Day of Archaeology, 29 July

Screenshot by me of http://www.dayofarchaeology.com home page

I wanted to make a contribution – however brief! – to the incredible Day of Archaeology.  It’s been organised by Lorna Richardson, Matthew Law, and many other colleagues whose engagement with digital media, including blogging, is truly pioneering.  Check out the hundreds — literally HUNDREDS — of amazing pieces that have been added by archaeologists from around the world.  What Lorna, Matt and team have accomplished here is actually completely overwhelming and awe-inspiring.  It’s worthy of so much praise.  Here’s a link to my little post…

I’m heading off to Çatalhöyük very soon, so I’ll aim to blog about the experience of our third field season when I return to Southampton in September.  You can read our report on last year’s work here (pp. 117-123) – we’ll be building on these activities again this year.  See you in September!

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Lectureship in Archaeology @ York

Screenshot by me of York's archaeology department website

I have some good news to share, as I’ve just learned that I’ll soon be taking up the position of Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of York (UK – not Canada!).  The appointment begins on 4 January 2012, and I’ll be contributing in particular to the department’s excellent cultural heritage programme.  I have the great fortune of getting to work alongside the excellent John Schofield, Julian Richards, and others—both faculty and research students—whose research and ideas I find inspiring.  Kate Giles, Anthony Masinton, Pat Hadley, and James Taylor are among those with whom I’ve interacted through the VIA project and through our practice at Çatalhöyük, and I’ve been peeking around at some current activities happening in York’s archaeology department such as this cool multi-disciplinary conference: https://kminterconference.wikispaces.com/Welcome.  Moreover, the department has an interesting legacy, beginning with Philip Rahtz, and carried on by Martin Carver and others, and it is now home to such iconic archaeological institutions as the ADS, and Antiquity.

York is spectacular, and I don’t think I could have dreamt of a better academic body at which to start my professional career, as it combines world-leading digital archaeology with boundary-pushing, on-the-ground disciplinary field practice.  I love the work of John Schofield precisely because it challenges one to reconsider what archaeology is today, and what it can be in the future.  You can read about some of his ongoing projects through the ‘research’ tab here, and you can check out aspects of York’s digital research stream here.

Most excitingly, I’ll be able to take on my own research students starting in January, which is probably the aspect of professional life that I’m looking the most forward to.  That opportunity to collaborate with new academics—to share thoughts and help others to nurture their novel & untested ideas—is where so much of the excitement & passion of the scholarly environment lies.  I’m thrilled about this job, and feel very fortunate to be moving to York at the end of the year.

I’ll be blogging again towards the end of this month for the Day of Archaeology – 29 July 2011.  If you’re an archaeology fan or a blogger, make sure to check out this project, which is being managed by a few of my amazing colleagues.  Also read about the larger Festival of British Archaeology here.