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RFC on Gojoseon about the founding legends[edit]

Feel free to discuss it at its talkpage. --Cold Season (talk) 01:54, 5 December 2014 (UTC)

Request for help with article about a disputed site[edit]

I have gotten my self in the middle of a dispute in San Buenaventura de Potano over which of two sites 12 miles apart is the true location of a town visited by Hernando de Soto. The only other editors on the article are the archaeologist advocating one of the sites, and someone closely associated with the archaeologist advocating the other site. I would appreciate anybody willing to keep an eye on the article.

Also, any opinions on the usefulness of The Digital Archaeological Record? -- Donald Albury 14:42, 16 December 2014 (UTC)

'Boo!' to the dispute, 'Yay!' to professional archaeologists actually caring about the throughput of their data to Wikipedia. Sorry you've got caught in the middle. I don't have the expertise to trawl through this material but it seems like a reasonably balanced article for now. In general tDAR is a pretty great resource, it's got lots of praise from the community for opening up data. PatHadley (talk) 17:01, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for looking at it. As it stands now I've tried to keep it organized, well sourced and neutral in tone. I suspect neither of the parties will be entirely satisfied with it. I am trying to avoid discouraging the parties from engaging with the article, while educating them on WP policies and guidelines. However, as the only disinterested editor, so far, I worry about owning the article. -- Donald Albury 15:11, 17 December 2014 (UTC)

GA nomination of Exhumation of Richard III of England[edit]

I've nominated Exhumation of Richard III of England for consideration as a Good Article in advance of his reburial next March, which will attract a huge amount of interest. The article is in good shape and is quite comprehensive, so I'm sure it will be a good GA candidate. I'd be grateful for any help with the GA review. Prioryman (talk) 18:51, 24 December 2014 (UTC)

Coast Salish defensive sites has been nominated for deletion[edit]

Please see Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Coast Salish defensive sites.Skookum1 (talk) 08:15, 26 December 2014 (UTC)

WikiCup 2015[edit]

Hi there; this is just a quick note to let you all know that the 2015 WikiCup will begin on January 1st. The WikiCup is an annual competition to encourage high-quality contributions to Wikipedia by adding a little friendly competition to editing. At the time of writing, more than fifty users have signed up to take part in the competition; interested parties, no matter their level of experience or their editing interests, are warmly invited to sign up. Questions are welcome on the WikiCup talk page. Thanks! Miyagawa (talk) 21:48, 29 December 2014 (UTC)

Category:Native American archeology[edit]

Category:Native American archeology, which is within the scope of this WikiProject, has been nominated for renaming to use "indigenous peoples of North America" so that the US and Canadian First Nations categories can be merged in a follow-up nomination. If you would like to participate in the discussion, you are invited to add your comments at the category's entry on the Categories for discussion page. Thank you.RevelationDirect (talk) 15:06, 2 January 2015 (UTC)

Discussion re table format for lists of ancient monuments[edit]

A discussion has been started at Wikipedia talk:Featured list candidates#Column widths in table layout about the best way to display lists of ancient monuments which may be of interest to members of this wikiproject.— Rod talk 07:12, 5 January 2015 (UTC)

WikiProject X is live![edit]

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Harej (talk) 16:56, 14 January 2015 (UTC)

Featured article nomination of Exhumation of Richard III[edit]

I've nominated Exhumation of Richard III of England for consideration as a featured article candidate, in advance of Richard's reburial on 26 March 2015. If anyone would like to contribute to the review, please feel free to do so at Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Exhumation of Richard III of England/archive1. Prioryman (talk) 13:10, 15 January 2015 (UTC)

Should we create a new category for articles relating to Hyperdiffusionism in archaeology?[edit]

It would help users find related articles such as Olmec colossal heads, Pre-Columbian trans-oceanic contact, etc. Even if we don't, Hyperdiffusionism in archaeology needs to be added as a see also to a lot of articles. Dougweller (talk) 15:15, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

The category seams reasonable enough - provided that it is sourced when added. The Hyperdiffusionism in archaeology article itself needs work though - I'm still trying to work out what is 'logical' about a pyramid... AndyTheGrump (talk) 16:23, 21 January 2015 (UTC)
I think the logical part about a pyramid is that the narrow part is on top and the broad part on the bottom. A lot easier than building the opposite kind of stucture.User:Maunus ·ʍaunus·snunɐw· 21:12, 21 January 2015 (UTC)
I'd agree, and I think the category is a good idea - although a strict approach to sourcing would mean that many of the most difficult examples are excluded from the category. It's like other parts of the WP:FRINGE problem: If reliable mainstream sources don't bother wasting time on a meticulous takedown of speculation, then we're less likely to have sources saying that the we-all-descent-from-Atlanteans ideas are hyperdiffusionism. bobrayner (talk) 21:09, 21 January 2015 (UTC)
A search just on hyperdiffusionism turns up quite a few sources we could use for specific articles. Take a look at Talk:Hyperdiffusionism in archaeology as well, User:Maunus, User:Bobrayner, User:Hoopes. Dougweller (talk) 21:51, 21 January 2015 (UTC)
Category:Hyperdiffusionism in archaeology now exists. Dougweller (talk) 19:01, 12 February 2015 (UTC)


Could someone take a look at this? I'm wondering if it is being used as a vehicle for promotion in any way, particularly of Gregory Deyermenjian who I've templated for notability - hopefully that can be fixed by someone. I note that the source "Expedition 2006 at" (PDF). doesn't seem to exist anymore (ie 408 and using the search facility to search for Paititi turns up nothing. Thanks. Ah, see also my request 3 years ago for subject experts to discuss this at FTN.[ Dougweller (talk) 16:05, 28 January 2015 (UTC)

Also Mameria and Inkarri. Dougweller (talk) 16:28, 28 January 2015 (UTC)

RfC on "Indigenous Aryans"[edit]

I've opened an RfC at Talk:Indigenous Aryans#RfC: the "Indigenous Aryans" theory is fringe-theory. Comments would be welcome. Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 16:29, 28 January 2015 (UTC)

Gunung Padang Megalithic Site - an Indonesian version of the alleged Bosnian pyramids[edit]

Just pruned it a lot, needs work but even more needs to be added to watch lists. See this. Dougweller (talk) 16:42, 11 February 2015 (UTC)