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What’s the largest professional archaeology organisation?

A while back there was a discussion on Facebook, BAJR group, about which organisation was the largest body representing professional archaeologists, spurned on by this statement from the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) regarding the results of the UK’s referendum to leave the EU (if it will actually happen is for another post) “CIfA is the leading professional body for archaeologists.

The road not taken: Modelling approaches to transport on local and regional scales

Every Wednesday I post videos of papers given at archaeology conferences. This weeks session comes from the CAA conference. Session Abstract: Research on transport systems thus far has largely focussed on the documented and partly surviving road systems, ranging from the Roman imperial road systems known from the itineraries and the Peutinger Table to the road systems documented by medieval cartographers, even when it is well known that secondary road systems were in use simultaneously.

Ethics of Accepting Student Volunteers

Today, well now Yesterday but when I wrote this it was Sunday and then I scheduled it to post for 10:30 on Monday, but I am digressing. Today/Yesterday, I had a conversation on Twitter with Dr Donna Yates, who you will know from such blogs as Anonymous Swiss Collector and Stolen Gods and her Culture Crime Newsletter/updater (?). It was the latter that brought up this conversation: Starting to wonder if I’s able to keep up and the Culture Crime News email list.

Methodology of archaeological simulation. Meeting of the Special Interest Group in Complex Systems Simulation

Every Wednesday I post a session from an archaeology conference I have filmed. This weeks comes from the CAA conference. Session Abstract: Following its creation at the CAA2014 in Siena the Special Interest Group in Complex Systems Simulation invites all researchers with an interest in computational modelling to join the discussion on the challenges and potential of simulation in archaeology. This year the main focus of the meeting is on the methodology of simulation.

‘Humming with crossfire – short on cover…’? Revisiting and reflecting on ‘environmental archaeology: meaning and purpose’

Your weekly dose of archaeology videos from conferences, the last TAG session: Session Abstract:  It is now nearly a decade and a half since the publication of Environmental Archaeology: Meaning and Purpose (edited by Albarella 2001), itself based on a TAG session held at the University of Birmingham in 1998. One of the core concerns of the session was the perception that: “….

Diversity of Ages. Mind the Gap– Where are the young people in archaeology?

This Wednesday’s list of conference videos (almost done with TAG). Session abstract: The provision of archaeology for those under the age of 16 could be considered good. The change to the National Curriculum in 2013, increased the opportunities for children to learn about archaeology. In terms of provision at an extra-curricular level, there are numerous archaeological clubs and societies within organisations, like the National Parks and regional museums.

What Brexit or … Exit will mean for Archaeology… really all of the UK.

This was to be my longest post. I had spent many hours over the last few weeks researching what would happen to UK archaeology if Brexit occurred. This was meant to be a neutral post simply looking at the economic impact of Brexit on archaeology in the UK, then Thursday came. It started in the morning with one of the Leave Campaigns running Nazi propaganda to win votes and ended with a British white nationalists, assassinating one of the Pro-EU campaigns Members of Parliament, Jo Cox.

When You Are More Likely to Die of Cancer Than Become an Academic in Archaeology!

‘When You are more Likely to Die of Cancer than Become an Academic: What is the Role of PhD students?’ is the title of a paper of mine that was published about two months ago. It is Open Access i.e. free to read and to reproduce and really to do what ever you want with it. Which is why I have not republished it here, you can read it there-

Rethinking the Archaeological Map

This week’s archaeology conference videos, again from TAG, are… map related: From the very beginning of archaeological practice, maps (and plans) have been one of the discipline’s most fundamental tools. The number, variety and prominence of maps in archaeology have been increasing further since the beginning of the 1990s due to the availability of a growing range of digital technologies used to collect, visualise, query, manipulate and analyse spatial data.

Blurring the Boundaries: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Archaeology

You Wednesday archaeology conference videos! Archaeology is well known for the vast scope of its study and the range of theories and practices it employs, often borrowed and adapted from other disciplines. However, in spite of this intellectual diversity, and an increasing amount of inter-disciplinary research, archaeological conferences often feature little in the way of participation from outside the normal boundaries of the discipline.

Tyrannical Tales? Fiction as Archaeological Method

Your Wednesday conference videos: A session at the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference (TRAC) in March 2015 brought together a group of archaeologists and novelists (and archaeologist-novelists) to debate the value of historical fiction as an archaeological technique. The result was a lively discussion that left the participants (both speakers and audience) convinced that there was much more to be explored, and the need to reach out to a wider range of practitioners.

Advances in Prehistoric Art

TAG videos: The overarching aim of the session is to bring together researchers of art in prehistoric archaeology, from any period, or using theories and methods that could be applied to prehistoric art, whether with a technical or theoretical focus, from within the discipline or beyond, to facilitate the sharing of recent research, thoughts, techniques, methods, and theories that contribute to engagement with and continuing research efforts in this field.

Heterarchies or Hierachies

Videos from TAG: Traditional models of social organisation and production stress the development of stratification and the emergence of hierarchies of power and settlement; whether for example early Bronze Age elites or later Bronze Age ‘great enclosures’, hillforts versus ‘open’ settlements in the middle Iron Age, the dramatic increase of artefacts and materialities apparently emphasising social stratification in some regions during the later Iron Age, or the development of towns,...

Mental Health in Archaeology

Mental Health; the final taboo? Approximately one in four people suffers from depression or anxiety at some point in their lives, many of whom go untreated or struggle through their careers with no real understanding of what it is that affects them. Symptoms are varied and seem to wax and wane but rarely disappear permanently, instead reappearing at times of heightened stress. To make matters worse there are often no visible signs of suffering as are present in better understood illness.