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

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

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 in Careers and Professional Training, Dirt | No Comments

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

Crushing Your Archaeology Cover Letter and Resume

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 in Careers and Professional Training, Dirt | No Comments

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

National Geographic Diggers at Montpelier: Some Reflections

Posted on Jul 19, 2015 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | 3 Comments

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

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

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 […]

Richmond Archaeology: An Update on Shockoe Bottom and RVArchaeology

Richmond Archaeology: An Update on Shockoe Bottom and RVArchaeology

Posted on May 26, 2014 in Research and Engagement | One Comment

  A great deal has happened since I last wrote about Archaeology, Shockoe Bottom, and the Ballpark to move our City towards a better relationship with its archaeological and cultural resources. A lot of this energy has come from the “Before It’s Too Late” Symposium held on March 29th, which generated a lot of public and […]

Before It’s Too Late: An Education Symposium on the History and Archaeology of Shockoe Bottom

Before It’s Too Late: An Education Symposium on the History and Archaeology of Shockoe Bottom

Posted on Mar 23, 2014 in Research and Engagement | No Comments

Over the past few weeks, I have been working with a local advisory committee to put together a symposium in Richmond addressing the historical importance of Shockoe Bottom, the area where the mayor has proposed a large development project, and the archaeological implications of the project. The symposium is on Saturday, March 29th at the […]

My Next Step: The Montpelier Foundation

My Next Step: The Montpelier Foundation

Last week, I accepted a position at Montpelier as the Research Archaeologist. I’m very excited about the opportunity, and looking forward to working with Dr. Matt Reeves and the wonderful staff at Montpelier on examining the plantation home of the United States’ 4th President, James Madison. I accepted the position for many reasons: it will […]

The Integrated Plantation Landscape: SHA2014 Session

The Integrated Plantation Landscape: SHA2014 Session

This coming January, I will be taking part as a co-organizer in a session at the Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) meetings in Quebec City, Quebec called The Intersecting Plantation Landscape II. The session revisits a number of plantation landscapes that my fellow organizers and I examined at the Society for Early Americanists (SEA) meetings […]

Below the Bottom: Historical Significance, Archaeology, and Public Engagement at Shockoe Bottom

Below the Bottom: Historical Significance, Archaeology, and Public Engagement at Shockoe Bottom

Last month, Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones announced his plans for the development of a currently under-utilized part of Richmond’s downtown called Shockoe Bottom. The centerpiece of the project is a minor league baseball stadium accompanied by an apartment complex, grocery store, retail stores, an office building, and parking. The plan also incorporates a memorial building […]