Your Nearest Archaeological Site

Here’s an idea for bloggers with an archaeological bent. I’m thinking of putting together a one-off carnival about people’s nearest archaeological sites. You go to the nearest site you’re aware of, snap a picture of it and explain (in as many or few words you like) the site’s significance and life-history in a blog entry. Then you send me the link, and when I’ve got a fair number, I put them together in a link-fest, plug it on Reddit & Co, everybody votes for it and we all get a traffic spike. You don’t need any formal qualifications to contribute.

Sound like fun? Please leave a comment if you’re interested.

Update 25 June: Loads of bloggers have expressed interest in this project and I’ve already received the first submission. So, Dear Reader, go for it! As soon as I have nine submissions, the carnival goes live, and subsequent contributions will be added as they appear.

Update 27 June: Three contributions so far and looking good…

Update 1 July: Five contributions, keep ’em coming!

Update 19 July: Carnival on-line now.

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24 thoughts on “Your Nearest Archaeological Site

  1. Sounds like a great idea! But can it wait until after the summer? I will be going to Ireland in July, and there we have lots of nice sites – medieval churches with graveyards are especially common.

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  2. I guess I’ll want the submissions ASAP, and when I’ve got nine (which will make ten with my own piece) I’ll put the carnival on-line. Later submissions can then be added as they pop up.

    Paddy, I don’t know when it’ll be, but I’ll happily link to your entry after the summer if you just give me a nice pic. Also, I’m sure you’ll be able to find a broadband connection somewhere on the Green Isle.

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  3. Good idea! Do you mind if I copy your call for contributions on the American Presidents Blog? Also, I am going to China and would love to cover the Great Wall of China. It is not close to me normally but will be as I travel in July…Is that OK?

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  4. Count me in, but I’ll have to think further on how to do it. Sites aren’t the problem – plenty of those – but there are a lot of people here who think (erroneously, I believe) that advertising sites amounts to opening them up for looting. You’re not asking for site locations, I know, but believe it or not, it’s more of a sensitive issue than many might realize – some people (including tribal folks) seem to think that if you don’t bring any attention to sites, no one will bother them. Personally, I firmly believe that being more open about our archaeological resources with the public does more in the long run to preserve and protect them (and that issue itself would be a good one for we archaeologists to hash out in the blogosphere). So, of course, I think Marin’s idea is great and I intend to participate…

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  5. Sweden has a generous definition of what constitutes an archaeological site. Most of our sites contain nothing whatsoever that would be worth a looter’s while.

    As for knowing where the sites are, Swedish standard maps available in every bookstore have had the best (most lootworthy and scenic) sites marked on them for half a century. This is to protect the sites from inadvertently destructive land development, which poses a far greater threat here than looting. People can only preserve and appreciate their cultural heritage if they know about it.

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  6. I’m doing an REU program in Arizona right now, we’ve seen some great sites, I’d definitely like to participate if you’ve still got room. Do you want an e-mail with the picture and write-up, or just a link to the blog post?

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  7. PZ, that may be your nearest famous site, but chances are you have some more nondescript settlement site or cemetery only a few hundred meters from your house. Anyway, the Kensington site is a fine piece of 19th century archaeology. (-;

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  8. He yeah, I’m interested, and I have a very interesting site nearby: an 6th-8th century Merovingian cemetery. There’s a catch however… they put a road over the spot after excavation… Don’t think that a picture of a brand new asphalt road will be very interesting…

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  9. On the contrary, such a pic would be really cool to have! The place is still there even though its use has changed dramatically. One day that road will be abandoned to archaeology as well.

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  10. You are so ON!
    We moved to a new part of time a few months ago, and there are rumors of Iron Age stone settings in the forest and indistinguishable Stone Age settlements under the golf court… What to choose, what to choose?

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  11. Ok, its either very late or my brain is channeling Freud – we’ve moved to a new part of town – not time! Though I guess I wish I could move to a new part of time…

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  12. Haha, a new part of time! Don’t tell me you’re getting tired of the Middle Neolithic already!

    Åsa baby, I want to see you sneaking out in the wee hours to sink a test pit into the number 5 green on that golf course. (-;

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  13. hmm, I have written something, but suddenly I realise I can’t post it anywhere… the blog I’m participating in, is an astronomy blog.

    Is a page on a site also ok?

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