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“. . . the most humanistic of the sciences
and the most scientific of the humanities.”
– Alfred L. Kroeber

Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

After a disappointing turn around by a military blockade in the disputed border region of Cambodia/Thailand on my way to try and see the ruins of Prasat Preah Vihear, I was aching to see something in the realm of Lost… Continue Reading →

Travel Theme: International Women’s Day

In all the clamor these days of the numerous beings known as the ‘One True God’, of ‘His’ omnipotence and ‘His’ perfection, we often lose sight of all those who came before.  In the days before mankind’s gaze grew vaster… Continue Reading →

Weekly Reblog #3: Cinematic vs Real Archaeologists

Cinematic vs Real Archaeologists | Gypsy Gypsy “So a couple of days ago I did a poll asking who your favorite movie archaeologist was. There weren’t that many responses  but needless to say I got a pretty good idea of where the… Continue Reading →

Angkor’s Last Outpost – Prasat Muang Sing

In the grasslands of the western Thailand frontier, no more than 20 kilometers from the Myanmar border, the farthest outpost of a fallen civilization still stands.  Its city walls hug the River Kwae and house a shrine to those bodhisattvas,… Continue Reading →

Pasts Forgotten in Isan – Ban Chiang, Thailand

“The objects found at Ban Chieng . . . all of them beautifully made, and bear witness to an advanced civilization that has completely vanished.” – David Hatcher Childress It’s amazing how things can just come together and work out… Continue Reading →

Phanom Rung and the Great Motorbike Adventure

The Khmer Empire, a Hindu civilization that existed in Cambodia around 800-1200, though recent by archaeological standards, created some of the most spectacular ruins that still exist today. From their center at Angkor Wat, they expanded outward as far north… Continue Reading →

Humans, the Lonely Gods: An Essay on Our Artificial Oversoul

I slide my phone shut as the track finishes downloading and look around.  Airports.  At times, perhaps even more than cities, they are the symbols of the material center of the modern world.  Here is perhaps the greatest display of… Continue Reading →

America’s Stonehenge: Megalithic Ruins, Ancient Sailors . . . and Alpacas

North of Boston, less than an hour away, lays an interesting archaeological site.  The greatest debate about it is whether or not it is authentic.  If it is, it could rewrite many of the accepted notions of pre-Columbian American culture,… Continue Reading →

21 May, 2011 at 6pm: An Essay on the End of the World.

The end of the world, it’s always been thought about in one way or another. Global floods and divine retribution, world war and nuclear holocaust, comets hitting the planet; all of these are, or at some time have been prophesized… Continue Reading →

Michigan’s Ancient Copper Culture: An Essay on Speculative History

Truth and Lies. Facts and frauds. The history of this planet is filled with both objective and subjective accounts of the events that have transpired throughout the millennia. The subjectivity comes from lone sources, perhaps a single person’s record of… Continue Reading →

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