January 2016 – Update

January 2016 To explain our comparative silence recently, we have been very busy writing up paper after paper for the project. Our paper on Racot will appear in due course in Journal of Field Archaeology, and on Barnhouse in Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. One exciting development at the end of 2015 was the project […] Read more »

It was sunny but cold as TOTL rolled into Paris…

Alasdair Whittle, Frances Healy and Alistair Barclay were in Paris again recently to work with Laure Salanova, Philippe Chambon, Anne-Sophie Marçais and Arnaud Blin. Our models for the Bury collective tomb are nearly finished, which will go in Laure and Philippe’s forthcoming monograph. We are still waiting for the last dates for the Les Mournouards […] Read more »

TOTL went to San Francisco

ToTL has been travelling recently, to the Society for American Archaeology annual conference, held this year in April in San Francisco. Alex Bayliss, Alasdair Whittle, Eszter Bánffy, Seren Griffiths, Arek Marciniak and Derek Hamilton all contributed to a successful ToTL-based session called ‘The short and the long of it: combining timescales’. We were joined by […] Read more »

ToTL was back in Budapest!!!

Alex Bayliss, Alasdair Whittle and Derek Hamilton were recently in Budapest again for a week, to work with Team Alsónyék on a series of seven linked papers, presenting the site, our methodology, the four phases of occupation — Starčevo, LBK, Sopot and Lengyel — and discussion. Now that all the dates have been completed, there […] Read more »

ToTL has been in Iberia recently…

ToTL has been in Iberia again recently. Alasdair Whittle started in Portugal, visiting the Copper Age walled sites of Zambujal and Vilanova de São Pedro with Michael Kunst of the German Archaeological Institute in Madrid. He also visited the walled enclosures and tombs of Los Millares near Almería in south-east Spain, with David Wheatley of […] Read more »

Dani’s travels in Bern…

In June, TOTL delegate Dani Hofmann attended the ‘Culture, Climate and Environment Interactions at Prehistoric Wetland Sites’ conference, hosted in Bern, Switzerland. Two days packed full of information provided plenty of inspiration for our planned articles on the Alpine foreland and the difference which a tight chronology actually makes for archaeological interpretation. The picture shows […] Read more »

Back to Strasbourg

In April, TOTL headed back to Strasbourg for another round of sampling in the Rhineland project. The pottery seriation and Bayesian models for the Alsace LBK are matching up extremely well, but some gaps still need to be filled in the various phases. Project RA Jessica Smyth, with help from Anthony Denaire (Antea Archaeology) and […] Read more »

The Joy of Project Management

Following the successful submission of the 18-month progress report on the project to the European Research Council, Alex and Alasdair decided that it was time to review the entire project budget and timetable. The budget was successfully reworked on the recent trip to Budapest and, despite a number of changes to the original plan, remains […] Read more »

Budapest in January

In January, Alex and Alasdair flew to Budapest to meet up with the rest of Team Alsónyék. Some delays have been caused by a technical gremlin, although the work to resolve this is now nearing completion. Consequently we were able to review the existing results (many thanks to Derek who provided an invaluable modelling-by-phone-and-email service), […] Read more »