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There's a real lack of archaeology articles that made it to Featured status. Has anyone got any candidates that could be put forward or potential candidates that would benefit from a collaboration of the week type polish? adamsan 12:20, 20 Mar 2005 (UTC)

List of years in archaeology[edit]

I hope this wil be a place where this matter can recieve attention from fellow interested Wikipedians: Note that the List of years in archaeology and associated sub-articles has been listed for deletion; see: Wikipedia:Votes for deletion/List of years in archaeology. Personally I think the stubby state of those articles are more representative of the still stubby and spotty coverage Wikipedia has of the history of archaeology rather than this subject being unfit for timelines similar to a number of other topics so treated here, and therefore have voted to keep and helped expand some of the articles. Whatever your opinion, feedback from those interested in the subject is welcome. -- Infrogmation 18:09, 22 July 2005 (UTC)

The conclusion was no consensus to delete. I have been trying to remember to populate the relevant years whenever I add or update an article. The teaching of archaeology (at least in UK, I dont know about the rest of the world), utilises the history of archaeology quite strongly, so if this is populated, we will eventually generate a useful resource! Viv Hamilton 15:03, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

Media attention[edit]

From the current British Archaeology:

[Wikipedia] contains plenty of archaeological material, including a dedicated portal to a veritable parallel universe of related information (created by users, the quality of its archaeology is largely up to archaeologists)...With so much good stuff, could it be that some of the major organisations appear not to bother about their own presentations because they could not compete?

From Gateway to Information Paradise - British Archaeology May-June 2006 p 38. adamsan 21:10, 14 April 2006 (UTC)


I thought I'd flag a note on the Archaeoastronomy talk page about a possible major re-write of the article. I know I could just re-write anyway given the revert button / edit facilties, but I thought it polite to put it up for discussion seeing as it's my first serious bit of editing on Wikipedia. --Alunsalt 11:09, 28 April 2006 (UTC)

Categorising Categories[edit]

I think the categories could do with some tidying, for example, a super-category of archaeology by geography could collect up European.., African.., ..of the Americas etc. There's already a category of periods and stages in archaeology, so Roman, Pleistocene etc should be under that. A super-category of Archaeology of Material Culture could colect up lithics, megalithics, incriptions, artefacts and artefact types. What does the rest of the project think? Viv Hamilton 16:07, 3 August 2006 (UTC)

Sounds nice and simple when you put it like that, but these things tend to get nice and complicated the deeper you get into them. If you can give it the time - go for it. :: Kevinalewis : (Talk Page)/(Desk) 16:21, 3 August 2006 (UTC)
OK, I've tidied up the categories on the sub-category pages, but (not recategorised articles as yet) does anyone know if there is a way to automatically generate a category tree for the portal page? Can it be improved further? Here is the list of the 21 top level categories, the .. are where there are more than one sub-categories:











Viv Hamilton 19:49, 3 August 2006 (UTC)

Matching main articles and categories[edit]

As part of the category clean-up, I've been matching main articles with categories. Our list of key articles on the project page, differs from our list of categories on the portal page (and as tidied up above). We have a category for Category:Methods and principles in archaeology but in the key articles, we break this into Archaeological practice, Methods and principles in archaeology and Archaeological science. Would it be better to change the categories to match the article structure? Note that Methods and principles in archaeology doesn't exist, perhaps this should be Archaeological methods or Archaeological techniques - since the principles part is listed under Archaeological practice. Consensus please? If we do change the categories, does anyone know how to rename a category, or is it a case of creating one with the new name? Viv Hamilton 10:53, 4 August 2006 (UTC)

I would have no issue with an article titled Methods and Principles in Archaeology. Archaeological Science feels to me like a different topic, overlapping perhaps, but worthy of an article in its own right. Archaeological methods are not always archaeological science strictly speaking, I don't think. The content of archaeological practice would probably need to be reviewed to decided how best to deal with it. One possibility is perhaps to remove the principles section from there and put it in the methods and principles article. Silverthorn 15:58, 4 August 2006 (UTC)
I have done a fair bit of work in Category:Methods and principles in archaeology over the last week and see no reason why everything in Archaeological practice, Archaeological science and Methods and principles in archaeology shouldn't be combined. I think your right the cats seem dysfunctional. to this end i have bben working on making it a coherent whole. the rationale for creating Dating methodology (archaeology) amongst other heavy edits and new articles was to try and draw together the myriad pieces on various methods, many of which do not seem to explain how they are used in archaeology, also to try and patch over some obvious admissions such as the concept of residual information or finds, which is a pretty central concept in dating and excavation. the methodology cat in general could do with being more detailed and comprehensive compared with the introductory articles on archaeology. while most users may want to know about Mesopotamia etc. after a while they may come to ask "how do they know that culture x existed 3000 yrs ago" or "how exactly does that process work" . I am also trying to avoid creating small articles on every term without some larger pieces on how these various concepts work together. its ok creating apiece on this or that form of dating or technique but they should be designed in such a way they can be brought together to form a larger block of interconnected knowledge especially in areas such as methodology and even more so in a inter-disciplinarian science like archaeology. the function of [[Category:Methods and principles in archaeology]] doesn,t seem to work IMO as a tool for understanding how archaeology functions in detail as a discipline in its current form. So to this end i working on a framework of articles that attempt to link together in a logical way. my weakness is my writing style is appalling along with my spelling. I also have a limited time frame for substantial wiki editing at the moment due to injury but shortly i will not be able to put as much time in. I have done a fair bit of reorganising stuff but would appreciate some feedback and follow up if people have the time cheersBoris 13:18, 26 October 2006 (UTC)

thoughts on topic close to my heart[edit]

I am not unhappy with trying to firm up terms in the methodology of archaeology to make it more scientific, not least so cross referencing all the different terms with-in wiki makes sense.. I ahve thought about this for a few days and since this wiki is for those who are not in archaeology (yet) the best approach to teaching methodology via the written word is to use concepts of fundamental units of understanding such as context and build them up into ever larger units of understanding, note this applies to finds and assemblages where single finds become associated with other finds and in turn build into larger units of interpretation such as cultures or industries.. this reflects also on the concepts of stratification shown in my iedits on how the excavation article should be slanted. archaeology in a practical sense is the building of small bits of information in logical steps into ever larger ones. terms like; context, feature, layer, group, and phase are all increasing units of understanding or interpretation.. therefore i propose we structure the articles so the reader is lead through this increasing size concept via the links. there is a problem with a clash of terminology across the atlantic which is tedious to say the least. modern archaeological method in its closest form to scientific endevour is this building process of clustering and association Boris 18:37, 19 October 2006 (UTC) ps my writing style and skills suck

Editors Wanted[edit]

Anybody out there interested in helping out updating this page, its kind of annoying doing all the work on this thing. It could definately used some improvement from members of the Wikiproject or anyone who holds an interest in Archaeology. MadHistorian 02:14, 16 December 2006 (UTC)

  • Why is the front page talking about eating dung? JustinLong

I don't know about editing, but I do have a question. I would like to join the Wiki archaeology project. How do I do that. I just made a contribution to the entry on Bruce Trigger, which I will continue. Also, I plan to do significant revisions on the entry on the Huari, of which I know quite a bit. What is the etiquete here for that? I think it needs significant revisons.SheldonLB

Welcome. Joining is simple, just add your name to the list. We don't seem to have any additional rules of etiquette beyond the normal ones in wikipedia i.e. if you are uncertain about editting a particular article, discuss it on the article's talk page. However, if you are going to work across a range of articles in archaeology, then it is helpful to let others here know that you are working on that subject. Also if you find a particular article that you've editted doesn't seem to have any other contributors, you can always come back here for additional support. I suspect that others in this project, like myself, have more intentions to improve material than we can possibly devote time to, so all additional effort is welcome! One thing that really helps editors to work effectively across a subject area is good categorising, so if while you are improving or adding articles, you could pay attention to allocating appropriate categories and also adding entries to the appropriate Category: Years in archaeology it would be very helpful. Thanks Viv Hamilton 12:38, 26 April 2007 (UTC)

I made some few changes Bewareofdog 20:06, 26 June 2007 (UTC)

date of precambrian extinction[edit]

hello my name is simrat veer singh. could you please answer this question for me I would be very grateful.As we know that the dinosaurs went extinct about 65 million years ago. But we know that life existed much before that and some of that has been preserved in shale a kind of soft stone. But the life in the Precambrian ocean was full of creatures of varied size and shape but most of them did not survive the great extinction that happened soon afterwards. What I want to ask is that can the great Precambrian extinction be put down to an asteroid impact?Simratveer (talk) 16:20, 30 May 2008 (UTC)

Archaeology in the United Kingdom[edit]

I have added a category "Archaeological sites in" for each of the counties in England eg Category:Archaeological sites in Dorset and likewise by council area for most of Scotland eg Category:Archaeological sites in Angus; a few English counties eg Cornwall had them already. This means that the local sites link into categories eg Visitor Attractions and History of those local areas. Hugo999 (talk) 05:16, 8 August 2009 (UTC)

Portal:Ancient Near East[edit]

Why there is no connection to Portal:Ancient Near East in Related Portals window? Hanay (talk) 05:31, 3 November 2009 (UTC)

Tribalism Entry on Wikipedia Needs Some Serious Work[edit]

Tribalism entry needs a complete makeover. I have already contacted the people of the Anthropology Wiki-Project surrounding this entry, but I also wanted to bring this to your attention. I'm not an expert, and I'm new to editing anything in Wikipedia, so excuse me if I'm placing this request in the wrong section.

Tribal cultures deserve more from Wikipedia than a few underdeveloped paragraphs with no real sources. Hopefully we can work together to enhance this article.

21:34, 27 May 2010 (UTC)~Phil —Preceding unsigned comment added by Philanderson1129 (talkcontribs)

About Giants of Monte Prama[edit]

Hello, I would like to further improve the article on Giganti translated from it.Wiki. I would appreciate some advice and guidance on wikification, notes and references as well as improvements to the text. Thanks a lot--Shardan (talk) 10:48, 24 November 2012 (UTC)

Thierry Jamin[edit]


Sorry if my english is bad. I think it's urgent to review this article. I'm pretty sure that Jamin wrote it himself, lying as usual. Almost all sources quoted were published by Jamin in his sites granpaititi, pusharo, inkari. Some sources don't talk about what they are supposed to back up.

Please see this article from the Ministerio de la Cultura de Perú, so that you can understand the difference between what this article (and Jamin publications in general) claims, and what archaeological authorities say.

El Comandante (talk) 07:18, 23 March 2013 (UTC)

Jamin also killed JFK but I cannot prove it. Are we talking about lies? This is particularly interesting. There is a [Talk page] associated to this article and because a user is trying to portrait the topic of interest as a liar but he has no reliable sources to offer, he now tries to influence other Wikipedians to control the page and its content. The page has been cleaned up and all sources are now independent and reliable as per Wikipedia's policy. Unfortunately, this is obviously not enough for some, and in order to influence other Wikipedians, they are served with only one side of the story. Like everytime a huge discovery is made in History, it sparkles controversy. Wikipedia is a neutral space, not a personal blog for some sort of vendetta. Let's look at the source provided by El Comandante. First of all, the article mentioned above is published on the website of the Peruvian Ministy of Culture but explains that the Regional Direction of Culture (Cusco) has denied the second phase of Jamin's project at Machu Picchu (excavations) and the reasons why (this is not the decision of the NATIONAL Ministry of Culture, which is still pending). Then, affirming that this source reflects some kind of ongoing polemics between Jamin and local archeological authorities is a short cut to influence other wikipedians. The Mnistry of Culture autorized Jamin and his team to use ground penetrating radars and other technologies in Machu Picchu. Why the Regional Direction doesn't want to go any further now is another story and I don't think this is our role to judge such topic (plus this is an ongoing case).
As explained above and as per other sources (French), this case is still pending as no final decision from the Ministry of Culture has been made, and Jamin asked for the expertize of a third party.
The archaeological authorities indicated this article are also questionnable. For example and as explained in this article(Spanish) and in this one(Spanish) Fernando Astete, the Director of the archeological site of Machu Picchu, along with 28 other administratives, are investigated for their bad management of the site that has been endangered by such behaviors. Thanks to him, Machu Picchu might now joins the "List of World Heritage in Danger." A legal action led by the Peruvian authorities is ongoing.
In this declaration, they also talk about the structural risks for such excavations. However, Victor Pimentel, the famous Peruvian architect, specialized in the conservation of historical monuments, has a different opinion, please listen what he says in the second part of this investigation at 3.29min. By the way, I think this source is very interesting because all parties were able to give their point of view, Jamin, the Regional Direction of Culture and the Direction of Machu Picchu.
Byron87 (talk) 05:08, 02 April 2013 (UTC)

Proposed article move from Syro-Palestinian archaeology to Levantine archaeology[edit]

There is a proposal to move from Syro-Palestinian archaeology to Levantine archaeology here. Your opinions would be welcome, thanks! Drsmoo (talk) 00:47, 21 December 2015 (UTC)