Daily Archives: 17 Jun 2012

The Forum Kritische Archäologie

Via Jack Sasson

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new electronic, open-access journal Forum Kritische Archäologie. The journal has as its goal to further discussions of critical archaeology, especially within the framework of the German-speaking archaeological community but also beyond it. We seek contributions that engage critically with existing interpretations within archaeological discourse and practice as well as those that move toward development of new, theoretically informed scenarios for interpreting the past. Forum Kritische Archäologie sets neither temporal nor geographical limits; all archaeologies, from Paleolithic studies to archaeology of the contemporary period, are equally welcome. The first set of papers is now on-line (www.kritischearchaeologie.de). As an introduction to the journal’s basic aims, these essays by an international and diverse group of scholars address the question “What is critical archaeology?”

Contributors to Forum Kritische Archäologie 1 (2012):

Aydin Abar
Stefan Altekamp
Reinhard Bernbeck
Julia Budka
Stefan Burmeister
Meredith S. Chesson
Antonia Davidovic
Jason De León
Christoph Forster
Omran Garazhian
Alfredo González-Ruibal
Raphael Greenberg
Johannes Greger
Hans Peter Hahn
Yannis Hamilakis
Ömür Harmanshah
Alexander Herrera
Cornelius Holtorf
Carolin Jauß
Matthias Jung
Randall H. McGuire
Carolyn Nakamura
Leila Papoli Yazdi
Susan Pollock
Beat Schweizer
Claire Smith
Maria Theresia Starzmann
Constance von Rüden

For All You Students of Sumerian…

Via Jack Sasson

Digging in Israel is on all our minds. I hope the season goes very well for Aren and Eric and Israel and all the rest! Discover something cool!!!

The Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project Official (and Unofficial) Weblog

Today marks two weeks to the beginning of the 2012 season at Tell es-Safi/Gath! The team is slowly gathering from all over the world and the preparations are in full gear!

The current registration indicates that the team this year will be the largest team that we have ever had (since the very beginning of the project – and I suspect, one of the largest, if not the largest in the field this year in Israel in general), with over 140 team members in the 1st and 2nd week, just under 140 in the 3rd, and 100 in the 4th and final week!

This is going to one blast of a season (and I will definitely need a vacation afterwards….)


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Congratulations to Amihai Mazar On His Election to the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities

Via Chris Rollston-

Amihai Mazar of Hebrew University has been elected to membership in the prestigious Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities….Kudos to him for this much deserved honor (and my gratitude to Sam Wolff for bringing this to my attention).

Indeed, congratulations! The Israeli archaeologists from Tel Aviv and Hebrew University are doing brilliantly!

True Words:Dorothy Sees Her Companions for What They Are…

Megiddo 2012: Day One Digging

Eric has posted more photos- this time day one’s digging action.  Why does it look like the ladies are doing most of the work?

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Should Christian Companies Be Allowed to Hire on the Basis of Faith?

Of course they should. Except in America, where if you express any faith intention in your business and expect your employees to exhibit the same faith, you can, and will, be sued.

The Voss Lighting Company of Lincoln, Neb., doesn’t hide its religious light under a barrel. “Our biblical mission,” an online statement reads, “is to ‘sell’ our lighting products so that we may ‘tell’ everyone we can about God’s soul-saving, life transforming gospel message…” Perfectly legal, says Patrick Holman, an attorney with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. “The Commission has no problem with a corporation having religious values,” he says. But Holman does have a problem with a corporation using religious values to make hiring decisions. Holman and the EEOC are representing an Oklahoma man, Edward Wolfe, who says he was denied a job at Voss because he wasn’t Christian enough. “It’s unique,” Holman says. “I haven’t seen anything like it since I’ve been here.”

You can have religious values- you just can’t put them into practical use to determine who you hire.  Because who you hire is the government’s business.  Eventually Churches which actually hire Christian pastors will be sued by the angry atheists who wish to be pastors instead.

Again, Happy Father’s Day- My Gift to You!

I’ll go ahead and say it now- you’re welcome!

Today’s Football Schedule

I’m calling Denmark over Germany (!) and the Netherlands (which has played miserably) over Portugal.  Two upsets, I know… but there it is-

Happy Father’s Day

Have a great day!