My Blog

This blog was created to combine my interests of archaeology and journalism. For me these two compliment each other as they both contain adventure, curiosity , excitement,  and travel . Archaeologists seek to unravel the past whilst journalists in their reporting of current stories  need to unravel them to get to the bottom of the facts.  Furthermore archaeologists  and their discoveries often cross the path of  journalists. Journalists play a critical role in presenting archaeology to the public.

Long before Hollywood,  they helped to shape the romantic  image of the archaeologist as the ultimate adventurer.  A  perfect example of this was  Howard Carter and his discovery of  King Tutankhamun.  Journalists made Carter and his discovery big news. Without them Carter would never have reached the fame he did. Now in the 21st century journalists  still influence the image of archaeology though their reports. Archaeology is a broad field covering so many different different fields. For this blog currently i chose just a few of my favourite fields which i have researched on. Critical to my blog is my love of Tintin the comic reporter. In my eyes he does a wonderful job of  combining reporting with archaeology. I wish to do the same minus the villains he encounters.


Me at Montsalvat in July 2013

Sandra Di Francesco       

Adventure student reporter for Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia.


(My Use of Repurposed Content )

  • Re purposing and diversification  is a big part of the media landscape in the 21st century. For my blog i have re-purposed several content to adapt to my pieces which consist of the following ;
  1. Two written news stories which i submitted for journalism subjects at my university were repurposed.  These are the feature story on Melbourne archaeology and the tales from the trenches of Gallipoli. I added photos sourced from Google to these and changed some basic wording along with adding external links. This was done to appeal to my audience.
  2. Sections of my old lecture notes from middle eastern archaeology, a unit i undertook in my undergraduate degree in 2003  were re-purposed. My post on an overview of  middle eastern archaeology is basically sourced  from these notes.
  3. The various YouTube videos,  i have inserted into some of my posts have been  repurposed  into my blog and linked of course to my arguments. These videos have undergone several stages of repurposing as often they have been screened on a television network than adopted to YouTube and then adopted to my blog. I don’t own the content though so its been remixed.
  4. Sections of my diary of the Merri Creek bunker dig 2007-2009 were re-purposed  for my post on Second World War bunker on Merri Creek. I selected relevant passages from it to write up this post. In addition the photos i took of the dig which originally were in an archaeological piece i wrote were added to my  blog.
  5. The numerous photos in my posts  i have taken from Google are all repurposed as well as remixed from other sites and applied to my blog. One example is my use of Tintin pictures which i have taken from several websites. These pictures  originally came from the illustrations  of Herge the creator of Tintin and then they have been repurposed over the years into many different mediums on the internet as well into different  mediums in print format. What we seen then is repurposing and remixing on a huge  scale.
  6. My post  on Nazi bunkers discovered off the Danish Coast  as well Pyramids found in Egypt  were repurposed as well as remixed from  online news articles i found. I extracted some of the information and photos featured to write up my piece.
  7.  I took a quote from the UNSECO chief of staff  on their website and inserted it into my post on Syria’s ancient past in ruins. This quote was origianlly used in a press release then used on the UNSECO webpage and then adopted for my post.
  8. Sections of my post  on the Jericho to  Jerusalem  exhibition were  re-purposed from a University of Melbourne press release on this exhibition. Parts of this press release were put onto the  Ian Potter Museum of Art webpage about the exhibition.
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