Friday, 7 July 2017


   At a certain level of higher education, University in Europe or College over the pond, we pass from learning to reading, from being taught to receiving lectures. This is the way of things for which I make no apology. That is not to say that pedagogy should be ignored however. Providing an extensive reading lists and stepping to the lectern once in a while will not a good academic make so here I want reflect, and hopefully take you with me, on a short theoretical journey towards a more cohesive future for archaeology and/or anthropology. A future devoid of the many isms that restrain our progress and one in which the apparent schism (😈😈😈) between anthropology and archaeology is addressed. At least to some extent. For once you will find a few short references at the end which I recommend.

Many apologies, have been offline for a they say.."due to circumstances beyond my control" changing ISP....

Back now and I guess I will have to catch up a bit. This post was due to look into how archaeology is taught and the various pedagogies involved in creating future archaeologists. Fraught with issues and something I may have to come back to at a later date.

For now it is summer excavation time and I am in Portugal, two weeks travel across the Algarve and Alentejo before joinging the team at Perdigoes (

I enjoy the solitude of travelling alone, it gives me time to read and marshall my thoughts into something coherent..I hope! So over the next few posts I shall attempt to bring you a small taste of archaeology in Portugal, and the Iberian context, and why it is important to take a little time to discover the country and context in which we work...this may have a direct impact on our ability to interpret the material we discover (or not).