A Big Day in the History of Archaeology

Andrew Hemmings — a professional archaeologist [working on the Gault project] at U Texas — writes on the ARCH-L list:

I think I am the first to note in print that both events happened on the same day: August 29, 1927 is the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the 1st Pecos conference at A. V. Kidders camp AND it is the 80th anniversary of Carl Schwachheim finding the first in-situ Folsom point with the bison at Folsom, New Mexico. Numerous authors have noted that A. V. Kidder and Frank H. H. Roberts had to wait for the Pecos Conference to end before heading to Folsom to verify the finds (with Barnum Brown too). (…)

So, Tell your friends! Drink a toast! Today is a very big day to remember in the history of American, nay, World, archaeology!

links for 2007-02-24

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…?)

Archaeology, the most fun you can have with your clothes on

Now this looks interesting. I’ve received this message which has been forwarded to several of the listservs I’m on.

Open content encyclopedia calls for submissions about archaeology

A major new encyclopedia project, Nupedia.com, requests expert
help in constructing an "open content" encyclopedia, planned to
become the largest general encyclopedia in the history of
humankind.  The project has significant financial support, and
its leaders and owners are committed to a years-long, intensive
effort -- to founding an open, public institution.

If you are an expert in any subject, your participation the
project will be welcome.  We are in need of well-qualified
writers, editors, and peer reviewers, and will be doing searches
for subject area editors.  Moreover, if you are a good writer
and researcher, you may be interested in contributing short
biographies, descriptions of cities, and other brief entries.

What does it mean to say the encyclopedia is "open content"?
This means that anyone can use content taken from Nupedia
articles for all purposes, both for-profit or non-profit, so
long as Nupedia is credited as the  source and so long as the
distributor of the information does not attempt to restrict
others from distributing the same information.  Nupedia will be
"open content" in the same way that Linux and the Open Directory
Project (dmoz.com) are "open source."  As has been the case with
those projects, we plan to attract a huge body of talented

Because Nupedia will be open content, it will be in a
freely-distributable public resource created by an international
public effort.  It is not an exaggeration to say that your
contributions would help to provide an international public a
free education.  We believe Nupedia is, thus, a project worthy
of your attention.

If you want to join us or stay apprised of the progress of
Nupedia, please take a minute to go to the Nupedia website at
http://www.nupedia.com/ and become a member.  (Becoming a member
is quick, easy, and free.)

Thank you very much for your attention.

Larry Sanger, Ph.D. expected May 1999 Philosophy, Ohio State
Editor-in-Chief, Nupedia.com
San Diego, California

P.S. If you wish to help promote this project -- something we
would greatly appreciate -- please do forward this announcement
to any *appropriate* forums and to colleagues you think may be
interested (including your local/departmental mailing lists and
newsgroups).  Or, if you would rather that Nupedia make the
announcement on a forum you frequent, please just give us a
pointer to the forum and we can take it from there.