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Friday: June 5, 2015

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So, I owe some detailed posts about my Peru trip, but alas, those are delayed as the HPF grant I was applying for was awarded! I went into the field on May 26th and won’t return until July 18th, or possibly longer depending on how it goes. I had hoped I would have time to address some random items like this blog and my teaching grant in the evenings or weekends, but a project of this scale is new to me and I am busy all day every day! This girl needs a break.

I am learning a lot – about the so-called “red tape” of governmental funds (we weren’t notified until the weekend before field school started), about the technical processes of archaeology (such as sharpening my drawing skills), about organizing archaeological projects (and managing an array of contacts which keeps me glued to my phone and email, yuck), and about managing personnel of all personalities (some of which are more difficult than others). There have been plenty of stressful moments (like not having logistics worked out with the landowners prior to arriving), but nothing is as great as being in the field! (That said, this year I have already been gone a week to Sapelo and three to Peru, so this venture already has me a bit homesick to start. Pity.)

My favorite moments have been drawing site maps and being given the go-ahead to spend the time to make them awesome (though they turn out far from it, unfortunately) and climbing up and down the knobstone terrain looking for flat areas and rock shelters. Does anything in the world beat hiking all day in the woods with a scientific purpose? I think not.

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Project change!

Friday: October 4, 2013

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My summer 2014 project is now a summer 2015 project. Not for any bad reason. On the contrary, the connections we’ve made in the county have been so awesome we can now make our grant proposal so much more cooler. This at first made me sad because I was really looking forward to it, but then I realized just how intense the delayed gratification will be. We have so much more time to put everything together, to continue getting support, to write the best proposal ever. It certainly is for the best, and I am more excited now, I think, than I was when we first tentatively started this thing.

Things on my plate:

  • Co-authoring an article
  • Sending out my CV to local schools to teach next semester
  • Learning HTML mumbo jumbo (for realz this time), to help Boy, to entertain myself
  • Organizing the Floyd County stuff as it continues to roll in, including scheduling meetings
  • Fix stuff around the house (painting, carpentry, yard work)
  • Planning for a conference in November

You know, when I found out I was not going to have an adjunct position this fall, I was terribly concerned how bored I would be. No problem there!

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Summer 2014 Project

Tuesday: September 24, 2013

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I have been working on a grant application through the DNR to conduct a county-wide archaeological survey next summer. It is due on October 4th, but it will take a few more months to find out if we won the money. To raise public awareness, we started a website. Check it out:

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