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Monday, April 18th, 2011
3:15 pm - Field school/volunteering oppertunity in Blue Creek, Belize.

Hi everyone! I'm new to this community. I'm not sure if this is allowed, and if not I'll take it down with my most sincere apologies, but I'd like to pimp this awesome field school for those of you seeking college credit and a great digging experience this summer!


Maya Research Program is a US based non-profit corporation that sponsors archaeological and ethnographic work in Middle America ( Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico ).

Since 1992, research at the Maya center of Blue Creek has been MRP's flagship effort. Blue Creek was a wealthy polity with large monumental architecture. We have excavated much of the public and residential architecture, discovered one of the Maya area's largest caches of jade, and found a large-scale ancient agricultural system.

The staff at Blue Creek includes professors from the University of Texas at Tyler, Georgetown University and George Mason University and graduates from many other universities. Volunteers aged 14-81 have from all over the world have dug at Blue Creek. It's a great learning experience for anyone interested in Maya archaeology!

Check out the link above for more information on costs, project dates, and contact information. Thanks!

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Wednesday, July 21st, 2010
11:18 am - ATTN: students with a .edu email address

Amazon is offering a free 1 year subscription to Amazon Prime (Which usually costs $79 a year. Perks include free 2 day shipping, and $3.99 overnight shipping): http://amzn.to/bSH8jP (url shortened with bit.ly)

This is being marketed towards college students but all you need is a valid .edu email address, so teachers and alumni might be able to benefit from this too (though the Terms of Service does say they have the right to ask for proof that you are a current student).

I apologize if you have already heard about this amazing deal. I just want to help spread the word on this before they stop offering it. I am not an employee of Amazon, nor do I gain anything from people signing up for this service.

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Thursday, July 15th, 2010
10:10 pm - Festival of British Archaeology

Hi there!

I can see that this group is based in the USA, but I thought some of you might be interested in the Festival of British Archaeology that's happening over the next couple of weeks. Info can be found here.

Thank you

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Friday, February 5th, 2010
8:00 pm

Anyone know of any cheap field schools or intership type things for people that already have bachelor's? Lord knows I can't find a paying gig anywhere.

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Thursday, September 10th, 2009
2:47 pm - Anyone in Seattle?

Hello everyone!

I was wondering if any of you are in or near Seattle? I've never been an archaeo student but more an aspiring one. I'd like to meet up with someone who has or is going through the steps to become an archaeologist of some sort and talk with them about it. Or via email or online would be fine too! I've always wanted to go to school for archaeology, since I was very young, but my biggest set back is that my ability to book learn is practically non-existant. I'm a major hands on learner but have been terrible at reading and retaining information since I was in elementary school.

Anyway, thanks for reading, sorry if this isn't allowed, if so just let me know. :)

-Kate W.

current mood: contemplative

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Friday, July 24th, 2009
2:26 pm - working overseas - travel

Hi there!

I'm signed up to be part of a field crew on a dig in Germany in Sept/Oct. I have experience in the states, but not abroad. My only real question here is how I should schedule my travel. I don't really have money to explore Europe at all while I'm over there (how sad is that!), so it's pretty much in and out as close to my work dates as possible.

Has anyone worked on digs overseas where you were flying in and out without extra stops? How much time should I give myself on either side in case of unexpected delays? Do I show up the day before my scheduled date, or the day before that, or...?

I'll be flying into Frankfurt and taking a train from there. I just don't know the times involved. Anyone like to share their experiences and/or give a newbie some advice?

Anything is appreciated! Thanks.

crossposted to archaeological

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Sunday, June 7th, 2009
10:34 pm - Graduate schools

So, I got a bachelor's from Florida with a specialization in archaeology and a minor in religion.

My biggest problem in looking into graduate school is that 1) I took 4.5 years, and 2) my GPA is 2.96. Well, it SHOULD be higher. I have three Fs that shouldn't exist, but due to paperwork and medical issues, they still exist on my transcript. I'm still TRYING to get them fixed, but at this point I have to operate on the assumption my GPA is as shows and just be pleasantly surprised if it all works out.

So, I'd love to (believe it or not) specialize in religious archaeology. I have a soft spot for primatology, but I really think it's just a passing fascination, not a career choice. (Unfortunately, I didn't take any biological anthro classes until my last semester so I didn't have a chance to explore this.)

So, where can I go that will look at me with my GPA, and/or has a program in religious archaeology? I haven't taken the GRE yet, but I'm confident my scores will be good... I have a knack for standardized testing. I'm also interested in the possibility of online programs that will let me go at a slower pace so I can still work while I go to school. (I haven't decided yet if I want to go back to being a full time student, or if I want to keep working.)

Oh, and I'm looking to start Fall 2010, I think, so I have some time to do my research and study for/take GRE and such.

Any advice would be appreciated... and this will likely be cross-posted.

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Monday, December 1st, 2008
3:37 pm - Research Proposal Help


I'm a student and our final (only) project is a research proposal which our teacher has given us no help on. I have no field experience so I'm not sure about doing excavations in anything more than theory. How long would one expect to spend excavating? Since that is insanely broad, Scenario: doing judgemental sampling on a site that has been built over and probably doing 10 test pits in a single relatively small area (temple, or store room). and funding is unlimited

Any help? I'm lost. Research proposals SUCK

current mood: aggravated

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Sunday, November 30th, 2008
9:29 pm - Girl Archaeologist Video Blogs

So, this is a project I've been contemplating for awhile. Basically its just little 3-5 minute video blogs, talking about the different projects that I'm working on, that my friends and colleagues are working on, archaeology in the news, and archaeology in mainstream media. I know they need work, so constructive criticism hugely appreciated!! And if you like them, subscribe to my YouTube channel, and pass the links on! And I apologize for cross-posting... I'm trying to get the word out!

Girl Archaeologist #1

Girl Archaeologist #2

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Thursday, November 6th, 2008
2:14 pm - research help: bats in archaeological settings

Hello fellow archys!

I have a question for you all. I'm doing a small project for a class, and my topic is the relations/impacts between bats and small-scale human societies. The class is "environmental impacts of small scale societies". I'm interested in looking at either the impact of bats on aspects of small-scale cultural practices (ie seed distribution over burned areas allows for continued burning/regrowth), OR the impact of small-scale societies on bat populations/behaviors (bats attracted to agricultural areas -> bat population increase with increase of agriculture?) As an archaeologist, I'm most interested in archaeological settings. And while I am doing my own digging on this, I'm interested to hear what others might know about the subject.
I'm less interested in the cultural view of bats and more interested in the interactions on a physical level, although it's understandably difficult to untangle those sometimes.

Do you know of areas where bats are solidly documented in an archaeological setting, as food source or otherwise?

Do you know of ethnographic situations where there is documented interaction between bats and small human groups? Bat hunting or bat "fishing" and guano collection are the obvious examples, but any interaction is of interest to me.

Thanks, I would love to hear anything you got. And feel free to contact me directly if you would like to see what I already have. :)

Cheers mates!

(x-posted to archaeological and bats)

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Sunday, November 2nd, 2008
1:15 pm - New student

I also just posted at archaeo_girls so I'll keep this short and sweet to avoid saying exactly the same things....

I'm 19 and a secondyear student from the Netherlands, I focus on Paleolithicum/Mesolithicum in the three northern provinces of the Netherlands, and I'd also like to continue with Archeozoology. I'm also taking Hieroglyphs for fun, I don't really plan on going into Egyptian Archaeology.
Digging here is, perhaps, not quite as exciting as digging in southern Europe, but our goal is to expand our knowledge on Paleolithic Northern NL and we can find rather nice items...it just takes a lot more patience and work.

Hmm. So that was short. Probably not really sweet xD *fails at introductions*

current mood: content

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Friday, October 31st, 2008
11:42 am


I have a picture of the symbol from Chersones in Crimea. Rather rare symbol
Have you ever seen this kind of symbol anywhere else?
Any suggestions regarding it's meaning?

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Saturday, October 11th, 2008
10:49 pm - Proof I've been studying WAY too much Primatology

To the tune of Carlos Santana's Maria Maria

Gorilla gorilla
You remind me of an Old World monkey
Knuckle-walking social primates
With a nose just like a Catarrhine

Oh, Gorilla gorilla
You live on the mountain forests
Or the west and eastern low lands
Studied by Ja-ane Goodall

Stop the poaching, stop the hunting
There's danger in the jungle
See the land is getting scarcer
See the species getting smaller

See the gorilla on the tree
Of the hominoid cladogram
Our closest primate relative
With the Tanzanian chimpanzee

Gorilla, you know you're me fellow
When I compare bones I can see you
Through the common dental formula
Of two-one-twoooo-three
You remind me of an Old World monkey
Knuckle-walking social primates
With a nose just like a Catarrhine

Oh, Gorilla gorilla
You live on the mountain forests
Or the west and eastern low lands
Studied by Ja-ane Goodall

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Tuesday, July 15th, 2008
11:54 am - Searching for an article

 Hi! I'm new here, and I'm majoring in Classical Studies.
I'm wondering if someone could help me.
I'm desperate to find this article: "The Phaistos Disk: A 100-Year-Old Hoax?" written by Jerome M. Eisenberg, in the current issue of Minerva, The International Review of Ancient Art and Archaelogy. (Volume 19, no. 4).
If you got it, or if you know a place where I can get it, it would be very kind of you to share it with me.

Thanks a lot!!!

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Thursday, July 10th, 2008
10:08 am

Crossposted to archaeological 

I'm wondering if anyone here knows of any books, articles, documentaries, etc. dealing with anything concentrating on a combination of archaeology/prehistoric agricultural systems and modern sustainable, organic, or small-scale agriculture. Connection to large-scale agriculture is also welcome.

Also, I've been hunting for professors with similar interests, so if you know of any who are doing similar applied archaeology studies or who just have an interest in modern and prehistoric agriculture, please let me know!

current mood: curious

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Tuesday, July 8th, 2008
1:39 pm

Hey all, as a budding Arcaheology student I am slowly narrowing down what focus I would like to enter for Grad School. I have found a great interest in exosomatic symbols/physical adornment and because I have another two months until school begins (and 6 months until field school/any anthropology connection, thank you awkward scheduling times) I would like to begin studying what is being talked about and where in this field. Any books/documentaries/names/schools where I could get a lead would be awesome. :)

So, once again, any lead on information on exosomatic symbols. Any culture/time period because I am just testing the waters. Thanks :)

(Cross posted a couple different places, sorry!)

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Tuesday, June 17th, 2008
12:42 pm - the common metate


Stone Age Cuisinart

Pictured below is an American Indian metate.

A bit of background: It was picked up in 1975 by a railroad weed survey employee who was working in Sorrento Valley, just east of Torrey Pines State Beach, in San Diego County. At the time he was checking for "exotic" or non-native grasses that might have sprouted along the tracks from seeds that fall off railroad cars. It's a job that he said was paid for by tax dollars so I guess it might not exist anymore. In 1975 the population of San Diego was a fraction of what it is today, and the land rush that Proposition 13 started in 1980 hadn't been imagined by more than the most visionary of community planners. In 1980 both Carroll Canyon Road and Black Mountain Road were unpaved and we'd drive down them to go surfing in La Jolla or Del Mar, passing places like this metate spot all the time.

Anyways, he was with a group of people from work doing a job, the guy who found this metate, and he saw it sitting off by itself "in a wash" near where Panasquitos Canyon empties out onto the tidal flats. It was when Interstate 805 was just being finished, and he said there were still some old windmills there built by homesteaders in the 1860s after California had become a state, but they had been abandoned shortly after being erected due to drought. There were also some now vary rare wild walnut trees nearby. This metate belongs to me now but the former owner said that there were grinding holes in the vicinity (the type in large semi-submerged boulders), and I've read on the internet that there's different uses for those too. Perhaps the women had these mobile stones for washing flour with water, although this one's rather heavy to transport over long distances.

Here's a Mapquest page of near the exact spot he described it as being found:

I not sure why I'm sharing this info with you, dear readers. Like me you probably have a busy life, one full of exciting events and ambitious hopes. Just yesterday you might have watched Tiger Woods on TV win the US Open at the Torrey Pines golf course a couple of miles away from this location. Thousands of people pass by this site every hour during a normal day on the 5 and 805 freeway overpasses that merge above it. But down there it sits, the pastoral nexus of coastal valley and seasonal streams where generations of humans had used it continuously until the mid 1800s when the socio-demographic climate began to change and they moved on to greener meadows. Afterwards this metate must have sat untouched in the same spot for at least 100 years, perhaps totally unnoticed, until someone came by and ascribed enough significance to it again. Today's descendants of the hands that ground Torrey pinon nuts, acorns from Live Oaks and walnuts on this granite milling device are doing pretty well for themselves all things considering since the casinos have brought them enough money to afford electric cuisinarts.

I wonder a lot of things about this example of prehistoric kitchen technology. Like how long did it take to carve out that trough used as the grinding bowl? That's a hard-ass piece of granite... And where did they get it? Was it unearthed from a local granite outcropping or did its manufacturer import it from the hills inland where there's more of this stone to be found? Is it possible to determine how old it is, maybe from local tribal knowledge of the history of the area? And who were these people? What sort of society did they have? Why did they leave all of a sudden? Was it a type of military action that drove them out or were they brought to task under the rule of the Catholic Missions?

I'll look into these questions more later, but for now I'm content to occasionally glance at this metate in its place on my counter-top next to my stove. And I smile when I see it because it's a reminder to me of our shared nomadic heritage. Because, no matter who you are descended from, be it English royalty, gypsies, samurai, Scandinavian vikings, Zulu tribesmen or whoever, somewhere back there in the misty bogs of antiquity you had a grandmother who toiled upon a stone not unlike this one.


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Saturday, June 7th, 2008
7:32 pm - research help request
erin_lb  Hello Everyone,

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