Archives for January, 2007

Themes for Basics Posts?

Reader “Chez Jake” suggests that I might write a few “basics of archaeology” posts like other Sb bloggers are doing. I’d be happy to! Dear Reader, please tell me something basic you’d like me to explain about archaeology that isn’t answered well by Wikipedia.

2006 Enlightener & Obscurantist Awards

The Swedish Skeptic Society‘s annual awards for 2006 were announced yesterday. (See also the 2005 awards.) Professor of international healthcare Hans Rosling receives the Enlightener of the Year award,

State of the Blog Address

Behold R. Hampton’s excellent masthead banner! Book token goodness and a massive charisma bonus are coming hes way. The blog-reading public has reacted very favourably to my move to Scienceblogs on 29 December. Statshot: my old Blogger site is still attracting 136 median unique first-time readers a day simply through Google, and the new site…

British Metal Detectorists Do a Good Job

Since a 1997 change in UK law, metal detectorists in that insular realm are reporting ever more finds to the authorities. David Lammy, the minister of culture, said that metal detetectorists who spend days scanning newly ploughed fields in the hope that a beep will lead them to buried treasure, are doing a huge service…

No Rest for the Christians

My buddy Hans asked, Do you mean that no excavations are done on churchyards, even though they are from the Middle Ages? Why?

Swedish Archaeological Site Protection

Chris O’Brien at Northstate Science gave a speedy reply to my questions of this morning. It seems that any evaluation of whether the US has strong or weak site protection depends upon what standards are actually followed when a site is considered for the National Register of Historic Places. I wonder what sort of sites…

Chris O’Brien at Northstate Science has a great post comparing US and Swedish site protection rules, a response to my entry on who owns archaeological finds in Sweden. I’m definitely recruiting his entry for next week’s Four Stone Hearth carnival. (To which all readers are invited to contribute.) Here are some questions that popped up…

Travel Companion of Linnaeus

I wrote my PhD thesis about the largest prehistoric cemetery on the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. The place is named Barshalder and straddles the boundary between Grötlingbo and Fide parishes. The first graves are from the early 1st century AD and the last from about the year 1100. Some continuity! And the…

Late Glacial Lithics in Minnesota?

Something that may be the earliest known settlement site in the Americas has been found — in Minnesota of all places. It’s just a knapped-stone assemblage, no organics, so there can be no radiocarbon dates until they dig some more and get lucky. The find’s position in the geological stratigraphy suggests a late glacial date,…

Robert Anton Wilson 1932-2007

Spaced-out humorous occultist, conspiracy novelist and psychonaut Robert Anton Wilson has passed away.