Sunday, September 27, 2009
Con: More likely, you are probably just wasting your time on the "world's worst hobby."
This is like playing the lottery (or, what used to be called the numbers before the state took it over). Probabilistically, it is a waste of time and money (why I don't play). But your chances of winning are finite (albeit slimmer than I have been for many years).
Thursday, September 24, 2009
The last two days have brought two junk comments about meeting women onto an earlier entry on pottery hydration chronometry. I think I know what keyword attracted those comments. Guess I will have to be more careful.
Psst ... don't click on the picture above; nothing will happen.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Target date: October 31
The Archaeology Program recognizes three broad classes of archaeometric proposals: (1) proposals to support laboratories which provide archaeometric services; (2) proposals to develop and refine archaeometric techniques; (3) proposals to apply existing analytic techniques to specific bodies of archaeological materials. "Laboratory support" and "technique development" projects are included within the Archaeometry competition. "Technique application" proposals are best evaluated in a more strictly archaeological context and therefore should be submitted to the "senior" research competition.More info at the program web site.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
I'm still catching up from my time away. One of the things I'd like to do is watch the episodes of Time Team America. But I can do that because they are streamable from PBS. Fort James, Range Creek, and Philadelphia - here I come.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
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Sunday, September 6, 2009
I learned yesterday that Robert DuBois, a founder of American archaeomagnetism, has passed away. An obituary from the Norman, OK, newspaper is here.
I never worked with Bob directly, but I learned how to collect samples from Jeff Eighmy, who had worked with Bob as an undergraduate, and I also learned much about archaeomag from Dan Wolfman, who had worked with Bob as a graduate student. I was able to visit Bob and his wife Jeanette once in Norman, and they were gracious hosts. Bob was an indefatigable collector of samples for a number of years. In my opinion, his data were never fully vetted in the peer review literature, and this was a loss. Nonetheless, Bob put archaeomag on the map as a viable chronometric dating method, and many of us owe him for that.