Week four of our semester. A mild February. Satisfactory progress on a bunch of projects. A Cyprus Research Fund Lecture coming in March. One more series of good cricket to keep our attention. Everything is just swell here at Archaeology of the Mediterranean World Headquarters.
The only thing not lovely in my world is the mankading scandal at the cricket under-19 world cup, and if that’s all I can complain about, life is very good indeed.
- A description of the first Dumbarton Oaks Fellows from 75 years ago is equal parts historic and horrifying.
- Byzantine History with Maria Mavroudi.
- Lasers in the jungle somewhere.
- Brad Hafford finally gets to go to Ur!
- A nice little bit of olde school art history-ing here to make an argument that the wall painting from the Dura Europos house-church had a very early image of the Virgin.
- John Wesley Gilbert: the First African American Archaeologist.
- “The dead mouse was not described as being there on the database.”
- Appropriately: embracing ephemerality in digital humanities.
- One thing that a liberal arts education does train us for is writing articles about why liberal arts education is important: here and here.
- A nice little coda on the benefits of taking notes by hand.
- Fracking brine leak reaches the Missouri River. Oops.
- Homs, Syria from a drone.
- And drone strikes as art (and here).
- I’ve asked for this car for my 50th birthday.
- There is never a good way for a print newspaper to end, but this is a great one.
- What I’m reading: Peter Novick, That Noble Dream. Cambridge 1988.
- What I’m listening to: Skip Spence, Oar. (Robert Plant covering Little Hands here).