Connected Pasts workshop

Thoughts from Connected Pasts 2014 workshop and meeting

This week I spent Monday and Tuesday at the Connected Pasts workshop and meeting in London, learning about network and complexity science and its application to archaeology and the past. The two days consisted of a three hour workshop introducing and exploring one of a number software packages which can be used to analyse networks … Continue reading Thoughts from Connected Pasts 2014 workshop and meeting

ISA 2012 Leuven (Day 3 – Biomaterials and Bioarchaeology)

I’m currently at the 39th International Symposium on Archaeometry in Leuven, Belgium, where I have a poster to present. I’ll be writing a proper conference review when I return, but in the mean time I’ll be making informal collections of the tweets and discussing the conference here on a daily basis. There are also collections … Continue reading ISA 2012 Leuven (Day 3 – Biomaterials and Bioarchaeology)

Fenland Council plan to scrap all pre-development archaeological assessment – roundup

Yesterday news of a Fenland Council announcement hit Twitter/Facebook and caused some real and unsurprising outrage amongst heritage people. I've done some digging to better understand the situation, so I thought I would share it with you. First written, Jun 23, 13:20. Last update: 14:24 on Jun 27th 2011. I'm afraid that due to needing … Continue reading Fenland Council plan to scrap all pre-development archaeological assessment – roundup

Osborne’s October 20th cuts – a personal assessment

I made the effort today to read through reports on the spending cuts announced yesterday evening. It's clear that they are going to have particularly pernicious affects on the poor and the disabled, but I was actually surprised to find that they'll have a pretty clear affect on my own situation. Usually I find it … Continue reading Osborne’s October 20th cuts – a personal assessment

First thoughts: Museum of London’s new Lower Gallery

This afternoon I visited the Museum of London. Although I am very familiar with the first floor galleries (prehistory to the medieval period) and I have to admit to being a little bit critical of some of these, I was really impressed with the new Lower Gallery. I remember the days when I used to … Continue reading First thoughts: Museum of London’s new Lower Gallery

Archaeology in Crisis?

I received an email a while back and completely forgot to mention this: Schlanger, N., and Aitchison, K. (eds) (2010), Archaeology and the Global Economic Crisis. Tervuren: Culture Lab Éditions. http://ace-archaeology.eu/fichiers/25Archaeology-and-the-crisis.pdf Note, i.a., chapters 4 (by Kenneth Aitchison, with annex 1 at end of volume) and 5 (by Anthony Sinclair) on the prospects for archaeology … Continue reading Archaeology in Crisis?

HMS Accidental and Experimental Archaeology Conference

Last week I volunteered at the Historical Metallurgy Society's Accidental and Experimental Archaeology Conference. The meeting was organised by David Dungworth of English Heritage, and Roger Doonan of Sheffield University, and took place at West Dean College, near Chichester. A number of UCL students arrived on Tuesday to help with the set-up for the conference, … Continue reading HMS Accidental and Experimental Archaeology Conference