This is a test of the new bookmarking script I’m working on. It it works then it should collect links during the week and then compile them into one post on a Friday.
Resting place of choice — Le Monde diplomatique — English edition
Roger Gaess gives a tour of sights found at the dead centre of London.
Time Team America: Fort Raleigh
K. Kris Hirst is eager to see more of Time Team America. My fingers are crossed. Done well it could be a great series about the archaeological process, but there’s an awful lot of British TV series which have been mutilated by American television.
Fort Raleigh | Time Team America | PBS
Here’s information from PBS about their programme on Fort Raleigh in North Carolina. Readers from the eastern side of the Atlantic might be interested as it’s the earliest English colony in North America.
Abnormal Interests: Epigraphy By The Numbers
Duane Smith follows up on the paper “Automatic Writer Identification of Ancient Greek Inscriptions” with a discussion of the method. I’m not sure if this is going to make epigraphists more or less scary.
History Blog Origins of the Royal Color Purple
Why is the colour purple for royalty? Charlotte Gardner finds an answer that smells so bad that even the Romans couldn’t stand it.
Roman Times: Romans capture most slots on 10 most extravagant emperors list
Mary Harrsch questions whether it’s the Emperors or sometime their public images which got them on the list.
mental_floss Blog Science in the Field: Human Migration in the Ancient Southwest
An introduction to the recent revival of the Chaco Meridian idea. I’d have to read the book to see how it differs from ley-lines.
The Archaeology of Modern Prison Resistance Prison Photography
A photography project which has relevance to contemporary and historical archaeologists. The archaeology of confinement was one of the sessions at WAC last year.
2009 Interactive Dig Johnson’s Island — Unlocking a Civil War Prison
Meanwhile, Archaeology Magazine has an ongoing excavation of an American Civil War museum.
Got Medieval: What’s So Funny about Knights and Snails?
Everyone knows about George and the dragon, but how to you start training to fight one? It’s possible they started with slightly easier opposition.
The History Blog No Etruscans left in Tuscany?
There’s been a few stories on this, but the History Blog entry caught my eye. I’m sceptical about this. I think DNA does have information about the past, but I’m wary of how genetics and history are integrated. That’s another blog post I’ve been meaning to write for a year or more.
The Archaeology of the Mediterranean World: The Varieties of Archaeological Experience
Bill Caraher blogs aboiut the different ways of approaching an archaeological site. How do you put them all together?
Through the eye of the Geodimeter Testimony of the spade
Magnus Reuterdahl has news and some nice photos from a prehistoric dig in Sweden.
Ohio Archaeology Blog: Rare Guilty Pleas Are Obtained In Southwest Artifacts Sting
I’ve seen this listed on several sites, but Bill Pickard adds a bit of commentary from his perspective in Ohio.
DigiPast: Do You Really Want To Question Sylvia Allen’s Crazy Arizona Math?
DigiPast gives archaeological news with attitude. In this case the attitude is “Huh?” as there’s a lot less archaeology in Arizona than you might have thought.
A Geophysics View into Hamline History Old Dirt — New Thoughts
If you’re excited by Geofizz on Time Team America, then you’ll love the radar results on show here. New technology is cutting down the amount of time spent digging in the wrong place.
The History Blog Libya’s ancient sites ravaged by looters
The opening up of Libya means that many major sites from the Roman Empire are now accessible. Unfortunately there’s a healthy market for illegally excavated material.
Theoretical Structural Archaeology: Primitive Rituals
I could be theatrically grumpy about this. Geoff Carter has a go at archaeologists who talk about cosmology and ritual. If I can organise my thoughts I’ll blog more about this. I disagree with some of what he says, I’m more smiley about ethnography. However, ritual is a label, not an explanation. If you get miffed by archaeologists simply saying something is ‘ritual’ and acting as if that’s an answer you’ll like this.
Ancient Games: “Rome” movie to offer decent series wrapup
Mary Harrsch has what I hope is the second best news of the week.* Rome is to return as a film. Just don’t try and work out how old Pullo will be for the era it’s set in.
This is being typed the day before I get my latest set of cancer results.
Musings On Writing — Gospel of Judas and Quarrelsome Academics (What? NO … academics quarreling … ?!)
Min’s Musings is a new blog (to me). This is a good examination of what happens when politics muscles into your archaeology.
Undead Naked Archaeology: Photo-Assault!
I could write a description here, but with a title like that you’re going to click anyway aren’t you?
Pagans for Archaeology: Arthur’s protest
I like Yvonne Aburrow’s blogging a lot. There’s plenty of intelligent pagans, but Yvonne reliably hits a balance between spiritual belief and non-pagan society when she writes. Here she notes that not only is Arthur Pendragon making a claim on ancient bones, but he’s also laying what pagans should believe. That’s sly politics more often found with fundamentalists claiming the label ‘Christian’.
remote central: Basketry Of The Present And Prehistory — Video Short
Tim Jones shows that when you start seriously thinking about it, basketry reveals an awful lot about human cognition. It also shows how all sorts of thought processes are enmeshed with each other.
The Grail Diary Electric Archaeology: Digital Media for Learning and Research
Shawn Graham reveals an essential help to finding the Holy Grail. Yes, the one in the Indiana Jones film.
Memorabilia Antonina: Readers (if there are any left) forgive me, for I have sinned …
I’ve got the early scraps of a blog post (tied in with the tool for making these link posts) and Memorabilia Antonina’s passing was going to be something to lament. Except it’s not dead yet. Sometimes it’s nice to be wrong.
UNL | Turkey Trip Blog | Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering
Here’s another new blog to me. It’s a class taking a trip to Turkey from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. As part of the trip they’re scanning some ancient sites.
An interesting turn Archaeology at Signal Hill, Newfoundland, Canada
Why would you want to conduct an archaeological dig when you already have the historical records? Here’s an answer from another blog that’s new to me.
This is a new English language blog on the history of the middle Baltic state. It covers archaeology as well as history. It could be a very useful blog as while there’s good research coming out of the Baltic states, I can’t recall any other Baltic bloggers.
Digging the Past in Laverstock Across the Bourne
Wayne D. Morris gives his impressions of seeing his first archaeological dig at Across the Bourne.