On today's episode we are joined once again by Stuart Rathbone. Stuart talks about the phenomenon of Stone Henge replicas around the world and relates his experiences at one of the most recent installations - Achill Henge.
Christopher Sims (of the Go Dig a Hole, ArchaeoTech, and CRM Archaeology podcasts) and Hanna Marie discuss the problematic positions of the March for Science. Although widely popular, a number of statements from the group's organizers have concerned several archaeologists. Learn why in this episode of Arch365.
On today's episode we learn about the common site numbering system in the United States - the Smithsonian Trinomial. It's not used everywhere, but, it IS used most places. Where it's not used, a similar variation is usually in place.
On today's episode we learn about the Township and Range system and the Public Land Survey System. Township and Range is used as the legal location for land across much of the United States and it's sections are frequently used as survey parcel boundaries by archaeologists in the West.
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On today's episode we learn about something every archaeologist uses - the Munsell Book of Color. What is it? How was it invented? We cover all this on today's episode.
On today's episode we learn about the tumultuous past of Ocmulgee National Monument. It's cultures survived for thousands of years on the site but could not survive the Spanish diseases of the 1500s.
On today's episode we talk about the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Poverty Point. It's an amazing place that everyone should see when traveling in the area.
On today's show Chris Webster talks about a well-known issue in archaeology. It's from a blog post he wrote back in February of 2016 and it's linked below. Comments welcome.
On today's show we celebrate the life of Anne Stine Ingstad, the Norwegian archaeologist that discovered the famous Viking site at L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland.
On today's episode, Stuart Rathbone talks about anarchism in archaeology. It's a complicated subject and he tries to define it for the field and determine what it means and how it works.
- Several chapters in Stuart’s book Archaeological Boundaries deal with anarchic and anarchist themes. The book can be downloaded for free or for a voluntary donation at;
- Another article by Stuart looking at the execution, burial and commemoration of two members of the Industrial Workers of the World can be found at;
- David Graeber’s excellent essay Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology can be downloaded for free at;
- The Society for American Archaeology special edition ‘Anarchy and Archaeology’ can be downloaded for free at;
- Anarchic anthropologist Brian Morris and Charles Macdonald have various papers available for free download;
- For an in depth and comprehensive account of the anarchist political movement Peter Marshall’s book ‘Demanding the Impossible’ is highly recommended. Harold Barclay wrote many relevant books but ‘Peoples without Government’ is probably the best place to start. For Pierre Clastres both ‘Society against the State’ and ‘Archaeology of Violence’ are both essential reading.
Drone use in archaeology continues to increase in popularity. In archaeology, researchers are using drones to increase orthoimage resolution, record aerial videos, and develop digital elevation models and point clouds. These new types of media play into the ever-increasing web of digital documentation of archaeological sites, features, and human landscapes past and present. It is a good idea as data stewards to form a better understanding of how we record data and how to apply the right technology for the application at hand. In this episode, we compare a few UAS units, to see how we can make better use of their capabilities while learning about the perks and possible limitations of available hardware.
On today's show we celebrate the life of one of archaeology's greats - Dr. James Deetz. He is widely considered one of the fathers of historical archaeology and was a pioneer in many ways.
The discussion of ideas and theoreis is integral to developing and generating new ideas - most of the time this is done in conferences and by reviewing journals. However occasionally some papers are written about the same topic but take completely different angles to the same problem. There was a mass exticntion event at the end of the Late Pleistocene in modern day America - where a number of large mammals died off rather rapidly. The three papers examine to what extent, humans, climate change and an impact from outer space may have caused this event to happen.
- Firestone, 2007. Evidence for an extraterrestrial impact 12,900 years ago that contributed to the megafaunal extinctions and the Younger Dryas cooling. PNAS, 104(41), pp. 16016-16021.
- Haynes, G., 2002. The catastrophic extinction of North American mammoths and madtodonts. World Archaeology, 33(3), pp. 391-416.
- Grayson, D. K. & Meltzer, D. J., 2003. A requiem for North American overkill. Archaeological Science, Volume 30, pp. 585-593.
Mary Leakey was born on 6th February 1913 and went on to be a paleoanthropologist famously working at Olduvai Gorge with her husband and discovering 3.6mya fossilised footprints at Laetoli in Tanzania. This episode is based on two articles on the Trowelblazers website.