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

May 3, 2017

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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 […]

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Visualising Words: Archaeological Narrative Through Poetry, Image and Performance

April 28, 2017

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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 […]

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Integrating Science, Technology and Theory in Prehistoric Archaeology

April 26, 2017

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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 […]

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Why is the archaeological profession not more unionised?

April 24, 2017

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‘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, […]

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Images in the Making: Art-Process-Archaeology

April 21, 2017

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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 […]

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Thinking Through Archaeology and the Environmental Humanities

April 19, 2017

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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 […]

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

April 17, 2017

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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. […]

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