Pseudoarchaeology at the Capitol

Title image: one of my favourite quotes from Arnold 2006 If you’ve read any of my blog posts about pseudoarchaeology (A, B, C, and D for example), or read any of my pop culture reviews involving pseudoarchaeology (A and B for example), or maybe even been able to catch one of the talks I’ve given about pseudoarchaeology (like A), you’ll notice a few common themes. Firstly, I talk a lot about the dangers of pseudoarchaeology…

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A Survey on Canadian Beliefs – Open Again Until Jan 23, 2021

First things first, HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2020 was a nightmare year for many reasons, and while 2021 won’t immediately change things (let’s be completely honest about that) it is, at the very least, a fresh new year. That I am going to remain hopeful about. If you’ll remember, a couple of years ago now I ran the Survey of Canadian Beliefs. This survey, which I modelled after the Chapman Survey of American Fears, was designed…

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Digging in the Wrong Place: Arkworld Vol. 1

Arkworld Vol. 1, April 2020, Devil’s Due Comics (Post image: Arkworld Vol 1. Cover) It’s time for another edition of my series, Digging in the Wrong Place! I have two other posts about books in the works (that one day soon I will actually finish and publish), but for now let’s talk about comics. One of my research interests is in the relationship between pop culture, archaeology, and pseudoarchaeology. I’m always interested to see how…

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An Archaeological Exploration of Sagebrush – Part 1

So here’s a neat thing – I’m starting a PhD in September (2020). Honestly, the whole thing still feels a bit surreal, because I never imagined myself doing a PhD. For the longest time I didn’t even know what a PhD was, but as I slowly started to figure it out I also began to think that it might be something I was interested in. So I decided to take a big chance and am…

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From Star Wars to The Legend of Zelda: Talking Archaeology and Pop Culture with the 2020 Virtual BC Heritage Fair

It’s nearing the end of July and the COVID-19 global pandemic continues, including here in British Columbia where I live. Because of this, many conferences have pivoted to being hosted through online venues if they haven’t decided to cancel or postpone their events. One of these was the British Columbia Heritage Fair, which hosted their 2020 fair online at the end of June. The BC Heritage Fairs Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to history…

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There’s a Pyramid in British Columbia

Pic: To be honest, it’s just a fancy pyramid image I found in a Google search that’s vaguely reminiscent of the idea of pyramid power and sacred geometry So we’re in the midst of a worldwide pandemic right now (COVID-19), and each country and provinces/states within countries are trying to manage it and respond to it in different ways. Some more effectively than others. British Columbia, where I live, has declared a state of emergency…

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Canadian Archaeological Association 53rd Annual Conference, 2020 – A Call for Papers

Pic: The image is promotional art for a movie called Black Mountain Side (2014), about a group of Canadian archaeologists working in remote Canadian mountains. Obviously things go wrong. You can read my Twitter review of it here As you may (or may not) be aware, the 53rd annual Canadian Archaeological Association conference is coming up and will be here before you know it. The conference, which will be in Edmonton from May 6 –…

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Digging in the Wrong Place: “Blood and Treasure” S01, E03 & E04

Pic: The promotional image for Blood and Treasure showing the main characters, Lexi Vaziri (L) and Danny MacNamara (R). Blood and Treasure airs Tuesday nights on CBS and Global I thought about doing a weekly review of each episode of Blood and Treasure, but due to time constraints from work and other obligations, I think it’s going to be easier for me to write bi-weekly reviews of two episodes at a time. So here’s a…

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Digging in the Wrong Place: “Blood and Treasure” S01, E01 & E02

Pic: The promotional image for Blood and Treasure showing the main characters, Lexi Vaziri (L) and Danny MacNamara (R). Blood and Treasure airs Tuesday nights on CBS and Global It’s been a while since I’ve written an entry for my Digging in the Wrong place series. The last post was about a book, and I’ve got a couple more book-related posts in the works. In the meantime, let’s talk about a TV show. Blood and…

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#SAA2019 – “One to remember”

Pic: My name tag and the conference program New Mexico is a truly beautiful place. Well, I’ve wrapped up my second time attending the Society for American Archaeology’s (SAA) annual conference. In this case, their 84th annual conference. Which was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on the beautiful homelands of 34 pueblos and tribes and many other Indigenous communities who currently do not have Federal recognition. I was excited for this conference. This was the…

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