April 14, 2014

Out in the field tomorrow (Tuesday)

Filed under: Blogging update — acagle @ 7:58 pm

Hopefully will return with some scenic photos if not anything way cool and archaeological.

March 25, 2014


Filed under: Blogging update — acagle @ 7:29 pm

Sheesh. The marathon of fieldwork is over! For two days. *sigh*

I’ve been out in the field for the last four business days, all on different projects. An assessment last Thursday, a small survey last Friday, another survey Monday, and monitoring today. And now I’ve just got to figure out what all needs to be written by when. . . . .

March 16, 2014

I am, in fact, still here

Filed under: Blogging update — acagle @ 6:06 pm

But stupidly busy. The archaeology world has been hectic the last 3-4 weeks, with 5 surveys and the accompanying reports, along with preparing a presentation for the ARCE meetings on a site I last really worked on 15 years ago, and. . .buying a car. YES! A new field vehicle. Will update in a day or so, I hope, along with photos. But. . .busy.

February 24, 2014

Blogging update

Filed under: Blogging update — acagle @ 8:27 pm

Just FYI, posting may be light for the next few days. Or weeks. For some reason the two firms I consult for are super busy all of a sudden. So busy I’m doing project management — i.e., doing a project from proposal through to final report — for one of the places. Don’t know why, although they always calm down in late December and most of January and then pick up again, but they’re really getting slammed all of a sudden.

I’ll actually try to get some posts involving the fieldwork. Not much scenery, I’m afraid, for most of them, but there may be something of interest.

February 4, 2014

And I’m back.

Filed under: Blogging update — acagle @ 8:10 pm

Good trip. Worked a lot. Really did no touristy stuff at all for the most part. I did, however, attend a couple of Coptic Masses. It was interesting. The clinic and hospital there (Nairobi) are run by the Coptic Mission in Kenya and there’s a church on the compound. It lasted like 3.5 hours altogether, which is unGodly long for this Catholic. I followed along okay although much of it was in Coptic or Swahili. It seemed similar to the old Catholic Mass, before Vatican II kicked in. Lots of reading, lots of prayers. The great thing was at the end during communion where they broke into song; I’d like to call them “traditional African songs” but who knows, although they were distinctly African in nature. Very cool. Like the 3 hours of solemn and tediou prayer before that was only leading up to the great release of emotion there near the end. Truly moving in its own way; I really felt almost honored to be there experiencing it.

Otherwise, just a bunch of work and stuff. Will get back to posting soon.

January 23, 2014

Off the grid for a bit.

Filed under: Blogging update — acagle @ 8:17 pm

I’m headed to Kenya for a conference and work starting tomorrow (the 24th) and returning about a week after. Going to this place. Will probably have some Internet access so I might get a post or two in while I’m there, but maybe not. Depend on how busy I get and how good access is. I’d like to try to get to some paleoanthropological places although most are quite a ways away. Will try to get to a museum though.

January 4, 2014

The decade that was

Filed under: Blogging update — acagle @ 10:53 am

Since my 10-year blogiversary is coming up I decided I might re-post some stuff from the past this coming week. For starters, here’s the post that started it all:

Welcome to ArchaeoBlog:

the source for news and views on the world
of archaeology. We here at ArchaeoBlog are dedicated to providing you, the
reader, with timely and entertaining links and commentary on all things
old and covered in dirt. Our crack team of researchers, analysts, writers,
photographers and copy editors travel the virtual world (and sometimes the
real one) to bring you the best that the Web has to offer. We employ
literally one person to do the massive amount of work necessary to inform
and amuse the Web readership.

The information here covers the range of archaeological inquiry, from gold
and silver to even more fascinating things such as sloth dung. Needless to
say. We try our darndest to make it all sound fascinating, but really,
there’s only so much one can do with sloth dung (writing about it anyway,
in a manner that will not cause sudden bouts of intense narcolepsy).
Nevertheless, we will try to cover a wide range of topics, all more or
less suitable for family viewing.

First off, you may view my (archaic, soon-to-be-updated) web page at acagle.net. Once I get a new design ready, the new site should be a tad more interesting, with more links and some of my own scribblings. I have far more space at my current ISP then at previous ones, so hopefully most of my dissertation (the text anyway) can go up.

A couple of notes:

– I started out using Blogger.com mainly because it was free. By 2008, however, it was become unwieldy mainly due to the security measures that they started to impose. Which is fine, as far as it goes, but they eventually had me entering the stupid security tests every time I posted something. Every time I, the frickin’ blog administrator posted something! I tried to get them to knock it off, but I found it impossible to contact anyone there. So I blew ‘em off. I’ve been putting my other little blog there for the past year or so, but I might move it over here, too.

– Yeah, I never actually updated my site. . . .some day! Maybe.

– When I first started I made a single post with a bunch of stories in each one. I don’t remember why I did that, but IIRC it had something to do with the connection or something being bad so instead of trying 5 posts and constantly fouling them up, I just did one big one. It eventually settled down though.

– I love one of the first stories I linked to, which, sadly, is no longer available it seems:

Archaeologists mistake 1940s patio for Viking village

Archaeologists have admitted to having been made to look “very silly” after mistaking a 1940s sunken patio for a 9th century Viking village.

Fife County Archaeologist Douglas Spiers says his team concluded the slabs found in the back garden of a Buckhaven home had originally been hauled by Norse settlers from a nearby beach.


Actually I just noticed that the first post was on January 22. Hmmmmm. I’d thought it was the 9th or 10th. *harumph* Oh well, looks like I’ve got a couple weeks yet. Ah well, no matter, I’ll still keep posting a few oldies but goodies until then.

December 31, 2013

New Logo!

Filed under: Blogging update — acagle @ 11:10 am

Up there. How do you like it?

Am working on a full banner including it.

December 27, 2013

Yeah, taking a holiday break. . . .

Filed under: Blogging update — acagle @ 10:57 am

Plus when I haven’t been out celebrating or doing the various and sundry things associated with this week, I’ve been trying to get some numbers out for a grant I’m part of. Posting will resume shortly. I hope.

December 20, 2013

Blast from the past

Filed under: Blogging update — acagle @ 11:17 am

Originally posted on Wednesday December 15 2004:

Cat headstone sells for £200,000

A stone carving that was used as a cat’s headstone has sold for £200,000 at auction – five times its estimate.

The medieval limestone relief of St Peter was discovered at a quarry by a stonemason Johnny Beeston, from Dowlish Wake, Somerset.

He took it home and used it as a grave marker when stray tabby cat Winkle died. But when he himself passed away the stone was examined by a historian.

We can only hope that Winkle has a new headstone to mark his passing.

Poor Winkle.

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