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  Hello Community !
I have been wondering lately what we could do for the "Three Weeks for Dreamwidth" event, and [personal profile] trouble , in the [community profile] history community, pointed to this really interesting project hosted by [personal profile] dingsi : collect -and answer to- frequently, and not so frequently, asked questions about a subject. It started with questions about Germany and now deals with a bunch of various subjects. I may be participating in the French prompt, hosted by [personal profile] snakeling , but I thought we may host one here too !

  So let me introduce you to

Three Weeks for Dreamwidth
Frequently-Or-Not-So-Frequently-Asked-Questions about Archaeology !


  That's easy : you leave a comment here with
- a question you always have wanted to ask about archaology
OR
- a topic you always have wanted to explain to the world.

  It can be anything, as long as it has a link with archaeology. I think even archaeology in fiction works as literature or cinema should be OK. Always wanted to understand C14 dating ? Think that Dreamwidth needs to know about de Han dinasty of China ? Need a bibliography about a certain topic ? Want to know how to determine if a patella is a right one or a left one ? Just propose a prompt.

  Then go read the comments to browse the prompts and reply to the one(s) you would like to answer to, saying you'll propose an answer.

  I'll edit this post with the list of subject proposed and of prompts.
  To make things easier, please use [prompt] and [taken] in the subject of your comment.

  Three Weeks for Dreamwidth will begin on April the 25th, so the entries will have to be posted from this date and for three weeks. You can post your entries in this community to make it a little livelier or/and in your own journal. If you prefer not to post / crosspost to this community, be sure to comment here with the link to your article on your journal, and I'll update this post with a direct link.
  Even if it is supposed to last only three weeks, I'll go on updating this post if people go on proposing answers to the questions asked.

  I really hope this event will be as successful as it seems to be on the other areas concerned !



List of prompts and articles

  legislation : preventive archaeology  requested by [personal profile] trouble 
      ⇒ France and Japan cases, written by [personal profile] berangere 

  archaeometry : the use of other sciences in archaeology, requested by [personal profile] yvi 
     ⇒ archaeology and molecular biology, written by [personal profile] berangere 
     ⇒ archaeology and its use of other sciences, written by [personal profile] berangere 

  archaeology in fiction : favourite and least favourite depiction of archaeology, requested by [personal profile] snowynight 
     ⇒ article waiting for you opinions !

  physical anthropology : sex diagnosis from skeletons, requested by [personal profile] vacillating 
     ⇒ article written by [personal profile] marshtide 
     ⇒ article written by [personal profile] ossamenta 

  physical anthropology and archaeozoology : studying dead things, requested by [personal profile] lilmoka 
     ⇒ article written by [personal profile] marshtide 

  buildings archaeology : the use of archaeology in the study of architecture, requested by [personal profile] sbrackett 


ETA 25th of April :
  A community has been created for the ones who do not want to post their articles on their own journal : [community profile] fonsfaq 
  I think I'll crosspost everything I'll write, for a better accessibility to everyone on Dreamwidth.

PROMPT

Date: 2011-04-21 12:35 pm (UTC)
trouble: Sketch of Hermoine from Harry Potter with "Bookworms will rule the world (after we finish the background reading)" on it (Default)
From: [personal profile] trouble
I would really like to learn more about archeology in cities. They're building a new library here and they're letting the archaeologists in to do some work before they start building. What do archaeologists look for, and what's it like with a really short turn around time?

PROMPT: Archeology and modern scientific methods

Date: 2011-04-22 08:45 am (UTC)
yvi: Kaylee half-smiling, looking very pretty (Default)
From: [personal profile] yvi
I would like to know what modern scientific methods (especially to do with molecular Biology, but feel free to mention others) are used in archeology and for what.

Prompt: Archaeology in fiction

Date: 2011-04-23 04:59 am (UTC)
snowynight: Kino in a suit with brown background (Default)
From: [personal profile] snowynight
What's your favourite and least favourite depiction of archaeology in fiction?

Prompt: sexing skeletons

Date: 2011-04-24 12:12 pm (UTC)
vacillating: text on a multicoloured background: Gone to play poker, back when I run out of clothes, your muse (Default)
From: [personal profile] vacillating
(Not like that!) I've often wondered how archaeologists determine the sex of a skeleton - I know there are differences in the pelvis, but what else is taken to be a clue? I'm also curious about how accurate it is, and whether anyone's done any studies on that.

Re: Prompt: sexing skeletons

Date: 2011-04-25 09:00 am (UTC)
marshtide: (Default)
From: [personal profile] marshtide
I'll take this! :) I'm not working in archaeology any more but once upon a time I was a bone person.

Re: Prompt: sexing skeletons

Date: 2011-04-25 12:20 pm (UTC)
marshtide: (Default)
From: [personal profile] marshtide
*wry* I just hope I can do them justice, now I see there are people currently working on this stuff onboard! It's been a few years, and all that.

TAKEN

Date: 2011-04-25 09:03 am (UTC)
marshtide: (Default)
From: [personal profile] marshtide
oh err, forgot to put taken in the title. *facepalms*

Re: Prompt: sexing skeletons -- TAKEN

Date: 2011-04-25 09:21 am (UTC)
ossamenta: Weasel skull (Default)
From: [personal profile] ossamenta
I'll write that one, probably crossposting to my own journal and [community profile] archaeology. Do you have any follow-up questions for your prompt?

Re: Prompt: sexing skeletons -- TAKEN

Date: 2011-04-25 10:41 am (UTC)
vacillating: text on a multicoloured background: Gone to play poker, back when I run out of clothes, your muse (Default)
From: [personal profile] vacillating
Not really, no. I guess it might help to know a bit about my background as it informs the slant of this question - my interest in archaeology is mostly pagan-reconstructionist, so I'm often looking at stuff about sites from prehistory, and also that I have a strong gender studies background, so I'm wary of the male skeleton = man, female skeleton = woman system which is often in operation in reports of finds.

Re: Prompt: sexing skeletons -- TAKEN

Date: 2011-04-25 01:28 pm (UTC)
ossamenta: Weasel skull (Default)
From: [personal profile] ossamenta
but I did not dare to contact you directly.
Next time, just do so - I won't bite :-) . I got into this a bit late, but I blame lots of things to do at work and general Easter holiday computer downtime.

Re: Prompt: sexing skeletons

Date: 2011-04-27 08:17 pm (UTC)
marshtide: (Default)
From: [personal profile] marshtide
Right, here is my answer! I've focused more on the things people look at and the advantages/problems than on specific accuracy studies, though there's a little of that too.

Prompt: Bones.

Date: 2011-04-24 02:02 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] lilmoka
(Not the tv show, btw.)

Archaeologists study dead people and animals, among other things. Do you need to know a lot of anatomy to put everything back into place (humerus =/= shinbone and so on)? And how does it feel to touch/watch/discover things that have been dead and hidden for ages?

Please don't tell me I'm creepy /o\

TAKEN

Date: 2011-04-25 09:02 am (UTC)
marshtide: (Default)
From: [personal profile] marshtide
I would never!

I'll take a shot at this one, since bones are my thing.

Re: TAKEN

Date: 2011-04-30 04:18 pm (UTC)
marshtide: (Default)
From: [personal profile] marshtide
And here is your answer! ^^

Re: Prompt: Bones.

Date: 2011-04-25 09:25 am (UTC)
ossamenta: Weasel skull (Default)
From: [personal profile] ossamenta
Don't worry, you're not creepy. And if people tell you that you are, remember that you're in good company :-) There are many people out there who find bones fascinating.

Re: Prompt: Bones.

Date: 2011-04-25 09:28 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] lilmoka
Eh, thank you <3

May I ask about your icon? Looks like a skull to me, but I don't think it's human...

Re: Prompt: Bones.

Date: 2011-04-25 12:35 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] lilmoka
Cutest. Thing. Ever *_*

Prompt: Archaeology and Architecture

Date: 2011-04-28 05:35 am (UTC)
sbrackett: Beauty and the Beast illustration by Mercer Mayer (windswept hair)
From: [personal profile] sbrackett
I would like to know more about how archaeology can be used to study architecture, buildings, and the like. I am interested in everything from Sumerian Architecture, to Incan, to English Manor Houses.

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