In many respects Theoretical Structural Archaeology is a statistical outlier, in that it presents original archaeological research from outside the academic system. Moreover, since it is evidence based metrical research into postholes, the most common of all archaeological features and central to understanding of ancient built environments, why is it being blogged?
Primarily, this blog is about empowerment of the individual to publish their research, however, it has to be said that the medium quite suits the visual nature of the subject, and its interactive nature has fostered some interesting collaborations.
Why Blogging? Empowerment.
Like many other professional archaeologists, I had struggled with understanding the plans of posthole structures, and after twenty years of working on the problem, I decided to invest my life savings in a PhD, at Newcastle, my local University, with a view to publishing my research and going into teaching.
Using SketchUp for modelling archaeological data.
As a result, blogging has brought me into contact with fellow professionals who understand the nature of dataset, and this which has provided the opportunity with to collaborate with like-minded people from around the world. The blog has resulted in some TV work, invitations to give papers at international conferences, a book offer, and I have recently co-authored a paper on Prehistoric Buildings in Ohio.