We can open the site up to more authors. More authors means more people finding bugs before we start getting a large readership. If you have something you’re burning to write we can set you up with an author account now. Just volunteer on the Then Dig Facebook page. Telling people to write something is a good way to make a mind go blank. Archaeology is good, but if you need more of a prompt than that, here are a few suggestions.
Research Blogging: The Research Blogging website aggregates posts discussing peer-reviewed papers. We can’t get registered on that yet, because we don’t have any suitable posts here, but it would be nice to be able to do that. Teofilo at Gambler’s House is a good source of inspiration if you want to see research blogging done well.
Technology & Techniques: This is verging into ProfHacker territory, but I’d like to see a post of series of posts on how to get the most out of Scrivener. There’s also plenty of scope for discussing teaching issues or outreach techniques. For tech blogging a few subjects that come to mind are Dropbox, Geotagging, Photosynth, Helikite & Balloon based photography, del.icio.us and Twitter. And everyone knows more about iPhone apps than me.
Reviews: I have a book review scheduled for Friday. It’s a volume associated with a conference, but you’re welcome to go beyond books. Books are getting ridiculously expensive these days (see my forthcoming review). What about archaeological content in media we can access? TV, film, games and websites? Seen a good museum exhibit recently? Tell the world about it.
News: The current Big Thing I’m getting on my feeds is the body of a girl found dating from around AD 50 has been found outside a Roman town. The injury in the back of the skull says murder, and the burial indicates ‘a Pagan rather than local burial’. Simply saying “Hey! Dead girl found!” like a few blogs are tells me nothing new. Someone taking the time to explain that actually a female aged 16-20 was not a ‘girl’ in this period would be saying something interesting, particularly if they can tie it in to more that we know about gender archaeology and the ancient world. Another route might be to mention that while AD 50 is technically post-Jesus it’s highly unlikely Christianity was present in Britannia at the time so Pagan is not a helpful term. Here’s what we have found as evidence of the variety of religious beliefs in the Roman Empire…
Links: Sometimes you simply read a post on someone else’s blog that’s cool. Why not link to it? Or the first paragraph or two of a post on your own site if you like. We’ll want someone to do that, so why not you?
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