Crowdfunding Archaeology- a view from the trenches

Doug's Archaeology

A bit of spur of the moment decision but this week I will be focusing on crowdfunding in Archaeology. I promise I will get to finishing up my series on publishing in Archaeology.

A little later in this series I am going to sit down and have a talk with Lisa Westcott Wilkins. She is the Managing Director of DigVentures, a company dedicated to crowdfunding and crowdsourcing in Archaeology. So if you have any questions about crowdfunding Archaeology leave a comment or email me- drocksmacqueen (insert that little ‘at’ symbol, you know what to do) and I will ask her it. In the mean time, I have been lucky enough to see the DigVentures crew give a few papers and recorded them. So if you are interested in crowdfunding here are some insights from people that have done it:

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CALL FOR PAPERS – Shoes, Slippers and Sandals: Feet and Footwear in Antiquity

Call for papers! Please read the following announcement as it reached our inbox!

Ancient dress and adornment has received significant consideration in recent scholarship. Yet, detailed study of footwear is still limited. Circumstances of survival mean few ancient ‘shoes’ are today extant. Many examples from sculpture were no doubt originally painted, whereas vase-painting conventions can at times render them absent. Feet and legs are one of the few body parts to form vase shapes. Often too small to have a practical purpose, these vessels are not a perfunctory choice. Much as other clothing, sandals, slippers and boots are functional, sometimes indicative of status, but equally decorative. Their style and appearance can define sculpture chronology. When represented, footwear often forms an important metaphor in both literary and visual narrative. This conference seeks to consider the meaning attributed to footwear in both material and written contexts, not only for its wearers, but also implied through its use, in the varied situations it appears.
Proposals for 20 minute papers are invited for a two-day interdisciplinary conference from scholars and postgraduate students working in fields of archaeology, classics and history of art. Additional topics are welcomed, but suggested subjects may include:
•       The appearance and/or absence of footwear
•       Shoes, sex and status
•       Sandals for the gods
•       Myth, ritual and meaning
Abstracts of no more than 300-words should be sent by Monday 12th January 2015 to:
Dr Sally Waite ( and Dr Sadie Pickup (

The conference will be held at the Great North Museum, Newcastle, with a visit to Vindolanda Roman fort and museum also scheduled for July 1st. The standard conference fee is £50 and £35 for students. Tea/coffee, lunches and transport to Vindolanda are included.


Call for Papers – Metalwork use-wear analysis: The loss of innocence

Call for papers! Please read the following announcement as it reached our inbox!

Submissions for oral and poster presentations are now invited for the session ‘Metalwork use-wear analysis: The loss of innocence’ to be held at the next Meeting of the Association of Archaeological Wear and Residue Analysts (AWRANA), Leiden University (Netherlands), 27-30 May 2015.

Abstracts should be a maximum of 300 words in length; they can be submitted to the conference website by 21st October 2014: Individual speakers are limited to being first speaker on one oral presentation only. Accepted submissions will be announced at the end of December 2014.



The last fifteen years have seen the publication of numerous studies in which the methods of micro-wear analysis have been applied to ancient and historic metalwork, and in particular to prehistoric copper alloys. These studies focus on various classes of artefacts including axe-heads, swords and halberds, spanning from the Mediterranean to the Nordic countries and from Eastern Europe to Ireland. The most important achievements include the realisation that, from the Late Neolithic to the late Bronze Age, metal axes were mainly used for woodworking; the reassessment of Bronze Age warfare based on the examination of combat marks on swords; and revolutionary insights into the use of Early Bronze Age halberds as actual weapons, as opposed to previous readings stressing their purely symbolic function.

Despite the giant leap forward made by metalwork use-wear analysis in this time-span, a number of unresolved problems and limitations still constrain its full development, thus delaying the ‘loss of innocence’ that, inevitably, must characterize the coming of age of this field of studies. These include, among others, (1) great variation in the procedures applied by analysts as well as great diversity in (and occasionally poor formalisation of) the protocols designed for the tests with replica tools and weapons; (2) issues of comparability with the traces observed on lithic and osseous artefacts due to the partly different procedures employed for metalwork analysis, and the lack of targeted comparative studies; (3) the dearth of shared databases of manufacturing and wear marks, and variations in the terminology adopted to describe the marks; (4) and the fact that most metalwork analysts lack the formal training of micro-wear analysts.

The papers presented at this session will seek to explore the achievements and limitations of metalwork wear studies as emerged in the last fifteen years, focusing in particular on the aforementioned and related issues. They will also investigate multidisciplinary approaches in which use-wear analysis is enhanced by other analytical techniques such as metallography, SEM microscopy, 3D imaging and X-raying. Finally, papers will be considered that discuss how use-wear analysis may enrich the archaeological, historic and biographical interpretation of ancient metalwork.

Andrea Dolfini, Newcastle University (UK)

Rachel Crellin, University of Leicester (UK)

Conference Season

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It’s autumn!  Well, it’s turning autumn here in the middle of the Midwestern US tomorrow, supposedly.  That means: cooler weather, leaves changing, wearing jackets, and fewer bugs.  It also means conference time is quickly approaching all of us in and out of academia. 

Sure, there are conferences year-round and all over the planet, but the autumn is the time when summer prep of papers and projects are presented to hotel ballrooms full of eager listeners who will not fall asleep, but will ask excellent and insightful questions to help you further direct your already amazing research.  Or, it’s the time you get to rush to finish that paper and hope that more than 10 people show up to hear the nervously delivered theory about post-processualism that you aren’t sure of in the first place.  Then, the room is full of crickets and silence, until one person raises their hand to…

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Call for submissions – Chronica journal

There is a call for article submissions from the journal “Chronica”. If anyone is interested please read the announcement as it reached our inbox:


Volume 5, Spring 2015

Chronika is an interdisciplinary, open access journal for graduate students studying the art and archaeology of the Mediterranean world. Chronika, like its parent organization the Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology (, encourages interdisciplinary dialogues and innovative approaches to the study of the past.

Call for Submissions

Chronika welcomes submissions from graduate students that address topics relevant to European and Mediterranean archaeology. Articles must be 3,000 to 4,000 words in length, should detail research at or above the Masters level, and may include up to ten images. To have your article considered for this year’s publication, please submit a 100 to 200 word abstract to by October 15, 2014. You will be notified if your article is selected by November 1. The publication schedule will proceed as follows:

 December 15   First draft of full article is due.

February 1       Article is returned to author with comments.

March 1           Revised article is due.

April 11           Chronika launches in print and online.

A hard copy is mailed to each author shortly after this time.

Thank you for your interest in Chronika, and we look forward to receiving your submission. Please direct any inquiries to . Please visit Chronika on the web at .

Marine Archaeologist

Underwater Archaeology and Maritime History jobs

Project Marine Archaeologist -Lafayette, LA (FGSI)

Interpret high resolution remotely sensed survey data, providing data for map generation, technical writing of data results and findings, and aiding Geologists and Geophysicists with project deliverables (maps, files, and reports) in support of client’s underwater engineering projects.

Must have a completed MA/MS degree or higher in Archaeology or Marine Archaeology, Maritime History, or Related degree

· Possess/demonstrate interpersonal skills, problem solving skills, effective verbal and written communication skills, excellent writing skills, and organizational skills.
· Must possess minimum qualifications for BOEM acceptance to perform archaeological duties independently.
· Must be able to multitask and work as a team member in an office and aboard survey ships.
· A minimum of 5 years experience in marine geohazards site investigation, or 5 to 10 years of relevant full-time professional experience is required.
· Must meet all physical requirements for offshore certification.
· Must be able…

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PhD opportunity at the University of Reading!

PhD Studentship in Archaeology: Ringing the changes: the social significance of finger-rings in Roman Britain.

These are the given details for the project overview:

“The project proposes a study of the significance of Romano-British finger-rings for personal, social and cultural expression in Roman Britain. Such a study will contribute to the wider debate, in the disciplines of archaeology and anthropology, about the significance of material culture for expressing identity in ancient societies. As one of the most common classes of body adornment, rings have the potential to cast light on how the people of Roman Britain expressed themselves through the wearing of jewellery and the differences which can be distinguished in ring style and use between gender, social classes, religious beliefs and regional identities. The project will analyse rings from the British Museum, the Portable Antiquities Scheme and from published sources, covering the whole of the Romano-British period.

Rings are only one class of jewellery, so understanding how they relate to wider changes in fashion expressed through other forms of body adornment, clothing and dress accessories, hairstyles, cosmetic use and so on, is one of the project’s primary aims. How and why rings as cultural artefacts in Britain differ from other provinces of the Roman Empire will also be addressed.”

More info at this page: