Graffiti in the Catacombs of Paris

Graffiti in the Catacombs of Paris

Graffiti in the Catacombs of Paris
Graffiti in the Catacombs of Paris

This is our first Photo of the Week. In fact it’s a Photo of an Indefinite Period of Time Before We Start Changing The Photo Of The Week On A Weekly Basis.

Graffiti is a good choice to open an archaeological weblog. It’s not ‘proper writing’ but that doesn’t mean it has no value. It’s an unauthorised record, much like archaeology is, and layers accrete over the top of each other making the whole a confusing mess. Much like many archaeological sites. It also helps that the catacombs are a liminal place, not entirely were the mainstream public is on a regular basis. In a similar way weblogs aren’t in the academic mainstream in archaeology. Hopefully this weblog will help break that down and in a couple of years time this introduction will seem terribly, terribly pretentious.

Credit: Colleen Morgan. Licence BY-NC-SA.

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Alun Salt

Alun Salt is an ancient historian / archaeologist based in the University of Leicester, UK. His PhD thesis was an archaeoastronomical analysis of Greek temple alignments in Sicily. He also has an MPhil in World Archaeology. His research interests include ancient technology, cosmology and colonisation processes. He is currently dividing his time between a few part-time jobs in the university and at the Annals of Botany.