This blog (http://blogs.berkeley.edu/) is moderated by UC Berkeley. These various blogs are definitely aimed towards professionals as well as students. This isn’t only limited to archaeologists or anthropologists. The blogs can be about nearly any academic subject. The contributors to the blogs tend to mostly be professors although it seems like a fairly wide group of people including students and other scholars may comment on the various posts. Since these blogs are moderated by people from a university, the information is highly informative and credible. The information is a bit dry though and perhaps could be more readily available to the general public if the blogs didn’t seem to be just exclusive to professionals, professors, and students. Otherwise the content was interesting!
This site (http://anthropology.net/about/) was actually really informative and fun to read. The blogs currently have three contributors and all of them have formal education through various universities and their training ranges from BA’s to PhD’s. The audience is aimed more towards professionals although anybody interested in archaeology or anthropology would find this site to be fascinating and informative. The information includes different topics including archaeology, physical anthropology, and cultural anthropology. The site is also organized very well and people are free to leave comments as well as input on various topics. Although this particular site may not be aimed at a wide audience the content is useful, informative, and very interesting!
This site (http://archaeology-travel.com/blog/) was actually pretty informative as well as entertaining. The author of the blog is Thomas Dowson who is a professional archaeologist who gave up academic research and decided to make this website to give information on various archaeological sites throughout the world. The site also gives insight into specific things such as cave art in France, Roman amphitheaters, etc. The audience is targeted to the general public and to those interested in archaeology and travelling. However, since Mr. Dowson is a professional archaeologist by training it wouldn’t come as a surprise to find that other professionals look at this site. There is even a section for kids! Although this particular site may not be widely viewed, it is very thorough and definitely includes a wide span of archaeological information from all across the world.
The Society for Historical Archaeology hosts its own blog featuring contributions from a variety of authors who regularly post updates on archaeologically relevant events and opportunities. Of particular interest, however, is the blog’s “Current Topics” category. Authors writing under this category often discuss key concerns in archaeology today, including carrying out conscientious study, engaging community members young and old, and connecting our study of the past to contemporary events and issues. Judging from its four thousand follower count, the blog succeeds in addressing the interests of the wider public. Perhaps the best quality of this blog is the way in which it reaches out to its audience, actively encouraging individuals to contribute their own content to the blog and emphasizing the importance of getting involved with current issues in archaeology.
Next up is Castles and Coprolites, which hosts the work of Dr. Lisa-Marie Shillito. As its title suggests, this blog contains a good deal of information regarding feces and their role in archaeology. Perhaps not the most readily engaging topic, and certainly not the first to come to mind when thinking of archaeology and what it entails. But more than that, Shillito discusses and analyzes different types of minute evidence, ranging from fungal spores to phytoliths. For those less well versed in the terminology, Shillito provides illustrative descriptions and definitions. Her choice of study draws attention to those very small and easily overlooked lines of evidence, and what they can contribute to our understanding of the bigger picture of past environments and ways of living.
In Archaeology in (Geo)Space, author Rebecca Seifried serializes her field studies of under the title “Travels in the Aegean.” Seifried also includes helpful tips tutorials for a range of GIS and other mapping techniques. Though the blog is arguably best suited to those with prior knowledge of GIS (unlike myself), it is visited by professional archaeologists and enthusiasts alike; the casual but informative style makes it accessible to a wider audience. Seifried’s discussion helps to decouple archaeology from artifacts by shifting focus to the ways in which humans interacted with their environments, as well as the ways in which archaeologists reconstruct those conditions. Unfortunately, Seifried has posted infrequently in the past few months, and sporadically since the blog’s inception. However, what content has been posted carries on a narrative of sorts, one which can be useful to those looking to broaden their understanding of what archaeology entails.
Zoey Whisler (pictured above at the Milepost 31 museum in Seattle) is an undergraduate in her fourth year at the University of Washington. Zoey is getting her bachelors degrees in Archaeological Sciences and Geology and does her research within the paleontology department.
Born and raised in Seattle, Zoey is the fourth generation of her family living in the Northwest, so local archaeology and geology have been a passion from a young age. Growing up she was encouraged by her parents to be involved in science and culture, a mixture of her parents interests rubbing off on her. In kindergarten, Zoey was introduced to archaeology by doing an archaeological dig of her backyard for her first science fair project, unfortunately the bones she found were not a new species to be published as she hoped but were instead chicken bones from a rather recent compost pile. When she entered college, Zoey had already been introduced to many fields of science through her schooling and family, but after taking some college courses she eventually found a love for archaeology, geology, and paleontology.
Currently Zoey does her research on prehistoric shrews from Western Montana that are 25 to 28 million years old and even had the opportunity to present her findings at the 2014 Geological Society of America Conference. Still, Zoey’s interests in Archaeology and Geology are diverse and she is excited to explore new aspects of the fields and have the opportunity to discuss them in the format of blogging.
Rachel Fahlgren is an Anthropology Major and general nerd. When she is not reading articles for class, she can generally be found reading (or writing) a book of the sci-fi fantasy genre, watching anime, reading comics or just rolling about her living room watching something awful on Netflix (for like, five hours). Originally hailing from the Seattle Metropolitan area until her teenage years, she moved back to attend the University of Washington after completing two years at a community college in Spokane. Now she lives in Lynnwood and, while she has the best of intentions to get some reading done on her morning commute, she usually just dozes for a half hour every morning.
This summer, Rachel hopes to go on an Archaeology field school in Oregon, write the next Great American Novel, breed the cutest cat ever (that one’s a joke because clearly Lil Bub is the cutest cat ever), hopefully not sunburn too badly while out on adventures, and attend PAX for the fifth year.
My name is Tiauna Cabillan. I’ve been living in Seattle for the better part of the last two years, and have yet to fully explore the various eateries, scenery, and other things the city has to offer—though I hope to do so in the future. I am currently enrolled at the University of Washington as a second-year undergraduate student. This quarter will be my first as an anthropology/archaeological sciences major. I’ve yet to narrow down my interests much, but I hope to find ways in which I can explore topics such as sustainability and inequality through anthropological and archaeological perspectives.
Outside classes, I spend my time drawing, crocheting, baking, and being sidetracked by the campus’s ubiquitous plant life (about which I admittedly know little, but hope to learn).
Hello all! My name is Kyle Hancock. I am currently a GNM student at the University of Washington. I received my BA degree in anthropology with an emphasis in archaeology from Eastern Washington University in 2013. It is my goal to gain admittance to the PhD program here at the University of Washington eventually but I am enjoying the adventure along the way! I am originally from a small desert town in Wyoming and grew up looking for arrowheads out in desolate sagebrush covered hills of what was once home to a completely different group of people than those I was familiar with. For some peculiar reason I was always drawn back out into the desert to make some sort of connection with this “other” group of people and thus my fascination with archaeology began without me even realizing what is was. Much like finding an arrowhead, sometimes these things just happen to find you.
Outside of the academic arena I enjoy music, backpacking, exploring, and gaining insight into all different aspects of life. My journeys have led me to many different places including; wild and sprawling concrete jungles, high mountain peaks, seemingly never ending valleys, and into places that many people never really get to experience. Life has honestly been a magical mystery tour so far and I am anxious to see where it leads me next!