Archives for July, 2008

Paddy K is hiking in Scotland without any portable internet connection. He just texted me a request for the coordinates of the Bridge of Orchy. He’s currently in Inverardran, about 20 km SSE of the bridge. People in the area who would like to meet a charming Irish/Swedish blogger are encouraged to write me for…

Everybody with an interest in anthropology and archaeology who isn’t lost in some green summery haze far from the nearest internet connection — it’s time to contribute good new blog entries to next week’s Four Stone Hearth blog carnival. You needn’t have written them yourself: if you’ve found something worth reading recently, submit it to…

Cesspit Incavation

I often dig old crap out of the ground, so today’s chore at the summer house provided some novelty. I won’t say welcome novelty: I re-cut the cesspit and emptied the outhouse barrel, burying new crap. In recent years, there has been a vogue among archaeological museums to host “incavations”. Museum visitors are invited to…

33 Test Pits

Today we dug and sieved our 33rd and last square-meter test pit at Djurhamn, and I took the gear back to the County Museum’s stores. Unless a colleague with better early-modern pottery skillz than mine provides any surprises, it seems that we have not found any of the evidence for 16th/17th century harbour life that…

Test Pitting at Djurhamn

I spent Thursday and Friday digging test pits with a group of energetic volunteers at Djurhamn, the first two of seven planned days in the field. The great Ehrsson brothers are now joined by an equally solid Ehrsson nephew, among other hard-working people. We’re looking for archaeological evidence for historically attested land activity around a…

Anthro Blog Carnival

The forty-fourth Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at Greg Laden’s blog. Archaeology and anthropology, and all about luta livre! Luta livre is a broad term referring to wrestling in Portuguese. In Brazil, it may also refer to a martial art that resembles catch wrestling. With the introduction of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where…

Here’s a set of pics from the Music Tuscany mini-festival near San’ Giovanni d’Asso in Tuscany, Italy, last week.

Tuscan Photographs

I’ve put some pix from my recent trip to Tuscany in Italy on-line. In other news, my wife has suggested a brilliant and radical re-interpretation of the Swedish 70s dansband pop hit “Margareta”, by Sten & Stanley. Comprehensible only to speakers of Scandy, I’m afraid.

Journey to 10,000 BC is a new made-for-TV documentary about Clovis-era North American archaeology and palaeontology (not to be confused with Roland Emmerich’s baroque fantasy feature 10,000 BC). The format of the film is conventional: a voiceover intercut with clips from interviews with scholars. The academics acquit themselves well and get a lot of interesting…

Here’s an interesting development. Top science bloggers have become a commodity hot enough that a situation like that in European football is emerging. Players are getting snatched from team to team through hostile buyout (Carl Zimmer of The Loom), and the number of really good non-pro players is dwindling (Phil Plait the Bad Astronomer just…