The Benefit of Blogging for Archaeology


  • Robert R. Cargill University of California, Los Angeles



blogging, archaeology, technology, instruction, education, peer-review, publishing


Blogging (or “web logging”) has evolved from online journaling to a multi-million dollar enterprise involving over 100 million blogs worldwide. And while journalists and news organizations have been quick to adopt blogging as a publishing tool, the academy has been slow to adopt the technology as a legitimate scholarly enterprise. This article argues that blogging is the next logical step for independent scholars and researchers who seek to publish their original work, and that universities should begin accepting blogging as a legitimate scholarly endeavor. Specifically, archaeologists should embrace blogging because of its ease of use, decreased time to publication, affordability, ability to publish multiple forms of media, and for the increased exposure publishing online brings to a scholar’s work. The article details the impact of blogging on existing publishing models, the peer-review process, and discusses the numerous benefits of blogging for archaeology.

Author Biography

Robert R. Cargill, University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Robert R. Cargill is the Instructional Technology Coordinator at UCLA’s Center for Digital Humanities ( He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in UCLA’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures ( He is the Chair of the Society of Biblical Literature’s "Blogging and Online Publication" section and the co-Chair (with Eric Cline) of ASOR’s "Media Relations Committee." He is the author of "Qumran through (Real) Time: A Virtual Reconstruction of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls" (Gorgias Press, 2009).





How to Cite

Cargill, R. (2010). The Benefit of Blogging for Archaeology. Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 39(3), 26–36.