Friday, November 30, 2007


A modern reenactment of a Viking battleImage via WikipediaI just wandered into this site tonight. Dan Carlson, an assistant professor in Sweden, has put together a great website on Viking artifacts, ebooks, reports, and links/

Viking History
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Viking Ship Museum

Dress up at the Viking Ship MuseumImage by Elaine and Tony via FlickrHere is the English version of the Viking Ship Museum website. There is a lot of excellent information here and a discussion of boat building in Viking times.

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Caribbean Archaeology

Self modified from via WikipediaThe International Association for Caribbean Archaeology (IACA) has released a DVD of all their Proceedings from 1961 to 2005. The papers are searchable and are in a PDF format (so all computers with the Adobe Reader can read them). The cost is $100.

This will be invaluable to any institution or person that specializes in this fascinating area.

IACA Proceedings Disk Order Form
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Sunday, September 02, 2007

Bad Archaeology Exposed

Largest archaeology site in the Middle East.Image via WikipediaHere are two British archaeologists who are fed up with archaeological misconceptions, mistakes and distortions. They say that they are dedicated to exposing Bad Archaeology wherever they find it.

Bad Archaeology: leave your common sense behind!
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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Etruscan Tomb

Etruscan vaseImage by jdlasica via FlickrA 2,000 year old Etruscan tomb that has never been looted, has been found in the hills of Tuscany.

Tomb in Tuscany thrills archaeologists - Topix
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Sunday, August 05, 2007


Artifacts of TimeImage by tj.blackwell via Flickr
ArchaeoSeek is a social network for archaeologists that I have set up on membership is free and it is open to all people interested n archaeology as well as professional and avocational archaeologists.

I do ask that you sign up with your real name, but you can include a photo of either yourself, an artifact, or a site photo. The network allows you to participate in forums, set up a blog and learn more about archaeology.

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Sunday, July 08, 2007

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

World Monuments Watch

Salk Institute for Biological StudiesImage by JohnnyRokkit via Flickr
The organization, World Monuments Watch, has published online its list of the 100 Most Endangered Sites in the World.

I disagree with some of the US sites, including the Salk Institute in San Diego (I mean, I think the Mission of San Diego is way more important, but, then, I am not an architect.)

You click on the map and drag it to see the sites, then mouse over the white dots.

World Monuments Watch
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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Mayan Tomb with Upright Skeleton

A photograph of one of the paintings at BonampakImage via WikipediaWhat is also interesting about this story of an Mayan tomb is that the discovery was made in 2005, but only announced last week.

Ancient Maya Tomb Found: Upright Skeleton, Unusual Location
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Tomb of Heru in Egypt

Egyptian TombImage by Simian Cephalopod via Flickr
Heru was a Egyptian courier and "real estate manager" according to this article on the National Geographic website. The photo shows painted figurines.

Photo in the News: "Unusual" Tomb of Egyptian Courtier Found
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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

King Herod's Tomb

King Herod's Court in Bethlehem, Glastonbury 1915Image via WikipediaAfter 35 years of excavation, an archaeological team for the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has uncovered King Herod's tomb in Herodium. Here are some of the details.

Biblical Archaeology Society
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Monday, March 19, 2007

Looking for an Excavation to Volunteer at?

Archaeological Dig at the Ontario Student Clas...Image via Wikipedia
If you are looking for somewhere to excavate, FindADig is for you. There are many archaeological digs in Europe and the Middle East that are looking for volunteers here.

Biblical Archaeology Society |
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The Biblical Archaeology Society publishes an excellent magazine as well as having the latest information on the "tomb of Jesus" controversy. They also have a number of free ebooks when you subscribe to their free newsletter.

Biblical Archaeology Society
The Sextant is an online community for those interested in underwater archaeology and maritime history. It has a news blog, forums and information. Membership is free.

The Sextant | The Online Community of Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Allcoins - A Numismatic Search Engine and Directory

Allcoins is a coin search engine and directory. Numismatics is the proper name for coin collecting. Since Allcoins does not sell or buy coins, they can list all the different sites without bias.

It is an excellent resource for finding information on all types of coins and includes paper money as well. You can find ancient coins, US and UK coins and even links to coin shows and museums.

(This is a sponsored post, but I really recommend it!) - The Numismatic Search Engine and Numismatic Directory for Numismatic Information

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Historical Archaeology Field School in Falmouth, Jamaica

The Falmouth Field School in Historical Archaeology, Falmouth, Jamaica
University of Virginia Anthropology 382 and the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery
May 23 - June 15, 2007

The Falmouth Field School in Historical Archaeology (ANTH 382) is a
three-week, three-credit program in historical archaeology based in
Falmouth, Jamaica. The field school is offered through the University of
Virginia' s International Studies Office.

Students enrolled in The Falmouth Field School in Historical Archaeology (ANTH 382) will conduct archaeological field work at the Stewart Castle slave village, a mid-to-late 18th-century site that has not previously been tested archaeologically. Objectives for the season include a site-wide shovel test pit survey designed to identify temporal and spatial variation within the village. In addition to the survey, several excavation units will be opened to further explore areas discovered during the survey. Students will learn methods for designing archaeological surveys and technologies to record their results, specifically drawing archaeological plans and stratigraphic sections. Each afternoon students will participate in laboratory activities such as artifact washing and identification.

Several evenings a week are dedicated to lectures and discussions. Course readings and lectures will introduce students to archaeological survey and excavation methods, key concepts in the study of 18th-century material culture, and will provide a background in the social history of slavery in the Caribbean. Discussions will focus on the ways in which archaeological data can prompt and address unanswered historical questions related to the evolution of slave societies throughout the Atlantic World.

Students will have the opportunity to participate in optional field excursions on the two weekends to historic sites across the island, including New Seville, Good Hope Estate, Colbeck Castle, and Spanishtown.

This field school is held in conjunction with The Falmouth Field School in Historic Preservation (ARH 555). Students enrolled in ANTH 382 will spend one day a week learning historic preservation techniques with architectural history students from The Falmouth Field School in Historic Preservation (ARH 555).

The Falmouth Field Schools in Historical Archaeology and Historic Preservation will include lectures and field studies with Matthew Webster, Director of Architectural Restoration at Kenmore Plantation, Edward Chappell, Director of Architectural Research at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and Fraser Neiman, Director of Archaeology at Monticello. Guest lecturers will also include historians and archaeologists affiliated with the University of West Indies, Mona, and the Jamaica National Heritage Trust. In Falmouth, the field school is supported by the local efforts of Falmouth Heritage Renewal, a non-profit preservation organization with over a decade of experience in historic preservation in Falmouth.

Room and Board Arrangements:
Students will be housed in a newly renovated two-story stone building in the heart of downtown Falmouth, Jamaica. Built in the early nineteenth-century as a Masonic lodge, the building served for much of its life as a Baptist manse. The building has a large workshop on the first floor and a number of dormitory-style sleeping quarters on the
upper floor. Students should be advised that these accommodations assume multiple students per room in bunk beds with shared bathrooms. Although fans will be provided, these rooms are not air-conditioned. Students will be provided with three meals a day, a breakfast, a packed lunch, and a hot supper. Food will be Jamaican-style and all diets can be accommodated. The building's location allows easy access to local markets and stores where snacks and supplies can be purchased.

Cost per student, which includes tuition, room, and board, is $3100 (in-state) and $3,255 (out-of-state) per student. Room and board are included in the total cost of the field school.

Contact Information:
This field school is one component of the larger archaeological research program, the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery (

Please contact Jillian Galle (, 434-984-9873) for more information. Please also see (Go to "> Find a Program> "> and search under "> Jamaica> " ) or

Application Information:
Applications are due March 15, 2007. Students may apply online at (Go to "> Find a Program> "> and search
under "> Jamaica> " ).

Sunday, January 21, 2007

The ACUA is an organization for underwater archaeology. The site is an excellent place to begin looking for information and education resources on the subject.

Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology