During these uncertain times, we of the GCAS may be unable to gather together for a monthly meeting or field trip but scientific research goes on and it offers us abundant presentations and webinars online to suit the preferences of every avocational archaeologist. Time and space permitting, we list a selection of upcoming online opportunities on our Events page, so please check there from time to time for what's happening now.
Meanwhile, we have some information and a few websites listed below, to get you in the mood for surfing the archaeological waves of the Internet and having some social-distancing fun.
Some lectures and webinars are recorded on YouTube and interested persons can simply watch the videos at their leisure as they would a TV show. Others may be presented as live video on social media like Facebook and have a live Q&A session after the lecture where participants type their questions as a comment and wait a bit for the replies. Still others are live-action lectures where the audience interacts with the presenter in real time - Zoom is probably the most well-known of this kind of platform. For those unfamiliar with how Zoom works, check out UT/Chattanooga's easy Zoom Participant Guide. It's a handy tool. Please be mindful that live lectures may ask you to sign up (for free) ahead of time, so plan ahead a bit so that you may join in on time.
Following is a list of just a few of the sources of online lectures, interviews, and webinars that some of our GCAS members are trying out. Your own mileage (and technology) may vary but perhaps some sources will be familiar to you. Please let us at the GCAS website know if you find a personal favorite out there in cyberspace!
Archaeology Southwest: Kyle Meredith reports that he and Josh Reeves watched an archived lecture, Aztec, Salmon, and the Pueblo Heartland. Critics appeared to pan this one but Kyle says there are a lot of other videos in the Archaeology Southwest archives to choose from. Archaeology Southwest also provides virtual tours of selected archaeological sites.
Crow Canyon Archaeological Center: Meem Gendron tells us that some of their past webinars on YouTube include favorites, like:
"The T-Door is an Enigma..." with Steve Lekson;
"Southwest Indian at: Origins and Revivals" with Emerald Tanner;
"Toward a Science of ArachaeoEcology: Placing Humans in to Food Webs" with Stefani Crabtree;
"Discover Archaeology: Pueblo Farming Project Webinar" with Mark Varien and Paul Ermigiotti;
"Discover Archaeology: Flintknapping Demonstration by Tyson Hughes";
"Digitizing the Past: Recent 3D Modeling at Crow Canyon" with Grant Coffey;
and more, at https://www.crowcanyon.org/index.php/archaeology-webinars.
GlobalXplorer: Currently this outfit is between archaeological projects. The next one is planned to happen in India in the Fall of 2020 or whenever else the COVID-19 pandemic allows; but anyone with an interest is welcome at any time to learn how to participate (for free!) as an amateur examiner of high-resolution satellite images of potential archaeological sites.
Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project: Follow their lecture series by scrolling down their Home page to their "Chat with the Archaeologist" section. While you're on their site, take a virtual tour of examples of some of the 100,000 petroglyphs along their 12-mile-long mesa.
"The Interpretation of Ancestral Pueblo Rock Art" with Severin Fowles, on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM; Free (donation encouraged). Register ahead of time, here.
Tell the rest of the GCAS what you have found online!