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You may know my series on teaching statistics using cartoons. Now imagine my surprise when I found someone, who wants to teach archaeology using comics!

What a great idea!

On the blog of the open access international journal Ex Novo Emiliano Barletta (Texts) and Alessio Lo Manto (Drawings) start a discussion on how graphic journalism might help archaeologists to inform a larger public about their research. Graphic journalism is not that new, but still a quite small genre, in which authors write and draw non-fictional comics to convey their information and stories. Also called “Comic journalism”, it uses images, drawings, dialogue and narration to disseminate a story – not to kids, but to adults. It is more an illustrated reportage than a comic book. Not adventures in the past as the Digedags or later Abrafaxe, which I absolutely loved (childhood memories rising up here), rather a form of journalism, that uses comics as a medium – comparable to movie documentaries or journal entries.

But let them explain themselves, of course in comic-form: Click here and tell me what you think!


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My name is Sophie, I am a prehistoric archaeologist and currently research associate at the University of Bonn after working for three years at the Cologne Digital Archaeology Lab (CoDArchLab) of the Archaeological Institute at the University of Cologne, Germany. I teach statistics for archaeologists, work on new methods in settlement archaeology (GIS, geostatistics in R and stuff) and am interested in archaeogaming.

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