What to Do if You Encounter an Archaeologist in the Wild

Pic: Me, sitting in my unit in BC recording some level depths, something you’ll often see archaeologists doing. Imagine you’re out for a walk in a National park and you come across a team of archaeologists on an excavation.  Do you talk to them?  Do you keep walking past? What if you run into one of them in the washroom?  What happens if you make eye contact? For anyone who has visited Point Pelee National…

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Knowledge Feature – X-Ray Fluorescence

Pic: The extra-large beads from Sexwamin If you follow me on Twitter or read this blog on a regular basis, you have definitely heard me talking about blown-glass (B-G) beads.  If you’re new to my blog and find yourself wondering what I’m talking about, I’ll summarize briefly: I uncovered some super rare B-G beads on an archaeological site in BC that I studied for my MA thesis.  Based on specific manufacturing characteristics on these beads I…

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What’s Up Next on the Archaeological Horizon?

Pic: Me with my super serious archaeologist face doing some super serious archaeology work in the lab. I finished my Masters thesis.  Written, polished, submitted, and accepted kind of done.  Which is kind of crazy for me, since it’s been a goal I’ve been working towards for the past 5 years.  I’m still in a little bit of disbelief that I’m actually finished!  So, I guess the next question is, “now what?”  I was worried…

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Vote For Me: The Canadian Science Publishing Visualizing Science Photo Contest!

Pic: The Canadian Science Publishing Facebook page.  My photo is the very right side in the middle row This is definitely a shameless self-plug post asking you to take a look at a photo I have entered in a contest and vote for it.  Just warning you. The Canadian Science Publishing group has a fantastic science photography contest each year called Visualizing Science.  The photos are all people’s choice – meaning YOU have the power…

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An Unsolicited Guide to Writing your Archaeology Thesis

Pic: The first page behind my title page in my Masters thesis Well, I did it.  I wrote my archaeology Masters thesis.  And then I won the battle against formatting images in Word to create a beautiful PDF document that I can be proud of.  It’s not perfect – it will never be perfect.  But that sure as heck won’t stop me from being proud of what I’ve accomplished! I would be lying if I…

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Introduction to North American Archaeology Open Access Textbook – A Call for Contributions!

I’ve been pretty absent as of lately, but I promise I have some good excuses!  Firstly, I was in BC for a month for fieldwork.  And secondly, I’ve been busy writing up my Masters thesis! Today I’ve interrupted that writing to bring you a short, but exciting message!  I’ve been invited to work with Dr. Katherine Kirakosian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on developing an open access introductory textbook on North American archaeology.  It’s…

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Introduction to North American Archaeology Open Access Textbook – A Call for Contributions!

I’ve been pretty absent as of lately, but I promise I have some good excuses!  Firstly, I was in BC for a month for fieldwork.  And secondly, I’ve been busy writing up my Masters thesis! Today I’ve interrupted that writing to bring you a short, but exciting message!  I’ve been invited to work with Dr. Katherine Kirakosian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on developing an open access introductory textbook on North American archaeology.  It’s…

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Part 2: Updates on the Little Glass Time Machines – Sexwamin and the Bohemian Blown-Glass Beads

Pic: the medium sized beads of clear glass with an indeterminate interior colour Recently my field season in BC came and went by in a blur of time.  It was a busy, but rewarding season on the Sunshine Coast, working with the shíshálh Nation and the shíshálh Archaeological Research Project.  Our time was again spent excavating Snake Bay (which will be featured in a fantastic television show’s upcoming second season).  We also spent a significant amount…

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Knowledge Feature: Staying Bear Aware in the Field

Pic: I was kneeling down in my unit examining this clump of clam shells 1.2 m deep, when we started to hear the branches break on the path into site Being an archaeologist generally carries its fair share of regionally unique safety hazards.  Safety hazards that you don’t learn about in a classroom.  These are hazards you can only learn about through experience in the field, either through your own encounters or through stories and…

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Sometimes Archaeology Sucks

Pic: What happens when your contract states all the excavated material from a specific area needs to be screened, and that area is excavated by hydrovac?  You spend two weeks screening mud. Archaeology is incredible.  Every project I’m part of I feel luckier and lukcier to be an archaeologist.  You get to work with incredible communities, travel to gorgeous locations, and see fascinating parts of history and prehistory.  I can’t imagine any better job to…

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