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Excavation of the Atari Landfill Set for April 26th

I am extraordinarily happy to announce that the Xbox Wire published its press release today about the April 26th excavation of the Atari Landfill (aka Atari Dump Site, E.T. Burial Ground, etc.) in Alamogordo, New Mexico. I’m part of the team of archaeologists referenced in the press release, and will be joined by archaeologists Richard Rothaus, Bill Caraher, and Lindsay […]

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“Dumping the Alien”: Archaeogaming at South by Southwest 2014

Archaeogaming is as much about exploring and conducting archaeology within gaming environments (virtual space) as it is about understanding the history of video games in the real world (meat space). The perfect, literal embodiment of archaeogaming was discussed for an hour in Austin as part of the 2014 South by Southwest festival. “Dumping the Alien: Unearthing the Atari Graveyard” featured […]

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BREAKING: Atari Burial Ground Excavations and Documentary

Today, March 7, 2014, at 3:00 Eastern (2:00 Austin time), producer Jonathan Chinn, and CEO of fuel Entertainment Mike Burns will be presenting, “Unearthing the Atari Graveyard: The Search for ET” at the South by Southwest Festival, at the Long Center, Dell Hall, 701 W. Riverside Drive. Official Hashtags: #etburial #sxsw Official Twitter for the project: https://twitter.com/ataridigdoc (@ataridigdoc) From the […]

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The Philosophy of Archaeology in Video Games

Look out honey, ’cause I’m using technology! Ain’t got time to make no apology . . . . I’m the world’s forgotten boy, the one who’s searchin’, searchin’ to destroy —Iggy Pop I admit it: when I’m in-game, I am a baaaad archaeologist. Indiana Jones bad (especially when I’m playing him as my Lego alter ego). I don’t take notes. […]

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Always Already Ancient: Ruins in the Virtual World, Part One: Introduction and Reconstruction

This is the first of a 5-part series from guest-blogger, Dr. Dunstan Lowe, who teaches Classics at the University of Kent. In 2005 he realized that there was a huge, unexplored intersection between classical antiquity and gaming, and has been studying it ever since. Besides this piece, he wrote another on gaming for the book Classics For All: Reworking Antiquity […]

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Video Game Archaeology in Meatspace

William Rathje would have been all over this. And maybe Fox Mulder. Picture this if you will: Somewhere in the southern desert of New Mexico, more than 150 miles south of Albuquerque, lies a secret dump-site filled with E.T. technology covered in meters of cement. Thirty years ago, a high-tech corporation had gone too far too fast and decided to […]