Archives for July, 2010

Future Archaeology of Gaming

Like everything else we make and use, gaming pieces form part of the archaeological record. I once had the pleasure of lifting a particularly fine set of 9th century hnefatafl pieces out of the ground. Now I have seen a set of 20th century mah jong pieces go into the ground. The site of the…

I reacted to the news about the Pepsiblog debacle with a cynical smirk and a sinking feeling in my stomach. Though I am interested in health-related and environmental issues, they are not at the forefront of my blogging or my professional life. Of course it hurts the Sb brand and Sb’s journalistic credibility when the…

Anthro Blog Carnival

The ninety-sixth Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at Testimony of the Spade. Catch the best recent blogging on archaeology and anthropology! The next vacant hosting slot is already on 4 August 21 July. All bloggers with an interest in the subject are welcome to volunteer to me for hosting. It’s a good way…

A metal detector is very nice, particularly when there isn’t a lot of aluminium in the ground. Archaeology cannot do without it. But what I really want now is a holographic radar instrument. Still in the prototype stage, this technology is being developed by Tim Bechtel of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and…

My house. It’s L-shaped; of its six walls, only these two lack windows. In January, a house near ours caught fire in the middle of the night and was pretty much burned out. A malfunctioning electrical blanket on a couch in the living room was the cause. Nobody got hurt. But it was scary, because…

The 96th Four Stone Hearth blog carnival will run at Testimony of the Spade on Wednesday. Submit great recent stuff to Magnus, your own or somebody else’s. Anything anthro or archaeo goes! The next open hosting slot is already on 21 July. If you’re a blogger with an interest in the anthro/archaeo field, drop me…

Hogganvik Runestone Re-erected

The recently found Norwegian 5th century runestone of Hogganvik carries a memorial inscription and so might be expected to have stood on or near a grave. My buddy Frans-Arne Stylegar has excavated the site and sadly found no preserved burial, but he did find the original stone setting of the monument. This is a rare…

Heretical Room Mate

My buddy Micke and his Japanese college room mate: “I’m Ken Nakamura. Ken means ‘heresy’!” “Really? That’s kind of… odd.” “Yes! It means ‘HERESY’! Rike when you are never sick!” “Ahaaa, you mean ‘healthy’…” “Yes! Correct! What does your name mean?”

I Kissed a Nerd and I Liked It

Archaeological Zombies

Image by Joseph Hewitt of Ataraxia Theatre. Archaeology is a famously ghoulish pursuit whose practitioners are always on the look-out for dead bodies to gloat over. If we can’t find a grave, then at least we’ll try to get hold of animal bones from kitchen middens and sacrificial deposits. I’ve seen desperate Mesolithic researchers cackle…