Miss Elsie’s House

Miss Elsie's House is a conceptual comic book about the women of Storyville, New Orleans written by me and illustrated by my good friend Jessica Jarvinen.  The project came about because I was interested in exploring different ways of archaeologically-informed storytelling and decided to use my own dissertation research as a topic.  In the book, …

TAG 2014

I'll be on my way to Theoretical Archaeology Group USA at UIUC is this weekend with a paper and a collaborative art project - two firsts for me!  I will be presenting my work on Chinese-American identity through food during the Converging Flavors session.  You can read a little bit about the research here.  And here's a …

National Geographic ignores ethical considerations yet again

In recent years National Geographic has been knowingly contributing to the destruction of archaeological sites through their TV programming.  The original Diggers show, which is a reality program depicting a team of relic hunters in the United States, aired despite serious concerns from professional archaeologists.  The measures NatGeoTV took to present these concerns as valid …

Petition the US House of Reps to continue publicly funded archaeology!

Petition the US House of Reps to continue publicly funded archaeology! Please consider signing this petition from the Society for History Archaeology to tell the US House of Representatives not to cut NSF funding for archaeology projects.  Click the link for more information and to sign the petition on Change.org.  You can also read about …

Cooking with Bone Charcoal

When conducting zooarchaeological analysis, I often come across bone fragments that have been heavily charred or even calcined—burned so badly they become a chalky white or gray with varying degrees of distortion.  To calcine a bone, it must be heated repeatedly at high temperatures.  I usually interpret this in 19th century contexts to mean that …

Day of Archaeology 2013

Yesterday was Day of Archaeology, and I submitted a post about my lab process for analyzing animal remains. Check it out here! I have yet to get started on reading all the wonderful posts by my fellow participants, but I will be posting links to my favorites when I do.