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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).

tDAR is now part of DataONE

Digital Antiquity is proud to announce that tDAR is now a formal member node of the Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE). DataONE enables universal access to data and also facilitates researchers in fulfilling their need for data management and in providing secure and permanent access to their data. DataONE offers the scientific community a suite of tools and training materials that cover all aspects of the data life cycle from data collection, to management, analysis and publication.

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.

Documentation of wooden figures in St Mary’s Cathedral, Tallinn

Since mid-November is Andres Uueni involved with a new project: Christian Ackermann – Tallinn’s Pheidias, Arrogant and Talented in St Mary’s Cathedral, Tallinn. Project leaders: Estonian Academy of Arts and Estonian Art Museum The objective of the project is to rescue Christian Ackermann – the most scandalous and talented carver of Estonia’s Baroque era – from oblivion. Ackermann, who was dubbed Tallinn’s Pheidias (a sculptor in Ancient Greece, ca.

 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 Settlement of Roman Britain: Salute!

In December of last year (2016), I completed the final stage of the digital archive and dissemination for the The Rural Settlement of Roman Britain project. The first publication and (revised) online resource were launched at a meeting of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies at Senate House of the University of London.

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.

tDAR, Mortality, and YOU

Guest post by Katherine Spielmann, Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University School of Evolution and Social Change  When I decided to retire I was faced with making seven seasons of Southwestern excavation data and many, many years of analytical data available to our profession. I spent much of Fall 2015 making that happen through uploading multitudes of excel spreadsheets, associated coding keys, and reports to tDAR.

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”.

Taking a look back at 2016

We had a busy year at the Center for Digital Antiquity in 2016, tDAR continued to grow with significant contributions from the North Atlantic Biocultural Organization , US Air Force, and US Army Corps of Engineers. tDAR had one major software releases, Obsidian which focused on enhancing the collections pages, searching, data integration, and added new APIs for working with data and metadata in tDAR.

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.

I am a zombie hunter!

Last weekend, I found myself running up and down stairs in a disused shopping mall in Reading, getting chased by, and shooting zombies. To celebrate a friend’s fiftieth (and mine, as my friends clubbed together to buy ticket as a present for my upcoming big birthday) we were participating in an immersive experience run by Zed Events.

The CAA 2017 Atlanta bursaries available

Apply for the bursaries for the CAA Atlanta 2017 by January 20! The bursaries are meant for students, early career researchers and low income professionals. The maximum bursary is likely to be in the region of €420. More information and the instructions how to apply at http://caa-international.