Amateur archaeologists-do they have anything to contribute?

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Amateur archaeologists-do they have anything to contribute?

Postby Manystones » Sat Jul 05, 2008 7:04 am

In a general sense, archaeology is an academic pursuit whose role it is to create for contemporary societies the modern myths about the distant human past.



http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/epc/srb/cy ... narik1.pdf

http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/epc/srb/cy ... narik2.pdf

http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/epc/srb/cy ... narik3.pdf

http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/epc/srb/cy ... narik4.pdf
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Postby Beagle » Sat Jul 05, 2008 10:31 am

As usual, Bednarik is blunt in his lecture regarding the history and current state of the archaeology profession. I have a busy day today Richard, but I'll comment further later. I would like to have Charlie involved also, so I may find where else you may have posted this.

No doubt about it - Bednarik is at the top of Chris Stringer's enemy list. I wonder if he is lecturing at the University of Toronto full time?
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Postby War Arrow » Sat Jul 05, 2008 12:30 pm

Looks interesting - hopefully I'll have some time to look at these in depth tomorrow.
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Postby MichelleH » Sat Jul 05, 2008 12:44 pm

A lot here to consume, thanks Richard; I needed something to read on the airplane! :D
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Postby Minimalist » Sat Jul 05, 2008 1:01 pm

Where you off to, boss?
Something is wrong here. War, disease, death, destruction, hunger, filth, poverty, torture, crime, corruption, and the Ice Capades. Something is definitely wrong. This is not good work. If this is the best God can do, I am not impressed.

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Postby MichelleH » Sat Jul 05, 2008 1:06 pm

Minimalist wrote:Where you off to, boss?


Your neck of the woods. (ugh...112 degrees) More work to do on the house....it never ends it seems.
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Postby john » Sat Jul 05, 2008 4:07 pm

MichelleH wrote:
Minimalist wrote:Where you off to, boss?


Your neck of the woods. (ugh...112 degrees) More work to do on the house....it never ends it seems.


Michelle -

My mother, all 89 years of her, has a beautifully embroidered pillow
(she did a lot of needlepoint in her life) which states "Gardening consists of sitting in the front porch swing in your nicest frock, with a long cool drink in your hand, telling the man where to dig."

In the spirit of that, I'll add "Woman who finishes house dies."


hoka hey

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interesting

Postby fossiltrader » Wed Jul 09, 2008 3:29 am

I have heard similar from lecturers here so much time is wasted with the in house ego fights the work itself appears to take second place.
A group of us here do work outside the academic cat fights however it does mean we fight for every thing we try to get published in fact several of us merely do the work we can get and be happy with it.
In the end it comes down to we all have bills to pay i have seen far to many good friends end up cleaning for a living or driving taxis so we keep a low profile and post online and pass work between ourselves may not seem much but it better than doing nothing.
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Postby Digit » Wed Jul 09, 2008 5:42 am

But for the ameteurs who founded the discipline archaeology as such would not even exist of course.
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Postby Ishtar » Mon Jul 14, 2008 1:39 pm

It's a no brainer, Dig.
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Postby Minimalist » Mon Jul 14, 2008 2:02 pm

MichelleH wrote:
Minimalist wrote:Where you off to, boss?


Your neck of the woods. (ugh...112 degrees) More work to do on the house....it never ends it seems.



You've got to drop by for a glass of wine sometime. Maybe a dip in the pool.....or, as it now feels....a chlorine soup bath now that the water is consistently 90 degrees.
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Postby MichelleH » Mon Jul 14, 2008 2:16 pm

Minimalist wrote:
MichelleH wrote:
Minimalist wrote:Where you off to, boss?


Your neck of the woods. (ugh...112 degrees) More work to do on the house....it never ends it seems.



You've got to drop by for a glass of wine sometime. Maybe a dip in the pool.....or, as it now feels....a chlorine soup bath now that the water is consistently 90 degrees.


Oh sure, now that I'm flying back today, you send the invite... :wink:

Thanks Min, I will be back and take you up on that!
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Postby Minimalist » Wed Jul 16, 2008 4:03 pm

Yeah, let me know. We're here until the end of September when we're going to Charleston for a week. Swimming season will be over by the time we get back.....(I hope.)
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