Hi, welcome to my website. I am an archaeologist and teach in archaeology and cultural heritage management  in the Department of Archaeology at Flinders University, Adelaide. Importantly, this is a personal blog and in no way represents the views of my employer or any other organisations I am involved with.

The purpose of this blog is to bring together the various strands that compromise my  professional activities and interests. I post here when I can, usually no more than 15-20 posts per year.  So you can safely subscribe to my blog in the knowledge that you won’t be bothered by dozens of posts per week. My web feed is here (read this if you’re not sure what a ‘feed’ is). If you are a twitter fan, you can find me @mickmorrison; I don’t have time for other social media like academic.edu, and so on, and Facebook is plain evil. On the right side of the page there is an email subscription form. Type an email address, hit enter and your done.

So why blog?

In my experience working in Australia I have encountered a range of views about the value of blogging, very few of which have been positive. This is despite a long and fairly robust tradition of archaeological blogging in North America and the UK in particular. Indeed, since about 2004 I have enjoyed reading blogs by people such as Alun Salt at what was formerly ‘Archaeoastronomy‘, ‘John Hawks’ weblog‘, Kris Hurst’s fantastic site ‘About Archaeology’ at About.com,  ‘A very remote period indeed‘ by Julien Riel-Salvatore, ‘Remote Central‘ by Tim Jones, ‘Aardvarchaeology‘ by Martin Rundkvist and also Australia’s very own ‘Dr Space Junk’, Alice Gorman at ‘Space Age Archaeology‘. Today, there are a plethora of good archaeology blogs out there – too many to mention – and this has formed the basis of a vibrant and growing community of people writing about archaeology on the web. In the past year or so, this has been further enhanced  by ‘social networking’ tools such as Twitter, Facebook and so on. Yet apart from Alice Gorman’s Space Age Archaeology, there has been basically no presence from Australian Archaeologists in the blogosphere.

Of course, the web is not all about blogging and there have been good websites about Australian Archaeology, and in particular I refer to Peter Hiscock’s  site Archaeology World and the websites of  museums, university departments and personal research pages of various individuals that have appeared (and often disappeared) over the years. However, blogs are different: they allow people to have a presence on the web with little or no previous experience of web publishing; they are very easily updated; they usually look quite good  ‘out of the box'; and perhaps best of all, they allow you to interact with your readers.

I don’t need to sing the praises of blogging here – the web says it all – however I do think the medium has a lot of potential for archaeologists.  Any technology that can enhance our ability to communicate with the public – and with each other – is worth exploring, experimenting with and where possible, trying to improve. And that’s why I blog: to promote Australian archaeology, to increase the level of communication between people working in this area, and of course to give a little more publicity to my own work. This is not all new to me: I have been running a blog of some sort since about early 2005, though none of these are still live and I have imported the best of my posts from the last six months here.

So I hope you enjoy my work here and feel that it is of sufficient quality to query, critique or otherwise discuss. I don’t have any kind of formal ‘editorial policy’ as is the case on some blogs; rather, I think the best editorial standard is the awareness that peers, colleagues, friends and potential employers may be reading.

Mick Morrison

20th October 2009

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