links for 2008-03-24

North to Winnemucca

(with apologies to Johnny Horton)

I’m driving north tomorrow, from here in Las Vegas to Winnemucca for the Nevada Archaeological Association‘s quarterly board of directors meetings. Because of that, there will not be any substantial updates until Sunday evening-ish.

Actually, it should be a welcome respite from southern Nevada’s heat. Today’s max temp in Winnemucca was 106ºF.

Be well and hydrate extensively! [that means water!] 😉

It Has Been Windy Here, Too

Just back from a couple of days doing fieldwork at a large Government facility about 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas. I was running the mapping, using a backpack GPS unit that gets sub meter accuracy. If you have five satellites in the right places, that is. The pain was sustained 20 mph winds with guests to 45 or 50 mph. Those rip the hard hat off you head, the maps and papers out of your hands and fill your eyes with airborne grit. Ugh.

I’m looking at the raw data on the other box, however, and it’s good that the maps will look nice at least! 🙂

Extreme Archaeology TV Mash-Up Video

This is just pretty damn funny. Or in my case, screamingly hilarious. Especially if you have ever watched Digging for the Truth. It’s EXTREME!

Extreme Archaeology TV Mash-Up Video
Please view our five minute film, a parody director’s commentary for the archaeology reality television program Digging for the Truth. Two real archaeologists pretend to be the archaeologist and television producer working on the program. In these part-fact, part-fiction roles, the two parody the extreme archaeological adventures of the television host, Josh Bernstein. Fan propelled parachutes, cliff rappelling, outdoor fashion, and wilderness wifi internet research are comically explained as legitimate and necessary archaeological methods. In the process, television industries transform the methods of archaeology into extreme sports for televisual and economic gains. Through this performance, satirical commentary isolates the industrial televisual exaggeration of archaeological methods.

What these non-fiction performers cheekily call science is what media theorists call spectacle and is what the television industries need to entertain audiences. The performance begs the question: how can satire and parody be used to exhibit the findings of media archaeology?

The video can be viewed and embedded html acquired at this address:

Adam Fish
UCLA: Cinema and Media

Brad Garrett M.A.
International Centre for Archaeology Underwater

This came in via the WAC mailing list.

(Now where did I leave my jet pack…?)

Federal Research Funding In Decline as Appropriations Stall

The 109th Congress, the gift that keeps on giving. One of my American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, they put out the journal Science) mailing lists left this nugget…

This is going to affect nearly everything, from climate modeling to medical research. Most folks associated with big science are going to be hurting.

– December FY 2007 Appropriations Update
“Federal Research Funding In Decline as Appropriations Stall”

The outgoing, Republican-majority 109th Congress ended on December 9 in
a flurry of legislative activity, but left conspicuously unfinished the
fiscal year (FY) 2007 appropriations bills funding nearly all domestic
programs. Only the Departments of Defense (DOD) and Homeland Security
(DHS) have their final budgets; all other federal agencies are operating
at the lower of FY 2006 or FY 2007 House funding levels.
Continue reading Federal Research Funding In Decline as Appropriations Stall

Job News

I am very pleased to pass along that I have just accepted a temporary appointment as a Research Scientist (Archaeologist) at the Desert Research Institute. The position is here in Las Vegas.

Some of you may recall that I was an Archaeological Technician at DRI from 1991-1998. So I’m back several years later with a Master’s degree, which makes quite a bit of difference in terms of what you can do…

Archaeology: It Might Not Be As Glamorous As You Think

I was doing some fieldwork yesterday which consisted of 5 hours driving there and back and 1 hour looking at the area, so there was plenty of time to talk with my coworker. One thing she mentioned was an article by Brian Fagan in the current Archaeology Magazine. Kris, you might find this interesting…

So You Want To Be An Archaeologist? It might not be as glamorous as you think. [Archaeology Magazine]

Some pretty accurate observations concerning my occupation of choice.