Blog Posts - Post-processual Archaeology



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...

Posthole Archaeology; Function, Form and Fighting

In the previous post I posed the question what buildings does a moderately complex hierarchical agricultural society require, looking at aspects of agricultural buildings; this time I am looking at moderately complex hierarchical society, or at least...

Debunking the Iron Age Round House

Is Prehistory is more or less bunk ?In 1916, when archaeology was in its infancy, the industrialist Henry Ford expressed the view that History is more or less bunk, so what he would have made of Prehistory would probably have been unprintable.[1...

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...

Understanding more about Stonehenge as a Building

As the New Stonehenge interpretation centre  nears completion at a cost of £27 million *, I thought I should go a a little more detail about my understanding of the peculiar circumstances surrounding this unique building. In a previous series o...

Red Nose Archaeology

Today is red nose day - for Comic Relief a charity event organised by British comedians. Archaeology is one those subjects traditionally associated with drinking, it was one of the few compensations for low wages, poor working conditions, and zero c...

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...

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...


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