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Which lost ancient texts would scholars most like to recover and why?

We know from citations and references the names of many ancient texts that are now lost. Which among these would scholars be most excited to recover and why?
posted by jefficator on Sep 29, 2016 - 15 answers

What are some fictional examples of archaeology/ruins set in the future?

I'm looking for examples of archaeology of the present day, and/or of the ruins of the modern world, from the perspective of the future, as expressed in fiction or film. These could be major plot points, recurrent themes, or merely passing references. [more inside]
posted by Rumple on Jul 4, 2016 - 42 answers

Who were the Pre-Indo-Europeans?

What are the latest studies on Pre-Indo-European culture, and what's the current thoughts on Marija Gimbutas' work? [more inside]
posted by suburbanbeatnik on Nov 2, 2014 - 7 answers

Memoirs by Archaeologists

Do you know of any compelling, well-written memoirs by archaeologists, anthropologists, or paleo-anthropologists discussing field work, preferably during the twentieth century? The more detail about day-to-day work in the field and departmental intrigues, the better! [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim on Oct 20, 2014 - 17 answers

Research Proposal from the Land of Make Believe

I'm in the process of putting together Ph.D. program applications and have run into a mental roadblock, namely being asked to put together a research proposal that I know is destined to be utterly meaningless. [more inside]
posted by ursus_comiter on Sep 28, 2014 - 8 answers

Would there be any way of knowing if dinosaurs had a civilization?

How would we know if dinosaurs (or some other species) achieved sentience and civilization millions of years ago? 65 million years is a long time, would a civilization with a, say, 10,000 lifespan even be noticeable in the geologic record? What if they only reached 19th century technology and didn't use nuclear power or plastic?
posted by blahblahblah on Sep 7, 2014 - 17 answers

Digital Humanities Course for Art Historian?

What is a good digital humanities/digital visualization intro course or workshop for me? Difficulty level: immediate, NYC/London. [more inside]
posted by rustcellar on Jun 13, 2014 - 1 answer

Let Me Listen to the Landscape

Today I found this - "Sonic Horizons of the Mesolithic: Sounding out Early Prehistory in the Vale of Pickering". It is a collaboration between a sonic artist, archaeologists and The British Library. I absolutely love it. It ticks all my boxes: sonic exploration of psychogeography (and a specific landscape) coupled with archaeology. Goosebumps. Where can I find more along these lines? I am not interested in New Age ambient music/sounds nor am I interested in generic 'nature soundtracks'. I am after specific sonic landscapes: recordings from or sonic imaginings of specific landscapes situated in specific times. I am already familiar with the work of Felicity Ford. Any other artists or sites I should look at?
posted by kariebookish on Apr 2, 2014 - 5 answers

That belongs in a museum! ...Here's my card.

I would like to know more about how, in this day and age, major museums acquire ancient relics that have only recently been discovered. Who are the middlemen involved between someone discovering a cache of artifacts, and said objects ending up at a Smithsonian-level institution? Are there brokers for such things? Museum auctions? [more inside]
posted by np312 on Nov 2, 2013 - 13 answers

Archaeological, historical sites worth seeing in Southern California

So my mom (from Ireland) will be spending September with me in California, she's been here many times and we've covered most of the West Coast on numerous road-trips. We will almost certainly do another this time, probably about 10 days travelling down the coast from San Jose to San Diego, then we'll most likely swing east through the deserts and work our way back along the Owens Valley towards Lake Mono before crossing the Sierra back to the Bay Area. Apart from finally stopping at Hearst Castle and visiting The Getty in LA (which has been closed every other time we've been in the area). We're looking for sites of archaeological, historical or geological interest. When my mom asks about archaeological sites she's thinking things like Chaco Canyon in NM. The Google has mostly failed me, so here's hoping Mefi can do better. So I'm looking for places to visit with interesting history that are reasonably accessible, (4WD and dirt roads to get there is OK), she can walk but not hike up a hill. As a bonus question, I'm pretty interested in geology and so I'm going to go find some really old rocks (they're kinda scarce in Nor Cal) and maybe some trilobite fossils. But I'd love to hear other ideas.
posted by Long Way To Go on Aug 27, 2013 - 17 answers

Excavation etiquette

I'm going on a archaeological training excavation and would like to feel more confident about excavating - can you give me any advice? [more inside]
posted by sock of ages on Jun 18, 2013 - 6 answers

Osteology for Fun and Profit

Help me distinguish reptile and mammal bone! [more inside]
posted by barnacles on May 8, 2013 - 4 answers

How do things get buried in dirt over thousands of years?

It doesn't rain dirt from the sky, so how do ancient buildings get covered in dirt only to be dug up by archaeologists centuries later?
posted by almostwitty on Mar 22, 2013 - 20 answers

Remember this book? It's about a girl who goes to Greece and something happens to her.

Identify-a-book-filter: I'm trying to remember a children's/young adult book that I likely read 15-20 years ago in Australia. It was about a ~13 year old girl who went to a Greek island with her archaelogist parents (for a year/the summer?) and something magicky happened. [more inside]
posted by jacalata on Jan 4, 2013 - 12 answers

When you need a skull, where do you go?

How do archaeologists know where to dig? [more inside]
posted by burnfirewalls on Aug 8, 2012 - 20 answers

Mayan Blogs

What are some decent, semi-regularly updated blogs focusing on Mayan archaeology? How about regularly updated sites detailing current excavations and fieldwork? Any language will work, but English or Spanish would be a bonus...
posted by Chrischris on Apr 17, 2012 - 2 answers

What is the Folk Web?

I'm looking for 'Folk' Web Cultures. I am thinking of the recent take-down of Geocities, which seemed to refresh people's love of the naff, kitsch aesthetic it was famous for, as a prime example. What are some other folk cultures still lingering in the dark corners of the web? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Apr 4, 2012 - 11 answers

Treasure + history + adventure + action = awesome

Indiana Jones, Romancing the Stone, National Treasure, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec and even Tomb Raider and Sahara. I love all these movies. Recommend me more of the same, please!
posted by slimepuppy on Feb 18, 2012 - 35 answers

What is this bronze object my friend found in a field in France?

My friend found this bronze piece in a field in the outskirts of Montady, a small town in the south of France. It's quite heavy, and seems to be solid. I've included a Euro coin for scale. Any ideas what it is?
posted by dbarefoot on Feb 17, 2012 - 36 answers

Taking my funny face to Paris

So I'll be in Paris for six days in the beginning of February. I have my cheap not-quite-a-room all set up (thanks, airbnb!) and some mild conversational skills all primed and...basically no other plans, other than vast quantities of pastries. So what do you, o wonderful Mefites, suggest? In search of: museums, especially odd ones and/or Romans, fancy paper... [more inside]
posted by jetlagaddict on Jan 20, 2012 - 23 answers

What is this coin-like object?

Another mysterious metal object...Help! [more inside]
posted by SixteenTons on Nov 3, 2011 - 13 answers

Odd Metal Artifact from Charleston Plantation???

What is this odd metal artifact? [more inside]
posted by SixteenTons on Oct 26, 2011 - 20 answers

Irish archaeological sites are ideally situated in driving distance of beer at all times

Can you help me remember the name of a small, beautiful, probably Neolithic site that I visited in Ireland over fifteen years ago? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena on Jul 21, 2011 - 3 answers

Help me figure out what academic articles to read

Help me figure out what academic articles to read [more inside]
posted by raeka on May 26, 2011 - 17 answers

GIF Archaeology

I'm writing a paper on (animated) GIFs and am trying to track down some of the most (in)famous. I suppose I am talking memes, but I'm more interested in the GIF as an archaeological reference point. I frequent sites like dump.fm, tumblr etc. so am quite tuned in to the glitchy/kitschy side of GIF culture. How theoretical have people got on these wonders of the web? How does one trace the history of an animated GIF? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on May 16, 2011 - 11 answers

Please help me find an article from an archaeological publication!

I'm trying to find an article about the excavation of the remains of a medieval noblewoman who was voluntarily sealed in a room in an abbey. The link was in a UK archaeological publication. It was posted to the blue some time in the last year or so.
posted by Graygorey on May 13, 2011 - 3 answers

Looking for a chronologically sequenced, preferably animated, geographical map of human evolution

Looking for a chronologically sequenced, preferably animated, geographical map of human evolution [more inside]
posted by heylight on Mar 3, 2011 - 3 answers

Antiquities catalogues online

Britain's Portable Antiquities Scheme database is a source of endless fascination. Are there similar (non-English language) databases available--online, for browsing?
posted by Chrischris on Feb 15, 2011 - 3 answers

Software for local history?

How are people using software and the net to gather and write local history? [more inside]
posted by pracowity on Feb 14, 2011 - 10 answers

Seeking folk music from the past

Looking for folk music that recreates music from the past with traditional instruments. [more inside]
posted by ollyollyoxenfree on Nov 20, 2010 - 12 answers

Book Recommendations

Looking for books on genetics, archaeology, and anthropology for a 14 year old interested in history and non-fiction. [more inside]
posted by saffronwoman on Sep 16, 2010 - 15 answers

Do you need a permit to use a tripod at Mexican archaeological sites, and if so how do you get one?

Do you need a permit to use a tripod at Mexican archaeological sites, and if so how do you get one? [more inside]
posted by tnygard on Jun 22, 2010 - 7 answers

Famous translators?

Who were the most famous and interesting modern-day translators of ancient texts? Are there any interesting articles or books about the personalities who translated the Dead Sea Scrolls in the 60's, the Mayan codices, etc? [more inside]
posted by egeanin on May 27, 2010 - 11 answers

Have I ruined my chance?

I am an undergrad double majoring in Ancient History and Classics at a well known Classics department. I am about to start my senior year in the fall and I would like to enter into either an Ancient History or Classical Archaeology program following my senior year, but I believe I may have ruined my chances with some poor marks. [more inside]
posted by Carnifex on May 17, 2010 - 3 answers

I dig, I dig

Looking for recommendations on novels/nonfiction about (ideally modern or underwater) archaeology. [more inside]
posted by MimeticHaHa on Mar 7, 2010 - 8 answers

What are the top academic journals in various fields?

What are the best academic journals in each field? [more inside]
posted by ollyollyoxenfree on Jan 30, 2010 - 49 answers

Looking for lesser-known gems of art, architecture and history in Europe for an ADVENTURE

Planning a Midlife Crisis Adventure Tour! I want to know your favorite off-the-beaten-track archaeology and art locales. I don't have unlimited time or money, and would like to be traveling to two or all of the following countries: Italy, Greece, France, England, Scotland. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 20, 2010 - 13 answers

Can you dig this up for me?

Assemblage (in an archaeological sense) - what's the oldest use of this term in this context? [more inside]
posted by Chairboy on Dec 28, 2009 - 3 answers

And Iran, Iran so far away

I have a very generous offer for a place to stay and Farsi-speaking guides should I choose to visit Iran. Ergo, I have some questions about post-election Iran and the best way to organize this trip, if I go. [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Nov 6, 2009 - 2 answers

Damn cold around these parts...

What was grandpa doing in the ice-age? [more inside]
posted by BadMiker on Aug 31, 2009 - 7 answers

Not looking to be Indiana Jones, but George Reisner would be OK.

Are you, or is someone you know well, a practicing archaeologist? Yes? Come on in; I have some questions for you. [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Aug 24, 2009 - 11 answers

Are the Ceide Fields the most extensive stone age site?

Are the Ceide Fields in Ireland the most extensive stone age site in the world? [more inside]
posted by Jack Alucard on Jun 1, 2008 - 3 answers

Archaeology in the Caucasus

Archaeology in the Caucasus - are there any digs going on or coming up soon?
Any info on contemporary archaeology in the region, please.
posted by Taksi Putra on May 29, 2008 - 2 answers

Art and artifacts experienced through technology

How is the meaning of art and artefacts being altered by the methods we use to: Experience, Define and Preserve them... In other words, in what ways have technologies been used to experience, re-define and/or preserve art and artifacts? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Feb 5, 2008 - 12 answers

Any real-world rolling boulders and poison darts?

Have there ever been any Indiana Jones-style booby traps discovered in real-world archaeological/exploration expeditions? [more inside]
posted by sherlockt on Dec 20, 2007 - 8 answers

Paying to dig up old bones and pots

Where can I find out about paleontology or archaeology "tourism"? [more inside]
posted by dasfreak on Oct 7, 2007 - 4 answers

What are the best grad schools that specialize in forensic archaeology?

What are the best grad schools that specialize in forensic archaeology? [more inside]
posted by danb on Oct 1, 2007 - 10 answers

Where can one buy an archaeology trowel and calipers in London?

Archaeologyfilter: Where can one buy an archaeologist's trowel and calipers in London? [more inside]
posted by Kirjava on Aug 21, 2007 - 4 answers

Are treasure maps real?

Has an ancient document ever led to an archaeological discovery? [more inside]
posted by bugloaf on Mar 15, 2007 - 22 answers

How long before a skyscraper decays?

How long would it take for the Empire State Building to vanish without a trace? [more inside]
posted by ikkyu2 on Nov 16, 2006 - 25 answers

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