Some Archaeologists to Follow

Posted on February 29, 2012


Updating my list of archaeology blogs. Here are some great blogs I follow and think you should as well.

A full list of these and other blogs can be found here.

CRM/Commercial Archaeology:

Heritage Business Journal

“Within the heritage industry, obtaining data upon which to make sound business decisions is difficult. There is more information available, though, than most management teams are aware. However, data quality is variable, data are not always quantitative, and sometimes you have to read between the lines. Heritage Business Journal aims to present some of these data along with insights, interpretation, and commentary. Heritage Business Journal has correspondents on the beat around the world covering the various sectors that comprise the heritage industry”

Wessex Archaeology Rochester

Wessex Archaeology Sheffield

These are the blogs of the commercial archaeology firm Wessex Archaeology in the UK. They don’t necessarily talk shop but they do blog about what Wessex is doing.

Digital Archaeology/Heritage and Tech:

Archaeology and the i-Pad

The title really says it all.

Informative Blogs:

Not the Discovery Channel

“All archaeologists get asked questions about archaeology by non-archaeologists. In most cases these questions are derived from something the person watched on T.V. or read in a magazine. Due to time constraints and the need to present an interesting narrative, the information in these programs is often- not always- a tad one sided. This tends to leave the viewer with the idea that either something is a mystery, or that some ancient mystery has been solved.  Usually this is not the case, but the real answer tends to be long, confusing and contain no real resolution.

Which is why, when archaeologists are asked questions about one of these programs, they tend towards one of two responses. The first is to quickly change the subject,  thereby avoiding the very real possibility of getting into a discussion with someone who ‘read a book about it once’ or ‘saw something on T.V. somewhere’.  The second is to flip into ‘expert mode’ and start waxing about various competing theories.

Sometimes you can combine the two and spout off a bunch of jargon in the hopes the subject will be changed. This is known as the ‘B.S. Solution’.

If the archaeologist does feel like having an honest conversation about a particular subject, then the answer can almost always be boiled down into a single statement:

Archaeology is never that simple.”