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An Unusual Source of Funding…

Colleen Morgan over at Middle Savagery is a pretty awesome archaeology blogger.  She is a Ph.D. candidate at Berkeley. “Her dissertation is based on building archaeological narratives with New Media, using digital photography, video, mobile and locative devices.” —The Maeander Project via kickstarter.com.

She has had some very cool ideas in the past- using modern technology as well as alternative media to study/publish archaeology.

Her most recent studious/publication endeavor, The Maeander Project funded by kickstarter.com sounds fascinating.

Source: Ali Ertim via middlesavagery.wordpress.com

I’d never heard of kickstarter before, but it is an awesome funding source. Their slogan is “A new way to fund and follow creativity.”  A creative person or project signs up and asks for help funding a creative venture of some sort.

In Colleen’s case- she is asking for funding for her archaeological field season in Turkey. If you were to help fund her, you get something in return! The options run from an e-book recording the archaeological work to a WHS pointing trowel!

Source: toolventure.co.uk

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Drinking Archaeology

The study of biomolecular archaeology has never been so cool. It’s products: ancient beer re-created for the modern masses. Check it out:

Those are the beers. Here is the man who created them:

His photo links to the event, “Uncorking the Past: Ancient Ales, Wines, and Extreme Beverages” hosted by the Getty Villa on June 4, 2011 at 5pm.

The event begins with a lecture “illustrat[ing] the biomolecular archaeological approach by describing the discovery of the most ancient, chemically-attested alcoholic beverage in the world, dating back to about 7000 B.C.” This drink is from China, and is recreated by Dogfish Head as “Chateau Jiahu.”  The event ends with tastings of the three brews listed above.  Free beer! Almost- the event costs $25. I am certainly going to make my very best attempt to attend. See you there!

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