Archaeology & Environmentalism

lightupsf:

A short video I produced for a California Archaeology class.

I hope you’ve learned something! 

takakoyaki:

so I promised dessa I would make some posts about my travels, starting with the Greek Archaeology field school I went on in 2009. The entire trip consisted of one week in Athens and five weeks in Mycenae, Greece, home to many Bronze Age landmarks and a small town with only one main road. 

Among the things we found:

  • Lots of pottery sherds
  • Three infant graves
  • Stone foundations
  • Geometric-era cups and bronze jewelry

cennoreth:

Prairie du Chien Chert (page is materials M-Z, so scroll down a bit for PDC entry)

Part 2: variety 2

The second variety of PDC is not as easily distinguished. It occasionally has a banding or grain, but this also occurs in Red River Chert. Because the distribution of these two materials does not overlap to a significant degree, they may still be distinguished based on the location of the site. The banding in this variety of PDC is contorted, somewhat like wood grain in a knot.

It’s not the easiest thing to see because of the color, but the flake in the second picture has a few vugs (little cavities in the rock) that are full of little quartz crystals. One is visible as a grey patch with some lighter spots on the right side of the flake, midway down the edge.

I don’t have an example of the third variety of PDC right now, hopefully that will change!

Ten years ago, these archaeologists were either high off glue or shotgunning beers or both.

fouramtwohourstogo:

If any of us find another bag labeled “mystery bag” or “?” or that contains a ceramic sherd the size of my fingernail, I think that Katie is going to go outside and jump into the pond.

Of course it has been 10 years, so they could have just gotten lost/mixed up/lent out.

Beer and glue are the only explanation. 

Glad i’m not the only one that happens to

homoarchaeologicus:

Aztec god Tlaloc ceramic face pot, Templo Mayor, Mexico. Between between AD 1325-1521.

The pre-Hispanic people conceived of Tlaloc’s face as being formed by two intertwined snakes which come together around the nose and mouth. Here the snakes can be seen from the alternating vertical lines and circles that make up the eyebrows, eyes, and nose, as well as around the mouth.

homoarchaeologicus:

Aztec god Tlaloc ceramic face pot, Templo Mayor, Mexico. Between between AD 1325-1521.

The pre-Hispanic people conceived of Tlaloc’s face as being formed by two intertwined snakes which come together around the nose and mouth. Here the snakes can be seen from the alternating vertical lines and circles that make up the eyebrows, eyes, and nose, as well as around the mouth.

theropod:

One of the first dinosaurs to take to the air had wings with at least one black feather, according to a new study.

To determine the color of the winged dinosaur Archaeopteryx, scientists used a scanning electron microscope to analyze a fossilized feather from one of the raven-size creatures. The fossil was discovered in a limestone deposit in Germany in 1861.

The team was surprised to discover that the microscopic structure of the ancient wing feather was identical to that of modern bird plumage.

“It means that completely modern flight feathers had evolved as early as 150 million years ago, in the Jurassic period,” said study leader Ryan Carney, an evolutionary biologist at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

process-arch:

Ancient Digger polled archaeologists on Twitter as to why they became archaeologists. I’m included in the list, but there are others that you should check out as well. At first, I felt compelled to discuss those historical influences that led to me becoming an archaeologist, but that was impossible to do in 140 characters. Instead, I modified it to what I like about archaeology. It works pretty well.

Check it out.

process-arch:

We all wondered.

Via @brockter on Twitter.

ourwildways:

110522_JTSi_0725_d.jpg by panafoot on Flickr.WOW! the North Kaibab Trail, Arizona. 
i’ll sure as hell hike that!

ourwildways:

110522_JTSi_0725_d.jpg by panafoot on Flickr.

WOW! the North Kaibab Trail, Arizona.
i’ll sure as hell hike that!

ourwildways:

110522_JTSi_0726_d.jpg by panafoot on Flickr.
openaccessarchaeology:

New Issue of The Archaeologists is out- Means Older Issue Now Open Access
http://www.archaeologists.net/publications/archaeologist
Photo- Archaeological items recently reported to the Treasure Trove Unit include a Middle Bronze Age palstave from Balfron.

openaccessarchaeology:

New Issue of The Archaeologists is out- Means Older Issue Now Open Access

http://www.archaeologists.net/publications/archaeologist

Photo- Archaeological items recently reported to the Treasure Trove Unit include a Middle Bronze Age palstave from Balfron.

richiedcruz:

Cool stuff: I think this is the first government sign I have seen that was both shiny and free of bullet holes.

richiedcruz:

Cool stuff: I think this is the first government sign I have seen that was both shiny and free of bullet holes.

richiedcruz:

My office: Another morning. Another pretty sunrise. 

Note the SUV’s. We were trying them out to see, if we prefered them to our usual big trucks. We didn’t. Less room for our gear. Less passing power. Trickier to handle off road. 

Plus we had two Chevy’s, which were crap. They had all the usual rattles, creaks, mysterious noises and stuff falling off that one associates with GM products… Nice to see that GM products have improved so much since they went bankrupt. Sarcastic sigh : p

richiedcruz:

My office: Another morning. Another pretty sunrise.

Note the SUV’s. We were trying them out to see, if we prefered them to our usual big trucks. We didn’t. Less room for our gear. Less passing power. Trickier to handle off road.

Plus we had two Chevy’s, which were crap. They had all the usual rattles, creaks, mysterious noises and stuff falling off that one associates with GM products… Nice to see that GM products have improved so much since they went bankrupt. Sarcastic sigh : p

richiedcruz:

Signs that you might be a CRM archaeologist: The trash can in your motel room is pretty much full of used flagging tape.

richiedcruz:

Signs that you might be a CRM archaeologist: The trash can in your motel room is pretty much full of used flagging tape.

richiedcruz:

Favorite Gear: My camper

Yes. I am now one of those field techs who have everything. I saw it during my last rotation, and it was cheap and in decent condition. So I bought it. 

It’s nowhere near ready to go out with me. Most of these mid-60’s campers came with hideous interiors. So I will be spending many of my future off-days remodelling it. 

Pictures to follow. 

I was thinking something along the lines of Mad Men meets redneck…

richiedcruz:

Favorite Gear: My camper

Yes. I am now one of those field techs who have everything. I saw it during my last rotation, and it was cheap and in decent condition. So I bought it.

It’s nowhere near ready to go out with me. Most of these mid-60’s campers came with hideous interiors. So I will be spending many of my future off-days remodelling it.

Pictures to follow.

I was thinking something along the lines of Mad Men meets redneck…