Archaeology in Action Around the World

Here’s another edition of Archaeology in Action, highlighting photography of archaeology aggregated on Flickr.  As always, I encourage you to contribute to the Archaeology in Action Flickr group, especially paired with a Creative Commons license.

Here’s a shot of a trench in Alaska, on Kotzebue Sound from Travis S., dug to test the impact of road improvement on the archaeological record.  They found faunal remains during testing, including a seal femur and bird bones.  Travis S. has heavily annotated his photographs with his interpretations, making them really interesting and informative.

Fornleifauppgröfur - Hólar i Hjaltadal

Another chilly-looking excavation in Hólar in Hjaltadalur, a small community in northern Iceland.  From Siggidori’s set comments: “Hólar was founded as a diocese in 1106 by bishop Jón Ögmundsson and soon became one of Iceland’s two main centers of learning. Hólar played an important part in the medieval politics of Iceland, and was the seat of Guðmundur Arason in his struggle with Icelandic chieftains during the time of the commonwealth. Under Jón Arason Hólar was the last remaining stronghold of Catholicism in Iceland during the Reformation. The best known Lutheran bishop of Hólar was Guðbrandur Þorláksson.”

Drawing underwater 01

From the Heritage Underwater Maritime Archaeology project in Gotland, Sweden on a ship that sank in 1566.  This ship features an unusually long and early type of wrought iron cannon, one that could be used on either land or at sea.  I’m always impressed by the equipment and skills of underwater archaeologists who have to deal with a whole additional array of problems in archaeology.

wet sieving

And, lastly, keeping it real with wet screening in the rain in Bretagne, France.  Murmel.jones and crew were investigating an Iron Age site in 2005.  Looks miserable.

Author: colleenmorgan

Dr. Colleen Morgan (ORCID 0000-0001-6907-5535) is the Lecturer in Digital Archaeology and Heritage in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York. She conducts research on digital media and archaeology, with a special focus on embodiment, avatars, genetics and bioarchaeology. She is interested in building archaeological narratives with emerging technology, including photography, video, mobile and locative devices. Through archaeological making she explores past lifeways and our current understanding of heritage, especially regarding issues of authority, authenticity, and identity.

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