Archives for February, 2008

After work today I had dinner with my friends Asko & Eva and then went to the Cirkus concert venue to hear the Mars Volta. For those of you who have missed them, they’re a US psychedelic progressive rock outfit whose fourth album just entered the US top-10 at #3. The band was an octet…

Ruins of Childhood

The other day I found and photographed another tree house ruin. I decided to re-post the following piece from September 2006 and make these things a steady presence on Aard, with a category tag of their own. If you’ve ever taken a walk in the woods near a housing area, you’ve seen them: modern archaeological…

The anthology I edited last spring, Scholarly Journals Between the Past and the Future, has received one long thoughtful review by Alun at Archaeoastronomy and another one by the Grumpy Old Bookman.

New Archaeology & History Journal

Thad at Archaeoporn and Alun at Archaeoastronomy have alerted me to an upcoming new journal: the Past Discussed Quarterly. “PDQ is a journal designed to provide a bridge between blogging and academia. It will provide stable citeable references for selected weblog posts focussed upon or of interest to the pre-Renaissance past. It is compiled from…

All Her Favourite Fruit

Here’s a particularly fine song lyric from Californian 80s indie band Camper Van Beethoven, off of their 1989 disc Key Lime Pie. The song is a folky number in march time with violin, and David Lowery’s singing is exquisitely pained and raw. Following this, they released no new material until 2004. All Her Favorite Fruit…

Anthro Blog Carnival

The thirty-fourth Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at Our Cultural World. Archaeology and anthropology be da shit, trudat! The next open hosting slot is on 9 April. All bloggers with an interest in the subject are welcome to volunteer to me. No need to be an anthro pro. Also, don’t miss the brand-spanking-new…

Trainblogging

I’m on a train in Östergötland. A while back I caught a fond glimpse of the barrow at Stora Tollstad in Sjögestad that me & Howard Williams trial-trenched and dated to the 9th century in 2006. I’m giving a talk this afternoon to my colleagues at the Jönköping County Museum’s excavation unit about my research…

Good news from Uppsala: after the end of the year, there will be only one PhD student in archaeology left in that august academic city. This is the result of a simple reform enacted ten years ago by Minister for Education Carl Tham: since that date, no student may enter a PhD program at a…

Co-discoverer of DNA and Nobel laureate James Watson is the Seed Media Group’s board of directors’ scientific advisor. Not a member of some advisory group: the board’s single advisor. He has remained so despite a highly publicised racist utterance four months ago. In October last year Watson was quoted as being “inherently gloomy about the…

Post-modernist hyper-relativism unexpectedly rears its ugly dying head in the form of a call for papers from one Tera Pruitt for the otherwise respectable Archaeological Review from Cambridge. Note the scare quotes around the words truth and valid claims. Call for Papers (April 2009 Issue) Beyond the Facts: Invention and Reinvention in Archaeological Practice The…