The Sunshine Blogger Award 2018

Pic: Image credit goes to Iva Says The other day I was awake far too early, sitting on the couch with a cup of coffee and trying to wake my brain and body up for what was going to be a very hot fieldwork day (I can confirm it ended up being an extraordinarily sweaty day). As is my morning routine, I was browsing the Twitter news on my phone when suddenly a notification popped…

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An Unsolicited Guide to Conferencing

Pic: (Photo by Robyn Lacy) I presented some preliminary research at the Canadian Archaeological Association’s (CAA) annual conference in 2017, to a very full little room! I logged into Twitter this morning and one of the first tweets I saw was from a digital friend asking about conferences. They were curious about both nerd cons (i.e. ComicCon, FanExpo, etc.) and academic conferences. What really caught my attention was their comment on asking if there were…

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Bigfoot, Atlantis, and Twitter – A Survey on Canadian Beliefs and Social Media Use

Pic: Screen capture from the introduction to my survey Have you ever heard about the Chapman University Survey of American Fears? If you’ve read my post introducing you to pseudoarchaeology, than you definitely have heard of it. The header image is a summary of the Chapman survey results! The Chapman survey is really interesting. Researchers at Chapman University wanted to know what American people really thought about subjects like Bigfoot, aliens, and Atlantis, among many…

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The AGEAC Talk Part Two: An Esoteric Experience

Pic: As I learned, only some people have psychic access to proof for the existence of Atlantis (Source) **IMPORTANT** Insulting and judgmental comments will not be tolerated or published. If you haven’t already read it, I strongly suggest reading Part One of my discussion. It’s full of background information on the myths of Atlantis that will help you make the connections to Part Two, my discussion about the talk itself. But, if you haven’t read the…

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The AGEAC Talk Part One: A Brief History of Atlantis

Pic: The stage in the auditorium where the talk was held These were the posters we found on telephone poles which alerted us to this event Last weekend while out on the town, my husband and I came across several posters for a speaking event titled, “Atlantis: Myth or Reality?” As you know by now, pseudoarchaeology is an interest of mine and Atlantis is one of the most popular pseudoarchaeological theories out there. So of…

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What’s the Harm? It’s Just a Show.

Image: from Arnold (2006: 154-155) Following the Fox announcement I ran a quick poll on Twitter asking who would be interested in a genuine archaeological discussion of pseudoarchaeology You may have heard the recent announcement that Megan Fox (yes, from Transformers) is producing and staring in a new show for the Travel channel. Titled, “Mysteries and Myths with Megan Fox”, the series features Fox as she “re-examines history” with the help of various experts. Who these experts…

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Reflections on #SAA2018

Pic: My swag bag! Well, bag for collecting the swag In the blink of an eye it went by, my first experience attending the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) annual conference. The SAA conference is one of, if not the largest archaeology conference in the world. You have thousands of archaeologists convening in one location for four days of panel discussions, research presentations, and research posters. Plaid shirts and Blundstones everywhere you look. Bars setting…

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Knowledge Feature – Determining MNI (Minimum Number of Individuals)

Pic: These are all walrus bones. The question is, how from how many walruses? At work today I found myself presented with a great, quick teaching opportunity. I’m in the midst of cataloging the artifacts collected from the first part of a large field project we conducted during October/November 2017 (with part 2 coming up this spring/summer). My work is kind of split into two parts per bag of artifacts – identifying what’s in the…

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Hashtags and Sea Lions – Using Social Media to Break Down Pseudoarchaeology

Pic: I’ve had my blog for a little under 2 years and in that time I’ve had 16,278 visitors from countries all around the world (with the majority of views (6479) having come from Canada). Don’t doubt the reach of social and digital media! Last night I had the wonderful opportunity to be a guest on the Women in Archaeology podcast. Emily, Kirsten, Serra, and I had a lot of fun discussing one of my…

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An Unsolicited Guide to Writing an Archaeology Blog Post

Pic: In my almost two years of blogging I’ve written 41 posts and it’s definitely been a learning experience getting to that point! There is no doubt that blogs are popular. They have an enormous reach, with approximately 88 million posts being published and around 409 million people reading blog posts every month (these stats are specific to WordPress, which is one of, if not the most popular blog-hosting service) Blogs are everywhere, sometimes hosted by…

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