I recently graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington’s anthropology program, where I first received my bachelor of arts then my master of arts in anthropology with a focus on archaeology. Among my academic interests are the religious and cult beliefs of prehistoric peoples, particularly in the Near East around the Pre-Pottery Neolithic. I’ve also gained a serious interest in rock art of the south west with a specific interest in recording and preservation of these ancient images.

I also have a fascination with pseudoarchaeology and so-called “alternative” archaeology and what it is that drives people to believe in this and other pseudoscientific notions, so I also find it interesting and, perhaps, necessary to write about these topics with an intent on clarifying and exposing them for the poor science that they are.

I’ve been blogging off an on for 10 years, with Hot Cup of Joe being my most prolific attempt. My original blog is/was at http://hotcupofjoe.blogspot.com/ and I moved it after some bad experience with the Blogger auto-spam software which removed/deleted one of my blogs thinking it was link-spam when every bit of the content was original and every link to a legitimate blog or site.

What is A Hot Cup of Joe?

In a word: coffee. “Hot cup of joe” is an old nickname for a cup of coffee that still persists today. It can be traced historically back to the 1930s but the actual origin of the nickname is a bit of a mystery. It’s one of those cultural memes that began and gained its own popularity without any surviving documentation that I’ve found to date (though I occasionally browse 1930s and 1940s literature with this in mind).

There are several possible explanations and the one with the most traction that I’ve found is that “Joe” refers to the every-day man and was used as a generalization (such as with “your average Joe” and “GI Joe”). Thus “hot cup of Joe” refers to the drink of the every day man. The sort of comforting beverage available to your average Joe. A plain cup of coffee has always remained inexpensive and satisfying and, in the 1930s (the time of the Great Depression), it would have been an important indulgence for the average Joe who could afford little else on the menu.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed on this blog in no way represent the universities or employers to which I’m affiliated. They are my own opinions and views and I alone am responsible for them.

I can be reached at cfeagans AT ahotcupofjoe DOT net

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  1. Speaking of Indiana Jones, thought this might be something you would be interested in. As millions of people poured into movie theatres across the nation to watch the new Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – many were left to wonder about the mystery behind crystal skulls. So many people aren’t aware that crystal skulls really exist in our history. Uncover what archaeologists and scientists have to say about these fascinating artifacts and the theories surrounding there creation only on NationalGeographic.com.

    You can find the story here – http://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/ancient/crystal-skulls.html

  2. book you might like which i just picked up (maybe you’ve read it already): Cult Archaeology & Creationism: Understanding Pseudoscientific Beliefs about the Past. Edited by Francis B. Harrold and Raymond A. Eve.

  3. I always thought “Joe” originated from the word Java which means coffee in the language of some indigenous peoples.

  4. MOUND HACKER- site-specific art project. I intervene in the time lines of actual Tells [mounds] and archeological sites around the Mediterranean. By leaving a ceramic shard- key to Ancient Alexandria Library around the Mediterranean, I am drawing a line between ancient cultures and our present day.
    Possibly one of the ceramic keys will stay unnoticed for a bewildered archaeologist to find 500 years henceforth…
    You are welcome to dig.
    Main door: http://nonaorbach.com/blog/
    Mound hacker at Herculaneum: http://nonaorbach.com/blog/?p=7790

  5. Hello! I am the Science Media Producer at the Field Museum. I produce a series called “The Field Revealed” – The most recent episode discusses the most up-to-date information about the well known Magdalenian Girl specimen at the Field Museum, and discusses the reconstruction of her skull using modern medical technologies and 3D modeling. I thought you might be interested. The film can be found on Youtube and Vimeo. Feel free to use the video however you wish. Email me with any questions!

    Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCM966O5_oc
    Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/63686493

  6. Hi There, would love to connect and see if you would want to contribute to our print magazine for Darling.

    Looking forward to connecting.

  7. I’d be happy to contribute to the print version of Darling. I’m just not sure what within my genre of writing would fit 🙂

    Still, if you’re truly interested (and not just spreading links for Google), let me know. Perhaps I can write something about women in archaeology or fashion of archaeologists.

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