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Making sense of meteorites

A were-llama? There’s been a couple of interesting posts on the Peru Illness Flap recently. If you haven’t been reading about this, somewhere in the Andes near Lake Titicaca villagers saw a flash of light and heard a bang. They went to investigate and...

Prehistoric rice farming and modern consequences

Rice fields. Photo (cc) mackaysavage. I’m making a note of this because I missed it when I was on campus today. There’s a report in Nature on the discovery of the earliest damming in prehistoric China. From the Register-Guard: Stone Age Chinese began...

Where is Britain’s favourite castle?

Britain’s favourite castle, but where is it? Photo (cc) Elvis Payne. UKTV drummed up publicity on the cheap this summer for its History channel by having a vote asking what is Britain’s Best Historic Site. Best for what is never clear. Anyway the results...

An obsession with context

Following yesterday’s post on the roots of archaeology, I’ve read an interesting post David Gill’s Looting Matters weblog about an obsession with context. The key quote is so good I can’t help lifting it: “The archaeological...

An uncomfortable truth?

But this antiquary’s direct descendants are those bearded men in Time Team digging trenches in soggy English fields or circling in helicopters to reveal the geometry of our ancestors’ labours. Not just archaeology, but all sorts of amateur passions –...