An Archaeology of Fidget Spinners

Ah, fidget spinners, the ubiquitous and dividing product of our times. I don’t know when I first became aware of their existence, but I am very aware of that existence now. You’ve probably seen them; if not being played with by idle hands then in one of the many articles bemoaning their questionable mental health benefits. Anecdotal proof of their ubiquity comes from the fact … Continue reading An Archaeology of Fidget Spinners

#PATC An Island Archaeology of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

This is the companion blog post to my presentation for the Public Archaeology Twitter Conference, as part of the archaeology and media theme. Abstract Bibliography Screenshots, images and gifs All screenshots, images and gifs were captured/created by the author Video game case study Nintendo EAD. (2002).The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. [Videogame]. Kyoto: Nintendo Articles and books Barrowclough, D.A (2010) Expanding the Horizons of … Continue reading #PATC An Island Archaeology of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Barriers to entry in archaeogaming

I started to write this piece last August when No Man’s Sky was first released-the only reason I had access to the game was because my partner had happened to buy it and I could borrow his laptop on the weekends. It occurred to me that the cost of videogames is a significant barrier to entry in the field of archaeogaming. Then, I chickened out. … Continue reading Barriers to entry in archaeogaming

The Archaeologist: a ‘citizen of nowhere’

Theresa May, British Prime Minister, AKA Margaret Thatcher 2.0, recently gave a ‘lesson’ on the definition of citizenship at the Tory Party Conference. According to May:   “[I]f you believe you’re a citizen of the world you’re a citizen of nowhere. You don’t understand what the very word ‘citizenship’ means.”   For many of us, global citizenship is something that we cherish. I’m sure this … Continue reading The Archaeologist: a ‘citizen of nowhere’

The embodied experience of the archaeologist

It’s 5:30am. You stumble out of bed, almost trip over your work boots in the dark and stagger to the bathroom. The ‘clean’ t-shirt you slip on was washed by hand and your work trousers have a few mysterious marks on them you hope no one will notice. Before leaving for a day of fieldwork, you obsessively check your bag for all the essentials: large … Continue reading The embodied experience of the archaeologist

World-building in archaeology: from the ‘Yard’ or the ‘Heavens’

Henry VIII. Augustus. Napoléon Bonaparte. What do these three individuals have in common? They are synonymous with certain periods of history in Western Europe. They are also all white male rulers. Such historical figures are frequently used as touchstones when attempting to construct an impression of the past, and there are several good reasons for this. Firstly, there are often more historical sources which pertain … Continue reading World-building in archaeology: from the ‘Yard’ or the ‘Heavens’

The memories that #Remain

I could write a long essay about why we should all vote tomorrow to stay in the EU, but I doubt you’d read it. Instead, I’ve ‘curated’ a collection of photographs I’ve taken over the years during holidays and time working abroad in the EU. These constitute but mere fragments of unfathomable memories that I have of Europe. The United Kingdom may be an island, … Continue reading The memories that #Remain