After a week of frustrating shutdown news and attacks on archaeology funding, I am sharing some fun reading. Here are links that are either directly related to material culture and archaeological methods, or are tangential but very fun.
eHumanity: lovely site for exploring Native American material culture
Digital maps of Philadelphia: simple but elegant interface for overlaying historic maps of Philadelphia – I can imagine this would be a great teaching tool
Archivist creates geocaching treasure hunt to explore local history, which I now want to do
Aliens’ Guide to the Ruins of Washington DC exhibit – to quote from the Slate article:
Harvey, British-born and Brooklyn-based, says the exhibition sprang from a fascination with the omnipresence of classical and neoclassical architecture, styles that have meant all kinds of different things to all kinds of different people over 2,000 years. “It has been an architecture people have seen as representing democracy. It was also totalitarian. Stalin loved it. The Fascists loved it. It was connected to slavery. Plantations in the South—they look like mini Parthenons. In Britain, there was an imperial aspect to it. If neoclassical architecture was a virus, it would be the flu,” she says.
Incorporating Photographic Exhibits into the Anthropology Classroom, a meditation on Elena Geroska’s “Traces” project
Alondra Nelson on the social life of DNA: good methodological discussion of how “following things” depends on what you choose to follow, and an interesting topic
Deep History: a colleague just introduced me to this provocative “neurological turn” in history. I haven’t read enough to speak on it yet but it seems like it definitely intersects with anthropology, so oh, I will have thoughts….
“15th century Flemish style portraits recreated in the airplane lavatory” : this is more tangential, but it’s great