Contents of Resources
1) - The University of Oxford has a series of podcasts that are freely downloadable and which an help you to appreciate the various aspects of archaeology. They are found here!
2) - Read any book by Mary Beard (or watch out for her documentaries, often shown on BBC4)
3) - Look out for the futurelearn courses: there have been excellent courses by the University of Newcastle based on the archaeology around Hadrian's Wall, the University of Southampton about the lost harbour of Ancient Rome, and the University of Reading looking at the dig to the lab!1) Introduction to Archaeology - the Young Archaeologist Club website is a great starting point for anybody new to archaeology, and is well worth exploring
4) Cambridge University -The University offers Archaeology as a part of the HSPS course: the department website is most helpful, and offers a good reading list for prospective students.
5) The British Museum has a good reading list for Archaeologists. It is well structured, and has texts from the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic periods right through to medieval, arms and armour and many other topics. Another valuable and well structured reading list is provided by the Durham University...
6) The Naked Scientist offers a gem of resources: archaeology podcasts! This covers a broad range of topics including Hobbits and the Nia Caves, Repatriation and Curating, Underwater Archaeology and the Shamen and a host of other enticing titles!
7) The Archaeology Magazine has a great website with up to date news, with articles and much more!
8) Archaeology, DNA and a King - The science behind Richard III - look at the science behind the discovery of Richard III's body in Leicester... and there was a curious discovery too! If you want a potted biography of the king this is brief and objective enough!
9) Vikings executed in Dorset? - An interesting example of where Archaeology provides the evidence for the Historian is the work being done at Ridgeway Hill in Dorset. During a road building programme the remains of 54 bodies were found - with the heads all being in one corner of the grave. Investigation of the remains seems to back up the Historian's hypothesis that it was a mass execution of Viking mercenaries. The story, with links to related articles, is found here!
10) The British Museum website has good details on its collections, and the research pages of the website are of particular interest to the historian: another good starting place is here! Oxford and Cambridge both have outstanding museums... Oxford's Ashmolean Museum offers a good insight into it's extensive collections. Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Museum has a good selection of online resources worth exploring, including podcasts, notes and details of collections.
11) Warren Field, Aberdeenshire is where archaeologists discovered an early time keeping method. This is a major discovery, as it demonstrates man's efforts to 'predict' and anticipate. The academic article may be accessible from university and is available here: http://intarch.ac.uk/journal/issue34/gaffney_index.html
A summary appears on the University of Birmingham's website.
12) Top female archaeologists and their work are featured in a blog called the trowelblazers, and is worth checking out! (Whether it's Kathleen Kenyon (with a video link), Agatha Christie (yes, it is she) or Meg Conkey, by reading their brief biographies, and following the links it gives, you can get an insight into the history and work of archaeologists.)
13) The way that archaeologists followed Empire is examined in Archaeology and Imperialism (IOT): Archaeologists were following the flag.
14) After the insight that DNA has given to the investigation of humanoids, it seems that looking at human ancestors is an area in need of technological advances to help a greater understanding of our heritage! Also look at resources Anthropology (note 9)
15) Stonehenge has been a magnet for tourists and archaeologists alike and has attained worldwide fame. Speculation as to whether the stones originally formed a full circle seems to have been resolved by a shortage of rain!!!
16) Preservation of the past - the pillaging of ancient sites has been a universal problem. Here is the story of how Mali's ancient manuscripts were saved!
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