De-lurk: Regular, Reveal Thyself

It’s been almost a year since the last de-lurk. Aard currently has over 150 returning visitors daily (out of about 800 uniques). Since not everyone checks in every day, this translates to several hundred — possibly a thousand — regulars who read the blog at least once a week. So, everybody, please comment away, as briefly or verbosely as you like, and do consider telling us a little about yourself!


  1. #1 Bert Chadick
    June 19, 2008

    This is what I love about the Blogosphere. It’s like being able to visit turn of the (last) Century Vienna or Algonquin Round Table or other such seminal times in cultural history. Most of what’s going on in the blogs is pure crap, but just occasionally it is all made worthwhile. Science blogs has the largest concentration of pure gold available anywhere.

  2. #2 RBH
    June 19, 2008


  3. #3 Osbo
    June 19, 2008

    Hi, I’m here and de-lurking. Found you through an interest in science and skepticism.

  4. #4 Harald Cederlund
    June 19, 2008

    Well, I’m lurking… one of your many biologist readers…

  5. #5 ed kupfer
    June 19, 2008

    I lurk. It’s what I do.

  6. #6 Arthwollipot
    June 19, 2008

    I found your blog after you were interviewed on SGU. I’m an average dude who happens to be a member of a Dark Ages living history group in Australia (the Ancient Arts Fellowship, so any archaeology going on in Scandanavia interests me, ‘cos, you know, vikings rock.

  7. #7 Jeb, FCD
    June 19, 2008

    Yo! Greeting from Louisiana.

  8. #8 mwg
    June 19, 2008

    Hello from Toronto.

  9. #9 thadd
    June 19, 2008

    I don’t know how often I stop by, but I have you on my google reader, so I never miss anything.

  10. #10 Avenel
    June 19, 2008

    Love history, science, and skepticism. One of my favorites on Science Blogs.

  11. #11 Kate
    June 19, 2008

    Hello from Oxford! This is one of my favourite Science blogs too.

  12. #12 Hypatia
    June 19, 2008

    I read this site daily, but I use RSS so it may not add to your viewing statistics.
    I think I found you originally through some of the other SciBlogs.
    I’m an Ancient Greek major in New York City, but I started out studying archaeology. At this point, I’ve accepted the fact that I’ll always be an armchair archaeologist.
    I don’t know much about Scandinavian archaeology, having concentrated more on the Mediterranean and the Levant, but I know a bit about the mythology and find it fascinating.
    Thank you for giving me something educational and interesting to read while I drink my coffee every morning.

  13. #13 Johan
    June 19, 2008

    The last time I checked, at least, the feed wouldn’t let me read the entire posts, which just made me frustrated, so I removed it (which is a bit ironic, since I might’ve been the very first person to add it). I do remember to check in every few weeks and read a few posts, though.

    I’m a student of rhetoric, edit Vetsaga, run the blogs Ampersand, Bränt järn, Månskensdans and a few more, and work a little bit with text and languages whenever I find the time. Among other things.


  14. #14 David Lee
    June 19, 2008

    I lurk, but then I don’t know much about your field. “Better to be silent and thought a lurker than…”

  15. #15 Optimus Primate
    June 19, 2008

    Howdy from Alabama!

  16. #16 Tim Abbott
    June 19, 2008

    Regular reader since the Salto blog. But you knew that. Cheers, Tim

  17. #17 arby
    June 19, 2008

    And howdy via crappy rural dialup from a holler in the Knobs of central Kentucky. Much quieter here now that the 17 year cicadas have done their thing. I’ll miss them.
    I’m a Google Reader reader too, but seldom click through to the site, so am one of many who don’t show up in your stats. I read every post though. One of the problems of being a Reader lurker is that it is often too fresh, no comments are there yet when I do click thru. Not so this time I see, I had to take a beer break. I appreciate the time and effort you put into this, thanks, rb

  18. #18 Marshdrifter
    June 19, 2008

    Hi! The field season is in full swing and I’m keeping busy.

  19. #19 Weekend_Viking
    June 19, 2008

    Antipodean Geologist here – I lurk in various re-enactment groups (AAF, SCA, MLHNZ, etc) and entertain fantasies of actually getting to some digs in europe sometime.

  20. #20 decrepitoldfool
    June 19, 2008

    I read your blog in the ScienceBlogs combined rss feed.

  21. #21 sbh
    June 19, 2008

    I came here because of my interest in aardvarks and ancient history; I also follow your work at Wikipedia.

  22. #22 Bob O'H
    June 20, 2008

    *waves from Helsinki*

  23. #23 themadlolscientist
    June 20, 2008

    Greetz from the State of Chaos!

    I dig archaeology and paleontology and wish I could try doing it literally some day. Found you via Scienceblogs combined feed and stopped by just ‘cuz I liked the name. Since then I check back every so often when I see something from you on the Sb combined feed.

    Back to lurking. CUL8R. kthxbai.

  24. #24 David
    June 20, 2008

    Cheers from another professional lurker, from Budapest, Hungary

  25. #25 ArchAsa
    June 20, 2008

    Greetings from the People’s Democratic Republic of Sweden. I knew you in the flesh, before I discovered your webxistance.
    Part of my daily routine now. 🙂

  26. #26 highlyeccentricx
    June 20, 2008

    Hi, I don’t think I’ve ever de-lurked before. I’m Highlyeccentric, I picked up this blog for the occasional medieval artefact posts… possibly via Carnivalesque?

    I’m a student of Medieval Studies from the University of Sydney, and I keep the blog The Naked Philologist.

  27. #27 Italo M. R. Guedes
    June 20, 2008

    Hi, although it’s not the first time I write here, it’s certainly the first time I de-lurk, as you say. There’s no doubt I’m one of your most faithful regulars: I visit the blog everyday, except when I’m travelling. I’m a brazilian soil-scientist, still unemployed and I also blog, about soils, and sometimes about archaeological soils – in Portuguese.

  28. #28 Barn Owl
    June 20, 2008

    Irredeemable professional lurker and Europhile in Texas here. Love the archaeology and Scandinavian culture posts!

  29. #29 kai
    June 20, 2008

    Well, I’m not all that lurkerish, but hi anyway!

  30. #30 Bill LaLonde
    June 20, 2008

    Delurking to say that I very much enjoy the blog! But now I must go watch a squid dissection…

  31. #31 Maulwurf
    June 20, 2008

    Hi, I’m just another “lurking” archaeologist, interested in swedish archaeology ’cause I got family living in Sweden.

  32. #32 Bee
    June 20, 2008

    Hi from Nova Scotia. I’ve delurked a few times, but not recently. Really enjoy your blog, I love archaeology.

  33. #33 David Marjanovi?
    June 20, 2008

    I’m such an irregular reader that all I’ll say is that thou/thee/thy was the singular and ye/you/your the plural… there is no fancier way of saying “reveal yourselves”, except perhaps “reveal you”. Thou is the same word as Swedish du.


  34. #34 badger
    June 20, 2008

    lurker in the RSS feed. another Louisiana reader.

  35. #35 Randy
    June 20, 2008

    You’re part of my morning routine in New York, NY.

  36. #36 moore group
    June 20, 2008

    Regular reader and lurker – Hello. Came across your blog via a Carnival (I think). We’re an archaeological and environmental consultancy in the West of Ireland and thats our blog below.

  37. #37 Jonathan Lubin
    June 20, 2008

    Retired US mathematician, with an outsider’s interest in archaeology, can even snakke dansk, men kun lidt.

  38. #38 Somerville
    June 20, 2008

    Lurking away in Palm Beach, FL. Once upon a time a history student. The first paper I can remember writing was in Grade 9 science and it was on the Mayans of the Yucatan. Should have done archaeology but history was simpler at my university.

    Then I went sailing for a few years.

    Read two or three times a week

  39. #39 PsyberDave
    June 20, 2008

    I found your site because you told me to go see it. You were sitting behind me at The Amazing Meeting in Fort Lauderdale and you kept kicking the back of my chair every five minutes asking, “Have you seen my blog yet? Did you go to my site yet? Go look at it.”

    So I did. And it was good 🙂

    *Parts of the above story are embellished.

  40. #40 Evolved Rationalist
    June 20, 2008

    I, Lurker.

  41. #41 David Reiner
    June 20, 2008

    Delurking. I’m just happy picking up random bits of archaeology and Swedish (maybe “Martinish”?) culture.
    From the Chicago financial scene – soon ripe for your study.

  42. #42 EricJuve
    June 20, 2008

    Hi from South Beach, Oregon, USA. I read a lot of the ScienceBlogs, yours being one of the many. Thank you for your efforts and keep up the good work.

  43. #43 Thud
    June 20, 2008


  44. #44 Henrik
    June 20, 2008


  45. #45 Sean Manning
    June 20, 2008

    Hi Martin,

    I de-lurked in the arrowhead evolution thread recently. I think we do mostly agree, but somehow that can cause the fiercest disagreements for the least reason ^:)

    I’m an undergraduate History and Computer Science (long story) student from Canada, who spends too much time online on ScienceBlogs and history-related forums like the Bronze Age Center.

  46. #46 Reid Hala
    June 21, 2008

    I don’t read any blogs other than this one. My dad linked me to it, he thought I would be interested since I am a 2nd-year archaeology student in Canada. Turns out he was right, I enjoy your blog very much and someday I hope to be doing the same thing you do for a living!

  47. #47 J.S.B.
    June 21, 2008

    Hi Martin,

    I’m another reader who plays in a medieval re-enactment group (SCA). I first read your blog when you found the Djurhamn Sword and that’s how I found Sciblogs. I appreciate the introduction, there are many excellent blogs here. But this is my favorite. Keep up the great work!

  48. #48 Paul Zimmerman
    June 21, 2008

    I read your site daily, but mostly with Google Reader, so I’m another one who’s not showing up properly in your stats. Though I may have de-lurked last time around. (Too lazy to check.)

    Love the site. I’m an Arabian archaeologist living in New York and working in tech. I find your posts about ongoing work the most interesting. It fascinates me to see how another colleague works.

  49. #49 Barbara HUffert
    June 21, 2008

    First visit to your blog but I’ll be back. I’m an anthropologist by education, erotic romance author by trade. There’s been a lot of hype this week because we’ve once again been accused of penning bodice-rippers. Your mention of that back in March caught a fellow-suthor’s eye and her daily post directed me here.

  50. #50 Martin R
    June 21, 2008

    Great to hear from you all! Amazing to see such geographical and professional variety. Thanks for all you praise! And keep the de-lurks coming, people.

    Actually, I believe the Google Reader subscriptions do contribute to the blog’s stats.

    David, thanks for alerting me to the grammar mistake. I’ve corrected it now.

    Barbara, surely the “accusation” of writing bodice-rippers can’t be met with anything but a snort these days. Writing fiction that a lot of people want to buy and read is not an easy thing to do. The authors of bodice-rippers contribute far more both to the pleasure of their readers and to the GNP than the lofty lit’ry scribblers of the world. We’re aesthetic relativists here. There is no such thing as objectively good and bad art. There is just readership figures.

  51. #51 KevinC
    June 21, 2008

    Long time mostly lurker. I was a student of Environmental Science and just started working in my field for a small Indian Tribe along a border river in the Southwest. One of the people I will be working with often is the Cultural Affairs officer who is of course an archaeologist. Cannot go tearing out invasive plants with a dozer and ruining important sites.

  52. #52 Pierre
    June 21, 2008

    And who I am you know. I´ve been reading your blog daily since your Salto-time and although I rarely comment I usally enjoy your posts very much!

  53. #53 Amarinda Jones
    June 21, 2008

    “surely the “accusation” of writing bodice-rippers can’t be met with anything but a snort these days.”

    Well said Martin

  54. #54 anny cook
    June 21, 2008

    Another “bodice-ripper” writer raising the hand here. Amarinda directed her readers to your article about bodice rippers. And then I sort of hung around. Think I read about twenty articles. Thank you so much! Sure enjoyed the blog.

  55. #55 Kelly Kirch
    June 21, 2008

    Popping in to see what the hubbub is about. Don’t think any of my characters have actually ripped a bodice but an interesting debate nonetheless. Thanks to Amarinda for the point-to.


  56. #56 BGT
    June 22, 2008

    As ed k said earlier, I lurk, it’s what I do.

    I roll in to read here every week or so to find some good archeology posts.

  57. #57 Archaeozoo
    June 22, 2008

    I’m an archaeologist by profession, specialising in archaeozoology (hence the blog name).

  58. #58 Ngtmagicks
    June 22, 2008

    De-lurking as ordered Sir!

  59. #59 Ubi Dubium
    June 22, 2008

    De-lurking from Virginia! Found you from the Skeptical blogs, and check in several times a week.

  60. #60 Thinker
    June 23, 2008

    Martin: lest you think my infrequent commenting lately means I have returned to lurking, here’s proof to the contrary. (BTW, that was a very convoluted way of saying “I’m not quite dead yet”…)

    Historically interested Swedish biotechnologist who enjoys a good brew in good company…

  61. #61 Masks of Eris
    June 23, 2008

    By your command, then: A Finn from the fields of mathematics (a callow grad student) delurks. I can’t recall how I found my way here, but I’ve been returning now and then for months.

    And since I’m a Finn, I’ve been lurking. You very well know that in Finland once you speaks, you loses face.

  62. #62 Martin R
    June 23, 2008

    Yes indeed. Us Swedes, on the other hand, are effeminately talkative and have neither sisu nor puukko.

  63. #63 Elena
    June 23, 2008

    Ha! Got caught. I read by the RSS feeds to my email. Am a subscriber to several Anth groups and this site was mentioned in one of the posts. Have been semi regular until getting the hang of the RSS. Now a regular lurker.

  64. #64 dustbubble
    June 24, 2008

    Unlurking briefly from my mission to read the whole of the internet. From Britland. Was a circuit digger and museum monkey for many years, longer than is either decent or necessary in a gentleman.
    Jacked it in when it became obvious that my pathetic addictions to food and housing were never going to be adequately funded by the trade.
    And developer-funded archaeology (watching empty holes fill with rain) just doesn’t do it for me. I like stuff :^)

  65. #65 christina
    June 24, 2008

    Yes, you’re in my newsfeed.

  66. #66 Bruno
    June 25, 2008

    de-lurking… sometimes commenter and one-time guest blogger 🙂

    greetz to all the other commenters.

  67. #67 David
    June 25, 2008

    A regular reader ever since you advertised your existence on VOFs forum.
    Keep up the good work.

  68. #68 mike
    June 27, 2008

    I don’t remember how I found you but I did. Now I read once every couple weeks. Keep up the good work!

  69. #69 Kelly Kirch
    July 6, 2008

    Hi. Second comment ever. Fourth visit. Romance Writer and proud to be epubbed as well as in print, living in Tennessee but currently on the road. I’m here because once upon a time Amarinda Jones pointed to your blog for an article and the magnitude of your abundant charisma (ahem) locked me in. Plus, I like words that start with two “Aa”s.

  70. #70 Bryaxis
    January 14, 2009

    A Belgian lurker from Brussels, pursuing a MA in information technology after getting a first MA in ancient ( classical ) history, following you through the Maia Atlantis RSS Feed ( )

  71. #71 Wayne Lowther
    January 14, 2009

    Yeah, I lurk. Keep RSS feed for combined scienceblogs posts.

  72. #72 Martin R
    January 14, 2009

    Great to see you de-lurk, guys, but you’re commenting on last summer’s de-lurk entry!

  73. #73 Dan Diffendale
    January 15, 2009

    For some reason, the feed reader picked it up again today…

  74. #74 Elizabeth Wormer-Pando
    March 5, 2010

    to the archaeologist in Hungary: I’m a prehistorian currently in Budapest, planning to start my Phd. what’s ur field?

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