A friend sent this to me. It made my day.
(from/created by some-ecards)
This week’s TAC Term of the Week was CROPMARK. A CROPMARK is an archaeological site no longer visible from the ground due to plant overgrowth or farm plowing. These sites are usually more visible via aerial photography, where archaeologists can see differences in crop growth over underlying walls or pits. To learn more about cropmarks, check out this article from Wikipedia: http://bit.ly/1pfITrO
Nope, you’re all wrong. It was aliens. Just aliens, duh. *psh*
I have no idea.
Bwa hahahahaha! I should start answering questions about archaeology this way.
-Have you found a lot of gold?: no idea
-You must really like dinosaurs: nope.
-Do you like being an archaeologist?: Sure.
-What does an archaeologist do?: good question.
This actually happened at a party. I didn’t react quite so dramatically (I have some tact, not much, but some), but the person was still surprised by my questioning about the provenience, concerns about repatriation, and international antiquities laws.
Seriously, how do people think I’m going to react? “Well, me oh my, ain’t that skull on your bookshelf mighty spiffaroo”?! Grah. Grumble. I need to start carrying around tiny pamphlets about archaeological laws and then throw is at peoples’ heads. Here’s some ARPA for YOU *bam* and some NAGPRA for YOU *bam*
Did you know that ancient hunter-gatherers liked to spice up their meals? Archaeologists from the University of York discovered the remnants of garlic mustard along with animal and fish residue on pottery dating back 7000 years. This suggests that pre- and early-agricultural humans went for meals that tasted good, not just those that provided them with energy.
Who wouldn’t want a dash of this and that to spice up their food?
The amazing Andy Serkis sits down with Chris and Jonah to talk about what lead him to acting, his start and the process of motion capture acting, directing second unit on The Hobbit, and Dawn of the Planet of the…
Why post a Nerdist podcast with Andy Serkis on an archaeology blog, you may ask? Well, I shall enlighten you: Mr. Serkis loves archaeology. “I was massively into archaeology as a kid,” he states at one point. Ah, another point for archaeology! Take THAT paleontology with your silly old lizards and stuff.
This is the pilot episode of the Drunk Archaeology podcast, and features guests Profs. Eric Poehler and Francesca Tronchin as they spend an hour talking about the history and archaeology of Pompeii. NSFW for language. Download or stream for free. (Note on the audio: After 10 minutes, the primary audio recording software cut out, so the balance of the podcast is mastered from the back-up iPhone recording. We’ll use different software next time.) “Morning After” special feature follows immediately after the podcast ends. Tronchin also adds an addendum: “Between the time Spinazzola’s manuscript got bombed in Milan and Aurigemma reconstituted it, Spinazzola actually died!”
Fan-double-tastic. Just drunk enough.
Mosaic Musings: The Philosopher’s Mosaic
The Romano-Germanic Museum, Germany
This lovely mosaic portraying Plato, Aristotle, Diogenes, Kleobulos, Socrates, Cheilon, and Sophocles, is typically overshadowed by the immensely popular Dionysus Mosaic. The Philosopher’s Mosaic was discovered during the construction of a hospital in 1844. The mosaic was moved to and displayed at the Wallraf-Richartz Museum. Unfortunately, the mosaic was severely damaged during WWII; it was restored and installed at its current location in 1967. According to the handy information placard, the mosaic should have seven ‘wise men’ but two portraits where missing at its discovery. So, what do you do in 1844? In the 19th Century mindset, you add two portraits, of course. What issues could there be in dramatically altering classical artifacts/feature? Perhaps I’m being a bit harsh. It is a very nice mosaic.