Check out my newest episode of Trowel Tales. Episode Summary: On this episode, we’re keeping things lighthearted. Listen to archaeologists’ favorite artifacts, archaeological sites, places, and experiences in the field and how hard it can be to choose just one. For a lot of archaeologists, it’s not just about the stuff. It boils down to the love of discovery and recording the past for future generations.
My second contribution to the ARCH365 Podcast! Episode Summary: On this episode, Emily Long defines and describes lithics and the different ways lithics are analyzed.
I’m sure you’ve been just pining to know all about impact fractures and be provided with a somewhat humorous depiction of this occurrence. So, while surveying, I’ve found a lot of broken projectile points in the field, which are then discarded since they can’t be fashioned into a new point. Some of the points broke upon impact with the target, still showing how the tool literally fractured into two or more fragments. Exciting Stuff.
I love a good pun. An exhausted core is a piece of rock that has had so many flakes knocked off of it during the process of flint knapping, that it can’t be used for anything else. So, it gets thrown out. And falls asleep (har har).
On today’s episode, we’re going to get into the nitty gritty of excavation. Learn about what kind of field schools archaeologists attended to learn how to use a trowel. Hear about the unique artifacts they uncovered. And, decide for yourself if excavating is a cool as it seems (i.e. it is!).
Hammerstones can have a real attitude problem, but those cores can have quite the temper.