Favorites Around the World
I had the opportunity to explore the ancient Roman city of Salamis back in 2007. Northern Cyprus is not the easiest place to get to, but since I was participating in a field school in Athienou, Cyprus, a couple of other students and I were able to go on a road trip to the north.
Salamis is a beautiful archaeological site and is relatively well preserved. You can walk along Roman roads, explore an amphitheater, study mosaics and painted stucco murals, and examine rows upon rows of columns. The size of the site certainly demonstrates the difficulty of preserving anything at that scale.
Personally, I think Salamis should be a World Heritage Site due to the amazing architecture and information that can be found and can continue to be found with further research and excavation. However, the UNESCO organization cannot recognize the site due to the land not being recognized by the UN (Northern Cyprus was invaded and is now occupied by Turkey). Consequently, the site has not received much attention for nearly 30 years.
What do you think we should do about archaeological sites needing preservation/international recognition but cannot be recognized due to international politics?
A trail crew working on the Pacific Crest Trail needed me to come out to survey some sections needing repair. While out there, I kept hearing “hiiiiiker!” and the trail crew would jump off the trail to let the hikers pass on by. Some of the hikers got a little more scrutiny than others. These persons were then rated on a scale from 1 to 10, being a “regular 6, but a backcountry 8.7.” Apparently I’m a backcountry 9, although I think they were being overly generous.
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And here’s a little weekend humor from The Archaeology Channel! Enjoy and have a great weekend!
Nar har har har. Although, I think the same could be said for most of East Coast/Midwest archaeology at the moment. I excavated my car many a time in grand ol’ Ohio.
Imagine if you will, a person wandering around in circles right off of the Pacific Crest Trail, muttering to herself about the silliness of satellites. Then, with a happy *whoop* of joy, she presses some buttons and then wanders in circles again with pin flags. I would walk faster, too.
Mesa Point trail, Boca Negra Canyon, Petroglyphs National Monument, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
The following are segments from information signs around the trail:
Due to extended periods of drought, the Pueblo people searched for permanent sources of surface water that would sustain their agricultural lifestyle. Many people settled along the Rio Grande which provided an ample supply of water and fertile farmland. […]
Petroglyphs represent a valuable record of cultural expression and human occupation in the Rio Grande valley. They have deep spiritual significance to modern Pueblo groups as well as other indigenous people such as the Diné (Navajo) and the Apache. Similar images continue to have value in contemporary ceremonial life for many Southwestern tribes.
The associated meanings of some petroglyphs are known by a few Southwestern tribal groups, while the direct meanings of other images have been lost over the centuries. […] Identification of some petroglyphs is based on interpretations by today’s Pueblo people. We cannot say for certain what all images represent, nor is it appropriate for modern Pueblos to reveal the meaning of an image to others. Various Pueblos have differing opinions on meanings and any single images may have complex or multiple meanings based on its context.
Photos courtesy & taken by Lisa Jacobs.
This is one of my favorite sites in the southwest! Petroglyphs National Monument is a wonderful place to not only check out some amazing rock art, but to also hike around a beautifully stark landscape.
If Archaeology Professors Graded Movies
We asked our resident expert on all things Vesuvius to rate the new movie Pompeii in 3D.
The Volcano: Impressive, especially Mt. Vesuvius’s precision at hurling fireballs at those trying to escape.
The Art: Mixed. Architecture pretty darn good; sculpture wretched.
The Sex: Disappointingly absent.
The Plot: Muddled; think Titanic meets Gladiator with a volcano instead of a ship.
The Visuals: Compelling, especially the sword-fighting and toned abs.
The Dialogue: Campy. Best dying words:
Aurelia: “You must find Cassia.”
Milo: “Where is she?”
Aurelia: “She’s at the Villa!”
The Competition: Pompeii: The Exhibition, traveling next to the California Science Center.
Interior view of the crater of Mount Vesuvius, as it was before the eruption of 1767, Peter Fabris. Engraving in Sir William Hamilton, Campi Phlegraei: Observations on the volcanos of the two Sicilies…, 1776. The Getty Research Institute
Ha ha ha ha, this is awesome. I cringe every time I see the Pompeii movie trailer. I won’t make the audience suffer by my constant snickering throughout the film—I’ll wait until it’s on Netflix. If it’s anything like that movie on the origins of agriculture and pyramids built my mammoths, that silly romp known as 10,000 B.C., then we’re in trouble.
Hospital Rock, Sequoia National Park
This is one of my favorite sites in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Not only is it easily accessible to the public, which of course also presents a number of problems in terms of preservation, it is one of the few rock art sites in the park.