Welcome to the Archaeology Forum!

A forum for discussion about the fields of Archaeology and Anthropology - new finds, old finds, theories, etc. We have numerous archaelogists/Anthropologists
and/or students of archaeology/Anthro visiting PaleoPlanet...this is the place for them to intereact, and hopefully provide information to the arm-chair
enthusiasts out there!

Welcome to the Archaeology Forum!

PaleoAleo
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Joined: 14 Apr 2003, 21:09

14 Oct 2005, 16:59 #1

Howdy folks,

The message that likely alerted you to the creation of this forum probably says it all...but just in case you haven't seen that message, and arrived here on your own, I'll repeat myself a slight bit.

First, a confession:

I'm as selfish as can be! As a kid, I wanted desperately to be an archaeologist. Rather than following my dreams, I allowed others to talk me out of taking this path. The primary reason given was that..."there's no future in it...no money." Not that I was money hungry, but the realities of life seem to be that you need to make a decent enough living to make ends meet and have some basic comforts (like a home, family, etc.).

Anyway, I took the path I took - no excuses. As the years passed, I've become ever more facinated with the subject of Archaeology. I spend most of my reading time with my head in books dealing with Archaeology. I can't get enough of the stuff!

So out of purely selfish reasons, I decided (with your input) to form this discussion area so that I might surround my self further with the things I love to learn about!

How awful is that! LOL.

I've come to realize that most of you are like me. Further, that there are lots of archaeologists on PaleoPlanet (or students of archaeology).

Don't know about you other armchair enthusiasts, but I'm an eager student sitting firmly at attention. I'd love to learn more about the tools and methods of archaeology. I'd love to see photos of digs, and artifacts, and learn all that I can learn from you guys and gals out there.

Tom
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Entropissed
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Joined: 25 Apr 2005, 22:06

14 Oct 2005, 17:33 #2

Hey guys!
Im just tossing this out there, but, if there's anyone who wants to be involved in archaeology but has no real schooling in the subject, I would very seriously recommend contacting your local Consulting Archaeology firms (if there's a nearby university they can give you a list) and see if they need any "shovelbums". This is, literally, how I learned to dig. The pay isnt spectacular, but you get on the ins with some great folks and you get to see the stuff most museum goers never do!
Rob in VT
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Agatex
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Joined: 04 Dec 2004, 04:32

15 Oct 2005, 19:32 #3

Good to see the new Forum, but ya need to correct yer spellin to read Archaeology
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PaleoAleo
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Joined: 14 Apr 2003, 21:09

15 Oct 2005, 20:36 #4

Ooops.

Thanks Deano.

Tom
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Mesolithman
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Joined: 24 May 2005, 22:06

16 Oct 2005, 21:46 #5

Tom - Adding this forum was an outstanding idea. I think the traffic here will ultimately rival that of the Archery Forum. It might also serve to relieve some of the overcrowding over there. Thanks.

Mike
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scalp creek
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Joined: 23 May 2005, 22:59

12 Apr 2006, 01:26 #6

Tom,
Maybe we were separated at birth after all. I also had the aspiration to be an archaeologist/archeologist. Like you, everyone told me no! No money in it, no job openings, no future in it, no "glory" in it. And so, I let "them" talk me out of what i really wanted to be. Oh well, maybe in my next life! :"> :"> :"> :"> :">
Gee, I had much rather sit at a computer all day, and check shop drawings, for 50 years.
Attention kids, do what you WANT to do for a living, don't listen to the old folks who TELL you what you want to do. Follow your heart.D">
jerry in texas
"Use what talents you possess; The woods would be silent if no birds sang except those that sang the best." - H. VanDyke, clergyman
I have never lost an obstinate sense of detachment, of the need for solitude---a feeling which increases with the years. ~~ Albert Einstein
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Tn cliff dweller
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Joined: 03 Feb 2007, 13:06

03 Feb 2007, 15:39 #7

i will be posting a lot of pics of our digs, altho we are just amatures, we are very legal. we mostly dig under the cliffs or rock shelters in northern tennessee.

i have been looking and digging for about 30 years.

hope i can keep everyone interested with the digital camera
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scalpcreek2
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Joined: 12 Mar 2008, 00:27

08 Apr 2008, 23:52 #8

If you came here to post pix and ask for help getting some flint "arrowheads" (really dart points most of them) identified, besides the photos, which should include a ruler or coin for scale, please, PLEASE tell us at least the state or area of the state where they were found. The reason is that a photo of one point, if found in north texas is called one name, but found in south texas is called another name. If you post photos and don't tell us what state they were found in....we can't identify them in most cases.
so:
1. photo with a ruler or scale object
2. where artifacts were found (sometimes it helps to put a number under each point so we can discuss point number 3 or 6 or whatever)
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Inner Prop
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Joined: 17 Apr 2008, 10:44

17 Apr 2008, 10:44 #9

Hello, I got my BA in Anthropology in '90, but I felt I had to make a choice, family or grad school. I chose family with a promise that when we retire I will go to grad school and get my doctorate.

I've been out of school for 18 years now and hate my job in manufacturing. I'm starting to worry that when its time for me to cash in on the promise other priorities will come up (children need help with their children etc.).

In order to keep our minds on what must definitely come (for my mental health) I'm starting to get involved in Anthropology and Archaeology forums, hopefully volunteer for digs etc.

I'm in Lake County Illinois, about 45 miles north of Chicago.
"It is impossible to discourage the real writers - they don't give a damn what you say, they're going to write."
- Sinclair Lewis
"Don't weep because it's over; smile because it happened."
- Dr. Seuss
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scalpcreek2
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Joined: 12 Mar 2008, 00:27

18 Apr 2008, 01:39 #10

inner prop, come to the archy forum and contribute. push for your dreams man, life is short, short short. you don't owe your kids putting them thru college, nor taking care of their kids. you owe it to pursue your dreams. if you absolutely can not..then you can do all the fun stuff that anthropologists and archaeologists want to do and get to do...plus you can read, learn, etc, without going back and paying for that Phd. buy the books and read.
signed, the old coot.
scalp
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stonecracker59
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Joined: 22 Mar 2008, 22:21

19 Jun 2008, 23:29 #11

Hello Tom I too am hooked on learning archaeology I have done some digging on private property in caves an surface hunted for 35 yrs.read every book Ican find read a couple awhile back
called Ancient man of Kentucky deals mostly with the ohio valley and indian tribes along the river an in to West Virginia stories of people who actuley spint time with them very interesting books but the only copies to be had are only from the local libery.This forum has helped me out a lot keep posting pic's and any new info so other rockhounds can enjoy.

Howard
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dsunlin
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Joined: 25 Jun 2012, 23:32

06 Jul 2012, 22:33 #12

Old archaeology/anthro fan here! Yep, shoulda been digging, but here's the way I turned out. Looking forward to interesting convos.
-Douglas
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tartar horde
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Joined: 24 Sep 2013, 10:20

24 Sep 2013, 10:20 #13

Hello everyone,
I'm new to the site and as way of an introduction would like to tell you a little about myself.  I read Archaeology/History at a UK university and have been part of a few excavations in my part of the world, East Yorkshire.  Pre-history has always held a fascination for me, and the skill and fortitude of our Palaeolithic ancestors never ceases to amaze me.  I am an avid Archer and regularly shoot in the field and I also make my own arrows, admittedly from shop bought shafts.  With the excellent advice contained on this forum I am determined to start making my bows and arrows the old way and developing my Palaeolithic skills.  I would like to able to contribute to the forum as well as take from it and look forward to good honest debate with like minded people.
kind regards
Carl
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