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A mostly archaeological-related blog, but I also occasionally post photographs, wildlife/conservation related things, and other stuff I find interesting and/or important. A bit of variety's good for you!
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megers67:

Ok not so much informative as an excuse for me to post a bunch of pictures of my favorite animal, the pangolin.

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— 15 hours ago with 3430 notes
#pangolins  #I really love pangolins  #conservation  #wildlife  #poaching  #endangered 
#indyref

I’m hugely saddened by the Scottish referendum result, but also very proud of the voters and the peaceful manner in which the vote was conducted. I think the No win reflects a fear of change and the potential pitfalls that lurk as a result, rather than a trusting of the current government. Better the devil you know, apparently. On the bright side, the 45% shows a huge dissatisfaction with Westminster, and it’s a strong warning that if things don’t change, there will be problems. And now Wales, Northern Ireland and northern England don’t have to deal with Westminster without our support.

But I’m also disillusioned and fully expect Westminster to grant only the bare minimum of powers to Scotland now that they’ve secured it as part of the UK (politicians lie, their pledges aren’t obligatory promises, surprise surprise!), renege on the hints towards Devo Max, and if the NHS is privatised, and when the No support sees how little their actions have benefited Scotland, I’m going to have to bite my tongue very hard to stop the bitter ‘told you so’ jumping out.

— 1 day ago with 3 notes
#had to have a little decompress about the whole thing  #indyref  #I really hate politics  #I know change is scary  #but at least we'd have direct control over it  #going to mope this weekend  #anyway that's that  #dust off and move on 
Egypt’s Egyptologists

historyanddirt:

I recently had the misfortune of being enrolled in an Art History Class that focused on the Old and Middle Kingdoms of Ancient Egypt where I suppose you could say the professor and I did not see eye to eye on many things. 

I suppose the catalyst for my distemperment for this particular professor surrounded a rather ignorant (and quite frankly, racist) answer to one of my questions. 

The class of said ‘incident’ was one where the professor had been covering the many different Egyptologists and Archaeologists of the 19th and 20th centuries who had been at work on the excavations, studying the ruins and essentially attempting to understand what it all meant. 

I realized about half way through her power-point that, for a class on Ancient Egypt,  all of the people on her slides were awfully…. white. 

So I raised my hand and simply asked “What about the Egyptian Egyptologists?”

The professors response still leaves a bad taste in my mouth:

"Due to the political upheaval in Egypt in the 19th and 20th centuries there was no educated class" 

What a load of shit I thought to myself. 

I whipped out my phone (as university students do) and googled ‘Egyptian Egyptologists’

Within seconds I had found more than a handful of names of those who had been active in the period in which my professor claimed that Egypt had suffered a ‘brain drain’. 

And so I get to the main point of this post: to combat ignorance, racism and sheer stupidity

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— 1 day ago with 17 notes
#archaeology  #ingrained racism  #egyptology  #academia  #whitewashing 
"

We live in a society that’s sexist in ways it doesn’t understand. One of the consequences is that men are extremely sensitive to being criticized by women. I think it threatens them in a very primal way, and male privilege makes them feel free to lash out.

This is why women are socialized to carefully dance around these issues, disagreeing with men in an extremely gentle manner. Not because women are nicer creatures than men. But because our very survival can depend on it.

"

No skin thick enough: The daily harassment of women in the game industry

The whole article sadly hits very close to home.

(via rosalarian)

(via socio-logic)

— 2 days ago with 28678 notes
#sexism  #feminism  #the timid discussion and the vicious backlash  #society  #equality  #social conditioning 
A Tale of Two Countries: Scottish Independence and the Archaeology workforce →

A really interesting article on the possibilities for archaeology in an Independent Scotland.

— 4 days ago with 8 notes
#archaeology  #indyref  #Scotland  #heritage  #independence  #I'm getting so excited  #nervous excited 
"If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained."
Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

(Source: maxkirin)

— 4 days ago with 354 notes
#seems pretty fitting with the Scottish Independence referendum only one day away  #indyref  #exciting  #politics  #Scotland  #freedom 

I haven’t been able to run much lately thanks to a dodgy knee, but that’s probably a good thing because it’s been crazy foggy up here, and if I were running I’d inevitably freak out that something was chasing me through the woods…

Spiderwebs and mushrooms galore, I’m going to miss this while I house sit next month!

— 4 days ago with 3 notes
#that Grimm is in fact my lazy old dog  #who is also enjoying not having to run with me  #lazy bones  #woods  #rambling  #fly agaric  #mushrooms 
libutron:

Vietnamese Mossy Frog - Theloderma corticale
The Vietnamese Mossy Frog, Theloderma corticale is a robust, attractively camouflaged arboreal frog in the family Rhacophoridae. The common name of the unusual species is derived from its roughly textured, green and brownish-red skin, which allows it to conceal itself within with its mossy forest habitat.
To date, the Vietnamese Mossy Frog has only been found from the humid forests of the Mao Son and Tam Dao mountain ranges in northern Vietnam; however, the secretive species may actually be distributed more widely.
Reference: [1]
Photo credit: ©Noa Táboas | Locality: captive, 2009

libutron:

Vietnamese Mossy Frog - Theloderma corticale

The Vietnamese Mossy Frog, Theloderma corticale is a robust, attractively camouflaged arboreal frog in the family Rhacophoridae. The common name of the unusual species is derived from its roughly textured, green and brownish-red skin, which allows it to conceal itself within with its mossy forest habitat.

To date, the Vietnamese Mossy Frog has only been found from the humid forests of the Mao Son and Tam Dao mountain ranges in northern Vietnam; however, the secretive species may actually be distributed more widely.

Reference: [1]

Photo credit: ©Noa Táboas | Locality: captive, 2009

— 4 days ago with 310 notes
#frogs  #wildlife  #photography  #Vietnamese mossy frog  #animals  #beautiful colours 
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