I just found this on diggingthedirt, an often hilarious blog about archaeology by archaeologists (keep up the good work). Even if you aren’t an archaeologist, you need to watch this video. Actually, if you’re not an archaeologist, tell me if it’s actually funny, because I could put it on repeat. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiovfNET2Hc&w=500&h=305]
Archaeology is not a glamorous gig. It’s definitely cool, but it’s also got its ups and downs. If you are studying archaeology and love it, good for you! But here is your reality check. When I was a working archaeologist in England, I got paid just over £6 an hour, which afforded me a room … Read More So you want to be an archaeologist?
As an archaeologist, I am constantly flooded with reminders of the past, some of which I purposely seek. Some of them are accidental, perhaps coincidental. These ones are from modern media, which, I have come to realize, may be the only way that people can understand and appreciate the lessons from the past. I don’t … Read More Why the past is important to the present – Part 2
People will often ask why it’s important to study the past. “Why is it important to collect and study all those rocks and stuff? Don’t we have enough?” Maybe it would seem more important if our “rocks and stuff” were actually coins, statues, jade masks or terracotta soldiers. But, in reality, the smallest remnant of … Read More Why the past is important to the present – Part 1
Question: How long do you have to live in Calgary to get used to the crazy weather? I spent my childhood here, and have lived here for the past five years. When the sun shines and the snow starts melting, I think spring has arrived… but that isn’t always the case! Perhaps it’s just wishful … Read More Spring has sprung… or has it?
The Land Use Planning Section of Alberta Culture and Community Spirit puts out a bi-annual Listing of Historic Resources, which essentially triggers developments to having impact assessments conducted. It’s mainly used for small scale oil and gas, but other industries find it quite a useful tool as well. In our Fall 2010 Newsletter, we analyzed … Read More The new Listing of Historic Resources