Yes, I know, I’ve been remiss in carnivalling lately. Heck, I’ve been remiss in posting. The water in the Bathtub is actually too cold for bathing at the moment, as I’m away metaphorically, working on serious curriculum matters.
So, it’s a good time to take a look at something like the best archaeology blog carnival around. It’s up to edition Number 60? Great news, really, that there is so much material to cover. There is some delightful morsel in every edition.
FSH #60 is heavy on photos — grist for your better slide presentations, no?
- A few almost-award-winning photos of modern Africa from Ideophone — I’ll wager the photo of the woman channeling the dead hunter, to his family and cowering hunting companions, could provoke serious discussion about religions and beliefs in the world today.
- Aardvarchaeology’s photos of winter in Wales are gorgeous — but they provoke discussion about just what is a defensive wall at an ancient or historic site. Real controversies in science: You can’t keep ’em down. (Dallas note: Compare the Cistercian Abbey Dr. Rundkvist photographed with the Cistercian Chapel off of State Highway 114 in Irving, southeast of Las Colinas.)
- Testimony of the Spade features images from the first book on archaeology in Sweden, a 1675 tome. And you thought your textbooks were dated!
Zenobia, Empress of the East looks at a project that used lasers to scan a bas relief on a rock in the 3rd century A.D. Parthian empire — er, maybe Persian — but wait! Is that Greek influence in that carving?
This extraordinary relief is carved on a huge limestone boulder at the cliff edge of a remote, not to say ‘hidden’ valley in the rugged mountains of northeastern Khuzistan [at the southwestern edge of the Iranian plateau, sharing a border with southern Iraq (= the big red blob on the map, below right)]. In ancient times, this was the heartland of Elymais, sometimes a small empire, more often a vassal to more powerful states.
21st century technology and science applied to help solve a 700-year-old mystery. Does archaeology get much better than that?
Especially if you’re inclined to study Neanderthals, or for a great sidebar on the value of biodiveristy, take a look at Remote Central’s post on the last stand of Neanderthal, on Gibralter.
There is much more in Four Stone Hearth #60.