Light summer holiday post: Archaeology, complexity, and armageddon

Since I am on vacation, I have been catching up on some light reading, like Vannevar Bush’s 1949 Modern Arms and Free Men. I have also been reading an unhealthy amount of news. This has led me to reflect a bit more on how the main lessons of complexity theory for archaeology work out in…

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With Jeffrey Beall’s latest post, the peer-reviewed journal system has officially become the good old days

Jeffrey Beall used to maintain Beall’s List, which was intended to identify predatory journals and publishers. He also has a long history of skepticism toward the Open Access (OA) movement, much of which he seems to equate with those predatory entities. The gentleman’s agreement His latest contribution officially brings us into the era in which…

Reaction to Huggett et al 2018: The haphazard, fractured, siloed adoption and application of digital tools in archaeology is exactly what we need

In a recent paper on the future of digital archaeology, Huggett, Reilly, and Lock, lament the “haphazard application adoption, fractures and silos” that characterize the field. They long for “a common strategic goal with regards to how we adopt technology and create, develop, manage and share our disciplinary knowledge, competencies, and capabilities in the age…

Preprint: Settlement choice under conditions of rapid shoreline displacement in Wemindji Cree Territory, subarctic Quebec

Note: This is a version of the text which is currently in press at the journal Quaternary International. The paper was originally presented at the Arctic Science Summit week in Prague in April 2017, in a session organized by Peter Jordan and Sean Desjardins. Colin D Wren, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Andre Costopoulos, University of…