November 4, 2010

Comical Archaeology

If I had any drawing skills at all - other than the ability to create precise balk profiles - I would definitely draw archaeology comics. In the past month, in completely different searches, I came across three different types of archaeological comics:

1. The slightly animated forensic archaeology true story from the Smithsonian:

Be sure to click through to the "behind the scenes" page, which features some excellent pictures of the actual skeleton that informs this story.

2. This graphic novel of the excavation of the Cheney House on a Flickr photostream:

3. And an old SAA Archaeological Record (vol 5, no 5, November 2005), an issue devoted to comics in archaeology. My favorite is the professor who chronicles having drawn his PhD dissertation:


The "traditional" line-drawn comic and the graphic novel are from early- to mid-decade, while the Smithsonian offering was produced in 2009 for the Written in Bone exhibit (that I really need to go see, the next time I'm near D.C.). I wonder if the SAA issue sparked more interest in creating archaeological comics? Are there other examples of "comical archaeology" out there that I'm missing, particularly in other countries' discourses? Is it purely an American phenomenon?

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