Get your Camera Ready: It’s the Year of the Picture

Get your Camera Ready: It’s the Year of the Picture

Each year, social media sites tend to all prioritize one element of technology. In a lot of ways it’s an effort to not be outdone, but often it is a response to the types of things users like to do. For example, Foursquare and Gowalla each came out around the same time, boasting check-in features, […]

Examining the St. Mary’s River: A Project, A Friend, and Microfunding

Examining the St. Mary’s River: A Project, A Friend, and Microfunding

Posted by on Mar 8, 2012 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | No Comments

During the summer of 2006, the first year after graduate school, I had one of the most professionally rewarding summers of my career. Not a month earlier, serendipity put me in the office of Dr. Henry Miller, the Director of Research at Historic St. Mary’s City. Henry, who received his PhD from Michigan State University and who […]

SHA Presentation: Space, Place, and Emancipation

SHA Presentation: Space, Place, and Emancipation

Posted by on Jan 18, 2012 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | 5 Comments

A few weeks ago, I co-chaired a session at the Society for Historical Archaeology 45th annual Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology. The session covered the research currently being conducted at Historic St. Mary’s City, spanning four centuries, three countries, and various topics. Mine was, unsurprisingly, a look at the 19th century and the transition […]

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, […]

Cold Dirt: Digging in the Winter

Cold Dirt: Digging in the Winter

Posted by on Dec 8, 2011 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | 7 Comments

Over the past few years, I have had the (mis) fortune of performing archaeology under wintery conditions. This includes surveying while snowing, monitoring projects with over a foot of snow on the ground, or simply trying to get a trowel through half-frozen ground. Recently, I’ve found myself in a warmer climate, where the definition of […]

Why Science Blogging and Social Media are Important

Why Science Blogging and Social Media are Important

Posted by on Oct 26, 2011 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | No Comments

Today, our good friend John Hawks asked the above question, wondering what place science blogging and social media has in our discipline. His question is important. What is the role of blogs and social media in our discipline? What are the potential uses for it? Where can it build on current practice in science, and where […]

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 […]

Day of Archaeology

Day of Archaeology

Posted by on Jul 29, 2011 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | No Comments

  Today is a special day in the archaeology world: across the pond, archaeologists have organized a “Day of Archaeology”, a blogging event where archaeologists from all around the world contribute a blog post about what their typical day looks like. The purpose is many-fold: to give the public an idea about what archaeologists do, […]

Blogging…in Other Places

Blogging…in Other Places

The past few months have led to some new opportunities for me to contribute to blogs in other places, many that are brand new blogs all together. I wanted to give you all a heads up, because if you’re reading this blog, you might want to be reading these other blogs, too. Gradhacker – I […]

Remembering the People Behind the Things

Remembering the People Behind the Things

Posted by on Apr 18, 2011 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | 5 Comments

It’s often easy, as archaeologists, to get lost in the stuff. Often, this is because the stuff is the part of archaeology that gets celebrated. Rarely do visitors to archaeological sites ask, “So, what are you learning about the cultural past of the people who lived here?” Mostly, the question is, “So, what kinds of […]