Online readings and resources:
- George Nicholas has written an important article about indigenous cultural heritage as a human right. Please take a look when you get a chance.
BC Archaeology Branch and the Heritage Conservation Act
Designing Experimental Research in Archaeology (this is Chapter 1 from the book Designing Research in Experimental Archaeology edited by Jeffrey Ferguson)
Archaeological Insights into Food and Status: A case study from pre-contact Hawaii by Patrick Kirch and Sharyn Jones O’Day
“Using Google Earth applications to enhance public engagement with cultural heritage: An evaluation of Seeing Beneath Stonehenge”. Podcast of a paper presented by Kate Welham at the Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology conference, Oslo.
- Six Tools That Are Revolutionising Archaeology by Mark Horton and Volker Heyd
Other resources that may be of interest:
Balme, Jane and Alistair Paterson, editors (2006) Archaeology in Practice; A student Guide to Archaeological Analyses. Blackwell Press, Oxford.
The Mysteries of Catalhuyuk website is a great example of interactive engagement with the public to both teach and share the outcomes of this multi-year project.
Catalhoyuk is often mentioned in the context of theory building. Ian Hodder has been working there since 1993, and his approach is a great example of applied post-processual theory. The project website is quite interesting; as mentioned in Death by theory, the project database is online, along with reports and other materials that aim to engage the public and be transparent. There is also an archived dialogue between Ian Hodder and Anita Louise, a member of the Goddess community. This is relevant to the book Death by Theory, but also highlights the comfort with multiple perspectives, and how a site like Catalhoyuk can have different meanings for different people. Hodder has been very respectful and embraced this.
Want to think a bit more about new directions for archaeology in a post-processual theoretical world? Here are some interesting short videos by Ruth Tringham (who helped bring Catalhoyuk to Second Life) that discuss feminist archaeology and teaching, and many other topics that show the application of these theoretical perspectives in new and creative ways.
The BBC’s “Hunt the Ancestor” game is an interesting way to think about the decisions that are made in locating and evaluating archaeological sites on a budget. What can YOU learn with about $12,000?
Archaeology and Technology
Here is a link to Millennia Research’s website, a local consultant company. Their blog has some incredible 3D animated images from a fairly recent project in Prince Rupert.. This is also an interesting place to learn about a local consultant archaeology company, in my option one of the best ones around!
Here is some information about how LANDSAT works and its applications, brought to you by NASA. A general chapter about remote sensing systems also gives general overview to many brand new and immerging technologies.
Middle Range Theory
Students might be interested in a recent local experimental archaeology project that was good enough to catch the eye of Quentin Mackie at UVIC. He summarizes the project on his blog about Northwest Coast archaeology. Christine Stathers certainly sets the bar high for a second year project! Our projects this year are much more focused, but you might find this inspiring.
University College London’s Institute of Archaeology’s Experimental Archaeology Retreat
Background on the recent project to search for the lost Franklin Expedition ships:
- Priminister announces new project August 2012
- update on the 2012 field project
- update 2013 field project
Woodworking on the Northwest coast
I have collected some visuals and written descriptions from Hilary Stewart and the Handbook of North American Indians and have scanned them for you. Other resources that I have found include the following. There is useful information about perishable materials like yew wood wedges and handles, and some nice graphics as well:
Exploring Ancient Wood and fiber technologies along the Northwest Coast of North America by Dale Croes and Kathleen Hawes
Indians of the Northwest Coast, by Pliny Earle Goddard (!869-1928) ethnographic style description scanned text courtesy of the American Museum of Natural History. Use the “search” function to find the section on woodworking.
The Kwakuitl, Franz Boas scanned ethnography. Woodworking information starts on p. 319
The SFU Bill Reid Centre for Northwest Coast Studies has lots of useful information and visuals. Enter here with an introduction to totem poles.