#SHA2011: Historical Archaeology at the Social Media Crossroads

#SHA2011: Historical Archaeology at the Social Media Crossroads

Posted by on Jan 10, 2011 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | 6 Comments

It is rare that a conference appears to be completely flawless in every way, but by all accounts, the annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology this weekend was just that. Personally, it was a productive weekend of workshops, sessions, networking, and bar hopping. I wanted to take the time to address one of the things that really […]

Visiting the Brome Quarter: A Trip Back in Time

Visiting the Brome Quarter: A Trip Back in Time

Posted by on Nov 30, 2010 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | No Comments

This afternoon, I had the chance to head over to the location of the duplex quarter that I am studying for my dissertation. Located behind the Brome-Howard Inn in St. Mary’s City, Maryland, the duplex is approaching a state of neglect. Since it was moved from its original location in 1994, it has been used […]

Elevating Public Engagement

Elevating Public Engagement

Posted by on Nov 14, 2010 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | One Comment

Let’s talk about elevators. As far as I’m concerned, these are cabins of solitude that simultaneously save you time, but cost you time. In some cases, they are unavoidable: no one should ever have to walk up 50 flights of stairs. In other cases, they provide an easy detour up a couple flights, when walking […]

Guest Post for Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative at MSU

Guest Post for Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative at MSU

Posted by on Nov 11, 2010 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | No Comments

I was asked by Professor of Anthropology and the Assistant Director of MATRIX Ethan Watrall (@Captain_Primate) to write a blog post for his new program at MSU, the Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative. Professor Watrall, an archaeologist by training, is a recent addition to the Department of Anthropology, and has been able to develop this program […]

Daily Writing: A Research Log

Daily Writing: A Research Log

The month of October was an unexpected writing month for me. I was supposed to be completing work in the lab, but an unfortunate run in with both the Virginia DMV and the Michigan SOS left me without a driver’s license (I didn’t break any laws, just a lot of bad luck). What this did […]

Thursday Thought: Rude Awakenings

Thursday Thought: Rude Awakenings

Posted by on Oct 28, 2010 in Dirt, Leadership and Management | 2 Comments

Yesterday, I had a rude awakening. It occurred around 6:30, halfway through my first personal training session with a William and Mary undergraduate trainer. He was, as we like to say, in the process of kicking my ass, which I thought was in pretty decent shape. Now, I’m a pretty healthy guy. I know my […]

FaceTime for Mac, and Archaeology

FaceTime for Mac, and Archaeology

Posted by on Oct 20, 2010 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | No Comments

Today, Steve Jobs made a lot of announcements about new Mac PC advancements. One, in particular, may have a significant impact on how we conduct public archaeology. As I’ve written before, I think that the iPhone and iPod Touch (and other smartphones) and digital social media will continue to have a dramatic impact on how […]

Steps Towards Public Engagement

Steps Towards Public Engagement

Posted by on Oct 7, 2010 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | 2 Comments

Last Monday, I had a wonderful opportunity to give a presentation to the Maryland Commission for African American History and Culture. They were holding their regular meeting at Historic St. Mary’s City, in the reconstructed 17th century Statehouse. Besides the regular agenda, myself and Judge Robert Bell (read about him; an amazing man) were on the […]

SAA Blogging Session: Teaching with Blogs

SAA Blogging Session: Teaching with Blogs

Posted by on Oct 4, 2010 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | No Comments

At the Society for American Archaeology Conference in Sacramento this spring, I will be participating in a session called “Blogging Archaeology”, hosted by archaeologist (and blogger) Colleen Morgan (@clmorgan). She has posted the abstracts for the papers on her blog, Middle Savagery. I am very excited for the session, and will be working on two […]

What Can Men Do?

What Can Men Do?

Posted by on Sep 29, 2010 in Dirt, Leadership and Management | 7 Comments

After spending an hour fuming about the latest news regarding the failure of Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III to bring charges against two MSU basketball players for an alleged sexual assault on MSU’s campus, I was angry. Thankfully, I had the good fortune of reading a much more level headed response to the issue than simply […]