Recently, I've spent a lot of time thinking about my academic specialty and career in general. While I have always loved being in school, life as a graduate student has certainly made me question my desire to get a PhD and pursue an academic career. I suppose it's easy to idealize working or being in school from the other side of the fence - I certainly did when I was working full time. This semester has been full of frustrations - fear of failure (or fear of just adequacy), a struggle to fit into an academic environment as a grad student, and efforts to maintain balance between "work" and "home". All the same, I've at least reached an understanding of some academic interests (those pidgenholed "research interests" on a CV...) and tentitve ideas for my thesis.
|Archaeological discovery of a human burial|
In contemporary archaeology, you generally don't want to find burials. Human bones mean paperwork, politics, and controversy, especially if they turn out to be the remains of Native Americans. But I've realized over the past few months that sometimes the best way to mitigate controversies is to understand them, to be well versed in mortuary practices and skeletal biology so that when issues arise - whether in museum repatriation, construction projects, or academic archaeology - you are prepared to reach a compromise between the prerogatives of different communities.
|From Written in Bone|
I see the study of the dead as an important way to honor those who have come before us, by remembering their lives. Just think about it.
|Remembering those who died on 9-11|