Archaeoblog roundup

Since my serious commitment to archeoblogging began just over a year ago, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting several stellar individuals who possess a similar passion for sharing their perspectives on archaeology.  Whether those individuals have been practicing archaeology for decades or mere months, their presence in the digital realm, taking time to promote what they love, has proven to be quite motivating and often helpful.

Here are a few of the blogs I’m currently following along with a sample of what they’re covering.  I highly encourage you to check out the links and bookmark them for future visits.

We’ll start across the pond with Mike Pitts.  I’ve had the pleasure of meeting the editor of British Archaeology on several occasions.  A great conversationalist with a sharp mind for new approaches to archaeology, Mike runs a blog called Digging Deeper where he frequently comments on archaeological happenings within the UK.  One of the most outstanding entries on Mike’s blog was his lecture given on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.  Over the course of an hour in July 2009, Mike presented 10 stones from various locals across Britain that helped tell the story of nearly 700,000 years of British history.  Much like this lecture, his web content is fascinating.

I hail from the University of Bristol, where the Archaeology for Screen Media MA program is the be-all end-all for anyone who desires to blend archaeology and media.  Amongst its alumni is Annelise Baer who runs an archaeoblog entitled Archaeologist for Hire.  Ms. Baer does a phenomenal job of presenting some entertaining and interesting stories, often with humorous undertones, but always with respect for the field.  The Archaeology of Beards is by far one of my favorite reads.  Oh and by the way, hire her!

Finally, there is Middle Savagery, an archaeoblog managed by Colleen Morgan, a PhD candidate at Berkeley.  Her blog features loads of first hand examples uniting archaeology and new media technologies.  She’s done extensive work combining the 3D software Second Life with the work shes done at Çatalhöyük to recreate ancient sites.  Middle Savagery is updated regularly with original, thought provoking content and should not be missed.

These are just a handful of my current ‘likes’ in the archaeoblogoshphere.  As more archaeologists discover their desire to write about their occupation and blogging software becomes increasingly easy to operate, there is no doubt that new sites will begin popping up left and right.  If you know of a website that should not be missed, leave it in the comments section below or drop an email to me here.


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