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Top 50 Archaeology Blogs SCAM and Now with Anthropology too

It is always good to have your ego stroked. Yesterday I got this email, “Hi Doug Team, My name is XXXXXX. I’m Founder of Feedspot. I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Doug’s Archaeology has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 50 Archaeology Blogs on the web.” Not only am I a top 50 blog but I am number 13! Except, it’s all a scam (why I am not linking to the list).

Top 50 Archaeology Blogs SCAM and Now with Anthropology too

It is always good to have your ego stroked. Yesterday I got this email, “Hi Doug Team, My name is XXXXXX. I’m Founder of Feedspot. I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Doug’s Archaeology has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 50 Archaeology Blogs on the web.” Not only am I a top 50 blog but I am number 13! Except, it’s all a scam (why I am not linking to the list).

Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference- Obon

Last week I had a posted videos from Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference – Aberdeen. As mentioned, this year three community conferences were run- Aberdeen, Oban and Ayrshire. I filmed the Aberdeen and Oban ones and here are videos from the Oban conference: Oban Communities Trust https://youtu.be/XWaplm3n0xc Caroline Boswell & RhonaDougall ACFA Tiree Survey 2016 https://youtu.be/dCvxvcENZlU Elaine Black Damn Rebel Bitches https://youtu.

Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference- Aberdeen

Every year in Scotland there is a conference that is a bit unique in archaeology, professionals are not allowed to give papers… for the most part. All the presentations are by community members on heritage projects. There is a Minute of Mayhem when anyone can present a brief review of their work in under a minute in which professionals can participate in that. Also, some opening and closing talks are by professionals but for the most part it is a COMMUNITY heritage conference.

Past Forward: Celebrating Forty Years of Merseyside Archaeological Society

In October we videod and edited the Past Forward conference. It covered Merseyside (Liverpool, England) and Northern England. Here are those videos but first here is a bit about the conference: Since the formation of the Society in 1976 much has changed in the state of knowledge of the archaeology of Merseyside. Using a combination of short lectures, workshops, discussion groups and tours, the Conference will review the ways in which archaeology on Merseyside has evolved over the last 40 years.

 Urban || Rural 

Another CHAT session, the my colleague Ben filmed for your viewing pleasure. Rurbanities: Recording Rural Urbanities  https://youtu.be/QVJ_5B1TYC4 Chiara Ronchini, Scotland’s Urban Past, Historic Environment Scotland. This paper will explore community‐led archaeology in transitional and interstitial spaces in urban areas –rurbanities(1).

Rural heritage and landscapes

The CHAT (Contemporary and Historical Archaeology in Theory) conference was held back in October and my colleague Ben Lewis filmed the conference. Here are some of those videos from the second session: Imaginaries of ruralness in the construction of tourist space at an industrial World Heritage Site https://youtu.be/TD1g_uQHxYg Coralie Acheson, Ironbridge Institute, University of Birmingham.

Defining Rurality

Back in October my colleague Ben Lewis went to the CHAT (Contemporary and Historical Archaeology in Theory) conference on the main island of the Orkneys and filmed the conference. Here are some of those videos from the first session: Semi‐Rural https://youtu.be/qMQU7Lk5I5Y Paul Graves‐Brown University College London When we bought our house in Llwynhendy, Llanelli, the estate agent’s particulars described its location as “semi‐rural”.

The Trump “Wall” probably won’t be that bad for archaeology

Ughhh, shoot me now, another article on Trump. But, a change in government means a potential change in the management of heritage so we need to discuss it. There is a lot to talk about on the subject of heritage and the new administration but I want to take on only one potential issue for archaeology in this post, Trump’s proposal to build a “Border Wall” along the US-Mexico border.

The Tayside and Fife Archaeological Committee Conference Videos

The Tayside and Fife Archaeological Committee is a liaison group which aims to promote archaeology in Tayside (Perth and Kinross, Angus and Dundee) and Fife. It’s your go to society for archaeology in Middle East Scotland. That is archaeology taking place in the eastern half of Scotland about halfway up the country, not Middle Eastern archaeology by Scottish archaeologists. They had a conference in November that I filmed.

Application of landscape survey techniques

Wednesday- so more archaeology conference videos that I have filmed. Session Abstract: This session aims to address the question of why traditional and technical landscape investigation techniques of observation, measurement and analysis (survey) are not more regularly deployed – and deployed in a timely fashion – in British archaeology. This has implications within curatorial, commercial and academic branches of archaeology.

Public Archaeology Notes

I wanted to share a pretty great newsletter relating to public archaeology with you – Public Archaeology Notes. ‘Public Archaeology Notes is a volunteer, collaborative effort by a consortium of individuals representing the Society for American Archaeology (SAA), the SAA’s Public Education Committee (PEC), the PEC’s Network of State Coordinators, the SAA’s Public Archaeology Interest Group (PAIG), the American Institute of Archaeology (AIA), and others.

Political Strategies for the EAA

How do you change the world of archeology? Practice, practice, practice. To borrow from the punch line of the The Carnegie Hall joke. The European Association of Archaeologists is the pan-European society of professional archaeologists and over the decades they have been working hard to change archaeology. At their most recent conference in Vilnius, there was a session on what some of their working parties have been doing/trying to accomplish.

Archaeology in schools: promoting archaeology as a key learning tool within the national curricula

Other than a few pockets of good examples, around the world archaeology is almost always absent from formal education until one makes it to University. History will be taught and archaeology gets a mention as part of that e.g. ‘archaeologists tell us blah, blah’ but actually archaeology is almost never taught. There was a session at the CIfA conference that looked at archaeology in the classroom, mainly primary age. We video recorded it and you can see the videos below.

The archaeology of brewing

Archaeology and beer well that’s a match you don’t see too often (sarcasm). This is actually a session on the archaeology of brewing, not archaeologists brewing, though it does involve that too. It was a pretty great session we video recorded from the CIfA conference, for your enjoyment. Session Abstract: We will be exploring the ongoing relationship between archaeology and brewing.

Adopting Archaeology

If you have following this blog then you will know it is Wednesday and so conference video time. This is a session I, with the help of some great volunteers recorded at the CIfA conference. SESSION ABSTRACT This session will critically examine the sustainability and impact of community-led archaeological stewardship, and encourage discussion of the critical factors for resilience and sustainable futures.