In the middle of an emergency response, pause and reflect

Emergency response starts with values, priorities, and goals. Our values, on which we try to reflect when we’re not in the middle of an emergency response, emphasize the importance of life and of the public good. From our values emerge priorities in an emergency. Protect people, including the responders, protect communities, protect the infrastructure that…

The appeal of pseudoarchaeology: The possible and the impossible in von Däniken’s Chariots of the Gods?

Thanks to the distinctive voice of Robert Clotworthy, narrator of the television series Ancient Aliens and Curse of Oak Island, the question “is it possible?” has become indelibly associated with archaeological mysteries for millions of people. Before becoming so meme-worthy, the question was already at the root of the pseudoarchaeological system of thought. The radical…

Oak Island archaeology update : What do we know about the paved area in the swamp?

This year, much of the Curse of Oak Island focus has been on an apparently paved area in the swamp area. According to the show’s speculations, this would have been created for transport of treasure to the original money pit. Ian Spooner, an environmental scientist from Acadia University, who has worked with archaeologists in the…