How long can a folk memory persist? If a story is passed down orally from generation to generation, for how long can it retain a meaningful echo of something that actually happened? 482 more words
Why is a timeline like a crocodile?
Every primary school class has a timeline. Some teachers make a great deal of use of them. Some timelines just seem to be there for no apparent reason like the ubiquitous stuffed crocodile in these old paintings of alchemist’s shops – just one of those things that are part of the fixtures and fittings. 327 more words
The idea that Native Americans had at least some ancestry from a trans-Atlantic migration has been around since the earliest days of American anthropology. The earliest proponents of this idea looked at the spectacular burial mounds and art from North America and insisted that they could not have been made by the ancestors of the indigenous (or as they put it, “primitive”) peoples they encountered. 1,335 more words
Last week on the first day of Charleston’s 2015 opening, curatorial trainee Dorian Knight presented his research on the Angelica Garnett Gift. He focused on how this archive in its entirety can be analysed using the approaches of an archaeologist, with the intention of yielding a new and original interpretation. 226 more words
ACA’s second Higher Education Field Academy (HEFA) of 2015 was held in North Warnborough, Hampshire. 48 Year 9 pupils from Fort Hill Community School, The Costello School, Cranbourne Business and Enterprise College, Robert May’s School and The Connaught School excavated 12 test-pits spread throughout North Warnborough. 708 more words
A theme that has emerged throughout this blog is that there appears to be a fundamental core to habitability: humans transform the world around them, while being structured by the world. 537 more words