Elfshot – Sticks and Stones – Blog

Blog Link: http://elfshotgallery.blogspot.com/

This blog is written by Newfoundland archaeologist Tim Rast, and focuses on experimental archaeology, mainly artifact reproductions from the NE Coast, Newfoundland and the eastern Arctic. This blog is very interesting, full of photographs and detailed posts. It is written in a fun and welcoming way, for a public audience to get a look at the processes that go into artifact recreation, flintknapping, and the extensive research and patience that such projects require.

Ritmeyer Archaeological Design


This blog provides the latest research, analysis, and products in Biblical archaeology by Archaeological designers, especially on issues related to the Temple Mount and Jerusalem. Ritmeyer Archaeological Design began in 1983. At first, they produce posters and booklets for educational materials of Biblical Archaeology. Later, they expand their product to offer archaeological background to groups such as Hollywood movie companies. The articles are sorted by categories, which is readable for reader to find particular issues. And I think it is good idea that every article has illustrations to support their contents. It is also informative to people who interested in Biblical archaeology.

Bad Archaeology – Blog

Blog link: http://badarchaeology.wordpress.com/about/

There are times, when reading an ‘archaeological’ news story, or researching archaeology for fun, that you come across a statement, article, theory, or book that is so WRONG, you must physically facepalm (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facepalm). There is a website, titled “Bad Archaeology,” (http://www.badarchaeology.com/) that covers a wide variety of these wrong things, debunks theories and calls out authors, news programs and anyone else who dares use ‘archaeology’ in a way that makes us all look bad.

This blog (http://badarchaeology.wordpress.com/about/) is a companion to the website, written by an archaeologist named Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews, and is written in a more personal tone about the topics from the website, though still in a professional, if at times slightly cynical way. The blog is an interesting and refreshing read, and well written. Further discussion on topics continues in the comments, where it seems the author is active, and willing to accept criticisms and corrections on his own writing and research.

These are NOT aliens!

These are NOT aliens!

Stone Pages Archaeo News


This blog provides comprehensive news on the latest findings and excavations around the world. It was started in 1996 by Paola Arosio and Diego Meozzi, who interested in European megalithic sites and other ancient monuments. Later, this blog was expanded to cover latest researches or findings around the world. Most articles are news or reports and they are readable to average people. The articles was organized according to temporal order, however, the front page only shows the latest news. It seems that we cannot access to previous articles. I think the blog will be better if they could sort the previous articles to accessible categories.



This blog provides the Southeast Asia archaeological news, which would be helpful for who devote to Southeast Asia studies. The Southeast Asian Archaeology news blog was created in May 2006 by Noel Hidalgo Tan, who is a PhD candidate at the Department of Archaeology and Natural History at the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University. His initial aim is to keep track of the archaeology news in the Southeast Asia, but now this blog has expanded to cover podcasts, links, and books. I think it is interesting that every posted article has a map to indicate the location it mentions. It is a good idea to make reader understand the context of the article. And I think the organization is also well and readable.

Cultural Heritage (Blog)

“The cultural heritage” blog was created by Nicole Beale. She is a PhD student from the University of Southampton who specializes on cultural heritage. The articles that have been published in this blog address very important topics such as cultural preservation, laws and ethics within archaeology, museum policies and public archaeology projects. Although the overall content of the site is not very acessible to the general public, I think the topics are appriopiate for students who are considering going into the field of archaeology. The blog offers a variety of links to different publications, cultural and other archaeological blogs, as well as museums. The goal of the blog is to improve awareness about these important topics (i.e. cultural heritage and laws) and how such information can be used by local museums and archaeological projects.




The most contents in this blog are personal research, opinion or latest information about archaeology. There is no obvious link about introduction of this blog, so we did not what is the background of these authors. Some articles is readable for average people, and others would be difficult for people who did not major in archaeology. This blog is organized both by categories and temporal order, in which we can easily search what we interested in. I think this blog is good and worth further exploring, because many articles are thoughtful. The only thing they should improve is to provide some information about the background of this blog.

oooh! subversive!

In the first tiny quarter of the notoriously tough row to hoe that is grad school, I was doing the whole “cloud of utter confusion and misery and doubt” thing. Not that the feeling is too much out of the ordinary, but hey, life choices had happened and now, here I was, poring over esoteric literature based on a theory based on a study based on some really important dude whose name I had never heard (but of course I behaved as if it was as familiar as the name of my mother).

Survival in such an environment requires some really fine Googling. It was during one such all-too-innocuous search of names, rock typologies, and dates that I came across The Subversive Archaeologist.

Rob Gargett’s prolific and sassy blog about the problems (and wonders) of archaeology hit the intellectual spot in all the right ways. A little cheesy, a lot bone-to-pick-y, with a healthy dash of eye-roll to academia, it aired a lot of my own carps, and gave me a bunch of new ones to chew over, constructively. Gargett is no novice archaeologist, and though they don’t have an academic job (gasp!), they’re employed by The Ronin Institute, a little upstart that funds independent research from PhDs through grants and magic $$.

Folks whose work is discussed in the blog routinely join in on the discussion in the comments section—who doesn’t want to see bearded profs forward their arguments with “IMHO”? [side note, can everyone from now on replace as many words in their academic articles as is possible with internet abbreviations? Maybe throw in some emoticons too :3 ].

Gargett’s updates have dwindled somewhat over the past year, but as of a few days ago, they posted an explanation involving mental health, feels, etc. Awesome! (well, suffering=not awesome, but non-academic scholarly work in which that kind of thing is okay=awesome).

Of course, I don’t agree with everything Gargett espouses, and some of it I don’t even really know enough about to have an opinion on, but overall, it’s a solid blog that is big on both fact and opinion, but Gargett makes it clear which is which—and that’s the most important thing.

(also it’s kind of ugly please don’t typeset yer blog in futura bold thank you yes)

Bones Don’t Lie (Blog)


“Bones Don’t Lie” is an interesting blog created by Katy Meyers. She is a PhD student from Michigan State University who focuses on mortuary archaeology and Bioarchaeology. If you are interested in paleopathology, bones, diet, war crimes, forensic science and funeral/burial practices,  then you should check out this blog. The articles published in this blog are very accessible to the general public as well as university students; therefore, making this blog very enjoyable to a wide variety of audiences. The blog is very well organized and it includes links to other archaeology blogs as well as online bookstores. The purpose of the blog is to keep people update with the latest information on bioarchaeology.


Far way stories

Southeast Asia is alway a fascinating with large cultural, environmental and landscape diversity. Recent years, the Southeast archaeology booms and gets more and more attention. This SEAArch blog is operated by a PhD candidate Noel Hidalgo Tan at the Australian National University.The SEAArch blog is like a hub that information stream flows in and out, you can find SEA archaeology news, Noel’s personal comment and conference information through this site. Although there seems no specific writing tone, I think most of the readers of this blog are SEA archaeological-related personals. Right, do visit the websites from the blogroll, they are fun as well!