What are the latest studies on Pre-Indo-European culture, and what's the current thoughts on Marija Gimbutas' work? [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
What is a good digital humanities/digital visualization intro course or workshop for me? Difficulty level: immediate, NYC/London. [more inside]
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?
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]
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.
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]
Help me distinguish reptile and mammal bone! [more inside]
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?
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]
How do archaeologists know where to dig? [more inside]
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...
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]
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!
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?
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]
Another mysterious metal object...Help! [more inside]
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]
Help me figure out what academic articles to read [more inside]
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]
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.
Looking for a chronologically sequenced, preferably animated, geographical map of human evolution [more inside]
Britain's Portable Antiquities Scheme database is a source of endless fascination. Are there similar (non-English language) databases available--online, for browsing?
How are people using software and the net to gather and write local history? [more inside]
Looking for folk music that recreates music from the past with traditional instruments. [more inside]
Looking for books on genetics, archaeology, and anthropology for a 14 year old interested in history and non-fiction. [more inside]
Do you need a permit to use a tripod at Mexican archaeological sites, and if so how do you get one? [more inside]
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]
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]
Looking for recommendations on novels/nonfiction about (ideally modern or underwater) archaeology. [more inside]
What are the best academic journals in each field? [more inside]
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]
Assemblage (in an archaeological sense) - what's the oldest use of this term in this context? [more inside]
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]
What was grandpa doing in the ice-age? [more inside]
Are you, or is someone you know well, a practicing archaeologist? Yes? Come on in; I have some questions for you. [more inside]
Are the Ceide Fields in Ireland the most extensive stone age site in the world? [more inside]
Archaeology in the Caucasus - are there any digs going on or coming up soon?
Any info on contemporary archaeology in the region, please.
Any info on contemporary archaeology in the region, please.
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]
Have there ever been any Indiana Jones-style booby traps discovered in real-world archaeological/exploration expeditions? [more inside]
Where can I find out about paleontology or archaeology "tourism"? [more inside]
What are the best grad schools that specialize in forensic archaeology? [more inside]
Archaeologyfilter: Where can one buy an archaeologist's trowel and calipers in London? [more inside]
Has an ancient document ever led to an archaeological discovery? [more inside]
How long would it take for the Empire State Building to vanish without a trace? [more inside]
How can anthropologists contribute to the answering of questions about the brain and consciousness in the 21st century? [more inside]
Calling all mefi archaeologists or egyptologists! Could someone identify this picture? Is this photoshopped? [more inside]