Saturday, April 11, 2009

Being an archaeologist

Just back from India and a little jetlagged, so nothing brilliant to say today. Meanwhile, enjoy a couple short videos by University of California, Berkeley archaeologist Colleen Morgan about being an archaeologist. A number of archaeologists introduce themselves in the first video, and then explain what they like about archaeology in the second. She made these for the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

Archaeologist's son freed. While we are on the subject, many of you may have read that John Solecki, an American official with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees working in Quetta, Pakistan, was freed from captivity on April 4. Solecki was kidnapped in February by a group calling itself the Balochistan Liberation United Front. John Solecki is the son of Ralph Solecki, the noted Columbia University archaeologist who excavated the Neandertal site of Shanidar in Iraq.

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