In January 2011, we embarked on the pilot season of The SVG Public Archaeology Program… and it was a success. Volunteers came from around the world to excavate at the site of Argyle 2, on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent. We identified numerous features, excavated postholes and pits, and slowly but surely recovered a … Read More Come dig in the Caribbean
May 4th is an unofficial holiday to Star Wars fans, dating back to 1979 when an advertisement in The London Evening News, congratulating Margaret Thatcher on being elected the first female Prime Minister, read, “May the fourth be with you Margaret. Congratulations.” Being a Star Wars fan (though not as hard core as some people … Read More It’s Star Wars Day!
For today’s blog post, I am directing you right to digging the DIRT. I quite enjoy this blog; they often include posts that make archaeology humerus, I mean, humorous to the general public, as opposed to just super keen nerdy archaeologists like me. Today they tackled the subject of why archaeology is important, and did … Read More Why the past is important to the present – Part 3
Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is claimed to be one of the world’s oldest, largest and best-preserved buffalo jumps (that we currently know about). What is a buffalo jump, you might ask? Well, it’s where North American Indians “led” Bison along the prairie towards the edge of a cliff, … Read More Walk back in time at Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
Now THIS is a dream come true. The Indiana Jones series has inspired hundreds, if not thousands, of archaeologists, and has brought archaeology successfully into the mainstream as something interesting and worth saving… and now there is a travelling exhibit about it! Not only will there be props from the movies, there will be examples … Read More Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology
There was finally an open window of dry, warm weather – hurrah! Archaeologists all over the world cheer for this. This means we are able to get back outside and dig some holes without having to wear and lug around excess gear. Yesterday, this involved revisiting a known stone feature site, which happened to be … Read More Site protection at its finest