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Minecraft for Archaeological Outreach | Middle Savagery. The “Real Tools of Minecraft” We ran a “Virtual Dig” event for Yornight again this year, refined and improved from last year’s effort. The event was wildly popular once again, and utterly wiped out the researchers participating. I re-structured the event so that there is something for each of our expected demographic–we had kids that had never played Minecraft who participated last year, as well as a few bored parents. We were able to address the former with a papercraft event, but as the papercraft was based around Breary Banks, we decided to eliminate it this year and focus primarily on Star Carr, for consistency across the activities. Steal me! For the younger kids we expanded on our “real tools of Minecraft” event last year.

It was very successful for connecting the analog world to the digital world, and gave us a way to talk about the spectrum of archaeological tools. I’ve uploaded a printable pdf of the Minecraft tools. Can you build a 10,000 year old house in Minecraft? Like this: Archaeologyeducationclearinghouse.wordpress. Browsing Archaeological Atlas of Ohio by Title. Not All Are Buried Here: Selective Burial in Prehistoric Spain | Bones Don't Lie. Interpreting cemeteries in order to understand the living population is a dangerous and difficult task. On the one hand, cemeteries are really our only form of information about the actual people who lived and died in prehistoric populations. On the other hand, we don’t know if the population buried at the cemetery is truly representative of the one that was living.

Some families or sections of society may choose to be buried in different cemeteries, or not buried at all- they may leave the bodies to be eaten by birds or animals as occurs in some cultures. Another possibility is that we haven’t found all of the cemetery, so we only get a sample of the population, or we find a special cemetery, like those constructed for plagues and warfare, where the buried population definitely isn’t a good representation of the living one. Dolmen de Cabaleiros, via Flickr user Javier Pais Another anomaly is a the high number of individuals found in these monuments who aged between 5 and 19 years old. Online Research and Digital Collections | Tennessee Council for Professional Archaeology. Ceramic vessel from Chalcolithic period Iran, 5000 – 3500 B.C.E. (Freer Gallery of Art accession number S1998.184). The New Year has already brought some big news from the world of museums and archaeology. On January 1, 2015 the Smithsonian quietly released a digital collection of some 40,000 artworks from the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M.

Sackler Gallery. The image database includes fantastic pieces of ancient art from Egypt, the Near East, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, as well as a collection of American works from 1855–1919. Museums and universities throughout the world have been gradually digitizing their collections for years, and many of these image libraries can now be accessed through online searches (for example, see The British Museum, the Louvre, the Canadian Museum of History, and Wake Forest University’s Museum of Anthropology). Mississippian effigy hooded water bottle from Monroe County, Tennessee (National Museum of American History catalog # A115559-0) Ohio - Eastern Woodlands Household Archaeology Data Project. Genome Sequencing Highlights the Dynamic Early History of Dogs. Gringo Trails: Is tourism destroying the world? Documentary explores fallout from mismanaged tourism in developing worldFilmmaker uses dramatic examples from around worldFilms looks at "dark tourism," travel to sites associated with suffering and danger (CNN) -- A new documentary suggests tourism is out of control in parts of the world, irreversibly damaging the environment and indigenous cultures.

"Gringo Trails," a film more than a decade in the making by American anthropologist Pegi Vail, looks at the effect of the unplanned or mismanaged growth of the tourism industry in developing countries. Using dramatic examples from different continents, such as the devastating impact of hedonistic full moon beach parties on Thailand's Koh Pha Ngan island, the film is moving and informative, if sometimes elementary. The story starts and ends in Bolivia, focusing on the impact of the autobiographical book "Lost in the Jungle" by Israeli traveler Yossi Ghinsberg. "[But] tourism is that type of industry -- it's that powerful. " I'm a travel addict. Interactive Dig - Archaeology Magazine's Online Excavations (Past Digs)

Colonial Cemeteries | Barry Lewis. Among the extraordinary legacies of British India are hundreds of thousands of graves that lie strewn across the subcontinent, most of them in forgotten, weed-covered cemeteries that have little or no future in modern India. I first became aware of the abandoned cemetery problem when I visited the ruins of the Ramandroog hill station in Karnataka. The visit motivated me to return with some volunteers, document the graves, and put the information on the web. As time and opportunity permitted, I collected and posted to this website information about other European cemeteries and graves in and near the region in which I work.

My interest in posting this information is entirely that it seems the right thing to do. I listed these pages in the Research section of my web site simply because it seemed to fit better here than elsewhere on the site. Recently, however, my wife Sue finally convinced me that it would be a good idea to do an article on the Ramandroog hill station. John Whittaker, Anthropology, Grinnell College>

The Rosenstock Pot and the Development of Agriculture in Maryland | Maryland History by the Object. This week’s blog post features a spectacular pre-Columbian pottery vessel known at the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab as the Rosenstock Pot. I have chosen this vessel to frame an essay about the development of agriculture by Maryland’s indigenous population and the consequences of agriculture on native life during a time archaeologists call the Late Woodland period (AD900 to AD1650).

The Rosenstock Site (18FR18) is a Late Woodland period village on the Monocacy River in Frederick County. Excavations there by the Archeological Society of Maryland and the Maryland Historical Trust revealed remains of trash-filled pits, hearths, human burials and two buildings believed to have functioned as sweat lodges. Radiocarbon dating of charred plant remains from hearth features showed the site was occupied from AD1335 to around AD1400 (Curry and Kavanagh 2004). But sometime around 3000 B.C., things began to change.

References 2010 Maryland’s Environment: A 20,000 Year History of Change. : Louisiana Archaeology Society : William F. Romain and Norman L. Davis More than three thousand years ago, in northeastern Louisiana, Native Americans built an enormous earthwork complex that is unique in all the world (Figure 1). At a minimum, the complex covers 162 hectares (400 acres) (Gibson 2001:4) and includes the second largest mound north of Mexico (Kidder 2011: 97). The earthwork builders built this complex using sophisticated geometric shapes. Moreover, they aligned these shapes to celestial events. Figure 1. Background The notion that Poverty Point was constructed using geometric shapes is not new. Thus the situation rested for several years until newly acquired LiDAR data were utilized by the authors to re-assess potential alignments.

Mound E is a flat-topped rectangular-shaped mound, about 4 meters in height. Mound B is a conical mound about 6 meters in height and 60 meters in diameter (Ortmann 2010:665). Mound A is an enormous, combination platform mound, conical mound, and ramp. Figure 2. Celestial North. Earthworks of Poverty Point.pdf.

Arkansas Novaculite: A Virtual Comparative Collection. What is this Website? This website is a virtual lithic comparative collection featuring Arkansas Novaculite from Ouachita Mountain sources. It is aimed at archeologists and other researchers who work in Arkansas and in surrounding states and who need comparative materials to help them identify and source stone artifacts from archeological sites. This website serves as an educational website for anyone interested in the history and archeology of Arkansas and the American midcontinent. The website describes and illustrates the variation within and between sources of this important toolstone. Information on the effects of heat treatment of novaculite is included, as well as results of chemical characterization studies of samples from specific novaculite quarries. Novaculite was an important raw material used by Indians who lived in this region for thousands of years.

Novaculite outcrops on tops of mountains in the Ouachitas. Suggested citation format for this website: Maney Publishing - Journal of Community Archaeology & Heritage. The Archaeological Journal: Volumes. Access to all ADS resources is free, but you must accept the ADS Terms and Conditions of Use before using ADS Archsearch or Archive services. Read the Terms of Use and Access to ADS Resources Statements and Agreements This acceptance is valid for the period of your browser session.

You can make a one-time acceptance of the ADS Terms and Conditions by registering for myADS. For more information read about the benefits of registering. Mesoweb. Strats_keys. Stratigraphy Questions. Poster Stratigraphy. Artifacts Questions. Archeological resources for educators. The study of archeology has great potential for motivating young people, instructing them in a wide variety of skills, and inspiring in them an appreciation for the importance of preserving our nonrenewable cultural heritage.

Fortunately, an increasing number of good materials are being produced for teachers who want to incorporate archeology into multidisciplinary studies. The Kansas Historical Society has developed archeological materials and programs that are currently being used by many Kansas teachers. Project Archaeology: The Archaeology of Wichita Indian Shelter in Kansas, The Archaeology of Early Agriculture in Kansas, and Migration of the Pueblo People to El Cuartelejo are curriculum pieces designed for fourth through seventh grade students. Kansas Archeology Training Program (KATP) Field School The KATP field school offers a unique opportunity for students 10 years of age and over to join members of the public to work alongside professional and avocational archeologists.

Books: Sample Archaeology for Kids. The Mesoamerican Ballgame - Activity 3T. Kids and Teens: School Time: Social Studies: Archaeology. The Northern Antiquarian | Of Stone Circles, Chambered Tombs, Prehistoric Rock Art, Cursus Monuments, Holy Wells. Lesson Plans: Simulated Digs. SciGirls: Digging Archaeology . Video.