement in Archaeology conference. Here is a video that makes me weep for joy about what archives are going: Digital Artifact Ecosystems: The “Internet of Things” in Archaeology The information value inherent in archaeological material conventionally serves the needs of research, and […]

Digipubarch Conference Video- A case study in social media, new audiences and local museums – Wiltshire Heritage Museum

November 10, 2012

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For those involved in Museums an excellent discussion of social media and museums for the Digital Engagement in Archaeology: From the Digital Engagement in Archaeology Conference- http://digitalengagementinarchaeology.wordpress.com/ Abstract: A case study in social media, new audiences and local museums — Wiltshire Heritage Museum As a small museum, with few resources, social media is a great […]

Digipubarch Conference Video- The Portable Antiquities Scheme and its impact on the public

November 10, 2012

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One of the great afternoon sessions from the first day of the Digital Engagement in Archaeology: From the Digital Engagement in Archaeology Conference- http://digitalengagementinarchaeology.wordpress.com/ Abstract: The Portable Antiquities Scheme and its impact on the public The Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) began in 1997 and encourages the voluntary recording of archaeological objects discovered by members of […]

digipubarch Conference Video- Impact of the Archaeology Data Service (ADS)

November 10, 2012

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The next video from the Digital Engagement in Archaeology Conference. This almost finishes out the morning sessions for the first day: From the Digital Engagement in Archaeology Conference- http://digitalengagementinarchaeology.wordpress.com/ Abstract: Impact of the Archaeology Data Service (ADS) A Study and Methods for Enhancing Sustainability The paper will discuss the progress of an ongoing ADS project […]

#digipubarch Conference Video- The Archaeology of Digital Abandonment

November 10, 2012

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Matt Law’s great presentation of his and Colleen’s paper at the Digital Engagement in Archaeology Conference. You can also follow his work here and Colleen’s here. After fifteen years of hosting millions of user-built webpages, in April 2009 Yahoo announced that they would be shutting down their United States Geocities webpages. Geocities was once the […]

#digipubarch Conference Video- An Emerging Research Framework for Studying Public Engagement with Digital Archaeology Resources

November 10, 2012

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Another great presentation from the Digital Engagement in Archaeology Conference: An Emerging Research Framework for Studying Public Engagement with Digital Archaeology Resources As a young field, Public Engagement with Archaeology (PEA) — both digital and physical — has largely been practised by subject matter specialists and guided by practice informed by personal experience and observation […]

#digipubarch Conference Video: Digital Audiences – A Few Lessons from Arts Council Research

November 9, 2012

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Here is the next presentation from the Digital Engagement in Archaeology conference: Digital Audiences – A Few Lessons from Arts Council Research More information available here- http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/research-and-data/digital-opportunities/ The digital research programme was a three-year investigation to understand the impact of digital technology on how the public perceive, understand and engage with the arts. The research […]

Open Archaeology Data: Jobs in British Archaeology

November 6, 2012

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In the interest in following the ‘Open’ ethos of Open Data, Open Access, etc. I have put all of the data I have from the Jobs in British Archaeology series. Well not all, this year’s data is not up as I am still collecting it. I have posted the data for 2008, 2009, 2010, and […]

Archaeology/Archaeology Related Blogs to Read XX

October 19, 2012

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Already at number 20 and there still probably 100+ blogs to go. Well I better get moving then. Full list can be seen here and this weeks blogs are: Castles and Coprolites- http://castlesandcoprolites.blogspot.co.uk/ Lisa Marie Shillito blogs about archaeology, especially geoarchaeology.  (It’s good to see someone covering that topic) Dirty Adventures- http://dirtyadventures.wordpress.com/ My name is […]

Archaeology/Archaeology Related Blogs to Read XIX

October 12, 2012

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Back after a little break is a new round of Archaeology/Archaeology related blogs to read. The full list of all (not all but quite a few) archaeo blogs can be found here. First up, is a great blog that I just found out about last week- MEMSAP: Dispatches from the Field: On the ground with […]

It’s not what you know, but who you know- The RESEARCH SHOWS

September 18, 2012

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Today, I read this great article ‘It’s not what you know, but who you know: The role of connections in academic promotions’. It is a very short article about the role relationships play in obtaining a job in academia. I suggest everyone read it. A quick highlight- In a recent paper, we analyse the extent […]

Censors on Campus- The Open Access Backlash

September 14, 2012

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I was recently asked to write an article for the Index on Censorship special issue about censorship of academia. Specifically, I was asked to write about the AIA’s stance against Open Access ( I blog about it here and here and the boycott I organized here). Being as fair as I could stayed away from […]

University of Birmingham Closing Archaeology Department

July 3, 2012

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The University of Birmingham has decided to close down its archaeology department. Here is a video on the subject: In all seriousness it looks like a hatchet job. The staff and students are fighting back- We would like to bring to the archaeology communities attention the imminent closure of The Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity […]

Archaeology/Archaeology Related Blogs to Read X

June 28, 2012

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Before diving into this weeks list of blogs to read I would just like to say there is one day left to sign up for a Day of Archaeology. You can do so at their website- http://www.dayofarchaeology.com/ On to blogs- Here is a list of good archaeology blogs to read. As always, please let me […]

Barriers to Participation in Archaeology Online Workshop: Sísyphos and the Troll on the Gate of the Digital Divide: Barriers to Online Participation With the Portable Antiquities Scheme

May 29, 2012

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Last of the presentations from the workshop. All of the presentations can be seen here or you can look at the whole event here- http://storify.com/lornarichardson/workshop-on-barriers-to-participation-with-archaeo Dan Pett Portable Antiquities Scheme Sísyphos and the Troll on the Gate of the Digital Divide: Barriers to Online Participation With the Portable Antiquities Scheme This paper will address a […]

Barriers to Participation in Archaeology Online Workshop: Archaeology Gets Inspired: Examples of Online Public Engagement From Across UCL

May 28, 2012

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Next video from the barriers workshop. All of the presentations can be seen here or you can look at the whole event here- http://storify.com/lornarichardson/workshop-on-barriers-to-participation-with-archaeo Dr Joe Flatman & Laura Cream UCL Institute of Archaeology / UCL Public Engagement Unit Archaeology Gets Inspired: Examples of Online Public Engagement From Across UCL This talk will showcase some […]

Barriers to Participation in Archaeology Online Workshop: The Risky Business of Organisational Social Media

May 25, 2012

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Second video of the Barriers to Participation in Archaeology Online Workshop at UCL. Also, there is a storify now of the event as well and all of the presentations can be seen here. Hugh Corley English Heritage The Risky Business of Organisational Social Media Organisations like English Heritage struggle to get to grips with social […]

Barriers to Participation in Archaeology Online Workshop: Adopt-a-Monument – Digital Barriers to Our Grand Plans

May 24, 2012

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On Tuesday, I attended the Barriers to Participation in Archaeology Online Workshop at UCL. I brought a video camera with me and got the slides from the speaks so that people who did not attend can have a chance to see a truly great workshop. I am still in the process of producing the videos […]

Thursday Throwdown of Archaeology Blogs to Look At VI

May 17, 2012

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Your weekly look at archaeologists or archaeology related blogs to follow. You can see last weeks here and a full list of great archaeology blogs here. After you take a look leave a comment letting me know which ones you found interesting, great, that you liked, etc. AND nominate a blog not already on the list, […]

RIP a Great Archaeologist: Peter Connolly

May 13, 2012

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Just saw that Peter Connolly died. In case you don’t know who he is, Peter Connolly wrote the greatest books relating to archaeology I have ever had the pleasure of reading. His books combined the archaeological record with the most amazing story telling and topped off with great illustrations. I read his books when I […]

Thursday Throwdown of Archaeologists to Follow V

May 10, 2012

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Your weekly look at archaeologists or archaeology related people to follow. You can see last weeks here and a full list of great archaeology blogs here. After you take a look leave a comment letting me know which ones you found interesting, great, that you liked, etc. AND nominate a blog not already on the list, […]

Archaeological Institute of America Back Tracks on Stance Against Open Access

April 27, 2012

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The Archaeological Institute of America has published a new update to its letter on Open Access. My recent letter in ARCHAEOLOGY magazine has opened discussion concerning the AIA’s position on open access. I am personally opposed to slated government legislation on the issue. I am not against open access as a concept, however. The AIA […]

The Effects of Higher Student Fees on Archaeology in the UK

April 24, 2012

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I recently published an article in The Archaeologists on the looming higher fees at UK universities (mainly for English students) and what it means for archaeology. The Archaeologists puts its issues, older than a year, online for free, Open Access (cough cough AIA). Though you have to wait a year if your not a IfA […]

Boycott Archaeological Institute of American

April 23, 2012

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I was really hoping that the AIA would have responded to the email we sent them a week ago. I was really hoping that they would have opened a dialog or at least make some sort of public comment. Alas, it was not to be. As such I and the other volunteers at OpenAccessArchaeology.org have […]

Thursday Throwdown- Archaeology Blogs to Look At II

April 19, 2012

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This is the second post of mine on what should become a weekly look at great Archaeology blogs. You can see last weeks here and a full list of great archaeology blogs here. After you take a look leave a comment letting me know which ones you found interesting, great, that you liked, etc. AND […]

New Publication- Breaking New Ground: how archaeology works

April 18, 2012

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full disclosure- Kenneth Aitchison is a friend and will be employing me for the profiling the profession project that we will be undertaking soon. That aside I would recommend his new book “Breaking New Ground: how archaeology works“. This book, available on Kindle, is a contemporary history of the last twenty years of professional archaeological […]

Archaeological Institute of America #FAIL! Can’t Learn from Others Mistakes

April 16, 2012

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When it came out in January and February that the American Anthropology Association and the Archaeological Institute of America had both come out against Open Access there was a large uproar. The AAA quickly back tracked but the AIA got off pretty lightly. Apparently the AIA did not look at what happen to the AAA […]

The Thursday Throwdown of Archaeology Blogs to Read

April 12, 2012

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Here is your mission, should you choose to accept it- Take a look at these five great archaeology blogs. These blogs will be joining my list of great archaeology blogs that I follow and think other people might find fascinating as well. After you take a look leave a comment letting me know which ones […]

Journal of Field Archaeology is Open Access for Next Month and Half

April 2, 2012

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So Maney is running a promotional deal were you can view the last 3 years of the Journal of Field Archaeology online for free. The deal lasts till May 15th. It is a promotion so they are trying to get you to buy the journal. The price is still too expensive for me or most […]

A Year Later- A quick review

March 22, 2012

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It had been roughly be a year since I first started this blog (19th of march 2011) and it has been a interesting year here. I have had roughly 67,000 page views though how many actual visitors this represents or unique visitors is unknown (wordpress stats are so so). In that time I have had […]

Better Archaeology Outreach- Record and Podcast Your Talks

March 20, 2012

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Every year hundreds of talks and presentations are given around the world on archaeology yet how many people listen? Maybe a couple dozen and if you are lucky a few hundred. This is not because people are not interested, though some are not. It is because these talks are spread out over hundreds if not […]

Some Archaeology Blogs I Like to Follow and That You Should Check Out

March 19, 2012

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I have my list of great archaeology blogs to follow that I am constantly adding to. Here a few others I have recently added and would recommend to follow: Archaeology and Tech blogs- archaeograph- http://www.archaeograph.com/ “Archaeograph = an Archaeological Photograph.” That sums up this blog perfectly. If you have every done any sort of archaeological […]

The End of Commercial Journal Publishers- The First Signs of the Academic Publishing Apocalypse

March 16, 2012

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Edit 3/20/2012- this piece is meant as criticism of current publishing regimes but my sense of humor is a bit dry and I don’t think everyone understands it. Apologies if this came off as critical of the pirates when it is meant to be critical of others. :) Revelation 6:1-2 1 And I saw when […]

When the Baby Boomers Retire there will be Plenty of Academic Jobs- LIE

March 15, 2012

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We have all heard the fable, “when the Baby Boomers retire there will be plenty of academic jobs available”. The sad truth is that this is not the case nor will it every be. Using the same data I collected on academics in archaeology I have graphed out by year when the current academic staff […]

The Tenure System Protects Predatory Behaviour Against Students

March 12, 2012

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Kate Clancy has raised the very important issue of sexual harassment of female anthropologists (seems to be archaeology mainly) students in both the field and in class by professors. http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/context-and-variation/2012/01/30/from-the-field-hazed-tells-her-story-of-harassment/ http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/context-and-variation/2012/03/09/retrograde-reactions-lady-in-the-field-on-the-aftermath-of-sexual-misconduct/ These posts have gained traction lately in the blogging world from both Not the Discovery Channel and John Hawks. It has also made it […]

GIS and Archaeology- Some Resources on Learning GIS for Archaeology

March 5, 2012

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In the past, I have occasionally written about GIS and Archaeology, specifically how to learn GIS for Archaeology. It’s a real shame but there are not many high quality resources for those interested in learning GIS for Archaeology on their own. I have gathered together some resources here. Let me know if there are some […]