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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, […]