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Jul. 4th, 2012 07:21 pm
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I have re-surfaced after a really fun dance weekend, and while I am still very tired and have sore feet (it was so worth it!), there's no rest for the wicked (nor for anyone else either), as the big EEK project continues. Luckily I have been given an extended deadline, which was very welcome. I'm still in the recording stage, so I can't tell you if there's anything very interesting there, as these things usually first show up when you start number crunching.

But I've seen some interesting stuff online:

- Medieval horse harness with lots of bling found in Ireland. I'd love to see it in person, or, better yet, a reconstruction so you can see how shiny it would have been when it was in use.

- Excavations in northern Germany seem to have found the remains of Sliasthorp, a town connected to the Norse elite of the area. Sliasthorp lies near the trading centre Haithabu/Hedeby, similar to the situation of Adelsö and Birka in Sweden (possibly Uppåkra and Lund as well, although Lund was founded much later). This suggests that the founding of these trading places may have been directly associated with the elite rather than with traders. The trading places would also have been under control of the elite.

- And if you're interested in Flemish archaeology, Onroerend Erfgoed (the Flemish equivalent of English Heritage) has put up several of their publications online, which you can both search and browse. There is no English version of the site, but it seems fairly straightforward.

- The knitted 16th century cap collection of the Museum of London is now online. 73 caps, coifs, cap fragments, linings and earpieces have been photographed, with captions containing contextual and technical information. To browse the caps, please go to the Collections Online and enter ‘cap’ in the Keyword field with the date range 1500-1600 in the search fields.

- The seventh conference on experimental archaeology will take place in january 2013 at the University of Cardiff, Wales. Papers on any any topic related to experimental archaeology are welcome, but those that touch on the relationship between experimental and experiential* approaches are particularly welcome.The deadline for papers is July, although the webpage doesn't state if it's the first of the month or the end of the month. Hopefully the latter.

*: An experiment can be repeated by the same researcher or others. Experiential archaeology is about the experience, for example building an Iron Age house and live in it to see how the construction worked in practice. What most of the re-enactment community call experimental archaeology is in fact experiential.

- And a very interesting post from Bones don't lie discusses new research on using stable isotopes for sexing human remains. While there is an overlap in the ratios of iron isotopes between males and females, the overlap was not greater than a normal sex determination using the pelvis. Only one French assemblage was used for the study, and obviously more research is needed to see what the results are for other regions.
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Almost the end of November, and on the day after tomorrow the Christmas countdown will begin. Thankfully I've bought most of the presents already (except for the stuff I'll buy at the airport) so I don't have to think about that in the weekend. I might go down to town just to have a hot chocolate and do some people watching.

I wonder what December will be like this year. Last year we had a very cold winter, but so far it's been a very warm autumn. Perhaps it will be a warm vinter too? On one hand, I do love snow and a cold winter, but on the other hand, no snow and higher temperatures means less heating costs. And less chance of Heathrow being closed due to 2 cm snow the day I'm flying in or out... Last year I managed to get out of the UK on one of the last flights before they closed the airport.

Autumn trees on Hampstead Heath, London
Is this what the end of November looks like? Seems more like early-mid October to me...

I've posted two pictures for the photo-meme, if you didn't keep an eye out on the old post.

If you're into environmental archaeology and want to give a talk or present a poster at a conference, the 2012 spring meeting of the Association for Environmental Archaeology will take place on 21st April 2012 at Plymouth University, UK. This year's theme is New trends in environmental archaeology. It will be a student focused meeting, although attendance and presentation from practitioners from the commercial sector and more established academics is encouraged. Oral and poster presentations on any aspect of Environmental Archaeology are welcomed and it is hoped that the full range of sub-disciplines of environmental archaeology will be represented. A limited number of travel bursaries will be available to student presenters. The deadline for abstract submission (250 words max) is 1st February. Registration forms will be up on the AEA website shortly. For further information or to submit an abstract please contact Marta Perez (marta.perez [at] plymouth.ac.uk).

The proceedings from the 7th meeting of the ICAZ Worked Bone Research Group (WBRG) held in September 2009 at the Archaeological Institute of the University of Wrocław, Poland, has recently been published in the following volume:
J. Baron & B. Kufel-Diakowska (eds), 2011. Written in Bones. Studies on technological and social context of past faunal skeletal remains, Wrocław: Instytut Archeologii Uniwersytet Wrocławski
The individual papers as well as the complete volume are accessible online as pdf-files.

I really recommend you having a look at the papers. There's a good variety on time periods and topics, however, the papers only discuss finds from European countries.


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