Archaeolog.org: 2005 to 2011 to . . .

Timothy Webmoor and Christopher Witmore Last month archaeolog.org turned six years old. And in the blogging world this ripe old age is quite an accomplishment – a veritable geezer. But this birthday passed unacknowledged and in the midst of one of the longest dry spells in archaeolog.org’s history. Since 2005 we have been silent for…

Science and Technology Studies (STS) and Anthropology: What is the status of our descriptions?

“The goal of descriptive adequacy is unattainable but continually haunts the endeavor, lying alongside, but in another time, and speaking back, like the immaterial ghosts of prophecy or the value of a currency.” (Maurer 2005, p. 54) What is it to describe? What ambitions and hopes do we attach to our descriptions? How do we…

OUTPOST exhibition | Call for contributions

Sara Perry (University of Southampton) s.e.perry@soton.ac.uk Ian Kirkpatrick (University of Southampton) iankirkpatrick@shaw.ca OUTPOST Curators: Ian Kirkpatrick & Sara Perry University of Southampton 18-19 April 2011 Deadline for proposals: 23 March 2011 Poster presentations have become ubiquitous features of archaeological conferences, acting simultaneously as informational, decorative, architectural, and ritual devices. In their supposed succinctness they can…

Visualisation in Archaeology at the University of Southampton 2008

Sara Perry (University of Southampton) Enquiry into the epistemological implications of visual representation in the sciences has been ongoing for decades now, as historians, philosophers, and disciplinary specialists have increasingly come to challenge the often taken-for-granted nature of scientific practices of pictorialisation. Archaeologists, in particular, have become progressively more familiar with the tensions at the…

Open Source Archaeology and Heritage Ecologies? Taking ‘Yahoo!©s’ seriously at Teotihuacan, Mexico

A World Heritage site always attracts a lot of attention. Such archaeological sites are viewed to materially represent irreplaceable ‘heritage’ on a global scale and are defined and protected through the United Nations’ UNESCO declarations (eg. UNESCO 1988). Teotihuacan, Mexico is no exception. Replete with two monumental pyramids (the Pyramid of the Sun being the…