So you’re asking yourself: Why am I here? If you’re looking at the big picture and your place in this universe, I probably don’t have the answers you’re seeking, but I’d be happy to discuss that topic with you one-on-one.
If, however, you’re wondering what this blog can do for you, then I can (hopefully) help you out! I have been a field archaeologist since 2007, and over the years, I’ve had a somewhat turbulent relationship with archaeology, but I’ve viewed every experience as a learning experience.
So, I’m here to share with you some practical tips and tricks for being the best field archaeologist you can be that I had to learn by trial and error. The content is divided into five important categories.
Life Lessons – Archaeological fieldwork is one of those jobs that teaches you about the past, the present, yourself, and your team all at the same time. Here you can find some of the important life lessons archaeology has taught me.
Optimizing Your Performance – We depend on our bodies for our livelihoods. Here you can find information on keeping your body in good shape to maximize your effectiveness in the field and the number of years you’ll be able to keep it up.
Where to Eat – Our jobs are physically demanding, so our bodies require a lot of calories during fieldwork, and a lot of us take great pleasure in good food. Here you can find my recommendations for a great meal in or out of the field.
What to Drink – There’s no two ways about it – archaeologists love to drink. Here you can find my personal suggestions on beverages of both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic variety that can be enjoyed any time of year.
Toolkit – Some say that an archaeologist is only as good as her or his toolkit. Here you can find my thoughts on field equipment, including everything from how to dress to things you can’t leave home without.
Additional categories will be added as I work on different field projects over the year.
This blog may be a place for sharing my practical suggestions for being a field archaeologist, but I hope to hear yours as well!
Please feel free to connect with me personally in another venue – I look forward to meeting you!