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Archaeology 101: What We Find

Archaeology 101: What We Find

Dirt. Archaeologists primarily find dirt, dirt, and more dirt. Many people engaging in archaeology for the first time are surprised at how much dirt we move over the course of an excavation, and rightfully so. But archaeologists do find quite a few other things, and they talk a lot about what they’ve found. So what is it that we look for in archaeology, and how do we categorize our finds?

Globetrotting

Globetrotting

Globetrotting: An Archaeologist’s Photo Journal is a collection of 50 of my favorite shots that I have taken over the past ten years. Many of them come from work I have done as an archaeologist or anthropologist, and some are just plain cool. Check it out on amazon and let me know what you think!

Sunset in Cebu

Sunset over the Pacific from Boljoon, Cebu, Philippines (taken in June 2011).

Globetrotting: A Photo Book

Globetrotting: A Photo Book

Globetrotting: An Archaeologist’s Photo Journal is a collection of 50 of my favorite shots that I have taken over the past ten years. Many of them come from work I have done as an archaeologist or anthropologist, and some are just plain cool. Check it out on amazon and let me know what you think!

Candi Prambanan: Why You Need to Go and How to Get There

Candi Prambanan: Why You Need to Go and How to Get There

Candi Prambanan is an ancient Shivaite temple located in Central Java, just 17km outside of the city of Yogyakarta. According to archaeologists, construction began in the end of the 9th century under Rakai Pikatan, ruler of the Matarm Kingdom.

Indonesia 2008 Photo Gallery

Indonesia 2008 Photo Gallery

These are many (though admittedly not all) of the photos I took while studying for a semester at Universitas Gadjah Mada with ACICIS in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.  Many of the photos are form Yogya, but many are also from Borobudur, Prambanan,…

Thailand 2012 Photo Gallery

Thailand 2012 Photo Gallery

These are all the photos from my trip to Thailand this summer.  We were in the Sawi region, in the central part of the peninsula, excavating caves in the hopes of finding evidence for inter-regional trade during the first millennium…

Philippines 2011 Photo Gallery

Philippines 2011 Photo Gallery

Bunches of photos from when I went on a dig in the Philippines, May 2011.  Feel free to leave comments, especially praise 😛

The Language of Laughter

The Language of Laughter

I’d just gotten back from the lab and Aude asks if I want to go for a bike ride.  The bikes were just fixed, and we wanted to see some more of the village.  I changed into more comfortable riding…

31 May 2011

We can talk a lot about what colors are prevalent in what areas based on what we find, but we don’t talk much at all about why those colors are prevalent. For example, turquoise and reddish-brown are easily the most common colors at any given site in Asia. I don’t think I’ve found any site that has a different dominant color. But why?

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