I am happy to announce the publication of my new book, Practical Archaeogaming, which was published by Berghahn Books in May 2024. Copies are now in stock and are being […]

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I have been meaning to write a proper blog post about my frustrations regarding some of the discourse within archaeology around making amends for the discipline’s contributions to oppression and violence – in fact, this post has probably been sat unfinished in my drafts for a few years now. But these frustrations have certainly reached…

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Please note that this blog post contains spoilers for the game “Heaven’s Vault”. As I wrote in a post almost a year (!!!) ago, I finished my second playthrough of Heaven’s Vault (Inkle Studios, 2021). And perhaps one of the things that struck me most on this replay was just how long the travel sequences…

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The archaeology of the senses and educational games meets in this post by Guy David Hepp, PhD where he ponders on the use of board games in higher educational settings.

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This is the transcript from a talk I gave in April 2022 for the Enabled Archaeology session of the CIfA2022 Conference. It is an extension of my original blog post on Digging While Depressed, which you can read here. A slide from the original presentation detailing how we can enable archaeology for everyone by ending…

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I’m sitting in a semi-dark room, the electricity has just cut out, and there’s a slight chill in the air. I love being in MohenjoDaro (Sindh, Pakistan) in December. It’s cold at night and it’s hot during the day, unlike the summer, where there is nowhere to hide from the heat. The winter is more…

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Please note that this blog post has major spoilers for the video game Pentiment, which I highly recommend you play before reading further as its a fantastic game! In one part of the game, Andreas (the Player Character) has a discussion with Sister Illuminata regarding various books – depicted here with both characters inserted into…

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This is a transcript from a talk I gave in April 2022 as part of the ARCHON workshop “Digging Archaeology through Social Media”. A slide from the original presentation detailing my extremely weird journey into social media as an archaeologist. Introduction Archaeology still has a diversity problem. It is difficult to find up-to-date demographic information…

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Hello everyone, and welcome to what may be the worst blog post I’ve ever posted on this website. So, last Christmas my wonderful and supportive family decided that what I truly deserved was to get mercilessly dunked on by gifting me the meanest thing you can gift an archaeologist (well, second meanest thing, I think…

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2023 marks the 5th anniversary of ArchaeoAnimals, a podcast I’ve been hosting alongside my friend and fellow archaeologist Simona Falanga on the Archaeology Podcast Network. Back in 2018, I was approached by the Archaeology Podcast Network after a recent guest appearance on the Women in Archaeology Podcast and asked if I would be interested in…

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Yes, okay this game came out in 2019, and I actually played it for the first time in 2021, but I didn’t actually write a review then, so I’m writing one now based on a recent playthrough. So, if you haven’t played it in the past four years since it was released, beware of spoilers…

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The following text is an expanded version of a Twitter conference paper I presented in 2019 for the Public Archaeology Twitter Conference on ‘zine making as an alternative form of science communication for archaeology. Setting the mood with one of the coolest looking slides I’ve ever made (from the original Twitter presentation) Over the past…

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The title here says it all. I had my students play games in my class to interesting results. The class was Roman archaeology, I had my students explore reconstructions of […]

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In doing the research for my dissertation, I discovered Twine, the open source software for creating non-linear stories. Twine seems useful in making historical sources more accessible and fun for […]

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I watched a stream a few months back where I heard about a little game called Unpacking by Witch Beam Studio (https://www.unpackinggame.com). The gameplay was simple: unpacking boxes after moving. […]

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A recent thought has been on my mind when thinking about archaeologists making games. At conferences and in publications, the big discussion is virtual reality and first person experiences. Making […]

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Being able to play early access games is a good time. Buying the games early helps provide the developer money to keep making and improving the game, while also allowing […]

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