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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Editor’s Choice: Zombies throughout history!

Anyone who knows me, knows of my deep seated obsession with zombies.  I’ve taken every zombie survival quiz on Facebook, sat happily through countless Romero marathon’s and keep my headshot skills honed with an occasional late night nerd binge of Left 4 Dead.  Any chance I get to combine archaeology with zombies is a rare blessing.  So while wandering the aisle of my local bookstore, I was introduced to this little wish come true:

The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Events

Holy Anglo-Saxon buried gold, Batman!  Max Brooks, author of the epic novel World War Z and The Zombie Survival Guide has just released a new book entitled The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks.  This beautifully illustrated graphic novel chronicles major zombie attacks from the dawn of humanity; on the African savannas, against the legions of ancient Rome, on the high seas with Francis Drake, and right on up to the present day.  Brooks cleverly pits historical peoples against the flesh munching plague of the undead in some truely remarkable ways.  The book opens with a story from Central Africa circa 60,000 B.C.:

60,000 B.C., Katanda, Central Africa

I don’t want to spoil too much, but I will say I have a new theory on the origins of the handaxe.

While the stories are brief, the artwork is exceptional and even those less familiar with the graphic novel format can slip easily into this read.  So with Halloween fast approaching, I have no choice but to highly recommend this unique book that re-imagines some of history’s most fascinating time periods by throwing the walking dead into the mix.

You can pick this up at your local Barnes and Nobles or Border’s bookstore, but I highly recommend snatching it off Amazon and saving a few dollars on the price.

Editor's Choice: Zombies throughout history!

Anyone who knows me, knows of my deep seated obsession with zombies.  I’ve taken every zombie survival quiz on Facebook, sat happily through countless Romero marathon’s and keep my headshot skills honed with an occasional late night nerd binge of Left 4 Dead.  Any chance I get to combine archaeology with zombies is a rare blessing.  So while wandering the aisle of my local bookstore, I was introduced to this little wish come true:

The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Events

Holy Anglo-Saxon buried gold, Batman!  Max Brooks, author of the epic novel World War Z and The Zombie Survival Guide has just released a new book entitled The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks.  This beautifully illustrated graphic novel chronicles major zombie attacks from the dawn of humanity; on the African savannas, against the legions of ancient Rome, on the high seas with Francis Drake, and right on up to the present day.  Brooks cleverly pits historical peoples against the flesh munching plague of the undead in some truely remarkable ways.  The book opens with a story from Central Africa circa 60,000 B.C.:

60,000 B.C., Katanda, Central Africa

I don’t want to spoil too much, but I will say I have a new theory on the origins of the handaxe.

While the stories are brief, the artwork is exceptional and even those less familiar with the graphic novel format can slip easily into this read.  So with Halloween fast approaching, I have no choice but to highly recommend this unique book that re-imagines some of history’s most fascinating time periods by throwing the walking dead into the mix.

You can pick this up at your local Barnes and Nobles or Border’s bookstore, but I highly recommend snatching it off Amazon and saving a few dollars on the price.