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Since 2008, I have maintained a blog called "Dirt", which discusses my research, higher education, uses of social media in cultural heritage and public archaeology, teaching, and my social commentary on issues of gender violence.

Becoming Middle Management

Jun 18, 2017 | One Comment
Becoming Middle Management

It took about a year into my role at Montpelier to realize that my primary job wasn’t entirely doing archaeology: it was managing people who happened to be doing archaeology. I am a “middle manager”. Certainly, I have archaeological responsibilities. I plan and lead excavations, write reports, instruct field schools, interpret data and teach archaeology […]

Choosing To Apply: Deciding if the Job is Right for You

Mar 15, 2017 | No Comments
Choosing To Apply: Deciding if the Job is Right for You

Applying for a job in archaeology shouldn’t be too different then applying for any other job. You’ll find job postings in the typical spots most archaeologists look: Shovelbums, Archaeologyfieldwork.com, USAJobs, your local network, professional organizations like the SAA, SHA, and RPA, and the bar. If you’re like most job seekers, you’ll throw a bunch of […]

Crushing Your Archaeology Cover Letter and Resume

Mar 15, 2017 | No Comments
Crushing Your Archaeology Cover Letter and Resume

I have reviewed hundreds of job applications over the past few years, which means I’ve read a lot of cover letters and resumes. The quality of the application materials vary, but some patterns have emerged. In general, however, application materials are rarely of high quality. In many cases, they are incomplete or poorly composed, making […]

National Geographic Diggers at Montpelier: Some Reflections

Jul 19, 2015 | 3 Comments
National Geographic Diggers at Montpelier: Some Reflections

This Monday, July 20th at 10:30 pm EST, National Geographic Channel’s Diggers will begin airing the 4th season of their program, beginning with a show they filmed at my place of work, The Montpelier Foundation. As many of you probably know, we run week long, in residence Metal Detecting Expedition Programs, where metal detector hobbiests […]

Publication: “Blogging the Field School: Teaching Digital Public Archaeology” in Internet Archaeology

May 11, 2015 | No Comments
Publication: “Blogging the Field School: Teaching Digital Public Archaeology” in Internet Archaeology

Back in 2010, I had an opportunity to present a paper in Colleen Morgan’s 2011 Blogging Archaeology Session at the SAAs. The session was wonderful, and I had a wonderful time meeting Twitter colleagues in real life, and discussing the future of blogging, social media, and archaeology. I co-authored two papers in that session. The […]

Eleven Books that Helped Me Survive Grad School

Oct 12, 2014 | No Comments
Eleven Books that Helped Me Survive Grad School

So, you’re just starting graduate school and are overwhelmed. You don’t know what to do, how to prepare, what to say, or what to expect. You’re nervous about your coursework, the workload, unsure about your advisor and committee, and not entirely sure what’s expected of you. Nevermind the fact that you have to research and […]