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Archaeology

Get your mind out of the gutter and get your hands dirty instead!

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March 24, 2020


What did we use before toilet paper? Great question! Surprisingly, we've only been using those cushy rolls of toilet paper for a very short period in history. It wasn't even until the 1930s that splinter-free toilet paper came into the market- Ouch!! So let's dive in...

March 19, 2020

Before we get into the details, I do need to stress that excavation is not only digging. We don’t just grab shovels and have at it. Excavation is destructive, we are literally destroying the site as we excavate it, so we need to make sure that proper methods and strate...

February 17, 2020

Let’s start with breaking down the word. Thermoluminescence can be broken into two words: Thermo, meaning head and Luminescence, meaning an emission of light. It essentially means that some materials that have accumulated energy over a long period of time will give off...

February 6, 2020

As I did some last minute field work this past January, it gave me the perfect opportunity to create a packing list for everything you'll ever need on an archaeological excavation! So what I have done here, is separate the list into four sections such as Tools, Health...

December 13, 2019

Quick disclaimer* the information I’m giving you in this video is a general overview, and specifics are based on protocols and standard practices in The Netherlands, so some things will differ from country to country. So please do your research to find your own local s...

November 21, 2019

Since it’s either impossible or not needed to excavate an entire site, archaeologists employ the use of sampling techniques in order to get a clear picture of an area without having to sort through and analyse extremely large amounts of information and artefacts. There...

October 24, 2019

Radiocarbon or carbon dating is an amazing scientific technique developed by a chemist called Willard Libby back in the late 1940s. People were so impressed by him that he also received the Nobel Prize for it in 1960. What Libby wanted to do was use the known propertie...

October 8, 2019

With all of these reaction videos running rampant around YouTube, Jude and I thought it was necessary to tackle some archaeological movies in order to set the record straight and give a real impression as to what actual archaeologists do. Of course, first on the list h...

September 10, 2019

Today’s blog post will be short, as we already discussed some traumas in the previous video. Thence, to give you a sigh of relief on the last of this Osteo 101 series, today you will look at more images than words (yay!).

Ballistics traumas (i.e. firearms, projectiles)...

August 24, 2019

Sometimes, we bonk our head a little too hard. We'll maybe joke, “Ouch, that’ll leave a mark”.  But the osteological question is, can head bonks, falls, and drawn-out sicknesses actually show up on your skeleton? These types of inquiries fall into the study of paleopat...

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