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Does A “Mysterious” Ostrich Egg Prove the Pyramids are thousands of years older – NO.

September 25, 2022


You are likely here because you have seen some post on social media that goes something like this: “Archaeologists guess the Pyramids of Giza to be about ~4,600 years old as Carbon-14 can’t be used to estimate their age. An ostrich egg found in a tomb near Aswan shows the 3 Pyramid structures side by […]

Foreshore Forum 2017

August 2, 2019


This is part of my series of posts on presentations that I have filmed at conferences. This is the Foreshore Forum: Fieldwork Review – Thames Discovery Programme By Eliott Wragg CBT Project & Greenwich Update By Helen Johnston From Sail to Steam By Sheila Douglas, U3A Shared Learning Project Changes to the […]

New Forest Knowledge Conference 2017

July 31, 2019


I am restarting my series of posts on presentations that I have filmed at conferences. Today’s post is a whole conference: Conference info The New Forest Knowledge Conference 2017 will celebrate the archaeological and historical research being carried out in and around the New Forest. It will provide an opportunity to find out who is […]

Stonehenge, ancient DNA, ancestry, and art

April 5, 2019


This is a guest post by Katy Whitaker. Katy was looking to create a longer form version of a Twitter thread she created and I offered up my blog as a platform for her to use. All credit for this interesting piece goes to Katy. Katy is an archaeologist and archivist. She works for Historic […]


October 27, 2017


In a few months the TAG conference will be happening in Cardiff. Here is one of the sessions we filmed at last year’s TAG. Really interesting look at the creative side of archaeology: Session Details Sightations is a space of exchange, where different perspectives on archaeological visualisation are displayed side by side. These are materialized […]

Read all about it: reporting, publication and engagement

October 4, 2017


It’s Wednesday, so time for some conference videos. These come from the CIfA conference and an interesting look at dissemination: Session Details Organisers: Victoria Donnelly and Tori Park, Amec Foster Wheeler As archaeologists, we have an obligation to communicate the results of our work, both to professionals and the wider public. In an ever-increasingly digital […]

Visualising Skyscapes: Material Forms of Cultural Engagement with the Heavens

October 2, 2017


The last of the sessions we filmed from the 2016 TAG conference: Session Details Fabio Silva, University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Liz Henty, University of Wales Trinity Saint Landscape archaeology opened up new avenues for archaeologists to understand how the environment that societies inhabit determines their interactions with their surroundings, creating part of […]

Safeguarding the sublime: managing archaeology in protected landscapes

September 25, 2017


We keep rolling with more CIfA conference videos. Here is another session we filmed: Session Details Organisers: Chris Jones, Historic Environment Officer, Northumberland National Park Authority; Natalie Ward, Senior Conservation Archaeologist, Peak District National Park Authority The world’s Protected Areas are recognised for their conservation of the natural environment. They also contain outstanding international examples […]

Marine archaeology: global standards for protection and professional practice

September 20, 2017


For those of you who prefer your archaeology seaside- a session we filmed at the CIfA conference: Session Details Organisers: Victoria Cooper, Royal HaskoningDHV; Katy Bell, University of Winchester; Alison James, Historic England SESSION ABSTRACT Provision for protection and management of the marine historic environment varies widely on a global scale. There are just 55 […]

Maximising the research potential from infrastructure projects

September 18, 2017


Another session from the CIfA conference, one especially for those working in commercial archaeology: Session Details Organisers: Dave A Petts, University of Durham; Andy J Howard, University of Durham and Landscape Research & Management, Bridgnorth SESSION ABSTRACT Large-scale archaeological fieldwork programmes based on major infrastructure developments offer unique challenges and opportunities for researchers. Often comprising […]

A broader vision for Brexit: impacts and advocacy for a global institute

September 13, 2017


Before Brexit became the train-wreck we all know and love, back when it was just a dumpster fire, there was a session at the CIfA conference about Brexit and Archaeology. We filmed it so you can view it now: Session Details Organisers: Rob Lennox, CIfA; Nick Shepherd, FAME The decision of the British electorate on […]

How are we making archaeology accessible for all and are we doing it well enough?

September 11, 2017


Dealing with disabilities is something close to my heart. So it was a real pleasure to film this session at CIfA and to share it with you now: Session Details Organisers: Theresa O’Mahony, Enabled Archaeology; Victoria Reid, Access to Archaeology. Supported by the CIfA Equality and Diversity Group We need to be a more dynamic […]

Finding our global past: exploring cultures and creating a culture of collaboration

September 6, 2017


Another session we filmed from the CIfA conference. Hope you enjoy: Session Details Organisers: Katherine Baxter, Society for Museum Archaeology; Jane Evans, Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service; James Gerrard, Newcastle University Artefacts are central to any consideration of archaeology as a global profession, reflecting trade, demography, migration, and cultural exchange for all periods. Such themes […]

What do you mean, you don’t recognise my qualification? Understanding skills and measuring competence in archaeology

September 4, 2017


Life has kept me busy for the last couple of months so I haven’t been posting… or even clearing out my queue of posts that I wanted to get out. I will make an effort to get this backlog out. Here is a session from the CIfA conference we filmed. Session Details: Kate Geary, CIfA; […]

New approaches to recording, understanding and conserving historic landscapes in a global context

June 14, 2017


Do you like Landscapes? Well I have got a great session we filmed for you: Session Abstract In recent years there have been many developments in techniques and philosophical approaches that can assist those engaged in historic landscape research and management. These include not only digital datasets integrated through GIS (e.g. aerial imagery, remote sensing, […]

Down amongst the dead men – The Bedern Group, digital preservation and the historic environment

June 9, 2017


Another session we filmed at the CIfA conference- this one on digital preservation. Session Details Digital technologies play a central role in documenting our heritage and provide a vital resource for creative, cultural and commercial activities in archaeology and beyond. Yet, without long-term commitment to active preservation and access, this resource is under threat from […]

Archaeology and UK soft power

June 7, 2017


An interesting session from the CIfA conference we filmed. Archaeology as soft power? Session Details Organisers: Keith Nichol, Head of Cultural Diplomacy, Department for Culture, Media and Sport; Gerry Wait, Heritage Consultant at Nexus Heritage; Leonora O’Brien, Cultural Heritage Consultant at AECOM; Peter Hinton, Chief Executive, CIfA ‘Culture, in all its dimensions, is a fundamental […]

Skeletons, Stories, and Social Bodies

June 2, 2017


For your weekend viewing pleasure, a session we videoed at the TAG conference: Session Abstract The human body has been investigated and marvelled by anatomists since the earliest civilizations, with a wide variety of mortuary practices and attitudes to the body have dictating the nature of their work and the ‘appropriate’ methodologies employed. But the […]

Gone to Earth: Uncovering Landscape Narrative Through Visual Creative Practice

May 31, 2017


One of the last sessions we filmed from the TAG conference: Session Abstract This proposed session explores the materiality of place and the agency of landscape in unearthing historical, social and cultural narrative. Examining the role of the artist as facilitator, serving to bring hard to reach narratives to wider audiences, creative fieldwork from selected […]

Typology and Relational Theory

May 26, 2017


Another session from TAG that we videoed: Session Abstract: Typologies have always existed within archaeology as a way of organising, grouping and describing sites and finds; they serve to aid archaeologists in making effective descriptions of changes. In this sense typologies can be seen as a core subject of archaeological investigation. There is however a […]

Sightations Café

May 24, 2017


This is by far one of the most creative sessions we have ever had the opportunity to film: Session Abstract: Sightations is a space of exchange, where different perspectives on archaeological visualisation are displayed side by side. These are materialized in a variety of shapes and forms and in a range of media such as […]

From Amateurs to Auteurs: In Defence of Authorship in Archaeological Visualisations

May 19, 2017


Should archaeology be more visual? An interesting session at TAG that we filmed TAG asked that question: Session Abstract: Archaeology borrows and adapts visualisation mediums and techniques from a range of artistic and creative practices including drawing, photography, film, gaming, digital animation and virtual reality. But do we take these visualisation practices as seriously as […]

What can Archaeologists Learn from Skateboarders?

May 17, 2017


This was one of the more unique sessions we have ever filmed, this from TAG, and well worth the watch: Session Abstract: Although skateboarding and archaeology appear to have little in common there are a few areas where there is either an overlap or some common themes. The aim of this session is to look […]

Digital Visualisation Beyond the Image: Archaeological Visualisation Making in Practice

May 12, 2017


A session on digital archaeology that we filmed at the TAG conference: Gareth Beale, University of York and Paul Reilly, University of Southampton The emergence of digital visualisation and representation has led to some of the most significant developments in archaeological practice of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. While a great deal has […]

Dead Body Language: Positioning, Posture, and Representation of the Corpse

May 10, 2017


Another session from the TAG conference that we filmed: Session Abstract: Nothing gives a better portrait of death than the cold, pale corpse. Paradoxically, our understanding of death perpetually creates and conditions the corpse that we encounter. The process of laying out the dead body is underlain by spoken and unspoken rules about how the […]

Archaeology is a Political Matter

May 5, 2017


This is a session we live streamed from TAG but now the fully edited videos are done and ready for your viewing pleasure. Session Abstract: In the UK, the discipline and the contexts in which archaeology is practiced are vulnerable to public policy changes and the broader impacts of economic austerity, be these contract archaeology, […]

The Invisible Essence of Mixed Matter: Envisioning a Material Culture Theory of Substance

May 3, 2017


If you like material culture then I have an interesting session we filmed at the TAG conference for you: Session Abstract: Material culture theory today envisions human life lived in a well-furnished set of meaningful, entangling things. We have developed lively conversations around the ways that making objects, using them, displaying and concealing them, and […]

Visualising Words: Archaeological Narrative Through Poetry, Image and Performance

April 28, 2017


Need something to do this weekend? How about watching some great presentations from the TAG conference: Session Abstract ‘Narratives do not always have to be presented in a purely linear sequential form’ (Pluciennik 1999) Building on the Tyrannical Tales session at TAG 2015 in Bradford, this session explores nontraditional narrative forms within archaeology; such as […]

Integrating Science, Technology and Theory in Prehistoric Archaeology

April 26, 2017


It’s Wednesday, so another round of conference presentations we have filmed. This batch is from the TAG conference: Session Abstract: Prehistoric archaeology is at its best when scientific, technological and theoretical approaches can be integrated, creating dynamic approaches to myriad research questions, and providing a greater understanding of the archaeological past. It is increasingly important […]

Why is the archaeological profession not more unionised?

April 24, 2017


‘Fellow archaeologists, I have a question for you: why is the archaeological profession not more unionized? It seems to me that this would be a promising strategy in helping to end the profession’s underpaid status.’ That is the question asked by Elie in the BAJR Facebook group. The question has elicited a range of responses, […]

Images in the Making: Art-Process-Archaeology

April 21, 2017


Here is a session we filmed at the TAG conference: Session Information Archaeological approaches to visual images have tended to present images as flat, static and lacking in dynamism; as evidence of this, semiotic or symbolic approaches still remain the prevailing approach to imagery in archaeology. This is a shame as research in a host […]

Thinking Through Archaeology and the Environmental Humanities

April 19, 2017


It’s Wednesday, so another batch of conference videos. These videos are from a session at the recent TAG conference: Session Information ‘At its most basic, environmental humanities work has always challenged the idea that nature or the environment simply “is”. Environmental humanities suggest rather…that human ideas, meanings and values are connected in some important way […]

Practice Safe Conferencing: Stealing Ideas and why you really WANT to have your conference presentation filmed

April 17, 2017


Last week I posted about some reasons why people should not have their conference presentations filmed. I left off one reason I have heard, ‘people might steal my ideas’. An absence that has been noted by several people. The reason I left it off is because it is actually a reason to have your presentation filmed. […]

Imagine This! The Familiar and the Strange in Archaeological Meditation

April 14, 2017


Enjoy some of the papers we filmed at the TAG conference this weekend: Session Abstract ‘In the end I want material culture to retain its sense of mystery, or even the uncanny, because this is the quality which is stimulating to the imagination’ (P. Graves-Brown 2011) The otherness of things, the uncanny, the unfamiliar. Infused […]

Exploring the History of Prehistory

April 12, 2017


Prehistoric sex objects, research bias, this session has it all. Here is a session at the TAG conference that we filmed: Session Abstract Understanding the history of the emergence and development of prehistory is deserving of consideration in its own right, but is equally essential in developing a critical awareness of contemporary academic practice. Histories […]

Why People Don’t Want Their Conference Presentations Filmed… and Maybe Why You Shouldn’t Too

April 10, 2017


This may seem like an odd post coming from someone like me, who has filmed over 2000+ conference presentations and put them online, but I am a firm advocate that not everyone should have their conference presentations filmed. And no, it is not because of some snarky answer like, ‘because they suck at speaking’ or […]

Gender, Sex and Minority [In]Equality in Archaeology: A Series Of Pecha Kucha Presentations

April 8, 2017


Something to get your mind thinking, maybe the blood rushing a little, over the weekend. Here is a session we filmed at the TAG conference: Session Abstract The imbalance and inequality of gender, sex and minorities dominates the practice and study archaeology. Damning statistics about the ratio of male to female postgraduate researchers versus professoriate […]

Costume Complex (Clothes And Its Attire): Development, Relationships, Forms and Technologies in Time and Expanse

April 5, 2017


It’s Wednesday, conference video day, and we have the last of the sessions we videoed at the 2016 EAA conference for you: Session Details Friday, 2 September 2016, 09:00-16:00 Faculty of Philosophy, Room 207 Author – PhD Zhilina, Institute of archaeology RAS, Moscow, Russian Federation (Presenting author) Co-author(s) – Steponaviciene, Daiva, Director, Public Institution “Vita […]

I See Something That You Can’t See. Multidisciplinary Approaches in Archaeological Tourism

March 31, 2017


Here is one of the last sessions we filmed at the EAA conference: Session Details Thursday, 1 September 2016, 09:00-13:00 Faculty of Philosophy, Room 107 Author – Willems, Annemarie, Bern, Switzerland (Presenting author) Co-author(s) – Jilek, Sonja, Institute for History, Vienna University, Vienna, Austria Co-author(s) – Dunning Thierstein, Cynthia, ArchaeoConcept, Biel, Switzerland Keywords: management, multidisciplinary, […]

Between Landing Site and Vicus – Between Emporium and Town. Framing the Early Medieval Urban Development

March 29, 2017


Another session of videos from the EAA conference. Session Abstract Urban development is one of the most pressing topics within Early Medieval archaeology. Among scholars there is heated debate about how to think about and study these urban places before the emergence of “proper” High Medieval towns. Strategies range from analyses of Latin vocabulary from […]

Archives and Archaeology – Sources from the Past, Tools for the Future

March 22, 2017


Twice a week I publish videos of presentations from conferences I help film. This week I have another session the EAA conference, this one on archives: Session Abstract: In this session we are exploring theoretical and methodological approaches to archive-based studies as well as the conceptualization and use(s) of archives. The importance of archives for […]

All that Glitters is Not Gold: New Approaches to Sumptuous Burials Between Western Europe and the Eurasian Steppe

March 17, 2017


For your weekend viewing pleasure here is a session we recorded at the EAA conference on all that glitters: Ostentatious burials remain the primary means by which we understand socio-economic structures and elite/non-elite binary identity formations. Seemingly, such burials lend themselves to easier modes of quantification as well as qualification given their ‘obvious’ connections between […]

Religious Landscapes in the North Atlantic

March 15, 2017


It’s Wednesday so the weekly release of conference videos I have filmed. This weeks videos are from the EAA conference: At the same time as the parish system was taking shape in Christian Europe – in the 10th and 11th centuries AD – Christianity was spreading among the colonists of newly settled lands in the […]

Women Archaeologists make less than Men Archaeologists?

March 11, 2017


77 cents on the dollar. Maybe you have heard 72 cents or 75 cents on the dollar or pence on the pound or cents on euro but it always ends with ‘women earn x to men’. It is a short and powerful message but like such messages hides complexities. For one, it implies that women […]

Finding the Limits of the Limes

March 10, 2017


It was heart breaking to find out the the ‘Limes’ was not the fruit but the defensive boundary of parts of the Roman Empire. But I quickly got over that when I found out that the conference was on modelling the past, an interest of mine. These are the videos from the conference for the […]

In Heaven as it is on Earth: Archaeological Traces of Minorities and Radical Religious Ideas Within Social Identities in the Middle Ages

March 8, 2017


Another session from the EAA conference that we video recorded: Friday, 2 September 2016, 14:00-16:00 Faculty of Philology, Room SP2 Author – Garc a-Contreras Ruiz, Guillermo, University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom (Presenting author) Co-author(s) – Tejerizo, Carlos, Universidad del Pa s Vasco, Vitoria, Spain Keywords: Archaeology of religion, Minorities religious, Social identities Understood as […]

Tradition and Innovation in Textile Technology in Bronze Age Europe and the Mediterranean

March 3, 2017


Enjoy videos from a EAA session, that we filmed, over this weekend: Saturday, 3 September 2016, 09:00-16:00 Faculty of Philosophy, Room 207 Author – Ulanowska, Agata, Polish Academy of Sciences, Łódź, Poland (Presenting author) Co-author(s) – Siennicka, Małgorzata, The Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre for Textile Research, SAXO Inst, Copenhagen, Denmark Keywords: Bronze Age Europe, […]

Rural heritage and landscapes 2

March 1, 2017


Here is another session from the CHAT conference for your viewing pleasure. Ultima Thule – St Kilda and Pabbay. Two remote landscapes in the Outer Hebrides, their  archaeology and history. George Geddes  Historic Environment Scotland. St  Kilda  is  perhaps  one  of Europe’s most  famous  remote  cultural landscapes. While a  narrative  of  romance  and  mythology  became  dominant  from  the  1950s  (and  arguably  very  much  earlier),  the  results of a recent archaeological survey suggest that the islands were intensively exploited for their rich seabird resources.  Far from presenting an opportunity for the discovery of rare or lost ancient sites, St Kilda’s landscape has been continually remoulded, and the present density of structures is  incomparable in other rural settings.   By contrast, the island of Pabbay is almost invisible in literature and media. Once the larger part of a medieval rental with St Kilda, it is equally rich in archaeological sites, including Bronze Age cairns, a  17  broch, a medieval centre, numerous houses and a rather  fine 16th century church. The effects of a  huge sandstorm in the 17th century left the once rich farmland bereft. By the 1830s Pabbay was seen  as another potential sheep  farm and its population of 300 were moved, many  finding  […]

Rural politic 

February 24, 2017


After a few weeks of EAA videos I thought it would be good to mix it up. Back to the CHAT conference and the Rural political session: Think big and think pig: An archaeology of rural protest Jobbe Wijen  Independent Researcher, The Netherlands. What are rural ways of protest and how can we think about these archaeologically? When tens of  thousands of refugees from Syria, Libya and Eritrea fled to Europe in 2015, Dutch society was touched  by the effects of war that, until then, could be experienced as distant – and perhaps even unimportant  to  everyday  life.  Rural  societies  were  soon  to  be  confronted  with  governmental  plans  for  the  construction of  refugee camps in their localities. When the announcement came that 500 refugees  were to be located in Heesch, this rural village became the arena of brief but intense civil protest that  made headlines across the country.  In this paper I will review the protests of January 2016 in the village of Heesch and discuss how the  methods and materials were typical for the agrarian setting in which they took place. I will address […]

Plague in diachronic and Interdisciplinary perspective

February 22, 2017


This weeks videos come from a session at the EAA conference on the plague. Lots of presentations from people in different disciplines:   Friday, 2 September 2016, 09:00-16:00 Faculty of History, Room SP1 Author – Gutsmiedl-Schümann, Doris, Universität Bonn, Vor- und Frühgeschichtliche Archäologie, Bonn, Germany (Presenting author) Co-author(s) – Kacki, Sacha, Anthropologie des Populations Passées […]

“Gnu directions in r-chaeology”: innovations in the use of free and open source software (foss) to achieve an open archaeology

February 17, 2017


A good way to start everyone weekend is with some open source work. Here is another video recorded session from the EAA conference: Author – Orton, David, University of York, York, United Kingdom (Presenting author) Co-author(s) – Birch, Thomas, UCL Qatar, Doha, Qatar Co-author(s) – Ot rola-Castillo, Erik, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, United States of […]

Petrification Processes in (Pre-)History

February 15, 2017


Petrification of the past – not a concept I had ever thought about until we filmed this session at the EAA conference. And I am very glad that we did as it has been a very simulating topic to mull over. You can see all the presentations we filmed below discussing the topic. Session Details: […]

Placing Medieval Buildings in Context

February 10, 2017


Buildings archaeology can be one of the forgotten aspects of archaeology because of the belief that traditional archaeology is about digging holes to find stuff and not examining standing heritage. Moreover, if a building is buried it tends to be its foundations that survive which makes if difficult for people to imagine the full 3D […]

Safe Behind Walls and Ramparts? Archaeological Perspectives on Early Modern Fortifications In The Baltic and Scandinavian Region

February 8, 2017


Are you a big fan of castles? Are fortifications your reason for getting up in the morning? Or do you just have an interest in all things in the past? Well we have got you covered with this session we filmed at the EAA conference. Session Details: Thursday, 1 September 2016, 09:00-18:30 Faculty of History, […]

Under the Raised Roof: Creating the Space for Family and Community

February 3, 2017


Happy Friday everyone. If you are looking for something relaxing to do over the weekend then might I suggest some nice conference videos from the EAA conference in Vilnius. Here is one of the sessions we filmed: Session Details: Friday, 2 September 2016, 09:00-16:00 Faculty of History, Room 330 Author – McCullagh, Roderick, Historic Environment […]

Hu New Developments in Isotope and Trace Element Analyses

February 1, 2017


Archaeology has been revolutionised by many scientific techniques like carbon dating and XRF. One that has really had an impact on archaeology is the examination of isotopes. These was a session at the EAA conference that explored the topic and we managed to film it: Session Abstract: Thursday, 1 September 2016, 14:00-18:30 Author – Plomp, […]

Lithic Raw Materials in Prehistory: Sourcing, Network Distribution and Use

January 27, 2017


It has be a while since we have had videos from a EAA2016 session. Here is a session for all you lithics loving folks: Session Details Author – Bonsall, Clive, School of Edinburgh University, History, Classics, and Archaeology, Edinburgh, United Kingdom (Presenting author) Co-author(s) – Gurova, Maria, National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, Bulgarian Academy […]

Top 50 Archaeology Blogs SCAM and Now with Anthropology too

January 26, 2017


It is always good to have your ego stroked. Yesterday I got this email, “Hi Doug Team, My name is XXXXXX. I’m Founder of Feedspot. I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Doug’s Archaeology has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 50 Archaeology Blogs on the web.” Not only am I a top 50 […]

Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference- Obon

January 25, 2017


Last week I had a posted videos from Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference – Aberdeen. As mentioned, this year three community conferences were run- Aberdeen, Oban and Ayrshire. I filmed the Aberdeen and Oban ones and here are videos from the Oban conference: Oban Communities Trust Caroline Boswell & RhonaDougall ACFA Tiree Survey 2016 […]

Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference- Aberdeen

January 20, 2017


Every year in Scotland there is a conference that is a bit unique in archaeology, professionals are not allowed to give papers… for the most part. All the presentations are by community members on heritage projects. There is a Minute of Mayhem when anyone can present a brief review of their work in under a […]