Grand Challenges: Blurring Fiction and Reality

  This post is for the January blogging carnival hosted by Doug’s Archaeology. The topic is: “What are the grand challenges facing YOUR archaeology?”    I think the grandest challenge in my archeology (aside from trying to decipher my own handwriting) is figuring out where to draw the line between fiction and reality. Sometimes that …

QGIS

I've been trying to think of where and how to start writing with some regularity.  That's probably the wrong way to go about it.  Thinking about writing is not the same as writing, no matter how much we would like it to be.  As of right now, I'm committing myself to two blog posts per …

A Busy Year

Aside from Day of Arch, it feels like I haven't blogged about anything in forever.  I have quite a few updates planned as I start seriously digging (har har) into my dissertation analysis.  Some things to look forward to if you read Sprouts regularly - a series discussing archival resources pertaining to commercial sex in New Orleans, …

Day of Archaeology 2015

It's that time again, Day of Archaeology!  This year I wrote my contribution on spending time in the archives during my summer fieldwork.  You can read it here: Archival Research in Historical Archaeology. As usual, I'm linking all my favorite posts from the even to recommend.  There are a lot of interesting new topics this year; …

Finding a Narrative

While I read for my bibliographies, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I actually want my dissertation to be about. Of course, in a broad sense, it’s about Storyville and the race-class-gender intersection ubiquitous in historical archaeology lately, but I have yet to find an actual story in the sea of theory and data …

Southern Tropes in History

“Indeed, these mythic conceptions of the upland South begin to be constructed just following the Civil War…through a complex series of popular culture phenomenon such as local color writers, popular music, and folklorists. These tropes served to ‘legitimize northern middle class life by presenting the mountain South as the ‘other’’ and eventually spawning a type …