27 May 2009

Dating pottery? What will they think of next?!

My home office is now established and I must say I am already enjoying working above ground with natural light and a window! I will miss the "spur of the moment" beer runs and camaraderie of course, but, such is life and graduation and moving on.

Speaking of moving on, I am still going through all the old news so bear with me as some of these are a bit dated now (2-3 weeks):

-The most exciting thing is this report from the BBC News discussing a new way of dating archaeological objects: with ceramics. Unfortunately they don't mention how much this technique--rehydroxylation--would cost researchers. Also, if used on mud bricks for example, the bricks will have had to be fired or from a destruction episode, which would only give us the date at which the building burnt down (note: this is not necessarily directly after the building was abandoned/went out of use!).

-This underwater archaeological project just off the coast of Greence sounds like a perfect next project to me!

-Think your life is bad? Archaeologists show us worse, or at least, remind us that we Americans are extremely lucky to be living in this day and age with all our opportunities and blessings. So quite 'yer bitchin'!

-New temples and fotresses found in eastern Egypt would have been one of the major stopping stops for ancient travelers coming from Canaan during the second half of the second millennium BCE. This carving of Ramses II is one of the many finds (photo from National Geographic).








And finally, does Indiana Jones have a "positive effect" on archaeology? Harrison Ford thinks so:

25 May 2009

Back at it

I can't tell you how nice it is to finally have the time again to revisit the news, at a leisurely pace at least. I have a LOT to go through however, so I think I will start with the most recent and move back in time. Makes sense, since that is what I do for a living after all...for now...

-A history of the Muses from the Wall Street Journal is quite interesting, part history and part critique of the latest exhibit at the Met on "The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion."

-What's in a name? For the Arameans in Turkey, well, a lot. They say Diyarbakir should revert to it's ancient Aramean name of Amid, when the city was the capital of an Aramean kingdom in the 13th century B.C.

-For a good chuckle, check out this "early board game" (pictured right) in the Gladys Dwindlebimmers Ralston Gallery of the Unidentifiable. Hint: it is really a tablet from 3000 B.C. with the earliest form of writing. The "mortified cat" is pretty good too. I realize the joke may be lost on my non-Near Eastern archaeology readers, sorry!

-Zahi Hawass sticks up for himself against the big, bad NY Times who apparently gave him a wedgie and stole his lunch money.

-Stone Age superglue shows that ancient humans were multitaskers.

-Researchers are planning to use CT scans to read carbonized scrolls from Herculaneum, destroyed in 79 A.D. by Mount Vesuvius.

More later!

20 May 2009

Finally back

I am happy to say that I am finally back posting on here! Sorry for the long absence, but these past few months (uhh, few years actually) have been leading up to this moment: graduation!
Check back real soon for the latest in archaeological news and details from my hunt for the "elusive job" that I am supposed to get now.
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