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Spring 2003 Web Sites of Interest

Web Site Examines Pseudoscience
Do you want to know how to tell the difference between science and pseudoscience? Check out this web site (www.sfu.ca/chemcai/SCI/pseudosci.html) for a comparative list of science vs. pseudoscience characteristics. Also included is a variety of links to web sites dealing with bad science, junk science, medical pseudoscience, and skepticism and debunking.

Web Site Explores Shipwreck
A new web site developed by The Ellis School in Pennsylvania explores a shipwreck off the coast of Turkey called Uluburun. High school students can explore the wreck, view the artifacts, and think like archaeologists as they navigate the site at www.TheEllisSchool.org/shipwreck.

Fort Vancouver Featured on Web Site
Archeology of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is featured on a web site at www.nps.gov/fova/archy.htm. The world-class archaeological site has been studied for over 50 years. Research focuses on the British Hudson’s Bay Co. and the Native American occupation. The web site illustrates current projects and on-going research, provides a virtual tour, advertises public events and activities at the site.

Science Outlook Rounds Up Science News
A new web site called Science Outlook (www.scienceoutlook.com) pulls together headline news feeds in six categories—general science, technology, health, environment, education and space—to quickly survey what’s currently going on in science and allow users to choose only those articles of interest from a wide variety of sources. Science Outlook is offered as a service. There are no pop-up ads, and nothing blinks or moves. The developers hope the site will be of value to scientists of all types—professionals, amateurs, teachers and students.

Virtual Jamestown has previously received a $205,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and was selected as a top humanities site for inclusion in the NEH EDSITEment Project featuring "the best of the humanities on the web." It can be seen at http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu/vcdh/jamestown/.

Passport In Time Featured on Web Site
Passport In Time, a volunteer archeology program sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, provides opportunities for the public to participate in archaeology and help preserve our national heritage. For details on the Passport In Time program, visit the web site at www.passportintime.com/. New listings are posted each March and September.

The Archaeology Channel Continues to Grow
New additions to The Archaeology Channel, the streaming video web site are now available at www.archaeologychannel.org, as follows:

  • Extraterrestrial Archaeology—Archaeologists today sometimes apply their craft to exploring very recent historical events. An unusual example of this is the archaeological testing at the claimed 1947 crash site of an extraterrestrial spacecraft near Roswell, New Mexico. In this latest Audio Interview, University of New Mexico archaeologist Dr. Bill Doleman, who directed the Roswell fieldwork, shares his experience in "extraterrestrial archaeology," which was shown as a documentary on the SCI-FI Channel. In this interview, Doleman discusses how this project came about, what his team found and how it has been portrayed, and how it illustrates the practice of contract archaeology today.

  • Icronos Film Festival—Archaeology film festivals have grown in number and popularity in recent years, especially in Europe. One of the best known among the European festivals is the Icronos International Archaeology Film Festival of Bordeaux, France. Every two years, the Icronos Festival brings archaeological film producers to France to share their works in front of a live audience. The Icronos Festival has created a valuable venue for producers specializing in this genre and a wonderful opportunity for the public to experience archaeology through the medium of film and video. Laetitia Dion, the organizer of the Icronos Festival, gives inside view of such an event in this latest Audio Interview.