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 […]

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 […]

Why Blog?

Why Blog?

A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to participate in a wonderful session at the Society for American Archaeology organized and chaired by Colleen Morgan, everyone’s favorite archaeology blogger. In addition to being one of the first times that archaeologists got together at a conference and talked about blogging as a valid medium for […]

Dark Sky: Predict the Weather while in the Field

Dark Sky: Predict the Weather while in the Field

One of the most difficult judgements that is made during an archaeological excavation never has to do with the ground: it always has to do with the sky. Is it going to rain? When is it going to rain? Are those dark clouds headed this way? Do we have 10 minutes until they get there, […]

A Big Project….Launched.

A Big Project….Launched.

Over the past year, I have taken on a project for the Society for Historical Archaeology, my primary professional organization. As you may remember, social media was on “everybody’s lips” at last year’s conference in Austin, Texas. Somehow, I managed to absorb the task and responsibility, along with two colleagues Lisa Fischer and Kim Faulk, […]

Innocent Bystander?

Innocent Bystander?

Posted by on Nov 9, 2011 in Dirt, Leadership and Management | 11 Comments

Unless you’ve been under a rock, you’ve most likely heard that Penn State football coach Joe Paterno is having a bad week. Only a few days removed from winning his record setting 409th game, his seemingly spotless 46 year reign as Penn State’s football coach, is tarnished by what should be considered the most dreadful, […]

Hurricane Irene Meets Historic Plantation…and My Wedding

Hurricane Irene Meets Historic Plantation…and My Wedding

Last spring, when Ashleigh and I were looking for venues to host our wedding, we wanted to get married in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, near to the place where we met. We visited a number of different sites, but the one we settled on was Sotterley Plantation, the oldest remaining Tidewater plantation in Maryland. Built […]

In Sickness or in Health

In Sickness or in Health

Posted by on Aug 24, 2011 in Dirt, Leadership and Management | One Comment

Over a decade ago, my father and I went to Winterset, Iowa, to bury my grandmother, Frances Brock. She had died after almost a decade battling Alzheimer’s disease. I never really knew her before the disease took hold, or at least was too young to have committed a relationship to my own memory. Getting to […]

Swimming Buddies and a Pipe Cleaner Necklace

Swimming Buddies and a Pipe Cleaner Necklace

Posted by on May 9, 2011 in Dirt, Leadership and Management | 12 Comments

At the end of last week, Ashleigh and I brought home a new car for me to zip around town in. It is replacing my Toyota Sienna, which was turned into a heap of twisted metal thanks to a Ford F150 that didn’t believe in stoplights. A new car, therefore, meant that I had the […]

Thursday Thought: An E-Mail Wake Up

Thursday Thought: An E-Mail Wake Up

Posted by on Jan 20, 2011 in Dirt, Leadership and Management | 11 Comments

I consider myself to be a pretty honest and considerate person, who takes my professional life and the presentation of my professional self fairly seriously. True, I could probably wear nicer clothes to work, and yes, my beard is not always expertly trimmed (it grows fast). But I do my best to make sure I […]