Posted by: Brian | April 20, 2009

Flickr Archaeology – Updated

I am starting to add archaeology photographs to my Flickr account. A widget on this blog’s sidebar shows my most recent uploaded photographs. The first photographs are from the 2004 field season at Aniakchak. I’ll add more photographs as I find the time.

Flickr is an amazing site with 1000s of photographs uploaded every minute of every day. I’m starting to use this site as a source for images in my lectures (along with google images). Search the site for archaeological excavation and you’ll find images from all over the world.

I even found some interesting Alaskan archaeology photographs, including a whole series on the 1964-1965 excavations in Kukak Bay on the upper Alaska Peninsula. These images and the documentation that was included is of great historic value. I especially like the more candid shots that capture a little of what it was like to do archaeology during this period.

Explore Flickr and see what cool images you find.

Update: I rarely have reason to update my blog posts, but I just found out that Alun Salt at Archaeoastronomy along with Tom Goskar of Past Thinking have started a new Flickr search site for archaeology called Archaeopix. All images captured by their search site are creative commons licensed, so educators like myself can add them to our lectures without worrying about copyright infringement. What a great addition to Flickr archaeology.

While looking at Archaeopix, I also stumbled upon an interesting post on Flickr archaeology written almost exactly a year ago by Colleen Morgan over at Middle Savagery. There must be something about the middle of April that makes us archaeologists start looking longingly at fieldwork photographs. We just want to get back to digging.



  1. I just discovered your blog…and I wanted to point you in the direction of not only my blog (linked above) but also the new Campus Archaeology Program at Michigan State University. We are also using flickr as a means of engaging the campus community in our research, along with facebook and Twitter. You might be interested in what we are doing!! Also, great to know about Achaeopix…

  2. Okay…put up that post and then realized that you are engaged in campus archaeology as well! It’s a small world…perhaps we should chat sometime about our mutual interests…

    Another link for you, to a page about our excavations of our first dormitory, which burned down in 1876:

  3. Terry – thanks for your comments. Your project is fascinating. I’m not a historic archaeologist by training, but I enjoy the unique opportunities of a ‘neighborhood’ archaeology project. What I find surprising is the ‘fire’ connection between our projects. Hamline’s first University Hall – built in 1880 – was destroyed in a fire in 1883. Unfortunately the building site was rebuilt – so the archaeological opportunities are limited. The Methodist church adjacent to campus, however, was also destroyed by fire (in 1925). We tested this site in 2007 and plan additional excavations this year. Fire was quite the problem in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Makes for some interesting archaeology.

  4. It certainly was…our first dorm was not the last campus building to burn down, either. We lost at least two others.

    at any rate, I will keep reading for updates on your project…

  5. For what it’s worth, UC Berkeley has a few projects on campus, including the completed Cheney House:

  6. […] Brian mentioned over on Old Dirt – New Thoughts, when April comes around, archaeologists start to get wistful, going over old photographs, and […]

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