Blogging Archaeology at the SAA

Colleen Morgan has put for­ward a pro­posal for a Blogging Archaeology ses­sion at the SAA con­fer­ence. My con­cern was that an explict blog­ging ses­sion would be case of preach­ing to the choir. Technophobes would have the con­veni­ence of skip­ping all the awk­ward talks in one pack­age. However I think she’s proven me wrong. I think she’s got some use­ful ideas that could bene­fit from a con­fer­ence ses­sion, in par­tic­u­lar thoughts on pri­vacy. I think this is a poten­tial head­ache, espe­cially if courses are going to encour­age stu­dents to blog. It could be use­ful to help dis­tin­guish between anonym­ity and pseud­onym­ity, and a con­fer­ence might be the place to tackle this kind of ques­tion head on.

Sadly I don’t anti­cip­ate attend­ing the SAA con­fer­ence, but if there’s one ses­sion that will break out bey­ond the con­fer­ence, then you’d expect it to be the one about blog­ging. You should keep an eye on Colleen’s blog Middle Savagery for more devel­op­ments, but really Colleen is full enough of inter­est­ing ideas that you should be read­ing her blog anyway.


When he's not tired, ill or caught in train delays, Alun Salt works part-time for the Annals of Botany weblog. His PhD was in ancient science at the University of Leicester, but he doesn't know Richard III.

1 Response

  1. Ann says:

    Maybe they could split it up in two talks ‘blog­ging for archae­ology’ and ‘blog­ging for ‘bib­lical arche­ology’ as the lat­ter already seem to have got­ten the hang from it quite well. (Or my feedreader is biased.)

    Are there any uni­ver­sit­ies you know of that sup­ply their students/departments with out-of-the-box blogs? It would be a good solu­tion imho, as their depart­ments pages are often quite out­dated. (eg. University Libre Brusselles, at least 5 dig teams in non-Belgian fields, quite a bit of research ongo­ing in gen­eral. Latest update? early 2009, and says ‘we’ll update this soon’)

    Another good ques­tion would be, although the courses in non-English coun­tries are often in the local lan­guage, what should you blog in? English def­in­itely reaches a wider audience?