This summer I will be joining Benjamin Porter’s team at the site of Dhiban in Jordan, excavating and doing some of that lovely digital documentation that comprises my dissertation. This is a pretty big change, as I’ve been digging at Catalhoyuk for the last three years, but it’s a very welcome change. Catalhoyuk is such a large project, and has so much extant scholarship that it’s a little hard to get your ideas in edgewise there. I will miss the people and the lovely archaeology and it isn’t like it will be completely gone–I still need to write up my various projects from the site and go through with this semester’s Second Life project. And I might stop by this summer on my way to Jordan. We’ll see.
I’m struggling a little bit with my dissertation, but this is a semi-perpetual state for graduate study. It probably wouldn’t be much of a dissertation without frustration and set-backs. But I’m looking forward to digging in Dhiban, even if the work day starts at 4:30 in the morning (!) and there is no drinking allowed during the week (!!).
In other news, I started a tumblr blog called Middle Savagery (lite). It’s just a collection of miscellaneous media scraps that I come across during the day. I’m not very good at keeping more than one blog (indeed this one stumbles a bit sometimes) so we’ll see what happens with it. Tumblr is nice because it’s a more informal way of sharing than fully structured blog posts and doesn’t pester your friends as much as updating on Facebook all of the time. Anyway, here it is: