Blueview investigates the underwater world in Orkney

Just a quick post to alert you to a clip taken during some of our work last year when Richard Bates and I were able to talk to Josh Gates from the Travel Channel’s Expedition Unknown Series about our research. On that occasion we were lucky to have the opportunity to work with Jon Richardson of Teledyne, who introduced us to their Blueview Sonar. You can watch it here. Or on YouTube.

Being an archaeologist does have its boring moments, but at times like this it is so much fun!.

 

 

 

Neanderthals on TV

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Neanderthals: Meet Your ancestors, clip from the BBC Two series page.

I have much enjoyed a couple of programmes on television recently: Neanderthals – Meet Your Ancestors. Presented by a new name (to me at least), Ella Al-Shamahi, the series gets over some serious concepts and is a good example of the way in which it is possible to use modern technology (and expectations) to put forward detailed points without dumbing down. Continue reading Neanderthals on TV

The hunter-gatherer past?

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Television has become an intrinsic part of twenty-first century life. How much does it direct our actions?

A new television series, ‘My year with the tribe’, has already received mixed reviews for twenty-first century voyeurism and the staunch way in which our hero, Will Millard, pushes on with his plans to film an ‘untouched’ tribe, despite early indications that the activities of previous television teams and wealthy Continue reading The hunter-gatherer past?

The challenging of preconceptions

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Reconstruction of the face of Cheddar Man: Channel 4.

One of the reasons I love archaeology is the way in which it challenges us to recognise and rethink our preconceptions. It is very easy to live in the cosy world of today and focus on reassuring feelings of stability. Practices of mindfulness, among others, encourage us to ‘live for the moment’ and, amidst the insecurites of the present, this is not something with which I would wish to disagree. Continue reading The challenging of preconceptions