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Destinations, Dreams and Dogs - International adventure with a fast-track family (& dogs) of Old World values, adopting the Russian-Italian-American good life on the go…!



Mother-Son Texts

Only one of our teens has a phone and that is by design. I can’t keep up with one, how would I handle three more? He’s the one who taught me how to text in three alphabets and numerous other languages, as I’m in touch with friends, relatives, and associates worldwide. But most of all,…


Liberty University’s Biblical Museum

Only a couple of months old, Liberty University’s Biblical Museum packs enough punch to merit a visit. If you’re at all interested in Bible-era artifacts, it’s like a mini Israel Museum in Lynchburg, Virginia. The one-room museum serves as a perfect complement to the Center for Judaic Studies. Our family entered the sprawling Jerry Falwell…


Petya’s First College Research Paper

Not so much a research paper as a response paper, Petya had been asked to give his opinion on a certain archaeological matter. The university gave first-time college students the opportunity to submit such a paper in order to firm-up their academic writing. The exercise did not count toward their final grade, but was more…


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…

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