Behind the Publication

Publications help archaeologists share their research. They can take many forms (e.g., peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, etc.). This page is dedicated to giving you a behind-the-scenes look at my publications.

The blog posts on this page range from informational to creative pieces. They aim to be accessible to various audiences (e.g., K-16 educators and students, undergraduates, researchers, etc.). I hope they help demystify aspects of archaeological research.

In addition, I hope these posts provide a springboard to engage with primary sources (i.e., the original publications). The links in the citation take you to the respective piece’s publisher. Please contact me if you are experiencing issues accessing the publications listed on this page for any reason,

Behind-the-Scenes of a Major Discovery

The posts in this section give you a behind-the-scenes look at the discovery and publications of important archaeological sites.

Behind the Discovery and Publication of Beta Samati

Behind the Discovery and Publication of Beta Samati

This post gives you a behind-the-scenes look at what went into the discovery and publication of Beta Samati - an Aksumite town in northeastern Ethiopia.
Behind the Discovery and Publication of Aqir al-Shamoos

Behind the Discovery and Publication of Aqir al-Shamoos

This post gives you a behind-the-scenes look at what went into this discovery and the subsequent publication of Aqir al-Shamoos.

Explaining Key Concepts

The posts in this section explain critical concepts necessary in understanding certain parts of a given publication.

4 Resolutions of Remote Sensing - An Archaeological Perspective

4 Resolutions of Remote Sensing – An Archaeological Perspective

This post provides a succinct overview of the 4 resolutions of remote sensing while providing archaeological examples from recent publications.

Video + Photo Essays

Videos and photographs are powerful communication mediums. These posts offer creative media pieces inspired by certain publications.

How One Academic Article Inspired Multiple Publications

How One Academic Article Inspired Multiple Publications

This post takes you through how one academic article inspired multiple publications across various genres and mediums.
25 Pictures of Water Management in Northern Oman

25 Pictures of Water Management in Northern Oman

This post takes you behind-the-scenes of my co-authored book chapter by giving you a glimpse of 25 pictures of water management in Northern Oman.
Habits of the Night

Habits of the Night

In honor of the 'Archaeology of the Night' book publication, this blog post echoes its spirit by reexamining photos to consider what nightly habits they might represent and how they might be interpreted in the archaeological record.

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Smiti Nathan

I’m an archaeologist that travels around the world for both work and pleasure. I have a penchant for exploring ancient and modern places and the people, plants, and foods entangled in them. I write about archaeology, travel, and productivity.

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