As Election Day in the United States approaches, out newsfeeds, emails, and TV’s are full of messages telling us who and what to vote for. I am not here to tell you who or what to vote for, I just found this worth mentioning as it seems to be a prevailing state of mind for … More Would you like your skull in Paper or Plastic?
Two weeks ago I wrote a brief blog post for my lapidary club’s page about castles; how were they built, and what are they made of? When I initially picked this topic to work in conjunction with my club’s Facebook page, I had not taken into account my utter lack of knowledge about castles. I … More Geology and Masons: Ramblings on UK Castles and their trappings
We are all familiar with the concept of art ‘not being in style until long after the artist is dead’. I had the thought of revisiting graffiti and its historical and archeological importance this week after I decided to do a series of posts for my Lapidary Club’s Facebook page themed around ‘rock art’, using … More Graffiti: A Good Rat or Bad Rat?
This post is going out a bit later than anticipated, but I still wanted to write a bit on the wonderful article London Down Under in the February 2016 issue of National Geographic by Roff Smith. I would first like to say that this was a wonderful issue, and I overall enjoyed all of the … More National Geographic Pt.2: London Down Under
In many ways we can say that the Vikings were some of the original magpies of this world- they loved shiny and pretty things! They were the OG’s (original gangsters) of rock collecting. Everyone, be they academic or historical fiction lover, will have a different opinion about most things related to Vikings. In popular culture … More Those Pesky Vikings and their Rock Collections
The Teacher It was a rainy day in Aberdeen, and it was a late afternoon lecture. It was not an out of the ordinary day, and I am sure if I asked some of my old classmates if they remembered this lecture, they would say of course not! In this archaeology ethics class, the … More A Statement that Changed My Life
I finally recently finished a book I have been trying to finish for some time now (a full review is coming soon, stay tuned) Ivory Vikings, about the Lewis Chessmen. I was inspired by some of the content as well as the overall concept of the book to draw a comparison between the past and … More Gamers: My Chess Set is Cooler than Your Chess Set
As you find this new blog post, I send you my warmest best wishes and hope that you and your family are safe and unaffected by the happenings of the world. There are days when I despair for the future. What are our lives going to be like? I don’t want to be dramatic and … More for the World
If you are not a frequent patron of the ‘Top Songs’ column on ITunes, or a regular listener to your local pop radio stations, Drake’s new song titled Hotline Bling has probably eluded you. But that’s okay, for the purposes of this blog you just need to know that we are taking about phones. I was … More that Hotline Bling
First things first- happy October everyone! Let’s raise a glass to cooler temperatures, fall leaves, and cozy scarves. Now back to our scheduled programing. We do our best. In reality we are busy, and we tell ourselves that the little things we do like recycling is us doing our part to help the world be … More a tid bit on Climate Change & Pollution in Archaeology