1187 – Eric Cline: Tel Kabri, Archaeology and Social Media
Eric Cline filled us in on his excavations at Tel Kabri last year (he also digs at Megiddo on alternate years). The dig at Kabri wrapped up just a few days ago and we checked in with Eric to see how it went. Tel Kabri is one of the sites where it was possible to follow what was going on through social media, specifically through the excavation’s weblog. Hundreds of photographs of the excavators at work, posted on Facebook, can be accessed through the weblog site. It gives a pretty realistic portrayal of what it’s like to be a volunteer on an excavation. We also spent some time talking about social media, such as Facebook, Weblogs and Twitter, speculating on what impact they may have on archaeology. These unique communications tools are just starting to be used by archaeologists (professionals and volunteers).