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
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)
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
I'm cooking dinner for some friends tomorrow, and in order to match a game we're playing I decided to do a 'Viking' style meal. This became a lot more difficult when I remembered it would have to be vegetarian! Turns out that most of the meals referred to in texts of the right(ish) period are … Continue reading Viking food
For anyone who's interested in the study of ancient and indeed industrial metal working and production, can I recommend the lovely Historical Metallurgy Society? I am obviously a little biased in this respect as I am involved with the Society, but that's because; a) the work they help to publish and coordinate is really interesting, … Continue reading Historical Metallurgy Society
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
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
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?
Well it's been a busy couple of days here! Things have been a little stressful with the analysis of the Crosby Garret Roman cavalry parade/sports helmet. Not allowed to say much about that unfortunately, but will hopefully update at some point in the distant future after the sale and everything has settled down. The analysis … Continue reading To Huttenberg, and beyond!
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