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November 21, 2008

Things I’ve seen around the web recently include…

Digging Digitally » Digital Challenges: Notes from the Hellenic Ministry of Culture’s Recent Conference

Notes from a recent conference on digital dissemination, with links to other people’s views on the subject.

Where, O Where Has Comet Boethin Gone? : The Case of the Missing Comet « The Transient Sky – Comets, Asteroids, Meteors

Once a comet has been discovered that’s not the end of the story. It needs to stay discovered. Carl Hergenrother tells the tale of Comet Boethin, which would have been visited by NASA, if they had been able to find it.

What’s a Wupatki? « Seeded Earth

Bo Mackison introduces some of her photos of Wupatki National Monument in Arizona. You can see more of her trip through the southwestern USA at

The Archaeology of the Mediterranean World: Dream Archaeology in the Early Christian West

The next installment of a fascinating series of posts on early Christian responses to dreams.

Going on an Expedition (National Geographic Expedition Week) « Electric Archaeology: Digital Media for Learning and Research

Shawn Graham on why doing archaeology for the craic isn’t always a good idea.

Perperikon, Bulgaria’s Delphi: the Ancient City of Excessive Pleasures

I think I could use some excessive pleasures.

Call for cultural neuroscience papers for SCAN « Neuroanthropology

Greg Downey of the Neuroanthropologists points the way to a small treasure-trove of neuroscience papers. I think I’m starting to understand this slowly.

More ‘Archaeology Proves the Bible’ Nonsense

Dr Jim West shows how faith is being used to sell an archaeological tour with little connection to the Bible.

Mark Steel: Why do people cling to the myth of the nuclear family? – Mark Steel, Commentators – The Independent

Mark Steel points out some of the more obvious holes in the ‘nuclear family’ story which has been doing the rounds, which means I won’t bother. I think the idea it’s a ‘nuclear family’, in the sense that we would use the term, is highly speculative. Especially when the authors themselves say this kind of assemblage is extremely rare in this period.

Times Higher Education – I demand … less cash, no honour

Quentin Skinner walks the walk as well as talking the talk.

Times Higher Education – The great divide

Social and Evolutionary Anthropologists are not speaking to each other. Is it possible to unify the discipline. Interestingly the article doesn’t even touch on Linguistics ot Archaeology.:)

Times Higher Education – Can’t Work. Won’t Work

“Another first for Poppleton.” Those were the triumphant words used by our Director of Curriculum Development, Janet Fluellen, as she announced the introduction from this September of a brand-new BA degree in Unemployment.

Speaking at a specially convened press conference in the atrium of the new Management Centre, Ms Fluellen explained that the move was a direct response to recent ministerial demands that university degrees should be made relevant to the current state of the British economy.

Ummm, you e-mailed *me* for advice, remember? : Historiann : History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present

This is the kind of thing that academic blogs do really well. This wouldn’t make an academic journal or conference paper, but it is important. Historiann shows what some female academics have to put up with.

The History Enthusiast: Women in Academia

…and this is the post that pointed me to Historiann’s blog post.

Just when was the wheel invented, and by whom? « Mathilda’s Anthropology Blog.

The wheel might not have originated in Sumeria. Personally I’m not sure it needs to have just one origin.

Questionable interpretation: early medieval church sites in Northern Britain? « A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe

If you’re searching for churches, do you need to look with the eye of faith?

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