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A Funny Thing Happened on our Way to Archaeology

For one day this weekend, my son and I needed to squeeze in a couple of hours of archaeology. Literally. Two hours. TWO HOURS. This would complete our two-year certification program which really didn’t amount to a whole lot in the grand scheme of things, yet provided us with hundreds of hours of lab, excavation…


Very Interesting Veliky Novgorod Finds

A friend sent me the New York Times article sharing some interesting news from Veliky Novgorod. At first, my mind traveled the snow-covered path to Nizhniy Novgorod, which I’ve written about before (http://www.destinationsdreamsanddogs.com/love-that-lasts/, http://www.destinationsdreamsanddogs.com/russian-adoption-delays-and-detours/). It was here my plane was diverted once for six long hours on Valentine’s Day afernoon as I tried my hardest…


Digging Under Dire Conditions

Ah, archaeology. In many ways, this is becoming my avocation, and my son’s vocation. If we can survive the field work. It’s not always easy and that’s what many outdoorsy kinds of folks enjoy. By now, we’ve seen it all, depending in which part of the world the excavations are held: snakes & scorpions, snakes…


Serious Scholarship at the Archaeological Society

Somewhere near you there’s an archaeological society meeting underway. It’s likely going to be on a midweek night and combine presentations from both professional and avocational archaeologists. Depending on the intensity of the group, the scientific vocabulary may, or may not be over the top. And there will be a lot of attendees in khaki…


The Camel Controversy

When it comes to archaeology, there are plenty of scholars out there who want to make a name for themselves.  It leads to increased publicity, which in turn, means further funding.  And sometimes, the archaeologists actually believe what they are propounding, whether based on fuzzy research or not. Years later, another team tackles the exact…


7 Archaeology Tips for Those of the Female Persuasion

My son and I have enjoyed taking some intensive archaeology courses—lectures, field work, lab work, and tons of textbooks.  This is what we do with our ever-dwindling spare time, he as a high-school senior, and I as a middle-aged mother of four teens with about ten other irons-in-the-fire of my own.  My husband and I…


Great Archaeological Finds Still Occurring

About this time last year, intriguing news broke in the United Kingdom.  Skeletal remains that had been discovered underneath a parking lot turned out to be the bones of King Richard III. Killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field on August 22, 1485, his body was hastily moved and buried 20 miles away in the…


The Anniversary Continues

Alright, so the 35th anniversary was in October, but the celebrations continue.  Why not?  Once upon a time, when Benedetto and I first met, it was in the hills of Judea where we worked in archaeology.  Now, we’ve moved on to bigger and better things, while still keeping ties to the past. What better way…


Our Amazing Archaeological Find

My son and I were out in the wilds of farm country performing an archaeological survey.  Historically, the site linked to a famous early American, along with important buildings, now long gone.  The survey involved digging test units, small, precisely-measured squares at 50-foot intervals in this case.  An archaeological survey can help professionals know if…


The Scary Suitcase Switch

No, this is not a piece about Halloween.  It’s my real life, which can be scary enough at times.  For several days, I’ve had 3 or 4 suitcases open– packing, packing, packing. No, this is not for the whole family.  It’s for me.  Not to mention various tote bags holding other items of interest to…

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