Women in Archaeology Podcast: The Shutdown

The Women in Archaeology Podcast: The Shutdown (Click Here to listen at Womeninarchaeology.com or download the episode from itunes)

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Join us as we take a closer look at what the shutdown means for archaeologists, public lands, and the consequences that will likely stretch into the rest of 2019.

Show Notes:

Government Contractors such as archaeologists

Human Waste Issues

Agency plans during shutdown: see how each agency is handling the shutdown and how you are affected.

How congress can trump Trump

Economic Effects

It’s ILLEGAL!

This scenario is one of the many reasons why archaeologists have to play a role in public education and outreach!  The following conversation occurred while presenting on the wonderful world of archaeology at an elementary school.  And no, I never personally keep the artifacts I record, I would never sell artifacts, and I’ve never found gold items.

Kid 1: can you sell the artifacts you find?

Me: no, that is illegal if you take it off of NPS, BLM, or FS lands.
Kid 2: what if its from a different country?
Me: still illegal, just international laws apply. You can’t keep or sell anything. It’s just a bad idea.
Teacher: how much is a statue from your site in Cyprus worth? $4000? how much would a collector pay?
Me: I have no idea . . .because its illegal.
Kid 3: what if its bones on your own land? Can you keep that?
Me: No, state laws don’t allow that. It’s illegal. And unethical.
Kid 4: so, you can’t just keep any of the artifacts, keep them hidden inside, and sell them later?
Me: no.
Kid 3: but what if . . .
Me: no. Okay, everyone, can you keep or sell artifacts?
Class: no.
Me: why?
Class: because its illegal.

Want to know more about why it’s illegal to remove artifacts from public lands?  Read my blog post on ARPA!

Palimpsest Palooza

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Did you know that Pompeii is an excellent example of temporal and spatial palimpsests? Fancy pantsy.

What on earth is a palimpsest?  Something having usually diverse layers or aspects apparent beneath the surface.  So, Pompeii has both temporal (time stamped/era/period) and spatial (same location and related) palimpsests, since the city is essentially a time capsule.  Alright, you may now carry on with your day.