Most Read Public Archaeology Article in 2015


I’m chuffed to bits that my article Archaeology and the Moving Image (Open Access in Public Archaeology!) made the “most read of 2015” list.

It’s a fairly massive article derived from my thesis about movies made by archaeologists. It includes social media metrics, “punk video” and the panopticon. What’s not to like?

Here’s the abstract:

Archaeological filmmaking is a relatively under-examined subject in academic literature. As the technology for creating, editing, and distributing video becomes increasingly available, it is important to understand the broader context of archaeological filmmaking; from television documentaries to footage shot as an additional method of recording to the informal ‘home videos’ in archaeology. The history of filmmaking in archaeology follows innovations within archaeological practice as well as the availability and affordability of technology. While there have been extensive analyses of movies and television shows about archaeological subjects, the topic of archaeological film has been characterized by reactions to these outside perspectives, rather than examinations of footage created by archaeologists. This can be understood to fall within several filmic genres, including expository, direct testimonial, impressionistic, and phenomenological films, each with their own purpose and expressive qualities. Footage taken on site can also be perceived as a form of surveillance, and can modify behaviour as a form of panopticon. Consequently, there are considerations regarding audience, distribution, and methods for evaluation, as these films are increasingly available on social media platforms. This paper explores the broad context for archaeological filmmaking and considers potential futures for the moving image in archaeology.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams – NYC, LA and Chicago on April 29th

I received word that Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams, which I reviewed after an advanced screening is opening for wider release on April 29th. Those lucky enough to live in LA will be able to see Werner Herzog himself at a Q&A. (Attention UCLA people!!)

You can get discounts for group sales through the IFCCenter here:

Let me know what you think if you catch the movie!

TAG 2010: Call for Movies

The Centre for Audio-Visual Study and Practice of Archaeology (CASPAR)
in conjunction with the University of California at Berkeley invite
short, 3-minute long movies that push the boundaries of archaeological
filmmaking.  In the spirit of the Theoretical Archaeological Group
meetings, innovative submissions that utilize the strengths of digital
filmmaking will be given the highest consideration for the screen
festival. Some genres under consideration are machinima, animation,
experimental, parody, “fake” films, and other unexpected or unexplored
formats.  These movies will be screened live at TAG 2010 (December 14-17)  in Bristol, UK and simulcast on OKAPI island in Second Life and will be entered for a juried prize.  The deadline for submissions is December 1.

If you have any questions, please contact or

Screen Festival

TAG 2010 Website

The following on-line and on-site workshops will be held to guide those who feel unskilled or unfamiliar in digital film-making to become more comfortable and creative. Nobody should feel excluded from this competition:

Workshop 1: Friday October 1, 10am-12noon PST
What Makes a Good 3-minute Story (Ruth Tringham)

Workshop 2: Friday October 22, 10am-12noon PST
Creating the assets (media) for your 3-minute movie (Michael Ashley, Scott Calhoun, Colleen Morgan, Ruth Tringham)

Workshop 3: Friday November 5, 10am-12noon PST
More on creating the media; compressing, uploading, and sharing your finished movie (Michael Ashley, Scott Calhoun)

Workshop 4: Saturday November 13, 9am-5pm PST (schedule TBA)
International drop-in workshop: getting your movie done (Michael Ashley, Scott Calhoun, Colleen Morgan)

Movie Day!

Anies Hassan dropped me a line about a new series of videos he’s making about the Thames Discovery Project.  He’s getting pretty slick with his production techniques!  Oh, and the archaeology is interesting as well…if you like that muddy, cold, London type of archaeology!  (don’t hit me!)

Credit the music and slap a CC license on it and I’ll be a happy girl.

I finally got around to uploading more of the movie we made (So You’re an Archaeologist?!) for the Afghanistan display at the Asian Art  Museum in San Francisco.

Sadly, I only got through the first two videos before I promptly threw away the main file I was working with to make more space on my hard drive.  After I get the source video from Dave (again!) I’ll post the rest of it.

And, if you’re up for a little bit of surrealist ethnography, here’s Las Hurdes or Land Without Bread, one of the movies we’re going to watch as part of our Ethnographic Movie Night next Fall.  More about that later.

Moviemaking at Çatalhöyük

Feb 27 Brown Bag

Ruth and I are giving the Berkeley brown bag this Wednesday; it should be fun. I wish I had more time to make movies.

Cheer Up, Blue Valentine

Here’s a bit of light-hearted entertainment for those suffering from the blues on Valentine’s Day…or the rest of us who are just motoring through the semester:

The new Indiana Jones trailer:

The 10,000 BC(E) trailer:

A good reason to keep your contexts clear, reported by the Moore Group:

And a bit of humor in the lolcats genre:
I'm in ur

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