A lot of the romance of archaeology is tied up in notions of going to “the field.” The field is where archaeologists are the most visible, slinging pickaxes and sieving dirt in our shabby army pants and t-shirts. Some archaeologists resist this image, telling people that there is a lot of lab work and writing and library time involved and this is certainly true. But I deeply relish going to the field and feel most myself when I have my hands in the dirt. Well, and while I’m slinging back Lonestars with my friends at punk rock shows in Austin, but that’s another point entirely.
This year I’ll be headed to two projects, back to Dhiban in Jordan with the Dhiban Excavation and Development Project where I’ll be digging and putting on a photo show. We’ll be blogging from the site, and I’ll probably update both this blog and the official blog.
I’ll also be heading to the Priniatikos Pyrgos Excavation Project in Crete with Barry Molloy’s team, but that is later on in the summer.
In the interim I’ll be in Syria and Jordan, doing an informal “survey” of sites for potential postdoc work and future projects. Internet will certainly be limited at times, but I’ll try to do a better job keeping this blog updated than I have in previous years. Regardless, I generally update my Flickr account when I can.
Until then, I’m horribly busy with people coming into town, preparations for going out of town, and trying to get other projects in shape before I head out.
To the field!