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  • Bob Muckle
    Archaeology magazine has revealed its Top 10 Discoveries of 2008. They are described in the Jan/Feb 09 issue. It doesn t appear to have been a stellar
    Message 1 of 6 , Dec 10, 2008
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      'Archaeology' magazine has revealed its "Top 10 Discoveries of 2008." They are described in the Jan/Feb 09 issue.

      It doesn't appear to have been a stellar year for archaeological discoveries. The list includes the discovery of how Maya blue pigment was created; a Wari masked mummy; an inscription that apparently gives insight into Iron Age concepts of the soul; the oldest known oil painting; bone and teeth from a 1.2 million year old H. erectus in Europe, toe bones suggesting shoes 40,000 years ago, an African shipwreck, statues of Roman emperors, and the earliest evidence of whaling. Oh yeah....the list also includes the discovery of some ancient coprolites from Oregon.

      I think I'm going to tell David Letterman about the list. He might rank the coprolites # 1 and let me read it on the air.

      Why don't cultural anthropologists, biological anthropologists, or linguists put out top ten lists? Too high-brow?

      Bob
    • Deborah Shepherd
      Ha Ha! I think you should tell Letterman. Deborah Deborah J. Shepherd, Ph.D. Anthropology Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids Campus
      Message 2 of 6 , Dec 10, 2008
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        Ha Ha! I think you should tell Letterman.

        Deborah

        Deborah J. Shepherd, Ph.D.
        Anthropology
        Anoka-Ramsey Community College
        Coon Rapids Campus
        deborah.shepherd@...
        http://webs.anokaramsey.edu/shepherd/
        http://webs.anokaramsey.edu/sacc
        phone number: 763-433-1195


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        From: "Bob Muckle" <bmuckle@...>
        To: <SACC-L@yahoogroups.com>
        Date: 12/10/2008 4:45 PM
        Subject: [SACC-L] top archaeology discoveries

        'Archaeology' magazine has revealed its "Top 10 Discoveries of 2008." They are described in the Jan/Feb 09 issue.

        It doesn't appear to have been a stellar year for archaeological discoveries. The list includes the discovery of how Maya blue pigment was created; a Wari masked mummy; an inscription that apparently gives insight into Iron Age concepts of the soul; the oldest known oil painting; bone and teeth from a 1.2 million year old H. erectus in Europe, toe bones suggesting shoes 40,000 years ago, an African shipwreck, statues of Roman emperors, and the earliest evidence of whaling. Oh yeah....the list also includes the discovery of some ancient coprolites from Oregon.

        I think I'm going to tell David Letterman about the list. He might rank the coprolites # 1 and let me read it on the air.

        Why don't cultural anthropologists, biological anthropologists, or linguists put out top ten lists? Too high-brow?

        Bob
      • Lewine, Mark
        An analysis from a social-cultural anthropologist who merely dabbles at archaeology with his Field School certificate: The Top Ten discoveries hint at the
        Message 3 of 6 , Dec 10, 2008
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          An analysis from a social-cultural anthropologist who merely dabbles at archaeology with his Field School certificate:
          The 'Top Ten' discoveries hint at the "let's find the special goodies" syndrome or consumer archaeology...if you read your list, for example, the reader (constructed by western consumer culture) skips over the items that merely hint at material evidence of cultural patterns and heads toward the items that you can see with your mind's eye, hold in your mind's hand, like the African shipwreck, the oldest oil painting (oldest anything is great to a westerner) Roman statues, old bone and teeth of an early hunter in Europe. In order to gain funding for my archaeology center, I have interested television and print media to come out to our site and film a student "discovering" a special object. Once we put back the discovery right after she found it so the camera man could film it as she was coached to repeat her "Wow! Look at this! for a couple of "takes".

          But, Bob, there you go again with the coprolites! No one wants to hold them in any kind of hand or eye, much less sink your teeth into this relic of the past. This too may simply reflect cultural relativity as the focus of the traditional British culture is well known for obsession with bathroom humor...yes, those Carry-On movies and Benny Hill and...hey, why not create a BBC series on the Search for Coprolites- starring a well-known British or even Canadian archaeologist figure!? Wow, an archaeologist t.v. show! For coprolite searches, perhaps Pepto Bismol or Ex Lax or any of those other wonderful products related to this kind of processual archaeology might get it and sign on.

          Mark Lewine



          -----Original Message-----
          From: SACC-L@yahoogroups.com on behalf of Bob Muckle
          Sent: Wed 12/10/2008 5:44 PM
          To: SACC-L@yahoogroups.com
          Subject: [SACC-L] top archaeology discoveries

          'Archaeology' magazine has revealed its "Top 10 Discoveries of 2008." They are described in the Jan/Feb 09 issue.

          It doesn't appear to have been a stellar year for archaeological discoveries. The list includes the discovery of how Maya blue pigment was created; a Wari masked mummy; an inscription that apparently gives insight into Iron Age concepts of the soul; the oldest known oil painting; bone and teeth from a 1.2 million year old H. erectus in Europe, toe bones suggesting shoes 40,000 years ago, an African shipwreck, statues of Roman emperors, and the earliest evidence of whaling. Oh yeah....the list also includes the discovery of some ancient coprolites from Oregon.

          I think I'm going to tell David Letterman about the list. He might rank the coprolites # 1 and let me read it on the air.

          Why don't cultural anthropologists, biological anthropologists, or linguists put out top ten lists? Too high-brow?

          Bob





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        • anthropmor@AOL.COM
          2 Men in a Trench could have done a whole latrine series. Mike Pavlik Wow, an archaeologist t.v. show! For coprolite searches, perhaps Pepto Bismol or Ex Lax
          Message 4 of 6 , Dec 11, 2008
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            2 Men in a Trench could have done a whole latrine series.
            Mike Pavlik

            Wow, an archaeologist t.v. show! For coprolite searches, perhaps Pepto Bismol or Ex Lax or any of those other



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            From: Lewine, Mark <mark.lewine@...>
            To: SACC-L@yahoogroups.com
            Sent: Wed, 10 Dec 2008 6:19 pm
            Subject: RE: [SACC-L] top archaeology discoveries






            An analysis from a social-cultural anthropologist who merely dabbles at archaeology with his Field School certificate:
            The 'Top Ten' discoveries hint at the "let's find the special goodies" syndrome or consumer archaeology...if you read your list, for example, the reader (constructed by western consumer culture) skips over the items that merely hint at material evidence of cultural patterns and heads toward the items that you can see with your mind's eye, hold in your mind's hand, like the African shipwreck, the oldest oil painting (oldest anything is great to a westerner) Roman statues, old bone and teeth of an early hunter in Europe. In order to gain funding for my archaeology center, I have interested television and print media to come out to our site and film a student "discovering" a special object. Once we put back the discovery right after she found it so the camera man could film it as she was coached to repeat her "Wow! Look at this! for a couple of "takes".

            But, Bob, there you go again with the coprolites! No one wants to hold them in any kind of hand or eye, much less sink your teeth into this relic of the past. This too may simply reflect cultural relativity as the focus of the traditional British culture is well known for obsession with bathroom humor...yes, those Carry-On movies and Benny Hill and...hey, why not create a BBC series on the Search for Coprolites- starring a well-known British or even Canadian archaeologist figure!? Wow, an archaeologist t.v. show! For coprolite searches, perhaps Pepto Bismol or Ex Lax or any of those other wonderful products related to this kind of processual archaeology might get it and sign on.

            Mark Lewine

            -----Original Message-----
            From: SACC-L@yahoogroups.com on behalf of Bob Muckle
            Sent: Wed 12/10/2008 5:44 PM
            To: SACC-L@yahoogroups.com
            Subject: [SACC-L] top archaeology discoveries

            'Archaeology' magazine has revealed its "Top 10 Discoveries of 2008." They are described in the Jan/Feb 09 issue.

            It doesn't appear to have been a stellar year for archaeological discoveries. The list includes the discovery of how Maya blue pigment was created; a Wari masked mummy; an inscription that apparently gives insight into Iron Age concepts of the soul; the oldest known oil painting; bone and teeth from a 1.2 million year old H. erectus in Europe, toe bones suggesting shoes 40,000 years ago, an African shipwreck, statues of Roman emperors, and the earliest evidence of whaling. Oh yeah....the list also includes the discovery of some ancient coprolites from Oregon.

            I think I'm going to tell David Letterman about the list. He might rank the coprolites # 1 and let me read it on the air.

            Why don't cultural anthropologists, biological anthropologists, or linguists put out top ten lists? Too high-brow?

            Bob

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          • Dianne Chidester
            Now here s a show I might even get cable or satellite for!!! -- Dianne But, Bob, there you go again with the coprolites! No one wants to hold them in any kind
            Message 5 of 6 , Dec 11, 2008
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              Now here's a show I might even get cable or satellite for!!! -- Dianne


              But, Bob, there you go again with the coprolites! No one wants to hold
              them in any kind of hand or eye, much less sink your teeth into this
              relic of the past. This too may simply reflect cultural relativity as
              the focus of the traditional British culture is well known for obsession
              with bathroom humor...yes, those Carry-On movies and Benny Hill
              and...hey, why not create a BBC series on the Search for Coprolites-
              starring a well-known British or even Canadian archaeologist figure!?
              Wow, an archaeologist t.v. show! For coprolite searches, perhaps Pepto
              Bismol or Ex Lax or any of those other wonderful products related to
              this kind of processual archaeology might get it and sign on.

              Mark Lewine





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            • George Thomas
              It s not the consumer cultural anthropology we so desperately need yet, but.....OK, I think I may have stumbled onto something here. During my subcontract
              Message 6 of 6 , Dec 11, 2008
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                It's not the consumer cultural anthropology we so desperately need yet, but.....OK, I think I may have stumbled onto something here. During my subcontract archaeological stint still ongoing along a new powerline running N-S, east of Austin, Texas, we found (along with rock-hard lumps of drought-dried clay and pebbles from flooding episodes) a small fossil. It looks like a conical object comprised of thin bands, coiled much like a Rabdotus snail shell, but far more subtle. I took the thing home to my sourcebooks and looked it up.
                IT'S A SHARK COPROLITE. So clearly the list grows and evidence mounts toward public "Wowzer" needs and the search for the spectacular. (The incidental music from Jaws might be appropriate for public displays). No issue over "sinking teeth" into this discovery, and no need for squeamishness about "holding this coprolite in our hand," whether carpal or cerebral. The thing is -- well -- a fossil (that's F-O-S-S-..... etc), and hard as a rock.
                Also, no camera crew was on hand for my reprised "EUREKA" of discovery, and I only executed one double-take. Since I have thus dropped the publicity ball, we should consider contacting both Letterman and Leno.
                By the way, the complete Audubon Fossil guide plate illustration shows that the base (thick end) of a pointy shark "coprolite" appears to be made up of those thin bands tied in knots and tucked in neatly. Evidently sharks developed complexity in matters that we poor humans neglected in our "rise" to "civilization" and those other things we rose to.
                Priorities, priorities. But can such information SELL?
                gt

                Re: top archaeology discoveries
                Posted by: "Lewine, Mark" mark.lewine@...
                Date: Wed Dec 10, 2008 4:24 pm ((PST))

                An analysis from a social-cultural anthropologist who merely dabbles at
                archaeology with his Field School certificate:
                The 'Top Ten' discoveries hint at the "let's find the special goodies"
                syndrome or consumer archaeology...if you read your list, for example,
                the reader (constructed by western consumer culture) skips over the
                items that merely hint at material evidence of cultural patterns and heads
                toward the items that you can see with your mind's eye, hold in your
                mind's hand, like the African shipwreck, the oldest oil painting (oldest
                anything is great to a westerner) Roman statues, old bone and teeth of
                an early hunter in Europe. In order to gain funding for my
                archaeology center, I have interested television and print media to come out to
                our site and film a student "discovering" a special object. Once we put
                back the discovery right after she found it so the camera man could
                film it as she was coached to repeat her "Wow! Look at this! for a couple
                of "takes".

                But, Bob, there you go again with the coprolites! No one wants to hold
                them in any kind of hand or eye, much less sink your teeth into this
                relic of the past. This too may simply reflect cultural relativity as
                the focus of the traditional British culture is well known for obsession
                with bathroom humor...yes, those Carry-On movies and Benny Hill
                and...hey, why not create a BBC series on the Search for Coprolites- starring
                a well-known British or even Canadian archaeologist figure!? Wow, an
                archaeologist t.v. show! For coprolite searches, perhaps Pepto Bismol
                or Ex Lax or any of those other wonderful products related to this kind
                of processual archaeology might get it and sign on.

                Mark Lewine



                -----Original Message-----
                From: SACC-L@yahoogroups.com on behalf of Bob Muckle
                Sent: Wed 12/10/2008 5:44 PM
                To: SACC-L@yahoogroups.com
                Subject: [SACC-L] top archaeology discoveries

                'Archaeology' magazine has revealed its "Top 10 Discoveries of 2008."
                They are described in the Jan/Feb 09 issue.

                It doesn't appear to have been a stellar year for archaeological
                discoveries. The list includes the discovery of how Maya blue pigment was
                created; a Wari masked mummy; an inscription that apparently gives insight
                into Iron Age concepts of the soul; the oldest known oil painting;
                bone and teeth from a 1.2 million year old H. erectus in Europe, toe
                bones suggesting shoes 40,000 years ago, an African shipwreck, statues of
                Roman emperors, and the earliest evidence of whaling. Oh yeah....the
                list also includes the discovery of some ancient coprolites from Oregon.


                I think I'm going to tell David Letterman about the list. He might rank
                the coprolites # 1 and let me read it on the air.

                Why don't cultural anthropologists, biological anthropologists, or
                linguists put out top ten lists? Too high-brow?

                Bob







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