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Interpreting Scholarly Articles / Uncategorized

The past as propaganda: totalitarian archaeology in Nazi Germany

Arnold, B., 1990. The past as propaganda: totalitarian archaeology in Nazi Germany. Antiquity, 64(244), pp.464-478. Synopsis: I came across this article while researching The Problem with Culture History: The Celtic Example and The Real Indiana Jones(es): Gustaf Kossina.  The author provides a fascinating history of the ways in which archaeology legitimized the position of the Nazi party. She notes that in … Continue reading

CRM / Frequently Asked Questions

How to talk to an archaeologist in the wild

I have been doing a lot of CRM lately, often in well-traveled areas. It seems like almost daily someone stops to ask us: “What are you doing?” “Have you found anything cool?” “What are you hoping to find?” Sometimes followed by… “I didn’t know there were Native American sites here” When people have asked these … Continue reading

Interpreting Scholarly Articles

Straight down the line? A queer consideration of hunter-gatherer studies in Northwest Europe

Cobb, H., 2005. Straight down the line? A queer consideration of hunter-gatherer studies in north-west Europe. World Archaeology, 37(4), pp.630-636. I came across this article while organizing all of the articles that I have collected on my computer over the years. I thought it would be the perfect place to branch out from the typical “Interpreting Scholarly … Continue reading


A Day in the Life: Lab Work

Over the years, I’ve worked in a variety of different labs doing many types of archaeological analysis. I’ve sorted micro-fauna, done ceramic analysis, identified human remains, and most frequently, identified bird bones from archaeological sites. Though these analyses are all very different, the work day for each takes much the same form. Generally when I … Continue reading

Frequently Asked Questions / Uncategorized

How Archaeologists Fund Their Research

As I begin the long process of securing funding for my dissertation research, I thought it might be useful to do a blog post about the ways in which archaeologists fund their excavations and research. For this post, I’ll be dealing only with academic dissertation research. Look for future posts that will deal with CRM … Continue reading


Culture History vs. Processualism

Last week’s blog post focused on the key components of the processual paradigm, and I thought that it would be useful to detail how this body of theory differs from the culture-historical approach that proceeded it. The fall of culture-history and the development of new archaeological theory, especially the processual archaeology paradigm coincides with the idea … Continue reading


Processualism: The New Archeology

Uncovering Theory Topic #3 Processualism, or the New Archeology, is a school of thought that has its beginnings in the 1960’s and 1970’s of American Archaeology. (Note: New Archeology is not a misspelling- many processualists used this spelling to associate themselves with a more science or social-science oriented practice). In his book Archaeological Theory, Matthew … Continue reading

Frequently Asked Questions / Uncategorized

Did aliens build the pyramids? Did the Myceneans come to North America? And other archaeological questions with racist roots.

At a party recently, I found myself having a conversation with someone who was really interested in the work that I do (this is common- I have a cool job). He had lots of questions for me about what I thought about new local archaeological findings from the area. Inevitably, the topic of the Myceneans … Continue reading