Past Past Thinking?

Past Thinking was my first blog, way back in 2005. Eventually I decided to focus on posts relating to archaeology and wider heritage issues, splitting off my personal posts to my own blog. I began contributing to many other sites, and running some for other people and organisations. Then along came social media. My blogging-fu […]

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Jelly and Archaeology

I’ve written a quick overview of the latest app and social network from the creators of Twitter, called Jelly, over on my main blog. Jelly is essentially a way to ask questions accompanied by photos to your social networks, friends-of-friends, etc. It’s worth keeping an eye on, as an addition to the “heritage hive mind”. […]

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In defence of history by women

The visibility of the resurgence of women’s voices has launched into the stratosphere these last two weeks, from the triumph of the campaign to get a woman back on a UK banknote, to the rather seedy and distasteful rape and bombing threats aimed at women by anonymous so-called trolls. But what is worse than all […]

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Gulval Four Evangelists

The Gulval Evangelists

I have just posted over on my blog some news about a discovery that I helped to make outside Gulval Church near Penzance in Cornwall. Using 3D recording techniques, and through careful analysis and filtering of the data, we now know what is depicted on all four sides of a large granite cross-base by the […]

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Geevor, near Pendeen, one of Cornwall's last mineral mines.

Cornish heritage is a man’s game

Cornwall Councillor Bert Biscoe today published a really thought-provoking article on the recommencement of mining in Cornwall: To manicure or mine, Cornwall’s modern dilemma. Amongst other points he raises the issues of the tensions between preservation, environmental sustainability and economic gain; he also makes the point many of us have been thinking about not really […]

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On Commercial Archaeology and Public Benefit

Before turning freelance, I spent a decade working in the commercial archaeology sector, and have seen a fair number of archaeological projects over the years. Some great archaeology done by fantastic archaeologists, and post-excavation analysis done to the highest standards. But, what is the point of it, if all that work brings very little benefit […]

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