“KRG3 cemetery. Attacked by small biting flies in the late afternoon, Kurgus, northern Sudan.” – Scott Haddow
The Flickr group that I sporadically moderate, Archaeology in Action, is almost a decade old! I try to go in every couple of months and clean out the travel photos and such that inevitably creep in there. I’m always happy to see the fantastic contributions that the group attracts.
“At the end of excavation, the final rites. Mapungubwe, 1995, inhabited around 1200 AD is now a World Heritage Site. This was one of the last large scale excavations done on the site.” – Marius Loots
In some ways, it is an interesting practice in defining representation of the field. No, that isolated artifact in the museum is not “archaeology in action.” But if the conservator is working on it–sure. Ultimately, I have an audience in mind: those who want to see archaeologists at work in various contexts.
“Horton excavations 2013.” – Wessex Archaeology
While Flickr has been neglected over the years, and then overhauled in horrible, horrible ways, it is still a relatively good resource as an archive of photos that you can self-curate and distribute with Creative Commons licensing.
Here are past updates about the group:
Archaeology in Action Update
Archaeology in Action, Another Update
If you curate your photos on Flickr, I encourage you to contribute your photos of archaeology in action to the group here:
Archaeology in Action
The Brooklyn Museum has been uploading their lantern slide collection in high resolution to flickr; the latest batch is from Egypt, taken in 1900.
I have no particular obsession with Egyptology, but these photos are gorgeous. Kudos to the Brooklyn Museum for sharing them.
Whew–life has been a whirlwind lately. I turned in my dissertation prospectus yesterday and much of the other surrounding paperwork, but I still have a lot to catch up on while I study for my orals. I also had a wonderful time with a certain visiting archaeologist who brought me my very own MoLAS manual–a princely gift now that the dollar is worthless.
In the meantime, the Archaeology in Action group on Flickr has been hoppin’.
Here is one of several great shots of a large, open excavation from Kassandrus in Guda, South Holland. It looks like they’re turning up the footings of several buildings and some interesting burials.
Jens-Olaf documents the excavation of an old market street in Gimhae, South Korea. I love that he also got a look at the paperwork:
There’s good photos of the stratigraphy and some interesting tools as well, if you click through to check out the rest of the photostream.
There’s also a few photos of the excavations going on at Stonehenge from Paul Cripps. The BBC Timewatch website has video, news, and a discussion forum, but it’s nice to get this more “personal” look. I wish the quality of the photos was higher though, and that the photos were licensed under Creative Commons, but you can’t have everything, I suppose.
As always, please submit your excavation shots to the Archaeology in Action group on flickr!
Some great new photos have been popping up at Archaeology in Action, the flickr group dedicated to showing archaeologists doing their thing:
From alverstonedig, a muddy dig on the Isle of Wight. They found well preserved Iron Age timbers (with visible axe-marks), a Roman causeway and–this kills me–a hazel leaf, pressed into the bog.
From shovelingtom, a project in Sudan, where there are gorgeous vistas and interesting rock art. I like his photos of the surrounding community as well.
Finally, a photo of a ceramic thin section from a fellow Berkeley PhD student, Andy Roddick. If you click on the photo, he identifies some of the various minerals with notes. I love this aspect of flickr–annotating photos to provide explanations guided by professional vision adds so much to presenting archaeology to the public. And for that matter, to other archaeologists–I surely didn’t know what a biotite looked like!
As one of the admins for the Flickr group Archaeology in Action, I have to weed through the photos occasionally, taking out the travel shots from Cairo and whatnot. It can be a real pain, and having to split hairs about what “archaeology in action” is and is not feels a little stifling. However, it really is the best way to keep a good, focused group, and I get the pleasure of seeing photos from sites around the world.
Today, for instance, we received a submission from the LAARC, or the London Archaeological Archive and Research Center from the Michael Faraday community-based project they did last summer.
The flickr series they posted with the project is wonderful–lots of images and it really shows the progression of the excavation and all of the kids involved. Though I wonder if they have to get signed releases from the childrens’ parents, like we do here in the states. And they even have creative commons licensing! Bravo, LAARC.
It looks like they have a youtube feed as well:
Please submit your field photos to Archaeology in Action–it gives me something to look at while writing my literature reviews!
I uploaded another one of my videos to youtube so that I could show it in class tomorrow. I’m taking over half the lecture from Ruth, to tell the students a bit about archaeology and new media, since that’s the way that most of them will experience archaeology, outside of television.
It’s not my best editing job (it’s from Fall ’06), but it will have to do for now. Remind me to take a better microphone to Turkey next year.
I’m reusing my 2007 SAA slides, even though they are woefully outdated. (Banksy? Who cares about him anymore?)