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Ancient Crayon lets archaeologists draw conclusions

“ British archaeologists have uncovered a 10,000-year-old crayon that provides a tantalising glimpse into the lives of Mesolithic settlers. “crayon-like object”, is 22-milimetres long and seven-millimetres wide, an elongated structure comprised primarily of haematitite, although with some small hard pieces of other minerals embedded.” It was discovered by a team led by Andy Needham from the University of York in England, from a site called North Yorkshire.

“The lack of any obvious artistic or design elements to the grooves, the researchers write, can be taken as evidence that the object was periodically and precisely scraped to obtain red ochre. The pointy bit, they suggest, “might indicate the elongate shaped piece was used as a drawing and colouring tool, perhaps in a similar way to a contemporary pencil or crayon”.

“in the area have included beads and pendants, and a collection of more than 30 headdresses fashioned from deer skulls.”

  • The way this author is presenting this is sensational
  • 10,000 year old literacy; communicating or creating knowledge
  • Go beyond Haltmans tex
  • Compare& draw distinctions

Haltmans text Quote-

“While only some of culture takes material form, the part that records the shape and imprint of otherwise more abstract, conceptual, or even metaphysical aspects of that culture that they quite literally embody”(2)

* Objects carry more meaning than their face value. If you extrapolate from them or analyze them you can learn about the culture which they come.


AIDS Quilt Block- Andy Lipincott

The Reason I chose Andy Lipincott (December 5, 1945- 1990) for my AIDs Quilt research project was initially because his articulate very detailed quilt jumped out at me. After doing some research I learned he appeared as a comic character in the Andy and Joanie in January 1976 in Library Law, and is the only fictional character with a panel on the AIDs quilt. When Andy confessed he was gay to Joanie he fell off the comic strip for a few years but reappeared in 1982 as an organizer for the Bay Area Gray Alliance and contributed to congressional re-election of Lacey Davenport. In 1989 Andy was diagnosed with AIDS and fought over that year. Andy’s panel was created by G. Scott Austen, Marceo Miranda and Juan Carlos Castano on the quilt reads: “In loving memory of Andy Lippincott, community leader, conservationist, author, Olympic medalist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.”

Thus, while Andy was only a fictional character it exposed AIDS awareness in a time there was a lack knowledge regarding the AIDS epidemic. Although, it is a fictional character i feel  this conveyed impeccable imaginative creativity, which assisted in brining AIDS epidemic to the forefront of the World.

Alexander, M.(Photographer). (2018, January 23). Atlanta, GA: The NAMES Project Foundation.

Haltman and Prown- Summary and Thesis Statement.

In the “ Essay In Material Culture” by Haltman and Prown which they convey how scholars and students interpret an object and the significances of an object. As a matter of fact, when you pinpoint an object you first must be able to understand the significant value that object has culturally, intellectually, physically, emotionally and creatively. For instance, by having divers cultural life experiences you will interpret a  in-depth polarity material expressions of formal oppositions such as hot and cold  light and dark in an effective analytic assessment.  Haltman and Prown conveyed the significant value an object or text embraces culturally, intellectually, physically, emotionally, and creatively will define your interpretation.

Work Cited

Jules David Prown and Kenneth Haltman, eds. American Artifacts: Essays in Material Culture. East Lansing: Michigan State University, 2000.

Unit 1 Jan-11 Reading Response A&B Questions

Blog Post “Essay in Material Culture”.

  1. Haltman in “Essay in Material Culture” crafted a method that has changed the way I interpret and perceive objects and text. Along with extensive vocabulary and in depth descriptions of how we identify an object in cultural material, emotionally and intellectually. As a result of applying his method to my writing process will aid me in conveying a structural and non-biased opinion. By taking into consideration the choice of words will not convey the audience to believe that it’s a biased or critical viewpoint?
  2. “Thoroughly describe the object, paying careful attention, as relevant, to all of its aspects-materials, spatial, and temporal”.

“Producing a sketch or schematic drawing may further this process, but avoid using precious words at this point on introductions, conclusions, restatements of the assignment, or autobiographical confessions; just describe what you see.”

These quote from Haltmans text communicated to me that visually imagining an “ object” will aid you in your word choice with the conveyance of your interpretation. By understanding and unraveling the profane language that an author is trying to deliver will assist you in your clarification of your own interpretation. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this “Essays in Material Culture” by Haltman. I took away very important key methods that will be applicable to my daily life on how and why I interpret a passage and or an object a certain way.


Conventions of the Book and Blog Genre

Halman- Book (Audience other researchers)

• Black/ white (gray scale)
• Centered title page
• Title: subtitle
• Line definition title bigger don’t (official/blocky)
• Lots of space
• Published info at bottom
• Authors center/editors
• Chapter names and page each page.
• Specific lexicon defining words
• Work cited page at the end
• Linguistic text
• Indentations- conveys meaning

The Other Sociologist –(Blog Audience other researchers, younger )
• Colorful a lot of colors
• Author presence
• Whimsical
• Visual images
• published dates
• social media post updates regularly
• author easily assessable
• “about” the author
• subscription
• pages/ menus
• fonts