My name is Enrico, I’ve studied Archaeology at Cambridge, and I’m now studying the World Art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas at UEA. The main purpose of this blog is to share all the awesome stuff I come across every day as part of my studies. My Twitter handle is @UnearthArch.
In case you were wondering, these are the posts I’m proudest of:
The Book That Blew My Tiny Little Child’s Mind – about an awesome book about archaeology for children.
Poor Yoricks – featuring a mummified foot, peroxide-blonde singing vampires, and ethical questions about the treatment of human remains.
Traces of Past Lives – about that feeling people sometimes get, when they come across a museum object, or old photograph, or just-dug-up bit of flint, of a connection with someone who hasn’t been around for hundreds or even thousands of years.
Obscure Precolumbians Sunday: The Mirthless Mixtecs – a brief guide to the ancient Cloud People of Southern Mexico. Featuring steam-bath executions, tiny mole-people, and astounding painted deerskins.
Not Just Fun and Games: What Board Games Can Tell Us About Ancient Societies – pretty much what it says on the tin. Featuring bad 80s videogames, homicidal Viking boardgame enthusiasts, the Lewis Chessmen, and Aztec gambling.
We Came All the Way from Guatemala for This?? – about a humble Aztec pilgrimage site dedicated to the god of rabbits and alcohol.
A Starfish, a Puma, an Iguana and a Creator God Walk into a Museum: Art from Xochicalco – featuring a 1,000-year-old dreadlocked deity with a double-pronged penis.
Counter-intuitive Llama-riding Techniques, or, An Archaeology of Humour? – featuring inexpert llama riders, curious monkeys, and the investigation of past emotions.