Research Trip: St. Mary’s City Bound

Research Trip: St. Mary’s City Bound

Posted by on Sep 9, 2010 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | 2 Comments

Between a vacation and moving, the past couple of months have had me living out of a suitcase pretty regularly; the coming few months are no different. While my home base of operations for writing the dissertation has me in Williamsburg, the location of my data is in St. Mary’s City, Maryland, in the bowels […]

The iPod Touch: Part of the 21st Century Archaeology Toolkit

The iPod Touch: Part of the 21st Century Archaeology Toolkit

Posted by on Sep 1, 2010 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | One Comment

Yesterday, I was very excited to tune into the livestream of Steve Jobs and Apple’s Music Day. Not because I’m a huge music fan (which I am), or because I really wanted to know who the musical guest was going to be (Coldplay. Nice.), but because I’m an archaeologist. Wait, wuh? That’s right, the introduction […]

Getting Things Done…

Getting Things Done…

I have a productivity plan. A way to get things done that I need to get done. It involves a Sunday night ritual where I go over my To-Do list, examine my weekly calendar, schedule appointments, pay the bills, look at my weekly expenses, and water the plants. It is a plan that, of course, […]

“Ice and Stretch”

“Ice and Stretch”

Posted by on Aug 10, 2010 in Dirt, Leadership and Management | No Comments

I hurt myself on Friday, running to first base in a playoff game that was already over; my feeble ground ball to the third basemen would be the final out. In typical johnny-hustle like fashion, however, I made sure to run it out, pulling my hamstring in the process. Needless to say, I won’t be […]

Big Changes…

Posted by on Jul 9, 2010 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | 6 Comments

I have spent most of my life in East Lansing, Michigan. I grew up here, I attend elementary, middle, high and graduate school here, my family lives here. The time I didn’t spend here was down the street, attending Kalamazoo College. I have made what I consider to be a pretty fantastic life here. This […]

Proposal: Done. Field School: Begin.

Posted by on May 27, 2010 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | 2 Comments

Although it happened a couple of weeks ago, I successfully defended my dissertation proposal, and have been granted with that somewhat sarcastic (and totally unofficial) title of “ABD”, or “All But Dissertation”. The defense went well: my committee nailed me on what I expected to get nailed on (methodology), and didn’t surprise me with anything […]

Archaeology, Social Media, and the in-the-field workflow

Posted by on Apr 25, 2010 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | 2 Comments

I have been using Digital Social Media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr to show real-time posts to the fans of Campus Archaeology while we are excavating in the field. These messages are all attached to an image, so making sure the image is visible on all three of these media are important. Until […]

ReThinking Digital Social Media for Digital Humanities and Community Engagement

Posted by on Apr 8, 2010 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | 25 Comments

I went to the Great Lakes #ThatCamp with the intention of talking about using digital social media as a means of real-time community engagement, and hoping that I would get ideas from others about how they were using sites like Twitter or Facebook to engage communities in exciting ways, particularly in regard to real-time engagement. […]

Digging Differently: collecting field data for public archaeology

Posted by on Mar 25, 2010 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | 13 Comments

One of the sessions at Great Lakes ThatCamp was on Digital Archaeology. What was great about this session was the mix of archaeologists and people from other disciplines, particularly those who work in museums, who often have to take what we find and figure out how to present it to the public in interesting ways. […]

Great Lakes THATCamp Overview

Posted by on Mar 21, 2010 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | 12 Comments

This weekend, Michigan State played host to the Great Lakes THATCamp (@GLTHATCamp), an “un-conference” in humanities and technology. This was my first experience at a THATCamp or un-conference, and it was definitely a successful format that took some getting used to. Once I did, however, things went smoothly (Visit the original THATCamp page here). The […]