Two Archaeology Related Videos

First, this one that Julia just sent me:

Then, this one I just made. It’s experimental.


  1. #1 =^skeptic cat^=
    November 18, 2010

    “Facts” are important, yes, but what he was saying also makes no sense logically. My understanding is that different hominids didn’t evolve at different times but rather that all modern humans share a common ancestor … Um or something.

  2. #2 Greg Laden
    November 18, 2010

    So, what pattern would you expect to see?

    By the way, this video is part of a series. It’s the only one so far, but … there will be more.

  3. #3 =^skeptic cat^=
    November 18, 2010

    Greg, are you going to stick with Archeology or are you going do different topics … At least tell me that the guy eventually gets a date out the thing.

  4. #4 Greg Laden
    November 18, 2010

    I’m teaching intro to archaeology next semester, and this is for that. That does not preclude other topics and themes, however.

    I don’t know if Dan gets a date or not. But every character in the series is meant to represent (though is not based on) an archaeologist (or closely related professional) that actually exists.

  5. #5 gwen
    November 19, 2010

    The Oprah video is a GREAT Poe!
    I regret that I never took a college Archaeology course. I have read books and attended lectures, but that is all of the information I have on a fascinating subject. I would love it if the Grand Canyon had a paleontological timeline in the canyon wall showing the rise of the dinosaurs, the KT extiction, the rise of the mammals, the rise of homids and the rise of Western and North American Civilizations. I do not recall seeing or hearing of such an exhibit there.

  6. #6 =^skeptic cat^=
    November 20, 2010

    @gwen I think the youngest rock layers in the Grand Canyon are about 230 million years old long before the dinosaurs, etc.

  7. #7 gwen
    November 20, 2010

    @Skeptic cat Thanks for that info. Too bad, it will make a great exhibit somewhere. Now I just have to find it. I went to the Grand Canyon with a friend about 10 years ago, and was immediately struck by the grandeur and time represented in those rocks, and how little of that time was taken by my species, much less, MY life. Then extrapolating it to include the age of the earth and the universe! My GF spoiled it by exclaiming “Isn’t ‘god’ great!”.