Last Friday, at around 4pm, I officially submitted the final draft of my PhD thesis for my examiners. And I feel…very not excited. Mostly relieved. Definitely anti-climatic, especially as someone who has watched friends in the past joyfully take photos of themselves on campus with their giant volumes of text, all bound and ready to…

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In the Animal Crossing video game series, Blathers is the rather stereotypical curator of the local museums; a straight-laced nerd who punctuates his educational rambling with “wot?” and is dutiful in his collecting…even if he has to occasionally handle a bug or two. But what is less stereotypical is his curatorial approach as the head…

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One of the first video games that I got hooked on during the start of the pandemic (that wasn‘t Animal Crossing) was Divinity: Original Sin II. At the time, it had been years since I played a fantasy role-playing game from a series I wasn’t already familiar with, so honestly? I had a great time…

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Terraforming Mars, the tabletop game, has been out for several years now. Since its initial release in 2016, several expansion packs have been released. In the game, you and your […]

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Visitors taking a selfie at the Museum of Ice Cream (Photo Credit: Laura Morton) Have you ever heard of an “Instagram Museum”? Often temporary, these pop-up exhibitors are often part-art gallery, part-immersive experience, but all about the selfie. Although the Museum of Ice Cream, which first opened up in NYC in 2016, is arguably the…

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Unsurprisingly, the current pandemic has got many academics, particularly those of us who are very early in our careers, rethinking our future plans. With many job opportunities cancelled or otherwise postponed, the idea of remaining in academia feels rather pointless, or at least a much bigger risk than it used to be. I came across…

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Animal Crossing New Horizons has been out for about a month now and there are several new updates which have been announced. In my previous post on Animal Crossing, I […]

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I’ve been thinking a lot about modern engagement with heritage sites lately, specifically beyond the “museum model” that most are presented through. These are the heritage sites that allow for much more engagement, if not actual interaction, between the heritage site and the visitor – most of these are in the form of free-standing spaces,…

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“When future archaeologists stumble upon the archaeological record from this period, the COVID-19 Pandemic of 2020, what will they find…?” There’s probably dozens of archaeologists out there with something like that sitting in their drafts. Hell, I spent a solid 5 minutes considering it myself before promptly shutting it down. “Not everything has to be…

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This serves as a preliminary analysis of the ACO Discovery Tour. The interactive projects are available here. For more information on these specific project methods, see these posts on the temporal and […]

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Okay, I mean…technically the Witcher is more of a zoologist with a bit of forensics training, but let me shoe-horn in my expertise please! Geralt, the Witcher, examining a griffin corpse in the Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt (2015). After years of being yelled at to play the Witcher 3: the Wild Hunt (2015), I…

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Hey, long time no see! After a long hiatus, I’m getting back into regular blogging…and celebrating with a Week of Non-Stop Blogging! And if you want to help keep the blogging going (maybe not daily all the time), consider donating £1: paypal.me/archaeologyfitz A Pokemon battle in Pokemon Moon (2016) In the Pokemon franchise, Pokemon (or…

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Archaeogaming is the archaeology in and of games. This post describes initial work into an investigation of the Assassin's Creed Odyssey Discovery Tour more info locations and points of interest, specifically that of the temporal locations of the works of art and archaeological materials featured in the game.

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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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