I'm happy to announce that Jim Vieira will be doing his second tour of duty as a guest in my Forbidden Archaeology class. He'll be with us for two class periods in mid-October. During the first class period he'll give his presentation; during the second the students will ask him questions. In between class periods he and I will discuss double rows of teeth, the secrets of the vast academic conspiracy of which I am an important part, and great moments in the history of stone masonry. I'll also make him walk through my art exhibit downtown.
I don't know how much overlap there is between my regular blog readers (if there are any left) and those that watch my videos on YouTube. Since many of the comments I get on YouTube seem to be from viewers that don't hold my skeptical (i.e., evidence-based) perspective in high regard, I think I'm probably reaching somewhat overlapping but non-isomorphic audiences. That's the point of branching out into videos, so that's a good thing.
I wanted to make my blog readers aware of two videos that I posted this week. The first documents my trip to the Grave Creek Mound in Moundsville, West Virginia. The Grave Creek Mound is a large earthen burial mound that was constructed during the Early Woodland period. Nephilim enthusiasts such as L. A. Marzulli and Fritz Zimmerman claim there are or were giant skeletons buried in the mound. There is no good evidence for any such thing. Here's the video:
The second video is a follow up to Josh Reeves' claim that Graham Hancock plagiarized him. In the video I demonstrate that the large majority of what Josh Reeves says about the site of Moundville (Alabama) in his (2013) film Lost Secrets of Ancient America was read, word-for-word, from a series of articles by Greg Little published in 2012. You can follow along here if you like.
I really do like blogging. Or, at least, I did at one time.
I have written only a handful of blog posts this calendar year. I do not intend to stop writing altogether, but it seems like circumstances have just kept pushing the blog down on the priority list. I'm sure that some issue will re-light the fire at some point and change my cost-benefit calculation, but for now I'm enjoying getting done what I'm doing without writing about it multiple times per week. So I see no immediate end to the hibernation. But here's some of what I've been up to recently (work first, then play).
I'm working on writing up the first two seasons of excavation work at 38FA608 (the site of the Broad River Archaeological Field School). I know what I'd like to do for the first journal article about the site, but I also need to document the nuts and bolts of the excavations, results, and materials recovered in report form. It makes sense to do that before writing anything more particular, as it will force me to go through everything and fix the problems/errors before they proliferate. My goal is to publish is the field documents and data from the site online so that it is freely accessible.
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