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Stringing the Past: An Archaeological Game

Stringing the Past: An Archaeological Game

Last week I posted some thoughts about the recent archaeogaming unconference. Probably the main thought there was that we can create games that convey a scholarly argument, but we have to figure out what our argument is before we start…

Our Town and Archaeology: Part 2

Our Town and Archaeology: Part 2

Our production of Our Town opens this Friday, and in case you haven’t heard, an actual time capsule from 1901 was discovered in the head of the lion statue at the Old State House in Boston. 1901 is when the first act of Our Town takes place, which is the exact year the Stage Manager talks about that time capsule in the cornerstone of the bank.

Can Drones Be Put to Good Use?

Can Drones Be Put to Good Use?

Archaeologists have been using aerial photography for decades, looking at the ground from the air to identify crop marks and other signs of features beneath the surface. It’s worked particularly well in places like the UK, where large amounts of archaeology are now buried under farmland. Recently, though, there have been several news stories about using drones instead of planes for aerial survey. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) like drones don’t require large amounts of space to take off, they don’t use as many resources to run, and their smaller size allows them to go places you might not get to with a plane or helicopter. They also cost a LOT less.

Shameless Plug:

I’ve been accepted to study for a PhD in Celtic and Viking Archaeology at the University of Glasgow! Huzzah! The problem is that I need help with funding. If you’re interested in helping out in any way, please check out…

Archaeology FAQs: Why talk about people other than archaeologists on this blog?

Over the past few months, I’ve been posting a lot on important figures in archaeology.  Some of them were archaeologists, and others were not. Some of you may be wondering why I bother talking about people like Boas, Kroeber, and…

Inchmahome and Callander

Inchmahome and Callander

The past few days have been very busy indeed, and I will write a post about them soon. In the meantime, we spent most of today walking around various sites in and around Inchamhome Priory and the nearby town of Callander.

Happy New Year!

Last year I attempted to make some New Year’s resolutions.  I only had two: get in shape and eat better. I think I did actually improve on both to some degree, but I must say that I am sitting here…

Learning to Go with the Flow in Indonesia

In Indonesia, there’s generally a need to go with the flow. To put it bluntly, Westerners are used to things happening in a certain way, and happening quickly. In Indonesia, things nearly always happen differently than you would expect, and they rarely happen quickly. This tends to frustrate Westerners (including myself) and they get all frustrated and upset, speak sternly to various Indonesians, and generally find themselves in a bad mood much of the time. Not all Westerners, but many.

21 June 2010 – Bead Subtypes

Research carried out as part of the St. Lawrence University Research Fellowship in 2010 and was presented in a University-wide conference that fall. This piece discusses some of the most common subtypes of glass beads in Southeast Asia.

3 June 2010

One of the largest questions we’ve been having (and will probably continue to have) is how we can document this data and represent it in a database that allows for easy manipulation, but doesn’t eliminate important material.

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