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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A Survey on Canadian Beliefs – The Results

As you may recall, last year I developed a survey to collect information on Canadian beliefs in the supernatural, paranormal, cryptozoological, and pseudoarchaeological. Inspired by and modified from the Chapman Survey of American Fears (specifically their paranormal section), I wanted to gain some insight into whether or not Canadians believe in these topics. We can see from the Chapman survey that American beliefs are on the rise, but do Canadians believe on the same scale? I also wanted to…

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“Legends of the Lost” Stays Lost

Pic: A screenshot of the opening sequence of Legends of the Lost In December 2018, the Travel Channel aired a 4-episode special (ratings were so low that I highly doubt a second season will be ordered, so I’m calling it a ‘special’ for now) titled “Legends of the Lost”. Hosted by actress Megan Fox, each episode examined a different archaeological topic and featured Fox travelling to various sites and institutions to talk to experts about whatever topic she was exploring in that particular…

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#InventedFantasies – A Talk About Talking About Archaeology

Pic: The title slide from the lecture I gave at Carleton University After a chilly fieldwork day, I was excited to find this beautiful gift waiting for me at home – a special copy of my Shannon Lecture Poster! On October 19, 2018, I had the wonderful opportunity to give a public lecture at Carleton University in Ottawa, ON, as part of the 2018 Shannon Lecture series. This year’s theme is “Bad Archaeology”, organized by…

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Moving West: UFOs, Ghost Towns, and Bears

Pic: View of the historic Britannia Shipyards in Steveston, BC. I grew up in Steveston and it feels so good to finally be home after 4.5 years away! After almost 4.5 years of living in Ottawa, it finally happened – we moved back west. More specifically, we moved back to the southern coast of British Columbia, where our friends and family are and where we grew up. And I have to say I’m pretty excited…

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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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