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!

Sophie Schmidt

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My name is Sophie, I am a prehistoric and computational archaeologist and have been research associate at the Universities of Bonn and Cologne, as well as for the NFDI4Objects project at the German Archaeological Institute. I teach statistics for archaeologists, work on new methods in settlement archaeology (GIS, geostatistics in R and stuff) and am interested in archaeogaming. Now I started my phD-project on the 5th mill. BC in Brandenburg (that's North-East Germany).

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