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If you are interested in the postcolonial digital heritage session for #WAC9Prague I mentioned earlier this week, please check out the attached images and the following text thread with the info on the session. Submissions due very soon! #digiarch #dh #archaeology Flyer for session
Please note that your submission to the session doesn't mean you *must* attend the conference or are financially committing to it, but it does signal your willingness to come & helps us meet our minimum required participants as a proposed session. We will submit it on the 16th.
The image above shows a foreshortened version of the abstract that I created so it would fit on the flyer, but here I will tweet the full abstract and the list of suggested prompts for submissions.
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"You don't see radio changing gradually and suddenly become radar. #Darwin's theory doesn't work for #technology, and we have to make a new observation."

- W Brian Arthur at SFI today

#evolution #innovation #invention
"Novel technologies are constructed from existing technologies. These offer themselves as components for the construction of further technologies."

- W Brian Arthur at SFI today

#evolution #innovation #invention #technology #engineering #design
Unlike the two-parent #inheritance typical to (but not ubiquitous among) #complex organisms, #technology inherits features from n parents - a "vast ancestral #network" more like horizontal gene transfer networks in #bacteria.

W Brian Arthur on sumulating #invention on a chip:
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Excited to share our new paper in @NatureComms on the #aDNA #StableIsotopes #RadiocarbonDates from the enigmatic skeletal remains from #Roopkund Lake in #India! A huge privilege collaborating with @EadaoinSays @NirajRai3 @palaeotropics @NicoleLBoivin @JakobSedig and others! 1/n
@NatureComms @EadaoinSays @NirajRai3 @palaeotropics @NicoleLBoivin @JakobSedig The #aDNA analysis led by @EadaoinSays @NirajRai3 K Thangaraj (@ccmb_csir) David Reich (@harvardmed) reveals the presence of three different groups (typical South Asian ancestry, typical eastern Mediterranean ancestry, and East Asian related ancestry) amongst the samples analysed
@NatureComms @EadaoinSays @NirajRai3 @palaeotropics @NicoleLBoivin @JakobSedig @ccmb_csir @harvardmed The really exciting thing is that this is the first #aDNA data out of India! 3/n
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This #archaeology thread is about #context – where we find our artifacts – and why that matters

I’ll start w/ the 1st site I ever dug at, the cave of Fontéchevade in France, and then I’ll look at the ancient trade in painted ceramics from Athens (*CW: graphic ancient sex)
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Fontéchevade was found in the late 19th century and dug by a series of “educated amateurs” whose goal was “to procure collectible items.” Some were sold, others went to museums, but info on where most collectible items from this period of archaeology came from was scarce
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Germaine Henri-Martin started systematic excavations in 1937

Originally a violinist, she became an archaeologist to keep her father’s lab and legacy alive. She biked many kilometers to the cave. She was clearly a real badass
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30. The Legacy of US, UK, France, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Bahrain, Canada, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Australia, Jordan, Nato in Syria

#RegimeChange #FakeNews #FalseFlag #terrorism #SyriaInvasion #WarCrimes #CrimesAgainstHumanity
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21. The Legacy of US, UK, France, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Bahrain, Canada, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Australia, Jordan, Nato in Syria🤨👇🏼
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29. The Legacy of US, UK, France, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Bahrain, Canada, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Australia, Jordan, Nato in Syria

#RegimeChange #FakeNews #FalseFlag #terrorism #SyriaInvasion #WarCrimes #CrimesAgainstHumanity
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21. The Legacy of US, UK, France, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Bahrain, Canada, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Australia, Jordan, Nato in Syria🤨👇🏼
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Why do Indians put burial grounds under golf courses?

is an actual question people ask me

The short answer: sand. The long answer: sand and colonialism. #archaeology 1/
⚠️ CW: death, burials, racism, generally callous and upsetting settler colonial nonsense 2/
The troublesome convergence of indigenous burial places and gold courses starts with sand: the sandy places that make good ground for sculpting artificial wealthscapes are also ideal cemetery locations- well drained, level promontories that are 👉easy to dig into👈. 3/
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Hoy os traigo un hilo sobre el poblado íbero de Índika, en el actual Ullastret, en Girona. Lo visité ayer y me llevé una grata sorpresa. Viajemos al año 250 a.C. #Ullastret3D #Iberos #mediterraneo #patrimonio #Arqueología #Archaeology
La visita no estaba programada. Me enteré el sábado a través de un mapa turístico que estábamos muy cerca, y reservamos la mañana del domingo para ir. En el parking ves este cartel y la visita ya promete 😁
4€ de entrada y para adelante. Primero con audioguias a nuestro aire por el recinto, y luego a las 12 empezaba una visita guiada en catalán. Pero muy amablemente, al ser los únicos que no entendíamos el idioma, el resto del grupo se preocupó de que fuera en castellano. Gracias!
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Evening all. This will be a thread of tweets on the ACE Flagship Seminar (convened by @benjcartlidge and @preshitorian) featuring Prof Bonnie Effros of @LivUniHistory #aceflagship
Fred Hirt (@LivAncWorlds) introduces the seminar. We are discussing the history of our disciplines (esp #Archaeology tonight) and how it interacts with #colonialism in #Algeria.
The main theme: Monuments and the "mission civilisatrice" : French encounters with Roman Lambaesis. #ACEflagship
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Tweeps, have you been to the landmark @LouvreAbuDhabi #Louvre #AbuDhabi? No worries. Got @twitter. Had the chance to visit while in the #UAE for the @MilkenInstitute #MIGlobal #MENASummit. Follow this thread for a #TwitterTour of highlights. louvreabudhabi.ae/?utm_source=GM… #art #museum
Hello #LouvreAbuDhabi! @LouvreAbuDhabi ~ in all directions, the #magic of art & creativity on display. Crossing borders. Crossing cultures. #artmatters #museumlove
#Stunning. This two-headed figure is one of the oldest monumental statues in the history of humanity. It is some 8500 years old. On display at the @LouvreAbuDhabi. 👥

@VisitAbuDhabi #AbuDhabi #LouvreAbuDhabi
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This #archaeology thread explains how historically, walls have never worked and are simply symbols of overcompensation and division

Even the magical wall in @GameOfThrones melted like a glacier in a warming world
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Sure, don’t get me wrong, walls can be important elements in a larger structure (e.g., a house), providing insulation against the natural elements or demarcating how space is used

But I’m hard pressed to find even one wall in history effective at stopping people
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Most walls really are overcompensating for something. Usually, they’re overcompensating for the fact that a territory is simply too large. The Great Wall of China, one of the first public works of the new Chinese empire is a good example of such ineffective overcompensation
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Pocas veces escribo un #hilo, y la ciudad de Ani merece el suyo: (antes de pasar al siguiente tuit, RETUITEA por favor, que el mundo conozca la efímera grandeza de este lugar) #Patrimonio #Heritage #Arquelogía #Historia #Archaeology #History #Cities #cuidades
La ciudad de Ani está situada en la actual Turquía, muy cerca de la frontera turco-armenia. Y es que fue la capital de la Armenia medieval, allá por el siglo X
En la época de mayor esplendor de la ciudad más de 100.000 habitantes llegaron a pasear por sus calles. Llegó a tener la importancia de ciudades como Bagdad, El Cairo o Constantinopla. Este es el símbolo de la ciudad
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So I recently took a walk up by my favourite place, Rathgeran Hill, near Ballymurphy in Co. Carlow which, in addition to being very pretty is archaeologically fascinating. First up is the neolithic Rathgeran Stone...
It's not just the stone that's interesting here though- it's the whole landscape and the intervisibility of other sites and rock art locations.
This is Knockmore Hill as seen from the Rathgeran Stone.

Orange arrow- Megalithic structure (now destroyed)
Purple arrow- Rock art site
Blue arrow- Enclosure and hut sites
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This #archaeology thread describes the “Agora Bone Well” published today by Maria Liston, Susan Rotroff & Lynn Snyder

Over 460 humans (mostly infants) & 150 dogs were thrown in the well. They tell a heartbreakingly vivid tale of all-too-ordinary life & death in ancient Athens
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The well was excavated 80 yrs ago by Dorothy Burr Thompson and was located downtown in Hellenistic Athens. After the building on this plot of land was abandoned, the well became a convenient dumping spot

The bones & artifacts were thrown in the well between 175-150 BC
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The well was cut thru bedrock & lined w/ clay tiles. Thompson wrote that bones first started appearing 13 meters down (42 feet). Skulls & bones became so common that at one point she simply wrote “more vile bones of dogs, etc.” Digging bones in a deep well wasn’t an easy job!
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Let's talk BRIDGES. Precolonial Indigenous engineers devised some pretty neat ways to span the canyons, chasms, and gullies of BC. Come along for a mo... #archaeology (all pics @BCarchives) 1/
Without milled lumber, cement or steel, before giant drills and pile drivers, Indigenous people engineered spans as long as 150 feet across, hanging 50 feet above the swift and turbulent rivers below. (sketch probably H.K. Woods, 1898) 2/
This bridge over the Cranberry (Salmon) River was made by bending and tying poles with cedar withes (thin, flexible branches), looking a lot like in-stream fish traps built with the same materials. (1905 photo) 3/
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