Category Archives: Archaeology

The Grand Challenges for Archaeology: A Blogging Carnival

A few years ago I participated in a Blogging Archaeology Carnival organized by Doug Rocks-Macqueen, a man whose surname manages to combine aspects of both lithic analysis and 1970s British rock. The carnival tasked participants with answering one question per month, beginning in November … Continue reading

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Top Ten Christmas Gifts for Archaeologists

This time of year the internet abounds with practical suggestions for gifts, no matter what your hobbies. Ailurophile? How about some Taylor Swift cat sneakers? Kitchen novice? What about a bagel-slicer? Wealthy scion of Hollywood elite? You’re clearly in the … Continue reading

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Responses Needed for Public Archaeology and Blogging Survey!

I recently received an email from Fleur Schinning, an archaeology enthusiast pursuing a Master’s in Heritage Management at Leiden University in the Netherlands. She’s writing her thesis on the use of blogs and social media and how they contribute to the accessibility of … Continue reading

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NSF Funding Needs Your Support!

I was describing the nature of my blog to someone recently and glossed its contents as consisting essentially of “Amusing pictures of animals. And some osteology.” However, in sharp contrast to my usual tongue-in-cheek self deprecation, this is one of … Continue reading

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How do archaeologists find sites?

A few years ago I was a graduate student instructor for an introductory biological anthropology class. At the end of an exam review session, I asked my students if they had any questions about the course material. At this point one of … Continue reading

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Bone Quiz 16

One of the reasons I was initially attracted to the discipline of archaeology is that it is a field that requires a great deal of cleverness. By cleverness I don’t mean wit or conversational prowess – take Lewis Binford, arguably one of the … Continue reading

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“There’s something the dead are keeping back”: Why I study bioarchaeology

Note: This is a longform essay that I entered in Brown’s Archaeology for the People competition back in September. On the one hand, I did not win, which means I am, sadly, neither rich nor famous. On the other hand, I … Continue reading

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