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2016 A Monumental New Year

Ditched Enclosures in Neolithic EuropeI have to thank Víctor Jiménez Jáimez for raising me from the deep sepulchral gloom of my seasonal torpidity, to bring you news of his new website ; Ditched Enclosures in Neolithic Europe.He has prod...

The Timekeeper

Earlier in the year I was commissioned under the Per Cent for Art scheme to create a sculpture for a secondary school in Drogheda Co. Louth. The brief was to create a piece to commemorate the transition of the school from its humble beginnings i...
by Stone Art's Blog on Dec 13, 2015

Henging Our Bets

With the discovery of Göbekli Tepe, the history of civilization has received an unexpected prologue. In the view of the archaeologists involved in the excavation, the site can only be religious in nature, indicating that the earliest communal effort...

Imaginary woods

Often, when we think about the past, we do so in our imaginations, using the pictures and impressions we have picked from our shared visual culture, we mix the real things we find into a fantasy world.  Envisioning the environment in terms of it...

DOMUS DE JANAS (FAIRY HOUSES) – SARDINIA, ITALY

The Mediterranean Island of Sardinia is one of the oldest lands of Europe. Between the late Neolithic Age (4000 BC) and the early Bronze Age (3000-2500 BC) , mainly during the so-called “culture of Ozieri“, which bloomed in the period bet...

Posthole archaeology; function, form and farming

By the Bronze Age in British Isles, and certainly in terms of the proto-historic Late Iron Age, we have what historians might call petty kings and aristocracy, sometimes with a more wider regional and national institutions.  Although our museums...

Ring of Brodgar Orkney

The Ring of Brodgar on Orkney Island off the north east coast of Scotland is a sacred place, power spot and a UNESCO World Heritage Listed site. The Ring of Brodgar ranks with Avebury and Stonehenge as one of Britain's most important stone circles.Th...
by Devon Visitor on Jan 14, 2014

The archaeology of the Imaginary Spaces

One of the first things you learn as an archaeologist is that “History” is the study of specialist artefacts involving writing and other forms of recording, and that “Prehistory” is marked by the absence of such material. There is period we c...

Returning to Simplicity

Elliptical stones in granite, curved shadows tracing the movement of the sun and parading across the dusty ground, 95 monoliths up to 3.5 metres tall, in concentric circles and first arranged six thousand years before the Christian era: at the Cromle...
by Cholche, Jibon on Aug 22, 2013

A visit to Hästholmen a villa forensis in Östergötland, Sweden

I’ve been lazy when it comes to archaeology blogging lately, partly due to lots and lots of work. The other day I was asked to meet up with some folks from Jönköping County administrative board to tell a little on Hästholmen, as they were vi...
by Testimony of the spade on Jun 1, 2013

A visit to Hästholmen a villa forensis in Östergötland, Sweden

I’ve been lazy when it comes to archaeology blogging lately, partly due to lots and lots of work. The other day I was asked to meet up with some folks from Jönköping County administrative board to tell a little on Hästholmen, as they were vi...
by Testimony of the spade on Jun 1, 2013

Music, Nature and History: The Appeal of Glasntonbury

This post is brought to you by a valued sponsor. Many of us want to go to at least one festival in our lifetimes and the name that crops up most often when discussing this is Glastonbury. An extremely famous venue for its annual festival and the grea...
by Tripologist on Mar 15, 2013

Understanding the Neolithic Longhouse

Archaeology is recorded in diagrams All pictures of a Neolithic Longhouse are imaginary; generally, all that remains are the archaeological plans of their foundations, however, it is possible to produce a theoretical model of the form of engineering...

Ancient times along the Swedish east coast – An archaeological seminar in Blankaholm

As I check my back-log I see that I need to blog more about archaeology, but it seems that time just haven’t been there. During the coming weekend there will be time for archaeology though as it is time for the 5th annual archaeological seminar in...
by Testimony of the spade on Feb 20, 2013

Ancient times along the Swedish east coast – An archaeological seminar in Blankaholm

As I check my back-log I see that I need to blog more about archaeology, but it seems that time just haven’t been there. During the coming weekend there will be time for archaeology though as it is time for the 5th annual archaeological seminar in...
by Testimony of the spade on Feb 20, 2013

Declining biodiversity in… your filthy mouth

It still amazes me that the more we look, the more we realise just how important intact ecosystems are for our own well-being. I guess this is why I’m still a scientist. Our latest paper that just came out today in Nature Genetics is a bit of...
by Conservation Bytes on Feb 17, 2013

Doubt, and the archaeology of the imagined past.

 One thing that was apparent a CAA conference[Computer Applications in Archaeology]  at Southampton was the ability of our current technology to produce any image we can imagine with a remarkable degree of realism.  The look of th...

OBAN PEOPLE MAY BE 8,500 YEARS OLD, SOME OF THEM

Scottish harpoon head made from the antler of deer. Dated to 4500 bc. Impressive?Oban is famous amongst archaeologists who study very ancient people. Rubbish found in caves in the area has been dated to Mesolithic times. Because Mesolitihc people did...

What is Neolithic Period?

In the human evolution there was a period in which humans used tools made of stone but they had a static home. Instead of wandering they used to live in a permanent place with their [...]...
by Whatisall on Dec 15, 2012

Ep 16: Thanksgiving’s Bounty of Diversity

Well, here we are at episode 16! That’s four months of podcasting! And what a great way to celebrate the four month mark with it occurring on the eve of Thanksgiving – one of the best holidays of all time, IMHO. I like Thanksgiving for a numb...
by Dr. O & Midwest PRS on Nov 21, 2012


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