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CAAUK 2018 Edinburgh – Part 3

November 20, 2019

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The next set of CAAUK videos of the presentations: Wemyss Caves 4D: a digital future for the Pictish Wemyss Caves, Fife Scotland https://youtu.be/7C0FLNU001A Wemyss Caves 4D is a collaborative digital documentation and interpretation project involving archaeologists from the SCAPE Trust, University of St Andrews and the community group Save the Wemyss Ancient Caves Society (SWACS). […]

CAAUK 2018 Edinburgh – Part 2

November 18, 2019

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Another set of videos from the CAA conference: Roman Frontier or Fortified Road? GIS Analysis of the Gask Ridge https://youtu.be/OrPUSm1c60k Shortly after arriving in Scotland in the early AD 70s, the Roman Army constructed a series of forts, fortlets, and towers in the central belt between the Forth-Clyde valley and the river Tay. This assembly […]

CAAUK 2018 Edinburgh – Part 1

November 8, 2019

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A year ago I helped run the CAAUK conference in Edinburgh. I thought I would share the videos we made of the presentations: CIDOC CRM and CRMarchaeo A vision of use for the ‘future’ https://youtu.be/D1ZaEwWlDtw Recent work by Holtorf and May et al (2018) has highlighted the simultaneous desire to pass archaeological knowledge on to […]

The Society for Museum Archaeology Annual Conference 2018 Part 1

November 1, 2019

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This was a new conference that I filmed last year. It was a really enjoyable conference and I hope you like the videos of the presentations: About the Conference The Society convenes for its two-day conference every autumn. Held in a different region of the UK each year, it usually addresses a theme of topical […]

Archaeological Research in Progress 2018

October 30, 2019

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Every year Archaeology Scotland and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland host a conference on research in progress happening around Scotland. Last year I filmed it. You can see the videos here: Conference info Archaeological Research in Progress 2018 is the annual national conference that gives you the opportunity to hear about the most recent […]

Heritage and Community Engagement in Action

October 25, 2019

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The last of the CIfA sessions that we videoed. This one is on public archaeology: Session info In this session we will explore examples of successful collaboration between professional archaeological and cultural heritage practitioners and local communities. The focus will be on experiences gained from working in communities that have had less exposure to exploring […]

Brighton and beyond: collaborative approaches to managing urban prehistoric monuments

October 23, 2019

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A session for the CIfA conference that we filmed. This one dealing with the local archaeology, for the conference: Session Abstract The venue for this year’s CIfA conference is also one of the region’s more interesting and important prehistoric monuments: an early Neolithic Causewayed Enclosure. This sits within a complex urban fringe landscape with a […]

Stop, collaborate and listen: innovators and inhibitors in the 21st-century

October 18, 2019

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Another session we videoed at the CIfA conference: Session Abstract The professional practice of archaeology requires skills and knowledge from a diverse range of subject areas. Inspiration from these adjacent sectors enables us to study and communicate the progression of human society; yet, as a profession, we have yet to wholeheartedly embrace innovation in practical […]

Reconnecting archaeology

October 16, 2019

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Something to watch this midweek. Another videoed session from the CIfA conference. Session Info: If you speak to archaeologists about what attracts them to the discipline, they tend to speak in terms of belonging. They want be part of the ‘tribe’ of fellow archaeologists. But there are divisions in our field, which many decry. There […]

Whose archaeology is it?

October 11, 2019

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Some of the videoed presentations from an intense CIfA session. Session Info: A hundred years on from the Representation of the People Act, we want to ask hard questions about how representative archaeology is and what our role is in a society with a very different demographic make-up to our profession. At a time when […]

Pulling together policies for archaeology in the 21st-century

October 9, 2019

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While archaeology does look at the past, it also have an interest in the future. A few video presentations from the CIfA conference on where archaeology could go: Session Abstract 21st-century Challenges for Archaeology, a series of six online discussions and workshops in 2017, considered themes and issues that loom large in the practice of […]

Making the most of the assessment stage

October 4, 2019

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An important session from the CIfA conference that looked at one of the most overlooked aspect of archaeology. Enjoy the videos: Session Details: This workshop will critically examine the post excavation assessment, how it has developed, how it is used in current commercial practice and what role, if any, the PXA has in the on-going […]

Growing your career from student to post excavation environmental specialist

October 2, 2019

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A session we filmed at the CIfA conference: Session Abstract: Most modern archaeological fieldwork projects are followed by post-excavation investigations which usually include the assessment, analysis and reporting of various organic components recovered from environmental soil samples and may also include geoarchaeological research. Environmental archaeologists will encounter material from a wide range of periods, terrains […]

Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference 2017: Part 1

August 28, 2019

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In 2017, Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference went big for the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology and ran multiple sessions over several days. Thought I would share some of them with you: Diving in: how volunteers are uncovering the stories of Arlington Baths https://youtu.be/t5x2IqNpkGg A new dimension on Scotland’s rock art https://youtu.be/De9m6g0whRY Welcome to Glasgow […]

Built Heritage in Conflict – Protecting global built heritage in war zones; the role of the buildings archaeologist and conservation professional

July 17, 2019

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Unfortunately, I have let this blog fall by the wayside as of late. So to get back into the grove I will try to clear my back log of video posts. First up is this one from the CIfA conference in Newcastle: Session: Built Heritage in Conflict – Protecting global built heritage in war zones; […]

91 Stories of Archaeology

April 14, 2018

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Reading this first sentence is easy, it is making it to the next sentence and then the next and the next, until the end that will be the challenge. For some, the words will be too raw, too real, too personal, too disturbing – don’t read. For everyone else, all I can say is that […]

Visualising Skyscapes: Material Forms of Cultural Engagement with the Heavens

October 2, 2017

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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 […]

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

September 6, 2017

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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

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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; […]

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

June 9, 2017

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Archaeology is a Political Matter

May 5, 2017

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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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Imagine This! The Familiar and the Strange in Archaeological Meditation

April 14, 2017

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

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

March 29, 2017

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.   https://youtu.be/MEPEn3_NzKM 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

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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  https://youtu.be/o9_Llp6XRgM 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 https://youtu.be/XWaplm3n0xc Caroline Boswell & RhonaDougall ACFA Tiree Survey 2016 https://youtu.be/dCvxvcENZlU […]