Introduction to Archaeology Blogs
There are hundreds of archaeology blogs, lists of active blogs are compiled (http://anthropologyreport.com/anthropology-blogs-2014/), individual blog posts are collected (http://dougsarchaeology.wordpress.com/2014/10/05/around-the-archaeology-blog-o-sphere-digest-5/), and RSS feeds are inundated. But if you’re new to anthropology, or specifically archaeology blogging, where’s a good place to start? I thought I’d share some information regarding a few of the archaeology themed blogs I have in my RSS feed.
Society for Historical Archaeology – http://www.sha.org/blog/
The SHA blog covers a number of diverse topics, but the thing to focus on are their blog series. Throughout the year they focus on specific themes and events, such as the current membership series will allows current SHA members to share their thoughts on the SHA, as well as their experiences in historical archaeology. They also continued their #TechWeek tradition, highlighting technology use by practicing archaeologists. This series allows members to share new and emerging technological methodology with the larger membership group, many of whom may not be as familiar with the technology in use today.
Middle Savagery – http://middlesavagery.wordpress.com
Middle Savagery is written by Dr. Colleen Morgan, who is currently the EUROTAST Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of York. Middle Savagery was started in 2004 (10 years of publishing is a long time in the blog-o-sphere) and covers topics relating to Dr. Morgan’s research on “building archaeological narratives with digital media”, as well as current topics of discussion in the field. She is also a contributor to the Punk Archaeology book I previously reviewed.
Savage Minds – http://savageminds.org/
Although Savage Minds bills itself as a group blog that writes about sociocultural anthropology, the topics are often applicable to archaeology. They are currently on the tail end of their Fall Writers series where a guest post is published every Monday. It is viewed as a place to initiate conversation about writing, and to critically analyze the how, why, and what of anthropological writing.
Drunk Archaeology Podcast – http://drunkarchaeology.tumblr.com
Drunk Archaeology is a very new podcast, that currently has two episode available for download. They are attempting to take the casual, rowdy nature of a group of archaeologist at the bar, and present it to a larger audience while covering topics like looting/illicit trade and the archaeology of Pompeii. Although some of the language could be considered NSFW, if you’ve got a good sense of humor and love archaeology take a listen.
Electric Archaeology – http://electricarchaeology.ca
Electric Archaeology is written by Dr. Shawn Graham, who is currently an associate professor of humanities at Carleton University. The blog focuses on his interest in digital media as a teaching tool, and his current research in history and archaeology.
If any of these blogs interest you, I also recommend following the authors on Twitter.