An Amazing Week!

An Amazing Week! Confederate Flag down, gay marriage up!

The 5 Stages Of An Archaeologists Grief After Losing Their First Trowel

First TrowelThe ShovelBums version of the Kübler-Ross 5 Stages of Grief when losing/breaking your first trowel My long time friend Penny DuFoe Minturn posted today that she had lost her first trowel - which she mentioned has been around since a project we were together in '88 at Pueblo Grande - which is where my First Trowel actually broke (but that's another story). So I wrote this for her (see the bottom for a link to another 5 stages of grief on Trowel loss that has been pointed out to me).     Just as the Chinese philosopher Laozi (c 604 bc - c 531 bc) said in the Tao Te Ching (Laozi 581 bc)  "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" every archaeologist begins their career with their First Trowel. In the US it is often a Marshalltown, while a few outliers favor Goldblatt and in the UK the WHS is always...
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13,200+/- Year old footprint discovered on Calvert Island, British Columbia, Canada.

13,000 year old footprint discovered by archaeologists on Canada's B.C. Culvert IslandFossilized human footprints believed to be of an adult male, adult female and a child and estimated to be more than 13,000 years old were discovered on Canada's Calvert Island, which is located on B.C.'s central coast and is accessible only by boat, float plane or archaeologists who are really looking to get away from civilization. Archeologist Duncan McLaren said there is evidence of a Remnants of an fire pit near the footprints and that radiocarbon dating indicates the charcoal materials are 13,200 years old.  Duncan is preparing to duplicate those tests to confirm the results. "We're very excited about it," Duncan said, to no-one's surprise. While there are earlier signs of footprints at Monte Verde in Chile, these are the earliest in North America. And lets be honest - if archaeologists can win a carbon dating peeing contest by simple numbers, we will narrow down the geographic area until we do! Regardless this is an awesome...
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Archaeology Kitten Says "Straighten Up Those Walls!"

Archaeology Kitten Says "Straighten Up Those Walls!"Thanks to Lorna Richardson for this! ‏@lornarichardson Check out Colleen Morgan's new poll for archaeologists "Do you still use film in archaeology? Or are you purely digital"
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Colleen Morgan has a poll up - Do you still use Film Photography in Archaeology?

14498512979_8af8e40838_zDo you still use Film Photography in Archaeology? (update) Posted on June 25, 2015 | Leave a comment Five years ago I posted a poll regarding digital vs film photography in archaeology. I’m finally publishing a lot of my writing about photography (I know, I know!) and I’d like an update on this poll. If your browser is messing up the poll interface below you can go to this link to take the poll: http://shovelbums.net/l/digital-or-film-colleen 
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The Civil War - An excellent series of Then & Now superimposed photos.

Devil's Den - After the battle of Gettysburg, now a tourist attraction  Devil's Den Corpses at Devil's Den after the battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania, 1863. Today, it is a tourist attraction.   ‘Photographers would come along with their wagons and set up on the battlefield. They'd drag bodies to different places and pose them. It was a very new medium, so everything was fair game.’ Angela Atkinson, ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park See and Read more at: http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/ng-interactive/2015/jun/22/american-civil-war-photography-interactive      
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#HowWeFamily - A wonderful LGBTQ friendly commercial


As an anthropologist at heart if makes me very happy to see a large company take a public stance on supporting diversity with such a positive LGBTQ friendly commercial. So what if it is ultimately about marketing? This company is using their resources to make a loud, powerful and public statement on television and other media that most groups could never hope to have the resources to reach.  They currently have about 3,000 views on their youtube extended version. It is well worth watching and sharing.
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Whose your daddy? Happy Father's day to you and all of your ancestors back to your Animalia roots!


Happy Father's Day (with Ham)Happy Father's Day!So whose your daddy? Watch this great video by Jurian Möller a Dutch graphic designer that beautifully illustrates the last 550 million years of evolution of your daddy!  Julian not only gives you a running tabulation of the species visualized and the corresponding dates, but he also gives you a great grandfather+ generation count! The grandfather count tops out around 317,000,000.  The video takes you from your dad (who I is THE modern man) to primate ancestors, amphibian and all the way to Animalia and back again in seconds. IMHO this video is a brilliant depiction of where you came from. Something to reflect on this Father's Day.  I am not affiliated with Jurian in anyway, but if you want to own this animated artwork that he has put into a 30-meter-long book, you can order it from his website here: http://evoboek.nl/en/       Happy Father's Day (with Ham)     Happy Father's Day (without Ham)  
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Cowboy Boot Sandals. Not OSHA approved.

Cowboy Boot Sandals. Not OSHA approvedI do not believe these are OSHA approved. I have said enough.  

In honor of "Super Henge", Ylvis singing "Stonehenge"


In honor of Vince Gaffney & Co announcing the discovery of "Super Henge" near Stonehenge (aka "Mini Henge") I thought you all might enjoy Ylvis singing "Stonehenge".              
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"Super Henge" discovered 3km NE of Stonehenge by archaeologists Vince Gaffney & Co.

Vince GaffneyLast time I talked to Vince Gaffney was at an SAA conference late at night hours before his flight when I gave him some Melatonin to try to fight the jet lag on his was back across the pond. Always an energetic bloke it is great to see him and his team continuing to push the boundaries of knowledge with their mad remote sensing skills. For fun you can watch Ylvis sing Stonehenge! Vince is part of the collective team completing a four year investigation by Birmingham, Bradford, St. Andrews and Nottingham in the UK and Ludwig Boltzmann Institute in Austria and the University of Ghent. into what lies beneath the greater Stonehenge’s landscape as far out as Durrington Walls. Their combined efforts have resulted in one of the most intense surveys of an 11.7 km^2 area ever conducted by archaeologists. The survey has resulted in the discovery of what is being called a "Super Henge" (I think we all might...
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Target Target Target - Archaeologists Don't Dig Dinosaurs!

Target - Archaeologists Don't Dig DinosaursTarget Target Target... Archaeologist's Don't Dig Dinosaurs!

iPhone text crashing bug: How to fix if your prankster friend sends you one!

Imessage{iPhone crashing Bug FYI} If you happen to get a message and your phone restarts there are some easy solutions. Go to your photos and select one and then send it two the # that sent you the text and iMessages will start working again.     An iPhone bug is making phones crash when a certain text is sent     IMAGE: FLICKR, AFAGEN BY RONALD CHAVEZ1 hour ago A newly discovered iOS bug is crashing iPhones and leaving users without access to the Messages app. Users who receive a mysterious string of characters in a text are noticing their Messages app will consequently crash, and in some cases, the phone will automatically reboot, according to 9to5Mac. The issue was first posted to Reddit. SEE ALSO: 7 Ways to Preserve Your Battery Life on iOS 8     The text is partially in Arabic and includes unicode. It's not so much about what the text says, but rather how...
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Will Wyoming Senate Bill 12 SF0012 block the ability to document and report looting of archaeology sites on public lands?

page1image12928So Wyoming, that great bastion of civil liberties, recently passed a new piece of legislation that appears to prevent anyone from documenting "resource" data from public lands that are being leased for grazing, etc... that are outside of city or incorporated boundaries. The Wyoming chapter of the Sierra Club told Think Progress that the obtuse language of the law impedes citizen science throughout the state: “We are deeply concerned that this poorly written and overly vague bill will prevent concerned citizens and students from undertaking valuable research projects on public lands, out of fear of accidentally running afoul of the new law (the scope of which no one clearly understands) and being criminally and civilly prosecuted.  There is no need for this new bill, and we can only conclude that it is an attempt by private landowners to scare people away from valid research efforts on public land.” What is your take? The bill is below:   Bill...
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Just in time for the 2016 SAA's in Disney World - An Indiana Jones themed restaurant named Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar

Indiana Jones Themed RestaurantJock Lindsey's Hangar Bar   Walt Disney World's Disney Springs district is getting an aviation themed bar after a classic film series: Indiana Jones called the Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar (Jock was Indy's pilot) The bar will be opening this fall located between The Boathouse and Paradiso 37.  Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar will seat 150 guests and feature drinks like mojitos and small plate foods, said a Disney Parks Blog post. "In the main room, guests will discover an expansive bar, aviation decor filling the room, vintage travel posters covering the walls and correspondence between Jock, Indy and their fellow adventurers on display. Guests can eat, drink and be merry outside as well, in Jocks’ old steamboat, now in permanent dry dock and aptly named 'Reggie," [after Jock's pet snake] and in nearby seating on the adjacent deck," said the blog. The bar will serve cocktails, alongside a number of "themed small plates," like rolling boulder meatba The timing is fitting...
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