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Modern Artifacts: The Pencil

I came across this photo essay about the last US-based pencil factory: A pencil is a little wonder-wand: a stick of wood that traces the tiniest motions of your hand as it moves across a surface. I am using one now, making weird little loops and slashes to write these words. As a tool, it is [...]

Paper du jour

Okay, kiddos, here is a paper I’ve told you about before. I’m not sure if I have to, but This Paper Is Posted and Linked to Temporarily for Educational Purposes Only. R.C. Dunnell 1983 Aspects of the Spatial Structure of the Mayo Site (15-JO-14) Johnson County, Kentucky. (Sorry about the sideways nature of it, I’m going to [...]

A few items on the Solutrean Hypothesis

A reader and I have been chatting about various stone tool doings and the Solutrean Hypothesis. I’ve never been a big fan of it myself and haven’t really kept up with the literature, but though I would provide a few recent papers on the subject. Bradley and Stanford 2004: Argues for an ice-edge corridor, something [...]

Open access paper alert

The Teotihuacan Anomaly: The Historical Trajectory of Urban Design in Ancient Central Mexico Here’s the abstract: The ancient Mexican city of Teotihuacan had the most aberrant design of any city in ancient Mesoamerica. I examine similarities and differences between the design of Teotihuacan and other Mesoamerican cities. Show More Summary

Not a paper, but. . . . .

So this..... is my life for the next couple of weeks. It’s a buttload of debitage. Bet you didn’t know I was a lithic analyst, huh? Well, neither did I. However, since I was the most qualified among us — because, you know, I did a small debitage analysis project 25 years ago [...]

Using old data I

I was going to post a link to one of my favorite papers, one by RC Dunnell called Aspects of the Spatial Structure of the Mayo Site (15-JO-14), Johnson County, Kentucky but I’ve not been able to track down a PDF copy (I was sure I had one somewhere). Not sure why I lit upon [...]

Well, let’s start it off with. . . . . .something else.

Jerry Pournelle, the first author to write a novel on a computer, dies at 84 I link this not really because it has any particular archaeological significance, but he was part of a whole milieu back in the late 1980s and early 1990s that kind of set me on my path. Not archaeology — I was [...]

Returning from the grave?

Hey everyone. Long time no post. As I indicated earlier, I’ve been posting stuff at Facebook because it’s easier to post there, no blah blahing HTML and such. Was wondering what you guys thought I should do with this place. I’ve been thinking perhaps of using this more as a repository for more scholarly things. [...]


Archaeologists Uncover Last Human To Die Happy

So I got Hulu

And I’ve been watching some of the old shows they have on. For example....Space: 1999! I like (read: how goofy is that?!) how Martin Landau turns one way and then Barbara Bain turns the other way. Here’s the premise for the noobs: The premise of Space: 1999 centres on the plight of the inhabitants [...]

Mesoamerican democracy?

It wasn’t just Greece: Archaeologists find early democratic societies in the Americas Both cities support Blanton and Fargher’s belief that the best predictor of collective rule is a strong internal revenue source—that is, taxes. Revenue sources are admittedly difficult to detect from artifacts and buildings. Show More Summary

Down the rabbit hole. . . .

Literally! A rabbit hole in the UK conceals the entrance to an incredible cave complex linked to the mysterious Knights Templar. New photos show the remarkable Caynton Caves network, which looks like something out of the movie “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” The shadowy Knights Templar order is said to have used the caves. The Sun reports [...]


Egypt’s Most Famous Archaeologist Reportedly Called Lionel Messi a “Moron” After Pyramids Trip When Lionel Messi traveled to Egypt last month as part of a humanitarian mission, he probably did not expect to run afoul of a world-famous archaeology expert. Oops. Spanish daily outlet El Mundo is reporting that Zahi Hawass, an Egyptologist who previously served [...]

Facebook update

I’m giving the Facebook site a rest for the time being. Facebook as a whole actually; I haven’t even opened it up since last Thursday morning. Some personal reasons, but it also PO’ed me with their stupid algorithms. I honestly don’t know how long it will last, but probably a few weeks. Who knows, maybe [...]

I’m not sure Bog Bodies is appropriate. . . .

since there isn’t really any soft tissue preserved. But still cool: Windover’s Ancient ‘Bog People’ Among Most Significant Archaeological Finds In North America There’s a video at the site of an old(?) Science Channel thing. Also it is apparently owned by the Archaeological Conservancy which I think is a good idea for preserving sites on private [...]

Not the 4X4.

Archaeologists in Alaska uncover campsite used by survivors of doomed Russian ship On a voyage to the remote settlements on Alaska’s southeast coast, the ill-fated Russian ship The Neva round aground during the brutally cold winter of 1813. More than 30 people aboard the vessel died and another 28 limped ashore where two more died of [...]

What to do, what to do. . . .with all those artifacts.

Artifacts down the street: Exploring urban archaeology: Archaeologists continually unearth artifacts in our cities. It’s time to showcase them. But after the artifacts are dug out of the ground, what comes next? Today, many municipalities are grappling with how to take care of their artifacts and preserve them for future study. While archaeological finds abound in [...]

I’m back. With alcohol.

Had something of an emergency trip to Wisconsin earlier this month. Not really an ‘emergency’ but my sister was supposed to go in February but her cat was taken quite ill and she stayed home to look after it so I went in her stead. AND IT WAS FOOKIN’ COOOOOOOOLD. But I got used to [...]

All fall down. . . .twice.

Archaeologists uncover new clues to Maya collapse Archaeologists have long puzzled over what caused what is known as the Classic Maya collapse in the ninth century A.D., when many of the ancient civilization’s cities were abandoned. More recent investigations have revealed that the Maya also experienced an earlier collapse in the second century A.D. — now [...]

The Pompeii Principle in action

The truth is in the garbage: New research examines ancient Roman trash I’m surprised (sort of) that this hasn’t been done before. The article makes it seem surprising that they wold be “recycling” lots of stuff, but that may not be surprising; it’s all in cost-benefit calculations. Then again, I’ve dug through dumps and there’s plenty [...]

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