Bookmarks for 16th of November through to 18th of November


These are my links for 16th of November through 18th of November:

  • The Academic Journal Racket « In the Dark
    Telescoper explains how aca­demic pub­lish­ing works. The only thing that would improbe the post would be the theme from ‘The Naked Gun’ in the background.
  • A Case in Antiquities for ‘Finders Keepers’ — NYTimes​.com
    You can make argu­ments in favour of repat­ri­ation of antiquit­ies. You can make argue­ments against. Being on either side doesn’t make you inher­ently fool­ish. But when you write that the British Army took the Rosetta Stone from the French and “returned it to the British Museum” then some­thing has gone wrong. It’s prob­ably a case of moment­ary brain­fade rather than idiocy, but it mat­ters because the whole ques­tion of own­er­ship of the Rosetta Stone is about where it right­fully belongs. Using the word ‘returned’ builds in the assump­tion that all antiquit­ies are inher­ently British.
  • Notes & Queries; Sledges — Theoretical Structural Archaeology
    Geoff Carter con­cluded he didn’t have evid­ence for a stag­ger­ingly early cart shed in Poland. Could it have been a used to house a sledge? I’ve just real­ised I know abso­lutely noth­ing at all about the his­tory of sleds and sledges. Not only that, but I can’t recall much atten­tion being called to them in early pre­his­toric archae­ology other than when people want to talk about mov­ing mega­liths to Stonehenge. Yet Martha Murphy (guest blog­ging) shows there’s plenty of ques­tions to ask about neo­lithic transport.
  • British bank turns to treas­ure hunt­ing via @johnabartram
    Avast me hearties! Robert Fraser & Partners be scourin’ the high seas in search of booty. They be fundin’ Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. ter search the Caribbean fer Spanish gold. Arrr!
  • CRM Problem in Cadboro Bay « Northwest Coast Archaeology
    More on the prob­lems of pre­serving her­it­age in BC. Ancient buri­als have been scooped out of the ground, <em>after</em> an archae­olo­gical assessment.

Bookmarks for 12th of November through to 14th of November


These are my links for 12th of November through 14th of November:

  • Is the new policy state­ment PPS 15 a threat to her­it­age? — Building Design
    I’d love to have a pithy and insight­ful opin­ion on this, but first I’ll have to look up what PPS 15 says. it’s import­ant as PPG 15 and 16 have been the basis of pro­tec­tion of her­it­age in the UK for many years.
  • Pagans for Archaeology: Why reburial won’t work
    It’s all very well me say­ing there are eth­ical reas­ons to be against reburial, but I still haven’t found the time to write them down yet. Now this post hits almost every point I was going to make, espe­cially the point about memory. This won’t stop me from writ­ing up my thoughts when I can find the time though.
  • Identity : Gambler’s House
    Teofilo talks about Chaco and Navajo iden­tity and dis­cov­ers neither is as simple as you might think.
  • 3rd-century build­ing fuels debate over lost coun­try … asahi​.com(朝日新聞社)
    “The cent­ral axis of each build­ing forms a straight line. Each build­ing is believed to have faced the same dir­ec­tion. Such care­ful plan­ning for build­ings was com­mon for palaces and temples dur­ing the Asuka Period from the late sixth cen­tury to the early eighth cen­tury. But it had not been found at sites from the early third century. “

    This is why I need to find an intro­duct­ory book to early Japanese his­tory. There’s a huge amount of fas­cin­at­ing stuff there.

  • Shameful hypo­crisy threatens our ancient shared her­it­age
    “One of the most egre­gious hypo­cris­ies we enter­tain in British Columbia is our cava­lier atti­tude toward the destruc­tion and dis­posal of indi­gen­ous cul­tural land­scapes, arti­facts and her­it­age sites. In any enlightened nation such import­ant his­tory would com­mand pro­tec­tion — here it earns indif­fer­ence and even contempt.”
  • Moai in Captivity — a gal­lery on Flickr
    A great idea for a gal­lery. There’s some­thing about the facial expres­sion that makes even fake Moai appealing.

Bookmarks for 31st of August through to 11th of November


These are my links for 31st of August through 11th of November:

Bookmarks for 3rd of August through to 23rd of August


These are my links for 3rd of August through 23rd of August:

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Vidi: Various things seen


This is another 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 Sunday.

Many excluded from oppor­tun­ity to get tick­ets for Michael Jackson memorial ser­vices — Crooked Timber
An view of how mumble mumble mumble’s memorial high­lights the digital divide in America.

The Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust Ltd: GGAT pion­eer the use of new mobile phone tech­no­logy at Community Excavation
The Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust have been intro­du­cing QR Codes at their pub­lic excav­a­tion. As cam­era phones and inter­net con­nec­tions become more mundane, these will become more common.

Conceptual Trends and Current Topics
Here’s an inter­est­ing pub­lish­ing model com­bin­ing sales of a lim­ited num­ber of hard cop­ies with free PDF access. I’m not sure about this I think I prefer Print-On-Demand, but the lim­ited edi­tion nature of the pub­lic­a­tion could be a good mar­ket­ing ploy.

What Helps YOU Be a Better Writer?
Commentators leave their tips on what help you write.

A small example of how our eco­nomy went ter­ribly wrong — Philobiblon
Now I thought feed­ing the birds was a good thing. Natalie Bennett on why you might want to rethink that.

Vidi: Sunday Thoughts


This is another 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 Sunday.

Eugenie Scott Powerfully Makes the Case for Science-Religion Compatibility | The Intersection | Discover Magazine
This is an oddity. As far as I can tell Scott says that if Science and Religion clash, you take the sci­entific explan­a­tion. It’s the God of the Gaps argu­ment. That would seem an pecu­liar use of the word com­pat­ible to me.

Svante Pbo on Religion Afarensis: Anthropology, Evolution, and Science
Afarenis asks an incis­ive ques­tion: “Why is it alwas phrased in terms of sci­ence fight­ing reli­gion as if sci­ence is the aggressor and reli­gion is the null hypothesis?”

normb­log: I’d have baked one
Norm on why crit­ics of reli­gion get it wrong when they cri­ti­cise belief. It’s about prac­tice. Which is based on belief. Umm… no that can’t be right. Also on how you can’t have your cake and eat it.

Vidi: The Past


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.

Mike Pitts — Digging Deeper
Mike Pitts, author of Hengeworld, editor of British Archaeology and all-round archae­olo­gical whirl­wind is now blog­ging. His site is def­in­itely some­thing you’d want to add to your RSS reader.

Ancient boat reveals ship­build­ing skills of Java’s sea­farers | The Jakarta Post
This is deeply cool. The prob­lem with a lot of mar­ine archae­ology is that it’s either out at sea where it’s hard to find, or else it rots. The Yogyakarta Archaeology Center has been work­ing on a largely intact boat found in Indonesia dat­ing from the 6th or 7th century.

Durango Herald News, Chimney Rock: Chaco or not?
(via David Meadow’s Explorator, the same per­son who runs Roge Classicism) There’s new exacava­tions at Chimney Rock. It’s an import­ant site in Southwestern US archae­oastro­nomy, but is it tied to the Chaco culture?

Governor elim­in­ates Michigan Dept. of History, Arts and Libraries — Crain’s Detroit Business
It’s looks like Michigan will be feel­ing the effects of this reces­sion for a long while yet. There’s not just the loss of ser­vices in this cut. If there’s big sav­ings to be made, then there’ll be a big start-up cost if the depart­ment is revived when the eco­nomy can sup­port it.

Abnormal Interests: Have A Snake Problem? Try Prayer
A trans­la­tion of a Babylonian text may have implic­a­tions for inter­pret­a­tion of the Bible.

AWOL — The Ancient World Online: Open Access Journal: Illinois Classical Studies
Illinois Classical Studies is now open with a mov­ing wall. It makes it an attra­cive journal to pub­lish in. I’d point at some art­icles but I haven’t had time to browse it this week.

Frog in a Well — The Japan History Group Blog
Frog in a Well, which comes in three fla­vours, con­tin­ues to show that his­tory of east Asia is at an excit­ing place at the moment.

The Archaeology of the Mediterranean World: Reflecting on Academic Blogging at 500 Posts
“[T]he arrival of aca­demic blog­ging does provide a kind of stable, middle ground between the open sem­inar (or the half-baked con­fer­ence paper) and the journal art­icle.” I think aca­demic blogs as per­petual con­fer­ences would be an inter­est­ing model.

The his­tory in his­tor­ical archae­ology Campus Archaeology Program
Why his­tor­ical archae­olo­gists aren’t historians.

Pop Classics: Carry On Cleo (dir. Gerald Thomas 1964)
The clas­sic, pos­sibly even defin­it­ive, screen treat­ment of Cleopatra is examined at Pop Classics. British Classicists are a lot more intel­li­gible after see­ing this his­tor­ical epic.

Dear editor Mike Pitts — Digging Deeper
Editing a let­ters page for a magazine can be frustrating.

Past Preservers: Do you want to appear on a major new TV show with Dr Zahi Hawass?
I con­sidered apply­ing for this a while back. I decided not to, because it would break my TV boy­cott, but it does look tempting.

Illicit Cultural Property: Francesco Rutelli on the Euphronios Krater
The krater has been repat­ri­ated, but is that a win for study­ing history?

Interview: Mark Parker-Pearson on The Stonehenge Riverside Project Discoveries | Heritage Key
An inter­view with the Head Honcho of the Stonehenge Riverside Project, Mike Parker Pearson. Heritage Key is def­in­itely a site worth keep­ing an eye on.

Looting mat­ters: Antiquities from Iraq con­tinue to sur­face
There are some antiquit­ies deal­ers who are point­ing out the illi­cit mater­ial, but there’s still a lot appear­ing. Is it a prob­lem with unscru­pu­lous deal­ers, or is the prob­lem with hon­est people work­ing in a sys­tem­ic­ally flawed market?