Tweet Ups: How I Think They Could Be Used

Posted by on Apr 1, 2009 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | No Comments

Yesterday, I attended my first “TweetUp”. “What, exactly, is a Tweet Up?” you are probably wondering…my response: they are the next step to making Twitter a digital networking tool to an actual networking tool. A TweetUp is a meeting of people who Twitter and are in a similar geographic location. The one I attended this week […]

Archaeology of Work

Posted by on Mar 11, 2009 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | No Comments

I was procrastinating a little bit this afternoon, and I ran across the website of a photographer named Fritz Fabert. He has some really fantastic work, but my favorite gallery on his site was definitely entitled“archäologie der arbeit”, or “archaeology of work”. These photos are of artifacts taken from recently abandoned buildings, such as hospitals and […]

Campus Archaeology Program Website Up!

Posted by on Mar 10, 2009 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | No Comments

Alright, it is time for the official launch of the Campus Archaeology Program Website. Here you will find a variety of information regarding the Campus Archaeology Program, including a blog that Dr. Goldstein and I will be posting to regularly including updates from the field, announcements about various bits of outreach such as talks and programs, […]

Historical Archaeology and Twitter

Posted by on Feb 20, 2009 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | One Comment

Twitter, as most of you know, has developed into an incredibly popular means of social networking, taking the place of blogging for many. There has also been a wide variety of applications for Twitter, ranging from use in the classroom to enhancing conference presentations. I have been using Twitter for while now (follow me here), and have […]

Some good finds today…

Posted by on Nov 20, 2008 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | No Comments

Although it was snowing today ( a lot), I did venture out into the cold to revisit the site of my field school, Saints’ Rest. The site of the first Michigan State dormitory (then, Michigan Agricultural College), I caught some landscapers trying to plant trees in this area. Fortunately, we were able to stop them […]

One Month to Go

Posted by on Nov 12, 2008 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | No Comments

One month to go in the semester, and things are amping up. Things have been rather idle in the office, lately, but that will change shortly. I just received notice that MSU will be “breaking ground” at College Field by the end of November, meaning that I will be required to be out in the […]

Why I do Archaeology

Posted by on Oct 30, 2008 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | No Comments

I am in the process of reading an article by archaeologist Robert Paynter of UMass, entitled Historical and Anthropological Archaeology: Forging Alliances (2000, Journal of Archaeological Research). In it, Paynter discusses the “disjointed relationship” between historical and anthropological archaeology. For those who don’t know, the former focuses primarily on the archaeology of the recent past (since […]

Wood Pipes

Posted by on Oct 29, 2008 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | No Comments

My day at work ended with a pretty exciting find regarding the article that we are working on regarding our work last spring at Faculty Row, the space used at the Michigan Agricultural College for the first faculty homes, built between 1855 and 1899. One of the artifacts that we found was a large segment […]

Good friend makes the pape!

Posted by on Oct 19, 2008 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | No Comments

My fellow grad student and good friend Chris Valvano has been featured in an article in the Scranton Times, the paper from his hometown in Pennsylvania (You may recognize Scranton, as it is the town featured in “The Office”, and also where VP candidate Joe Biden grew up). The article discusses his growth into an archaeologist, as […]

Campus archaeology heating up

Posted by on Sep 3, 2008 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | No Comments

So, after a relatively slow start in my new position as Campus Archaeologist, things are beginning to slide down the pipe in our direction. We are beginning to finalize the work from this summer, and plan on submitting an article to Michigan Archaeologist on Faculty Row. I am excited about this, as it will be […]