Quest for Dick (Spotted) 1


Spotted Dick is a traditional British dessert. I must have it.
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Four Stone Hearth Call for Submissions

i-eabb1f29b193e5ffd742784099f71575-upcoming_host-2.gifAt short notice, I’ve taken on hosting the next Four Stone Hearth blog carnival (about anthropology in the widest sense, including archaeology). It’s supposed to come on-line on Wednesday. The carnival’s home page currently doesn’t reflect the change in scheduling, so you’ll simply have to believe me.

There is one small problem. I haven’t received a single submission yet. This means that I will have to hunt around pertinent blogs I’m aware of to find good new stuff. Please help me by sending links to good stuff, your own or somebody else’s!

Journal of the North Atlantic Announced


A new peer-reviewed intercontinental multidisciplinary journal has just been announced: Journal of the North Atlantic (JONA). Apart from my discipline, JONA will also cover paleo-environmental reconstruction and modelling, historical ecology, anthropology, ecology of organisms important to humans, human/environment/climate interactions, climate history, ethnography, ethnohistory, historical analyses, discussions of cultural heritage, and place-name studies. Its offices are in Maine and the editorial board includes people based in the US, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, the Faeroes, the Shetlands, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, the UK and Ireland. Senior editors are Jette Arneborg, Gerald F. Bigelow, Andrew J. Dugmore and Orri Vésteinsson.

(I’m guessing my Stockholm colleagues who put out Journal of Nordic Archaeological Science, JONAS, won’t be entirely happy.)

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Antiquity’s Spring Issue (With Polish Flint Babes)


The spring issue of Antiquity, a journal for which I am proud to act as a correspondent, has come on-line and is being distributed on paper as well. It has a lot to offer those interested in Northern European archaeology: papers on the construction date of Silbury Hill in Wiltshire, England; on the late-1st Millennium temple at Uppåkra, Scania, Sweden; on mid-to-late 1st Millennium research as historical archaeology; on the Viking Period towns and trade network around the Baltic; and (as illustrated above) on voluptuous Late Magdalenian female silhouettes knapped in flint and found at Wilczyce in Poland. (Note that these finds constitute solid precedent to settle the boobs vs buns debate in favour of my camp once and for all.)

And check out the journal’s re-vamped web site.

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In Defence of Archaeology


Somebody once said to me, “You archaeologists don’t really know anything, do you? I mean, it’s just guesses, right?”. Well, sometimes I do despair about archaeology as a science. Can we actually know anything about what life was like for people in the deep past? Are we doing science at all or just deluding ourselves? But I always pick myself up pretty quickly.
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Ancient Molluscan Warlord


I sometimes run appreciations of little-known blogs here. By no stretch of the word can Pharyngula be called little-read: it’s one of the top-few-hundred blogs on the entire net. But today is P.Z. Myers’s 50th birthday, and that’s cause for rejoicing!

Dear Reader, let’s say you happen not to know of PZ and Pharyngula. Then let me tell you that if you want to learn developmental biology and liberal U.S. politics from a witty godless polemicist with a squid fetish, then PZ’s your man.

Happy first half century, PZ! May your second one be even better! Your living tissue is now measurably younger than your oldest teeth if you were to submit samples for radiocarbon analysis!

Celebratory entries are lighting up on blogs all over the net. Convenient collections are here, here and here.

Regulars, Say “Hey”

The stats for returning readers have taken a healthy jump from about 35 daily in November through January to about 45 daily in recent weeks. I like that a lot! Dear Returning Reader, please take the time to comment on this post, say something about yourself and tell me what kind of blog entries you’d like to see more of here.