Every year I have readers asking me whether the Archaeology of the Mediterranean World team can help with a last minute holiday gift.
Every year, I assure them that the Archaeology of the Mediterranean World Archive is the perfect gift for anyone who wants to relive and savor the glory that is the Archaeology of the Mediterranean World Blog on luxurious paper. Volume 5 of The Archive is now available in all of its digital glory. It is mostly free of obfuscating mark-up and html artifacts and perfectly ready for printing or binding at the book binder of your choice. I’d recommend binding it in soft, Corinthian leather. (Although I’d actually recommend against binding it, and instead printing it on 12.375 x 12.375 card stock and fitting it into a nice box).
Remember that this is one of the few blogs that produces a printable archive every, single year. By proudly displaying this in your home, you place yourself both at the cutting edge of blog-to-book workflow, but also in a small group of people who can even pretend to know “what I’m on about.”
This year The Archive is set in Akzidenz-Grotesk font (the cover pages are in Futura) and runs to over 700 pages. Lest you doubt the value of such a spectacular Christmas gift, I only need to remind you that these are 700 pages that might have been directed toward book projects, scholarly articles, teaching North Dakota’s next generation of bloggers, properly completing university mandate paperwork, or letters to the editor of the local newspaper. It runs to well over 140,000 words.
Finally, I broke with tradition this year and went with square pages (8.5 x 8.5, but easily expanded to 12.375 to 12.375) because I think of my work more as a concept album than a cohesive codex. In keeping with the them, I also created a cover because the Mighty Milo needs to be out front in any creative undertaking in this household.
I have decided to exclude other people’s posts (o.p.p.) from this archive, in part, because some will appear in a separate, better edited volume, and because it would be too hard to explain to other people why I prepare an annual archive. I have also followed past practices and left out all of the images. It is just easier this way and I figured that it would fuel my readers imagination as they attempted to visualize whatever it was that I was talking about.