Mesolithic videos update
Having had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see an antler ‘headress’ in situ in the 2015 excavation season at Star Carr earlier this year (plus shed loads of flint, wood, antler and bone), here’s a short video from the dig team.
◊ Skulls, Shamans and Sacrifice in Stone Age Britain | Digging Diaries | 13-Jul-2015 Youtube (2min)
The Mesolithic settlement of Star Carr in North Yorkshire has fascinated archaeologists for decades. Nicky Milner and her digging team from York University are embarking on their final ever excavation on site to unlock the secrets of this mysterious landscape. They’ve been filming every moment of discovery to give us a glimpse into our ancient past.
Image | Prof Nicky Milner & Son at Flixton Island, 2014 (Microburin)
The wonderful Day of Archaeology was yesterday, 24 July, but the posts keep rolling out on Facebook and Twitter #dayofarch @dayofarch. It’s a fascinating insight into what archaeologists around the world are up to—in the field, in the lab, at an event. As ever, the success of the DoA is down to the hard work of the moderators. Now in its fifth year, this is an incredible database of the diversity of activities, people, projects, studies and outreach.
As last year, and while feeling a little under the weather (and oppressed by the endless rain), I managed to squeeze out a post (two in fact) about catching up on a mini-project and the results of fieldwalking with volunteers, plus analysis of previous collections and museum boxes that attest to 10,000 years of activity in the area.
DoA is open to absolutely everybody involved in archaeology so, if you’ve not submitted a post, have a think about doing it—perhaps you’ve been on a community dig, training project or finds-processing session? There’s still time.
Mar Lodge Estate, Cairngorm mountains, Aberdeenshire | 2015 excavations by The National Trust for Scotland and archaeologists and environmental scientists from the University of Aberdeen, University of Stirling and University College Dublin with earlier than expected 14C radiocarbon dates | BBC News item 09-Jul-2015
Image | BBC Website.
◊ Dear Microburins,
If my friend and archaeological blogger Robert M Chapple doesn’t mind, I’m using his own blog post text here to highlight a request from a researcher.
I’ve been blogging archaeology here myself since May 2012, nattering about my Mesolithic period research and related topics, activities, sites and finds in the news, challenges, frustrations, discoveries and wins.
I too have recently been contacted by Fleur Schinning, a post-graduate student in Heritage Management at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Her research focuses on the use of blogs and social media and how they contribute to the accessibility of archaeology in the Netherlands. For comparative material, she will be looking at a number of blogs from the UK and the USA (where archaeological blogging appears to be widely accepted). I’m honoured that she has asked me, and the readers of this blog, to participate in her research.
- If you can spare even a few minutes, she would be very grateful if you could complete a simple questionnaire to share your thoughts about this blog | http://goo.gl/forms/z3BAUTyYUL
As a reward for your assistance, you will be entered into a draw for six issues of Archaeology Magazine.
Some Microburin blog statistics
- Blog set up on 20 May 2012 when I didn’t know anybody in archaeology!
- 119 posts
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- 1.54 to 1.69 views per visitor this year
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◊ Dear Microburins,
Quick post to recommend this blog. I love the Sven cartoon, more sprinkled throughout with charming cartoon drawings everywhere.