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Spring Cleaning

May 23, 2014

I’ve finally got around to updating the blog links – see Member Sites on the sidebar – my enthusiasm for tidying up never lasts long but this area of HARN towers is now clean and sparkly. (I wish I could say the same for my desk, I’d photograph it for you but it’s just too shameful, and if I got up to find the camera I’d come back to find one of the cats had stolen my chair and another would be sprawled across the keyboard.)

We have some new blogs: Amara Thornton is blogging here, I particularly enjoyed her post about where archaeologists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries bought their excavation supplies

Gabe Moshenska can be found here (well, not literally, his writing rather than himself, obviously!) He’s writing about all sorts of things, from Thomas Pettigrew to cartoons of Mortimer Wheeler and pieces of the Stonehenge visitor centre to the price of a Master’s degree

Will Carruthers has recently started writing here about post 1945 archaeology and how it has been used to conceptualise post war society. He’s only just started the blog but it’s looking very interesting.

I’ve added a link to Rick Peterson’s blog (even though he’s not really a member of HARN* and only occasionally writes about the history of archaeology) mainly because he can be very funny and is a fount of information about children’s books set in the past or ’round the corner and into the olden days’ as they’re known in this house.

If you’re looking for archaeology blogs rather than history of archaeology ones then I really like and This site is a lot of fun although they haven’t posted for a while. If you have any particular favourites then please leave a comment.

And we have some updated blogs – the Fieldnotes site has links to audio files of their seminars, so if you missed a particular event, or want to listen again to a particular speaker you can do so here

That’s going to be such a useful resource! There’s 20 files at the moment with several of our members speaking – Gabe Moshenska on Why Histories of Archaeology? Chris Evans talking about military influence on 19th Century archaeology and Alice Stevenson Archaeological Context in Motion: Egyptian Field Sites and the World’s Museums, 1880-1930.  It all looks – and sounds – fascinating.

Sam Hardy has moved from his previous blog to here . His site is excellent, hard-hitting and, as I’ve said before, should be required reading for politicians and archaeologists. His summary of the blog is ‘Conflict antiquities are ancient artefacts that are looted, smuggled and/or sold to fund military or paramilitary activity. On top of the immediate violence, this plunder has a devastating impact on communities’ self-understanding, development and peace.

Here, I explore the trade in illicit antiquities, and the destruction of community and cultural property, during economic crises, by organised crime and through political violence. I focus on investigating and analysing crimes against cultural heritage and community property.

I also cover other uses/treatments of cultural property (from appropriation to vandalism); and the social, economic and political context (for example, state censorship). My primary research area is Cyprus, Greece and Turkey; but I look at art crime and conflict outside the Eastern Mediterranean too.’

If I’ve missed anyone out do let me know.

Kate Sheppard McDonald and Laura Carter are going to be writing guest posts soon-ish, Kate will be writing about Margaret Murray and Laura about the Quennells, which will make a change from me wittering about cats, politics and fantasising about living in a castle.


*I think he’d qualify as an associate member, if we had such a thing, he’s had to listen to me going on about the history of archaeology for the last 25 years!



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  1. Kate Sheppard permalink
    May 24, 2014 8:59 pm

    Reblogged this on Adventures in History and Archaeology.

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