Maple Syrup – Exploring Canadian Culture

Since finishing the ‘year of digs’ and returning to my homeland I’ve been thinking about the different cultures I’ve encountered and what gives my own culture it’s Canadian-ness. There are lots of stereotypes about Canadians, some of which are true (we are ‘nice’ and ‘polite’ and if being ‘boring’ results in a fairly stable banking system I’m all for it).… Read more →

Global Archaeology Expert: Ben Thorne

The first Global Archaeology Expert to be featured hails from the North Island of New Zealand. Ben Thorne of Datum Archaeology is a Contract Archaeologist and Survey Specialist in spatial field recording. That means that he digitally records the artefact locations, features and topography of an archaeological site and turns that into maps and photo realistic models that can be… Read more →

Architectural conservation in Zürich’s Altstadt

I’ve always loved old buildings so spending a month in Zürich, Switzerland, is a real treat. When walking through the Altstadt (Old Town) I always find my gaze drifting up to admire the decorative cornices and oriel windows. Several structures have their date of construction on them and – although they look pristine – many are 500-700 years old! Keeping… Read more →

Archaeology and Aloha: two weeks in Honolulu

My time on the Hawaiian island of O’ahu was spent in the Archaeology Collections of the Anthropology Department in the Bishop Museum in Honolulu. It was wonderful to be able to lend a hand with the important in-house projects they are working on. Not only was given the full ‘backstage’ tour of what the Anthropology Department is all about (the… Read more →