Archaeogaming is the archaeology in and of games. Assassin's Creed Odyssey's Discovery Tour presents history through gamification and interaction with points of interest. These points of interest display and present information along with a 2D static image to illustrate the text. These static images come from various global locations. The locations of each of these…

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A few months ago, I read Angela Saini’s newest book, Superior: The Return of Race Science. It is a really thorough examination of the ways in which race science continues to pervade our politics and research today, and I would recommend it to those (specifically, white scientists) who may not be familiar with its history…

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Archaeogaming is the archaeology in and of games. This post explores the archaeological and historical documentation of Assassin's Creed Odyssey's Discover Tour as a modern artifact and interpretation of literature, acting as a time capsule of current understandings of Ancient Greece

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Archaeogaming discusses the archaeology in and of games. In this guest post by David AJ Murrieta Flores, Heaven's Vault is looked at as an example for the question about to whom history belongs.

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Archaeogaming is the study in and of games. Detroit Become Human serves as a prime example of affective story telling for the purpose of engagement and discussion by a wider public on the issues of civil rights and technology. Archaeologists can use Detroit Become Human as an example for successful public outreach via digital games.

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I recently finished reading Caitlyn Doughty’s book, From Here to Eternity: Travelling the World to Find the Good Death (2017), which I absolutely loved. As an archaeologist whose research is partially focused on funerary archaeologies, I was happy to find a non-judgemental book detailing the diversity of death practices and cultures around the world. However,…

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Mountains of Madness is a tabletop game which never mentions archaeology. Some players have suggested that the main characters are archaeologists due to linguistic and cultural tones. Archaeogaming, the study in and of games, looks at this board game to critically analyze perceptions of archaeology in gaming.

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The Game Theorists is a YouTube channel which analyzes digital games. In their videos, there are many tools which archaeogamers can (and should) use for their studies. By adding to the list and making these elements known, the archaeogaming community can think of these methods and new ones as a communal effort to improve archaeological…

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“Are you seeking a challenging career involving travel, adventure, and substantial, danger-related treasure bonuses? Then consider a position with Gringotts Wizarding Bank, who are currently recruiting Curse-Breakers for thrilling opportunities abroad.” Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, p. 606 In the Harry Potter franchise, Bill Weasley is a Curse-Breaker for Gringotts Wizarding Bank.…

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Horizon Zero Dawn explores themes in the placement of ruins and artifacts for the digital game world. Archaeogaming is the archaeology in and of games and the way that Horizon Zero Dawn explores the archaeological theory behind analysis of artifact.

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The definition of archaeogaming needs to expand and encompass tabletop (or analogue) gaming and games. The archaeology in and of tabletop gaming provides an insight into the culture of the historic period but also our own. Historical games found in archaeological excavations and in historical documentation should be encompassed in the definition of archaeogaming since…

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This special guest post by Franki Webb explores the archaeogaming of Dragon Age Inquisition and Dragon Age Origins. The archaeology in and of Dragon Age by Bioware.

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Note: This blog post will have slight spoilers for the recent video game Hypnospace Outlaw, which I highly suggest you play if you haven’t already done so! Last month, I played through Hypnospace Outlaw, a new video game in which the Player is basically the new moderator (called an “Enforcer”) of an early form of…

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One of my biggest guilty pleasures is watching YouTube videos  – especially when I should be doing something else, like writing up my PhD dissertation (oops). Perhaps one of my favourite category of YouTube vlogs is the the “low-key thrift store video”, where the host of the channel takes the viewers to their local Goodwills…

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Note: As you can see, I’m no longer on hiatus! But there will be some changes to my blogging moving forward…as much as I love writing, I need to put my PhD studies first. This means that blog posts will not be weekly, but will come out a bit more inconsistently – basically whenever I have a bit…

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Note: Today’s blog post will be the last one for a bit – due to my workload piling up for my PhD, I’ve decided to take a month long hiatus from blogging. Hopefully, having the entirety of February to catch up on my lab-work (and also celebrate my birthday on my downtime because I’m a…

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First, a confession: a few years ago, I did read Marie Kondo’s book and attempted to use the KonMari method to wrangle my large collection of “stuff” that I had managed to cultivate after only a year of living in the UK. Turns out, I am secretly a hoarder and everything sparks joy, so it…

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One of my goals for 2019 is to try and make my work even more accessible – including conference and journal papers! I know that those can be hard to read due to jargon and the general sleep-inducing nature of the academic writing style, so I’ll be writing accompanying blog posts that are more accessible…

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Heathenry is a particular movement within neo-paganism that draws upon Nordic mythology and folklore. It is arguably one of the largest alternative spiritualities practiced today. And, unfortunately, it also houses a large population of white supremacists. Rune stones, often used for divination purposes within Heathenry practises To understand this phenomenon, we must first look at…

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