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Archaeology is my profession. Naturally, I like to talk about it, because there is so much interesting going on. I also think that Archaeology offers a lot to everyone, young and old.

Point Cloud of a lithic artefact


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New publication: Structured light, Structure from Motion and lithic artefacts

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2022-04-01

So recently, I have published a new article together with Gianpiero di Maida of the Neanderthal Museum in Germany. The article is about his project called DISAPALE, but also about the comparison between a Structured Light Scanner and Structure from Motion. Wait, what?

Structured Light Scanner

So a structured light scanner…

A statue doing the facepalm gesture


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Cancelling our workshop and moving on

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2022-03-25

A while ago, I announced that I will be co-organising a conference on decolonising orientalist narratives of the past and present. Our idea was a dialogue between “the West” and West Asia. We got many great applications, but only a few from West Asia. So we are cancelling the…

Archaeology

The burial chamber of Cologne-Weiden

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2022-02-11

Although this is an older project, I never wrote anything about the burial chamber on this blog. The project happened between 2017 and 2019. It was a cooperation between the Friend’s Association of the tomb, the University of Cologne and the Technical University of Cologne.

What we have done

So the…

Screensot of the VR app Baalbek Reborn: Temples


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Review: Baalbek Reborn: Temples

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2021-12-10

The “virtual tourism company” Flyover Zone published a (for now) free VR application called Baalbek Reborn: Temples. As a Near Eastern archaeologist and VR enthusiast, I naturally had to try it out. I did and have to say, that although it looks quiet nice, I am underwhelmed. Let’s try…

An spilled ice cream cone as an example for out-of-placeness


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The out-of-placeness of dirt

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2021-12-03
Recently I read a book about dirt. Not the kind of dirt that I as an archaeologist have to deal with, but more the philosophical kind. Mary Douglas describes in her book "Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo" how what is considered to be unclean is culturally dependent. The whole book is interesting in itself, but I am concerned with the cleanliness of 3D reconstructions and how unclean they actually need to be.
Banner of the "West Asia in the Center" conference


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Archaeology Personal

Announcement: West Asia in the Center

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2021-11-05

Together with my colleagues from the University of Bochum, Bärbel Morstadt and Aydin Abar, as well as the University of Leiden, Aris Politopoulos, I am organising a three-day digital conference in 2022 called “West Asia in the Center”. I will be about colonialism in the study and depiction of…


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Archaeology Games

The tropes of the first Indiana Jones videogame

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2021-10-01

There have been a lot of videogames with the iconic archaeologist Dr. Indiana Jones and I already talked about one of them. Atari released the first game however in 1982. That was one year after the screening of the very first Indiana Jones movie Raiders of the Lost Ark…

Cover of "Receptions of the ANE" by L. Verderame & A. Garcia-Ventura


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Archaeology Book Review

Book Review: Receptions of the Ancient Near East by L. Verderame and A. Garcia-Ventura

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2021-09-24

Doing book reviews for volumes is hard, as I can’t go deep into every single article. So I won’t do that and talk about the general idea behind this volume instead. The volume is a collection of articles concerned with the reception of the Ancient Near East. In other…

Cover of Alison Mickel: Why those who shovel are silent


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Book Review: Why those who shovel are silent by A. Mickel

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2021-09-03

When I was on excavation in Syria, I was intrigued by the country and its people. To be honest, the first time, it was quiet a culture shock. The second time though was great and the third time too. I loved watching and talking to people from the local…

This shows a room full of students


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Creating a course Pt.1: From idea to layout

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2021-08-27

So I teach at the University of Cologne. As I am part of two MA programmes for Archaeology I have a pretty predefined range of courses I give. Basically they are the same every two semesters. Creating a course is not easy. My position there as an assistant will…

Sebastian Hageneuer
Germany

Hi! My name is Sebastian. I am an archaeologist, a university lecturer, freelancer, guitarist, karateka and father. You could say I am quiet busy, so I learned to manage my time and energy to build good habits and still have space for myself and my family. Sounds difficult? Read here how I do it. Every Friday.

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