What do Deadspin and Southeastern Archaeology have in common?

As I was browsing through my favorite sports blog, Deadspin, I saw link to an article on Cahokia and the chunkee game.

They pulled much of their information from Tim Pauketat’s book on Cahokia.

Which means…that on this day…this glorious day…a Southeastern Archaeologist shared the stage with Lebron James, the World Cup, and a fan who tried to fight the opposing pitcher at a minor league game in Texas.

Well done, Dr. Pauketat. Well done…


Day of Archaeology in the Southeast

Happy Day of Archaeology, folks! Social media have brought to my attention that today is a day for archaeologists all over the world to share what it is that keeps them busy on the day-to-day. As stated on the official Day of Archaeology website: “The project asks people working, studying or volunteering in the archaeological world to participate with us in a “Day of Archaeology” each year in the summer by recording their day and sharing it through text, images or video on this website.  The resulting Day of Archaeology project demonstrates the wide variety of work our profession undertakes day-to-day across the globe, and helps to raise public awareness of the relevance and importance of archaeology to the modern world.”

So, fellow Southeasternists, how are you spending your Day of Archaeology? While I think it is no coincidence that this event takes place in the summertime, when many of us can report on rad, in-progress field work, such is not my luck this year. Rather, my day of archaeology this Friday, July 11, will be spent at the computer (probably with a cat, intermittently), where I hope to make some progress on a handful of projects that are no less the bread-and-butter of archaeology for a young researcher in the field.  These include:

(1) Making a couple of phone calls to research collaborators, in order to close out an existing project and make plans for a new one

(2) Putting together a powerpoint presentation on Old World domestication for this fall’s intro to archaeology course.

(3) Finalizing an abstract for the Cherokee Archaeology Conference in September.

(4) Tackling a nearly-due article review.

(5) Locating, reading, and taking notes on an article or two related to new project, mentioned above.

(6) Brainstorming about a blog post that explores some archaeo method/theory — taking SEAC-U back to our roots!

(7) If I’m being honest, probably heading to the bar around 5 for a beer or two. I mean, it is Friday after all, and I am an archaeologist.


My cat Pisgah -- "helping" me do computer-based archaeology since 2008.

My cat Pisgah — “helping” me do computer-based archaeology since 2008.

In truth, if today is like most days, I will start several of these things, maybe finish one or two, and save the rest for later. My typical days of archaeology pull me in several different though not entirely unrelated directions. To date, I have enjoyed this blend of activity, since it keeps me from getting bored and often results in fresh ideas inspired from one arena (say, an email with a colleague) that I can apply to another (e.g., a lecture scheduled for the fall).

OF COURSE, I do revel in those days of archaeology when I am in the field. Are any of you folks in the field? I hope if you are (or if you aren’t!), you will share what your day of archaeology looks like in the comments — or on the official Day of Archaeology website, if you are so inclined. Full disclosure: on of my main goals in posting about my fairly ho-hum day in the office is to encourage my awesome Southeastern friends and colleagues to share their summer 2014 field/lab/etc. adventures, in order that I (and other readers, including the public!) might live vicariously through you. Hopefully I can return the favor next field season!