Shamanism, Daoism, and the Kargaly Diadem, December 28, 2018. Investigating a fabulous artifact from a nomad tomb in central Asia led me to the Daoist "Immortals" and the strange beings they encountered on their spiritual journeys.
Cave Tombs of Talayotic Minorca, March 26, 2015. Wonderfully preserved Bronze Age burials and ritual sites.
Cannibalism at Herxheim, or, Events in the Distant Past, March 14, 2015.
The Warcq Chariot Burial, December 31, 2014.
The Mosfell Archaeology Project, December 6, 2014. Archaeology and the sagas in Viking Iceland.
Shieldmaidens: Were there Female Warriors in the Viking Age? September 20, 2014.
The Środa Treasure, November 17, 2014. So much like an adventure novel.
Dholavira: a Harappan City in the Rann of Kutch, October 11, 2014. I love the mysterious civilization of the ancient Indus.
Hasanlu, September 10, 2014. An Iron Age city sacked with fire and sword.
More from the Boneyard of Alken Enge, July 14, 2014. Human sacrifice in Iron Age Denmark.
The 1814 Fortification Ditch in Patterson Park, May 7, 2014. One of the numerous posts from my most exciting recent project; I chose this one because it includes analysis of the soil layers, the heart of an archaeologist's special skills. Links to all the Patterson Park posts can be found here.
Doggerland and the Great Wave, May 1, 2014. What is more evocative than ancient lands disappearing beneath the waves?
Tillia Tepe, The Hill of Gold, March 31, 2014.
The Sound of Ancient Celtic Battle: the Tintignac Carnyx, February 16, 2014. With video!
Bronze in 4700 BCE; or, the Metalsmiths of Pločnik, Technology, and Social Change, February 2, 2014.
Moche Civilization and Art, January 11, 2014.
Biskupin, November 11, 2013. An Iron Age town in Poland, wonderfully preserved.
Archaeology and History: Robin Fleming, Britain after Rome: the Fall and Rise, 400 to 1070, October 27, 2013. One of the best ever books using archaeology to reconstruct a historical narrative.
Berenike: Rome's Gateway to India, March 10, 2013.
Climate Change and the Maya Collapse, November 16, 2012.
The Palace of Ashurnasirpal II at Nimrud, July 28, 2012.
The Treasure of Nahal Mishmar, April 6, 2012. Copper Age wonders from Israel.
Novgorod: the Archaeology of Medieval Russia, December 10, 2011.
The Plain of Jars, Laos, September 13, 2011. One of the world's strangest archaeological sites.
Buttermilk Creek, the Biomantle, and "Unequivocal Proof," March 25, 2011. Technical look at one of the alleged pre-Clovis sites from Texas, with an overview of the Clovis First vs. Pre-Clovis debate.
Cacao for Turquoise, March 19, 2011. What commodities were so valuable that people traded them over hundreds of miles even when they had to be carried in backpacks?