A Farewell to Trowels

This internship has taught me the extent of the importance of firsthand accounts. When we uncover objects and features almost two thousand years old, the accuracy of future objective publications on the ancient city Antiochia are very dependent on our ability to write...

A very particular set of Skills

Archaeology as a practice is a great character building experience. While I excavated at Antiochia ad Cragum, I have been a part of a long hunt for knowledge. This hunt included me digging for about six hours a day, five days a week, not including transportation,...

Digging and Journaling

I don’t remember Indiana Jones ever digging up or journaling his findings. It may be that I haven’t seen the movies in too long. More likely, he’s taking all the fun trips, while the excavating and documenting of everything is left to some unsung...

All quiet on the southern shore

I stand, slowly, from my diggers-squatting position, wiping the sweat off my brow with a soot covered sleeve, to admire my handiwork. I find myself standing in a 2/3 or so meter-deep trench, after several days of digging, completed with the help of my two...

Plants vs Archaeologists

I knew it would be messy business clearing the underbrush of the dig site. Where there’s any hint of soil, something has to grow. And I signed up to cut down or dig up whatever I’m told to. They tell you about the prickly bushes, their thick roots, etc. But what they...