Lockdown Dreams

Fieldwalking groups such as Mesolithic Deeside, here photographed by Ali Cameron, have a real contribution to make with regard to picking up the tiniest signs of life in the past.

We have all had a strange summer this 2020. Dreams of fieldwork as we wander the lanes around our homes and peer into fields wondering what we might find there were the farmer to plough the land. With this in mind I was asked to write a wee guide to the joys of fieldwalking for Dig it Scotland. You can read it here.

 

New Publication: At Home on the Waves

I’ve a chapter in a new book. And, though I blow my own trumpet, it is a brilliant book. Not only does it cover a theme that is interesting to me: the relationship between people and the sea, but it combines an unusual mix of anthropology and archaeology so that you have papers on cruise ship crews from the Philippines sitting alongside papers on Neolithic archaeology. It makes for fascinating reading.

The publication started out as a session at a conference held in Bristol many years ago. Now, the editing of conference volumes is a thankless and demanding task so my heartfelt thanks must go to Gary and Tanya who took on the job for this one! I am sure that at times they despaired of ever getting everything together – editing took place across the continents just to add to the fun of it! Anyway, at last the book is out and everyone can relax.

As you will see, you do need a second mortgage in order to buy a print copy. In addition to the cheaper e-book, there is a 50% discount with the code KIN420 on print copies ordered through the Berghahn website UNTIL 30th April 2019. They are encouraging us to spread the word.