Michael Shanks is a well known archaeologist who specialises in theoretical approaches within archaeology. He is one of the growing number of archaeologists who really ‘get it’ when it comes to social media and the internet. Through his blog and various experiments he has grasped the concepts of participatory media by the horns and seen the possibilities and realities that communicative technologies can provide. If you’re reading this because you like archaeology, or you are interested in ‘Web 2.0’, I’d recommend a visit to his site.
To get to the point of this post, Michael and others have established Archaeolog:
Archaeolog is a collective weblog dealing in all things archaeological. It is open to the wider archaeological community and cognate fields from academics to field practitioners, from professors to students. We are inclusive and have no agenda other than to foster debate. We are community driven and we wish to provide a place for archaeology at large to be visible to the widest possible audience.
It’s great to see something like this. I’ve been promoting the use of blogs and social networking within archaeology for a few years now, and to be honest I’ve been a bit blind as to what has been happening in the USA. Expect a few more posts as I delve into some of the experiements in the wonderfully named “collaboratory” at Stanford University.
Archaeolog is committed to accelerating the debate. With the ability to comment it facilitates immediate feedback and discussion from a broad range of inquirers interested in exploring the archaeological sensibility at large.
And long may the debate continue, and may many be involved…