Archaeological Work in Progress

I don't normally share my professional work on this blog but thought it might be of interest.  We were out re-recording a rock shelter yesterday known for some rather mysterious pictographs.  Mysterious in that they are vague and probably mostly wiped out due to weathering.  Only the protected portions of the shelter contain clear images … Continue reading Archaeological Work in Progress

Making Tools

Back to the beginnings.  Larry Kinsella is a great flint knapper and an all-around talented guy who, amongst other things, recreates stone-age technologies from his home near Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site (one of the great cities of the prehistoric world) in Illinois. Back in 2008, Larry, prompted by Tim Baumann, created a great lithic … Continue reading Making Tools

Why Anthropology?

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As this question has come up about half a dozen times in the past few weeks, maybe I need to address it, if not for the inquisitors, at least for myself.

When people ask “Why did you become and archaeologist?”  is it wrong to say “It’s better than a real* job”?  For some people that makes total sense, for others, they think “WHA…!? you don’t make real money doing that!”  It’s tough to make the argument that you want to be educated and have knowledge for knowledge’s sake in a world that equates education to vocational training with the sole aim of making money.  If you are that type of person then please go no further here.  I would suggest you go read Forbes and try banking or insurance as a career.

The real answer as to why I am an archaeologist is, of course, more complicated than that.  First…

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