Author Archives: Francis Pryor

Why the Fens Aren’t Flat and Boring

I hate our boring preconceptions about places. London isn’t rich, crowded and stuck-up, any more than Liverpool is gritty and down-to-earth. They’re just places where people live, love and wish-away their lives. Reality is what we all want to be … Continue reading

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Archaeology and the English Language

  This is a guest blog I did for my crowdfunding friends at DigVentures. It’s very serious indeed and should provide some useful material for undergraduate dissertations. The picture is particularly worthy of mention. The duck is called Mephistopheles, or … Continue reading

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Why Archaeologists Make Good Murderers | DigVentures

I’m sometimes asked if archaeologists would make good murderers. Of course we would! What a stupid question. Anyway, here’s why I’m so convinced that Lord Lucan had a close friend who was an archaeologist. Of course it’s just a thought… … Continue reading

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Sharing a Taxi with a Dead Ape

Most authors like to write and talk about the people, events and things that influenced or still affect their writing. Being somewhat vain, most of us choose to discuss aspects of life which made our work better, or which gave … Continue reading

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Archaeology Podcast Network

My recent crowdfunding campaign has produced some interesting spin-offs, including this trans-Atlantic podcast in which I am interviewed by two colleagues in the United States. It was great fun to do – and I think that comes across quite well. … Continue reading

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Reaching New Readers

As part of the final run-in for The Way, The Truth and The Dead, I’ve done two guest blog posts about crowdfunding (and, yes, “crowdfunding” is now generally preferred to the more correct, if clumsier “crowd-funding”). Both have been aimed … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding: freedom, frustration or fantasy?

Originally posted on Doug's Archaeology:
Crowdfunding in archaeology is something I am interested in and have blogged about a couple of times (see Tracing Finds: A Case Study in Crowdfunding Archaeology, Are Crowdfunding Platforms Worth it?, Fairy Godmothers Do Exist-…

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