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Guide to Soils for Archaeologists

June 29, 2012


If you have ever had to do any sort of paper work for an excavation chances are that you have had to describe soils. There is of course a trick to determining if a soil is clay, silt, sand, loamysand, sandy-clay, etc. It involves rolling wet soil into a ball and then squeezing it out […]

Women BE CAREFUL in Egypt

June 26, 2012


Just got back from Egypt which was a wonderful vacation but some very disturbing things occurred while we were there. One night, while we were in Cairo, we woke up to gun shots. Our hotel host was amazing and grabbed his gun and barred the doors to make sure nothing happened to us. We later […]

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


Last of the presentations from the workshop. All of the presentations can be seen here or you can look at the whole event here- 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


Next video from the barriers workshop. All of the presentations can be seen here or you can look at the whole event here- 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 […]

Happy Endings: ACCG and Open Access

May 28, 2012


Apologies to all my subscribers who do not care about Open Access or antiquities buying for filling up your RSS and email with this post. This is just to say that the ACCG has been quite reasonable after I explained that their first press release regarding the AIA and Open Access misrepresented Open Access Archaeology […]

Barriers to Participation in Archaeology Online Workshop: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of Archaeology and Social Media

May 27, 2012


Third video of the workshop and mine. I actually managed to edit this video with out watching it. It was not my best presentation and I was all over the place not really articulating my message as well as I could have. The work I cite in the video can be found here at the […]

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

May 25, 2012


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 […]

ACCG and Open Access

May 25, 2012


Edit- this situation has resolved itself amicably. The ACCG has/are in the process of changing their statement and we are having a very interesting discussion about laws regarding the importing of antiquities. Overall, it has been a busier weekend then what I would have liked but one that has been well worth the time. I […]

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

May 24, 2012


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 […]

Some People Confuse Buildings with History and Archaeology

May 19, 2012


I was talking with the wife today about a conversation she had with one of her employees, actually it’s a conversation we, both of us, have had way too many times, about history. Her conversation was different but the generic one goes something like this: British person (we live in Scotland at the moment): “Oh […]

RIP a Great Archaeologist: Peter Connolly

May 13, 2012


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 […]

IfA Conference Recap

April 25, 2012


Last week while most of North America was at the SAA conference, well many of its archaeologists, I was at the IfA conference in Oxford. It was a good conference and I got to see some of the Oxford campus, we were at the town hall next to it. The campus is as amazing as […]

New Publication- Breaking New Ground: how archaeology works

April 18, 2012


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 […]

Getting an RSS Feed from Websites Without RSS Feeds

April 10, 2012


You find a website your really like and you add it to your RSS feed reader so you can continue to follow it. But, what happens if a great website does not have an RSS feed? This happens a lot as many websites do not have an RSS feed, or it is broken. The fix […]

Tips for Better Digital Archaeology: How to create a Google RSS feed bundle

April 9, 2012


I was asked to explain how I set up my Google RSS feed bundles for archaeology blogs and I have decided to share the answer with everyone. For those that don’t know, or haven’t looked at my great archaeology blogs page, a Google feed bundle is basically several RSS feeds combined from multiple websites into […]

A Year Later- A quick review

March 22, 2012


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 […]

The Tenure System Protects Predatory Behaviour Against Students

March 12, 2012


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. 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


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 (please, let me know if I am missing any). Last updated on July 30th, 2019. Learning A nice intro to GIS in Archaeology A free […]

Heritage Sector gets its own Crowd-Sourcing Funding Website: CommonSites

March 1, 2012


Thanks to Erik for pointing this out. While I just posted a little while ago about DigVentures move into crowd-sourcing it appears they are bigger developments in the area. A new website called CommonSites was launched on Feb. 20th to be a website dedicated to helping heritage projects raise funds. So far there are […]

New Developments in Crowd-sourced funding of Archaeology

March 1, 2012


Update- a heritage only crowd-sourced funding website has just launched as well as this project. DigVentures launched yesterday, “With the Flag Fen Lives project, DigVentures is launching Europe’s first-ever crowd-funded and crowd-sourced archaeological excavation.” I have written about crowdsourced funding for archaeology projects in the past. These tended to be smaller projects and not on […]

Looting Americas Past- Collectors Hate Ric Savage as Much as Archaeologists

February 27, 2012


In case you missed it, the archaeology world has exploded over the weekend about a new TV show on “relic hunting” for profit. Sexy Archaeology can fill you in on the details. Apparently archaeologists are not the only ones outraged by this, collectors are too. Some of the attacks are a bit personal […]

Heritage Business Journal Digest

February 10, 2012


If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should take a look at the Heritage Business Journal. It covers issues relating to the heritage industry and if you are an archaeologists chances are 98% of you will be employed by the heritage industry. It covers the world with correspondents in the UK, USA, Canada, […]

Archaeological Links- Great list of Archaeology Resources to Check Out

February 9, 2012


Archaeological Links just got a new website- I was looking at it this morning and it has blogs, blogfeeds, Data and resources, Journals, lists of other archaeology link resources, magazines, maps, and the list goes on. It seems to focus heavily on Egypt and that part of the world but it does have a […]

Most Unhelpful Review of All Time (I exaggerate but it is pretty bad)

January 16, 2012


So a month ago I submitted a paper to the CAA conference and just recently I got back two reviews- Reviewer A: The topic of the paper seems directly relevant to the session and may offer a genuine contribution. However, the abstract is far too short even by the forgiving standards of CAA. The paper […]

How close are archaeologists with their predictions?

January 7, 2012


There is a great book called Motel of Mysteries in which, in “the future”, archaeologists discover a “motel” and then make all sorts of interpretations. It gets pretty funny with some of the interpretations of what stuff was used for. If I remember correctly at one point they say a toilet seat is a hat. […]

Happy Holidays Everyone- From an Archaeologist

December 20, 2011


  This is the most holiday related archaeology artifact that I could find. Hope you enjoy.  

New Website With Every (almost, 700+) Archaeology Programs in the World

December 19, 2011


Sorry for the lack of posts recently. I have been very, very busy with lots of projects, one of which is the launch of- Myself and Paolo Ciuchini, of ArchaeoJobs fame, have put together a searchable map-list of over 700+ archaeology programs around the world (see full list below). If you need to find […]

List of Archaeology Programs

December 8, 2011


As part of a project between myself and Paolo at to create a list of universities that have archaeology programs I created a list of all USA schools that have an archaeology degree/anthropology degree with an emphasis on archaeology.  Now I am sure this is not 100% but it is probably close to 98-99% […]

The End of the World in 2012

December 3, 2011


Just saw this advertisement on a website I was on. I figured at some point someone would try to cash in on the whole Mayan end of the world crap. I was told a couple of years back (circa 2006-7) that all of the hotels in the Yucatan were already booked up for the “end […]

Ancient Wonders Captured in 3D

November 27, 2011


Very good video- Ben Kacyra brings up some great points about preservation and the loss of heritage sites. I have to say, the bundling of the data into apps and programs so people can access it is great. Too often the actual data is not decimated to the public so they can use it. It […]

“When you are caught up in the throes of academia, in historical debate and analysis, you sometimes lose touch with that essential part of history; it’s the part that makes it beautiful and interesting.”

November 26, 2011


Studying Archaeology in Europe

November 20, 2011


The website “Studying Archaeology in Europe” went live a few days ago. It is part of a larger project, of the same name, that- … will improve the information and personal support available to students in order to enhance future international exchanges and experience, and potential future employment opportunities through the European Union. For […]

Breaking the Essay- Some additional tools and tricks: Screencasting

November 16, 2011


I wrote a couple of days back about replacing paper essays with websites and I would just like to spend a few more moments on that idea, mainly on the details. The problem with any time you deal with computer software, internet programs, or coding in general is that not everything works. Creating a paper […]

Hacking Archaeology Academia: Breaking the Essay

November 12, 2011


This is an idea I had, but probably I am not in the position anytime soon to implement it so feel free to use it and implement it if you can.

Archaeology(scratch that) Life 101: How to read publications

November 10, 2011


Archaeology Life 101 is how to read any sort of research publication whether it is academic or not. Here is a great lesson on that

New Use of Blogs

November 4, 2011


Stephen H. Lekson, from the Museum of Natural History at the University of Colorado, has started a new blog, The Southwest in the World. It is a pretty cool concept. He is writing a book putting up rough chapters up as blog posts.

Archaeologists find Giants- Oh no, here we go

October 25, 2011


This came in an email a few days back and is an excellent example of how false news stories can spread across the internet. They were actually put together as part of a Photoshop competition for people to show off their skills.

Archaeology, Universities, Dinosaur Bones?

October 12, 2011


I don’t expect many people to know that Archaeologists don’t dig dinosaur bones but I do expect most universities to.

A Cheap 3D Scanner Coming to a Archaeology Dig Near You, Soon (Maybe)

October 4, 2011


I saw this video and was floored. It was done with a Kinect (motion sensor for Microsoft’s Video game system the X-box) which costs roughly $100.

Made a Ticker for Archaeology Jobs in the UK and Europe

October 1, 2011


Just added a stream in my Archaeology Jobs and Job conditions UK page. So you can now check out the latest job postings in Europe.

King Tut DNA scam (part III)- The lies

September 30, 2011


I wrote before about a scam were a company is trying to sell genetic tests by making the claim that King Tut is part of a European genetic grouping. I also wrote about how I looked into their background and this is not the first scam they have run. Well someone else has picked up […]

Updates and Great Changes- Embedded RSS feeds in Pages

September 29, 2011


I have been doing some autumn rearranging of my site.

Fighting the Right Fight

September 21, 2011


A post from Heritage Journal talked about the impact of wind turbines on the Raith Stone Circle- The stone circle, which is mostly destroyed is not impacted directly but it is the visibility or landscape significance to the circle which will be ultimately compromised by the wind turbines. The emphases is my own. I have a […]

Government Vs. Private Sector

September 15, 2011


Bad Business: Billions of Taxpayer Dollars Wasted on Hiring Contractors is the title of a very interesting piece of research. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND reading it on your own but a quick summary- The US government spends 2x  as much on contractors then it would if it had a federal employee do the work. (in some […]

Archaeology, the life!

September 11, 2011


So my posts have been a bit sparse of late but that is because I have been out in the field 🙂 I still have some more digs before the summer is over but here is what I have been up to in the last few weeks: Newhailes– Nice 18th century estate with pool/pond, shell […]

Archaeology, Search Term and US States.

September 1, 2011


Did a search of the term archaeology on Goolgle correlate and came up with this interesting map. It is the distribution of google searches for the term archaeology and archaeological across US states. There is a strong search for those terms in the west. From the google correlate website I can not tell if this […]

Technology and Archaeology: A Difference of time

August 24, 2011


For my research I have been looking at the various agent based modeling software programs available. There are quite a few out there, I have looked at around 80 so far, and I am having  filter my list down. One of the criteria for filtering is if the model or website has been updated in […]

Lost Edinburgh, Facebook, and Copyright

August 22, 2011


Background- A Facebook page was created that showcased photos of Edinburgh, Scotland, from the past. It was called “Lost Edinburgh” and was recently closed down because the photos were taken from copyrighted material, some of which was held by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Now RCAHMS has been taking […]

Please, I Need Feedback

August 20, 2011


Hi Readers, As the title says I need feedback.

Protecting Archeological Sites on Private Lands

August 11, 2011


For those not familiar with US heritage protection laws, archaeology resources on private lands are not usually protected by laws. There are some local laws offering protection for graves but that is about it. A website has been created to help facilitate the protection of archaeological sites on private lands. Some of the information is […]

Water Burning: productivity, victims, and why it is never “My fault”

August 11, 2011


In these times of economic trouble, with budgets being cut and high unemployment, a common theme being passed around by all politicians in rich countries is ‘we need to cut red tape’. If only companies did not have to spend so much money on ‘red tape’ they could spend it on creating jobs, increase productivity, […]

Scam Alert II: King Tut’s DNA

August 9, 2011


I just posted how it looks like a company, iGENA, is running a scam on people to see if their DNA matches King Tut’s. A little more research has pretty much confirmed my suspicions that this is a fly by the night operation.

Scam Alert: King Tut’s DNA

August 9, 2011


UPDATE- more problems with these scammers– Maybe you saw the recent headlines about how scientists at iGENEA discovered that King Tutankhamun (Tut) was related to half of Western Europe’s Males, that looks like it is the set up for a scam. Turns out real researchers have conducted work on King Tut’s DNA and that iGENEA got […]

Excavating in Scotland IIB

August 6, 2011


As part of the excavation at Temple, Scotland we walked down the road to the local church, actually old church. Pretty cool place to visit, the Canmor record is pretty good. As part of a refurbishment of a wall adjacent to the church cemetery a tombstone was uncovered.  Actually, two were found but one has […]

A Little Archaeology could go a Long Way

July 27, 2011


Watched this talk by Geoffrey West on cities and I was struck by a comment he made. Around the 4 min. mark he  says very few cities fail but all companies fail. What? I am pretty sure my undergraduate field school involved excavating a Mayan city that failed (failed in that no one lives there […]

Excavation in Scotland II

July 26, 2011


The second excavation I recently took part in was at Temple in Scotland. Temple is a bit of a hot spot for a lot of fringe groups because it was the headquarters of the Knights Templar in Scotland (circa 1200’s). There, at one point, was a Templar priory (probably buried under the church that was […]

Excavations in Scotland

July 25, 2011


This is a side post on some of what I have done for the last few months. I was involved in two excavations one at Gifford and the other at Temple in Scotland (that’s for a later post). The Gifford excavation involved placing a 20m trench across what we thought was going to be two […]

Another History Teachers Video- Lady Jane Grey

July 10, 2011


Whats Agriculture Got to Do With It?

June 16, 2011


This morning I saw this article in which the first sentence was, “When populations around the globe started turning to agriculture around 10,000 years ago, regardless of their locations and type of crops, a similar trend occurred: The height and health of the people declined.” It talked about the results of this paper, by Mummert […]

Lithics in the Southwest

June 14, 2011


Title: NATIVE AMERICAN LITHIC PROCUREMENT ALONG THE INTERNATIONAL BORDER IN THE BOOT HEEL REGION OF SOUTHWESTERN NEW MEXICO Author(s): K.E. Zeigler et al. The article is open access so enjoy. It’s a really good article and I also worked on the project that this publication developed out of (I might be a little biased).