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Lego Archaeology Field Report

By April 7, 2009

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This set of blog entries from Colleen Morgan's "Middle Savagery" is a hilarious exploration of archaeology using Lego blocks. Part 1 shows what a Lego site reconstruction might look like; Part 2 uses Carly Whelan's photographs of an archaeological Legoland on Flickr. I particularly like the Lego archaeologist with lipstick and mascara in Part 2—sure hope that's waterproof mascara!

Thanks to Colleen for pointing out Whelan's photo collection. What a hoot!


April 7, 2009 at 1:08 pm
(1) david nystuen says:

what a waste of time and web space.

April 7, 2009 at 1:23 pm
(2) Kris Hirst says:

Wow! Are you a curmudgeon or what?

April 7, 2009 at 2:56 pm
(3) Colleen says:

C’mon Kris, Archaeology is Serious Business.

April 8, 2009 at 1:51 pm
(4) kawkawpa says:

I’m always interested in being made aware of anything with an archaeology THEME, whether it’s actual archaeology or not. The Motel of Mysteries by David Macaulay (www.amazon.com/Motel-Mysteries-David-Macaulay/dp/0395284252), for example, isn’t archaeology but it’s sure of interest to ME! (It’s funny – and right on!)

Thanks, Kris, for pointing out the Lego links.

April 8, 2009 at 3:25 pm
(5) Ihor Jaroslaw Sypko says:

Very cool, Colleen must have gotten this Lego set for Christmas! As a slide show it is an accurate representation of a field day in Meso-Legoland or at any archaeological investigation except for the absence of dust, beer, and sweat. Loved it!

April 13, 2009 at 6:38 pm
(6) Michael Scullin says:

Humor is little appreciated by some archaeologists and most anthropologists — and there are some notable exceptions, but the journals are reluctant or just plain opposed to publish it. Yet the history of both disciplines is rife with self inflicted humor as artifacts are misidentified and sites and/or behavior misinterpreted. Reading some of the older literature one sees plenty of example of comments and observations that are just plain stupid given what we know today. Fifty years from now readers of the current literature will be saying the same or worse — postmodernism anyone? Humor — go for it!

April 14, 2009 at 7:45 am
(7) Beth says:

Agreed! Hard work is hard work. But that doesn’t mean you can’t sweat all over your trowel and have fun, too! Sure, take your work and yourself seriously… BUT, good grief!! If it isn’t FUN, why do it???

Go ahead, it isn’t too difficult. No, really. You can do it. Yes, that’s right…PLAY!!

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