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The Archaeogaming Unconference

Easily the best presentation I attended at the SAAs this year was Shawn Graham and Andrew Reinhard talking about archaeogaming – a merging of games and archaeology. They spoke of virtual realities being simply another medium through which to convey…

Got Swag? Investigating 1st Millennium Scottish Beads at SAA2015

Got Swag? Investigating 1st Millennium Scottish Beads at SAA2015

I gave a talk about Scottish beads at the Annual Meeting for the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) in San Francisco roughly a week ago. In the spirit of open access, I’m going to reproduce that talk here for you…

Why Should You Care about Archaeology?

Why Should You Care about Archaeology?

We tend to look at the past and think, “People back then didn’t know that much. We’re so much smarter now.” We look at the past with a sort of superiority complex, acting like we’re somehow more capable, smarter, and…

The Norse and the Islamic World: How Unique is this Ring?

The Norse and the Islamic World: How Unique is this Ring?

There’s been a lot of hype in the last week about a ring worn by a 9th century Viking woman that says, “for Allah” on the glass inlay. Nearly every article discussing the ring says that it confirms contact between…

What Does the Dress Have to Do with Archaeology?

What Does the Dress Have to Do with Archaeology?

We’re all pretty sick of the dress. Apparently friendships have been shattered, relationships destroyed, all because we see different colors in a photo of a dress. But really, we’re all a bit sick of the debate. It’s a picture of…

How to Find Truth in Ancient Art

How to Find Truth in Ancient Art

A few days ago, my friend wrote a post about art in archaeology and whether it is artistic expression or an accurate representation of how things were at that time. This is a question that has plagued archaeologists and art…

Winter Hiking Roger Williams Park

Winter Hiking Roger Williams Park

I’m a native Rhode Islander, and like every native Rhode Islander, I have fond memories of Roger Williams Park (there’s a zoo, a carousel, and all kinds of fun playground stuff). There’s also a huge amount of park in Roger Williams Park, and most people drive around it for several minutes before reaching their destination. I’d never really walked around the park before, so about ten days ago (before all this snow) I decided to go for a hike out there.

Theory Trends in Archaeology

Theory Trends in Archaeology

People like Bourdieu, Geertz, de Saussure, Levi Strauss, Boas, Whorf, Sapir, Kroeber, Mead, Benedict, Schiffer, Binford, Marx, Engels, and many, many others are seen as outdated. They were writing their theories roughly fifty of more years ago, and they’ve been largely disproven by later work. And many academics feel that we should therefore not use any of their theories, because they’re outdated.

Here’s the thing: None of the theories put forth by these academics were ever really disproven in their entirety. Not really. No matter who you look at, there’s something in their work that makes sense, at least for certain specific situations or types of data.

The Joseph Conrad

The Joseph Conrad

The Joseph Conrad was built in 1881-2 by Burmeister and Wain in Copenhagen. The ship was owned by Frederik Stage, who originally named the ship after his son, Georg. Georg died in 1880 from tuberculosis, and the ship was a memorial to him.

Frederik began his career as a deckboy and worked his way up to become a prominent shipowner. He found his start as a deckboy difficult and often demeaning, and wanted to make others’ training easier. The Conrad (known as the Georg Stage at the time) trained boys not only as crew, but also as mates.

Our Town and Archaeology

Recently, I’ve become the assistant director/producer of our local community theatre’s production of Our Town. It’s a wonderful play, and it is going to be a wonderful show. It also has a lot to do with humanity, which means a lot of the themes are particularly fitting for an archaeologist. One set of lines stood out to me at the last rehearsal, and I want to talk a bit about them today.

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