What Archaeologists do Blog Posts for International Day of Archaeology.

The archaeologists and staff at Archaeology Southwest ran a bunch of blog posts for the International Day of Archaeology #IDA2016 from October 3rd through the 14th. As always with this group, they are a wonderful collection both of daily activities and history of archaeological ideas and practice. I’d really suggest checking them out. Mine was on October 13th and is called Bridges, if you are so inclined.

Here they are:

10/14/16 Decisions in Clay

10/13/16 Bridges

10/12/16 Delegating

10/11/16 The Translators

10/10/16 Painting Party

10/9/16 The Blog Must Go On

10/7/16 A Special Person, Two Places, and My Dog

10/5/2016 Juggling

10/3/16 Indiana Jones and the Artiodactyl-Sized Long Bone Shaft Fragment


Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and the destruction of cultural heritage

I just finished writing a blog post about an incident that happened a couple days ago. I won’t write too much about it here since it’s been picked up by the Huffington Post. This post is basically to just tie in with everyone who follows my blog so that they can check it out. Essentially, a blog I wrote for Archaeology Southwest ended up migrating to Huffington Post. You can check out the Archaeology Southwest version here and the Huffington Post version here. Anyways, thanks to Kate Gann for letting me delve into some sensitive topics on this one.

Archaeology finally hits the late night circuit thanks to my friend and colleague Bill Reitze at Petrified Forest

There aren’t many things that are sure in life. Until recently, as the cliche tells us, these were pretty much death and taxes. If you’re an archaeologist in the United States, you could also add having any of your research ignored by the popular news media. That is of course unless you add the word alien to any title. I’ve been thinking about doing that just to mess with people . . . “Evidence that Aliens built Chaco Canyon” and then a link to a great article by Chip Wills examining evidence that non-locals, or at least people entrenched in a different understanding of how to build Great Houses, built the McElmo phase architecture out there. So I guess I’m saying it has seemed to me that we need to use the same crappy tricks that media (of all types) uses to attract public attention. Basically create lies and add some intense music.

Anyways, where was I going with this . . . or yeah. Recently I’ve noticed an uptick in representation of archaeological stories on “sciencey” news agglomeraters like I Fucking Love Science, but I’m pretty sure that the day the Petrified Forest National Monuments survey of hundreds of new acres went viral on Facebook, reddit, and twitter was the only time that resulted in archaeology landing on late night talkshows (outside of Indiana Jones/Lara Croft type stuff). I make no claims as to the hilarity of the piece though.


Regardless, congrats to Bill Reitze at the Petrified Forest for a lot of national media attention for his and his team’s great work out there. This includes some other folks I know including Amy Schott, Kathryn Turney, and Erina Gruner.

Exploring the Edge of Salado Photo Blog pt. 3

Another blog is up from me on Archaeology Southwest’s page. This is really a compilation of many of the social networking posts that I put up during the two and a half months of my dissertation fieldwork. It’s prepping for the final blog post that will be up in a week or so.  Check it out here. Enjoy!

Exploring the Edge of Salado photo blog

A new blog is up from me on Archaeology Southwest’s page. This one is a photo blog and relates to a portion of the beginning preparations for my two month long fieldwork as well as the first couple of weeks of work. I’m primarily working with knowledgeable unit supervisors and a changing group of volunteers with varying level of archaeological knowledge and skills each time I’m out in the field so it can be a hectic but very fulfilling experience. So far everyone’s enthusiasm has been pretty wonderful. Check it out here. Enjoy!

Tanque Verde Brown and the Temper of Sand

Another blog post from yours truly, through Archaeology Southwest. It’s a little something for all of you lovers of Indiana Jones, archaeology, and prehistoric pottery. Check it out and share if you enjoy it. Next up will be a blog post on running, anthropology, and archaeology. Stay tuned!



The Archaeologists’ Gaze

Another blog is up. I’m still linking in through the Archaeology Southwest website and I will probably be doing so for the foreseeable future.

This new blog is all about how, at some level, we all view the world the way archaeologists do.

Please read and feel free to share! It’s pretty short, won’t take more than a few minutes to read and should be of interest to most of you. At least I hope it will . . . <crickets chirping>