Currently on vacation in Värmland, Sweden, I haven’t had much time on the computer but I used up a few hours for this the 46th edition of the Fourth Stone Hearth blog carnival.
The last few weeks I’ve been working on an archaeological dig in Linköping, Sweden. While being in Linköping I visited several of the scenic spots there, see this post on the underground Romanesque church St Lars.
There is more to come in the near future as I also visited a few of the medieval cellars.
This picture was taken in one of cellars from the 14th century and the home of some rather large spiders, ca 3 cm long.
Remote Central gives us a post on a marine archaeology project; that aims to find traces of the first Americans, under water in the Gulf of Mexico.
Antiquarian’s Attic gives us news on a newly found settlement on Greenland that may mark the Vikings’ most northerly year-round hunting outpost on the icy island
On a medieval note one can find shelter in A corner of Tenth-Century Europeand read about feudal transformations. This post is a summary of a longer discussion on the topic and gives lots of interesting links on the subject.
At Hot Cup of Joe one can find an interesting post originally written for The Giant’s Shoulders blogcarnival, the “Classic Papers” category with the title: A Classic Paper: Archaeology as Anthropology. It is post on a classic article: Lewis R Binford’s Archaeology as Anthropology printed in American Antiquity, 28 1962. This post gives you a quick look into Binford’s view on archaeology (New Archaeology aka Processual archaeology) and also presents a new blog carnival; the fist edition of the Giant’s Shoulders. Continuing on the blog Hot cup of Joe there is another post of interest; on prehistoric monuments such as mounds and in this case the Serpent mound in Ohio.
I got a tip about a video review at Remote centralon a video with palaeoanthropologist Louise Leakey, a member of the Leakey family that for over three generations that has been hunting fossils of our most distant hominid ancestors in the Rift Valley of East Africa.
In the blog Bad Archaeology I found a link to a great post at the blog Oddee on the 10 most amazing Ghost towns. At Bad ArchaeologyI found this post on the famed “Capitoline Wolf”. It has been 14c-dated to the Middle Ages which differs a lot from the previous beliefs that it was from ca 500 BC. Read all about it here!
Archaeozoologyhas a post on Integrating Phytoliths within Use-Wear/Residue Studies of Stone Tools. The obsidian artifacts comes from two sites in the West New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea.
Anthropology.net has an interesting post with the title; Why There Is Such A High Percentage Of Amerindian mtDNA And European Y-Chromosome Signatures In The Caribbean?
Geo-science from Sweden and in this particular case from Scandia is presented by Antimoitein a post called Cambrian Bronze Age. A post with some nice pictures of Bronze Age rock art from Simrislund.
I’ve got tips on two separate post at Neuroanthropology, first; Pop goes the media – which is an interesting post on the difficulty of how research gets transformed and bastardized by popular media. The example in this case, linked to in the post, is a sociological research on the complex dynamics behind delinquency that in the media becomes a “biology-causes-everything” story. The second post regards one of anthropology’s consistent criticisms of psychology is the role of psychiatry in shaping psyches; the difficulty of studying a phenomenon when one is helping to create it and ones theories influence your subjects’ accounts. The post is a kind of neuroanthropologicalreflection on clinical psychology as bothresearch enterprise and world-making project, and the way the two come into conflict.
John Hawks writes a post on his weblogabout teaching science and about Carl Wiemans view on teaching science; which interestingly enough points towards humanities as a model.
Finally I end with this post…
Is it a rocket? Is it a Pseudoarchaeologists hypothesis? – No! - Yes! - Archaeoporn is discussing the popular belief that ancient civilizations were visited, created, or altered by ancient space-fairing astronauts.
Last minute additions
Martin Rundqvist has written a post with an anthropological angel; Hymen reconstruction and public health care.
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