First things first, I must apologize for my long absence from the blog. As so many of us are learning this year… your first year in a tenure track position is tough going! But with this being the last week of classes and my students not yet having turned in their exams and papers… I have a few moments and I wanted to post something I’ve been working on!
In the process of teaching North American archaeology and giving a few public lectures around Philly… I’ve actually managed to get a few people excited about seeing mounds! In particular, one of my students this semester has requested that I make a google map of all the visitable mound site in the US. (This harkens back to Alice’s post Soliciting Archaeo-Roadtrip Advice!) This is something I had already started on my own, but I thought it might be fun to see how much bigger it could get if we collaborated. The link to my map is here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=z6LEBGc1NmhY.kX0Y2NEUJQ0c.
It should be editable by anyone with the link and the changes should save automatically. At this point, I have included both sites that are open to the public, with museums, etc., those that are in public parks without signage, and those that are privately owned but clearly visible from roads with historical markers, etc. When marking locations, please do think about whether we actually want the public visiting these sites! Unmarked sites on private land shouldn’t be included… but those that are already marked (like those on the Mississippi and Louisiana mound trails) or those in small local parks, etc. are perfect! This could end up being quite a cool resource for anyone’s future archaeo-roadtrips!
Congrats to everyone on finishing up this semester, and here’s to many more blog posts in 2015, as we all settle into our new lives!