December 30, 2017

Paper du jour

Filed under: Online publications — acagle @ 10:36 am

Okay, kiddos, here is a paper I’ve told you about before. I’m not sure if I have to, but This Paper Is Posted and Linked to Temporarily for Educational Purposes Only.

R.C. Dunnell 1983 Aspects of the Spatial Structure of the Mayo Site (15-JO-14) Johnson County, Kentucky.

(Sorry about the sideways nature of it, I’m going to futz with it and see if I can’t get a better PDF. Otherwise, print it out. [Update: You can rotate the view in Reader])

With that out of the way, I’m going to re-read it again and invite y’all to do the same. I daresay this is probably my favorite archaeological paper ever. Which is weird. I know.

It’s really not a Big Deal of a paper, but I think it’s a wonderful example of clear writing and what is possible with limited data.

Also it was a huge cautionary tale for me when I realized that all — really the vast majority — of stuff archaeologists collect will end up deteriorating to nothing within not too many years. It was an eye-opener.

It also more or less drove my dissertation research.

Enjoy. Will be back to blather about it some more after I’ve gone through it again.

September 21, 2017

Open access paper alert

Filed under: Online publications — acagle @ 6:55 pm

The Teotihuacan Anomaly: The Historical Trajectory of Urban Design in Ancient Central Mexico

Here’s the abstract:

The ancient Mexican city of Teotihuacan had the most aberrant design of any city in ancient Mesoamerica. I examine similarities and differences between the design of Teotihuacan and other Mesoamerican cities. During the Preclassic period, a set of common Mesoamerican planning principles emerged. The designers of Teotihuacan rejected most of these principles in favor of a new and radical set of planning concepts. After the fall of Teotihuacan, subsequent urban planners ignored the Teotihuacan principles and returned to ancient Mesoamerican planning ideas. Elements of the Teotihuacan plan did not resurface until the Mexica of Tenochtitlan revived them for a specific goal. The historical sequence of central Mexican city layouts highlights the anomalous character of Teotihuacan’s principles of urban design within the canons of ancient Mesoamerican urbanism.

Looks interesting although I haven’t read it. Someone feel free to read and comment upon it.

September 3, 2016

Online articles for free

Filed under: Online publications — acagle @ 8:37 am

Death and Burial

Read ‘em for free until April of next year.

March 9, 2016

A few online pubs

Filed under: Alcohol, Egypt, Online publications — acagle @ 5:02 pm

The Barbarian’s Beverage: A History of Beer in Ancient Europe

Plus I was, ummmmm, looking my name up in Google Scholar and found some things I’d been cited in:


Villages and the Old Kingdom

Kom Firin I: The Ramesside Temple and the Site Survey

November 18, 2015

Some papers. . . . .

Filed under: Dating, Online publications — acagle @ 7:54 pm

For a small project I’m starting on:

Dealing with Outliers and Offsets in Radiocarbon Dating



The Groningen Radiocarbon Series from Tel Rehov

Will get back to you once it’s done.

June 24, 2015


Filed under: Online publications — acagle @ 7:23 pm

I put a copy of the latest Burke Museum Newsletters up.

* For Your Reading

December 8, 2014

Online pub

Filed under: Egypt, Online publications — acagle @ 4:37 pm

Via EEF:

Andelkovic, B. 2014. The Molding Power of Ideology: Political
Transformations of Predynastic Egypt. Issues in Ethnology and
Anthropology (Belgrade) n.s. 9/3: 713-722.

Abstract: Ideological ‘patterns of continuity’, archaeologically
perceivable as early as Naqada I, that constitute the most
distinctive hallmarks of nascent Egyptian civilization, are, to
a great extent, defined by the concept of Divine Ruler, as a
charismatic amalgam of sacral authority, ideological values,
economic and military power. Divine Kingship, ‘presiding over
everything’, seems to be a key ideological issue in the rapid
political transformation of Predynastic Egypt. A cyclic ’sense
of order’ promulgated by annual Nile flooding, and underlying
conceptualized ‘cosmological relations’, joined with the might
of a victorious ruler and his brandished mace, molded the
Naqadian social tissue of relationships, obligations and behavior,
that in their turn justified warfare to obtain any valued resource,
enhanced territorial expansion, and eventually enabled full political
consolidation. A complex, multi-layered social construct of
display-oriented and power-concerned relations and set of values
clearly distinguished Naqada culture practices and traditions -
both in Upper and from Naqada IIC onwards Lower Egypt – from the
Delta communities with their vanishing lifestyle. The constant
expansion of Naqada culture and its collective identity irreversibly
transformed the political landscape of Predynastic Egypt.

December 2, 2014

Not really archaeology but . . .

Filed under: Online publications — acagle @ 8:19 pm

Very cool: The evolution of Darwin’s Origin: Cambridge releases 12,000 papers online

The origins of Darwin’s theory of evolution – including the pages where he first coins and commits to paper the term ‘natural selection’ – are being made freely available online today in one of the most significant releases of Darwin material in history.

In total, Cambridge Digital Library ( is releasing more than 12,000 hi-res images, alongside transcriptions and detailed notes as a result of an international collaboration with the Darwin Manuscript Project, based at the American Museum of Natural History. These papers chart the evolution of Darwin’s journey, from early theoretical reflections while on board HMS Beagle, to the publication of On the Origin of Species – 155 years ago today.

September 10, 2014

More papers!

Filed under: Egypt, Forensic archaeology, Online publications — acagle @ 6:56 pm

Neolithic Tooth Replacement in Two Disturbed Burials from Southern Egypt

ABSTRACT During the excavation of a Late Neolithic cemetery near Nabta Playa, Egypt, two crania were recovered that evidenced tooth replacement in antiquity. Both were apparently collected and redeposited by Neolithic people after being disturbed by later burials. In the first case, a young female’s maxillary anterior alveoli contained a combination of mandibular and misplaced maxillary teeth. In the second case, another young female’s maxilla and mandible contained two incorrectly placed teeth. This, and other evidence, suggest that attempts were made to return these individuals to the soil in as complete of a state as possible—being limited only by the ancient grave-digger’s level of anatomical knowledge. A review of the mortuary literature and inquiries made to several leading bioarchaeologists suggest that the tooth replacement seen here may be unique; we have been unable to document comparable treatment in any other context worldwide.

This is post-mortem replacement, btw, not early dentistry. The whole paper is there, all by Joel Irish.

And another one, which I have downloaded: Early Cemeteries of the East Delta: Kafr Hassan Dawood, Minshat Abu Omar, and Tell Ibrahim Awad

I’m looking at it because I want to see if I can compare some of our Kom el-Hisn burials to other early ones.

And yet another one: Evidence for Prehistoric Origins of Egyptian Mummification in Late Neolithic Burials

September 4, 2014

And yet more free publications

Filed under: Online publications — acagle @ 9:13 am

This time from the Netherlands Institute for the Near East. Some really neat stuff there. Well, I mean, if you’re kind of a geek, that is.

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