TagHabit #4: Build a Great Network

anthraco2015: A Few Thoughts

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This past summer the 6th International Anthracology Meeting (anthraco2015) was held in Freiburg, Germany.  The meeting was jointly organized by the Department of Geobotany, Faculty of Biology, University of Freiburg, and the Tree-ring Lab of Baden-Wuerttemburg State Office for Cultural Heritage. This meeting is held every four years (or so) and I was excited that the location and timing allowed...

Wood Anatomy and Archaeological Charcoal Identification Workshop at Boston University

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In August 2015, I flew back to Boston to participate in a week-long wood anatomy and archaeological charcoal identification workshop at Boston University. The course was generously put on by Dr. John (Mac) Marston and Boston University’s Environmental Archaeology Lab (EAL). This post will tell you how I found out about the archaeological charcoal workshop (and how you can too in the...

microMORPH Summer Course 2015: How I Learned Plant and Wood Anatomy (and how you can too!)

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Forget Willy Wonka, I felt that I won the golden ticket when I was accepted into the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and microMORPH’s summer short course on plant anatomy with a focus on woody plants. This two-week intensive program brought together 11 graduate students from fields such as paleobotany, evolutionary developmental (evo-devo) biology, dendrochronology, physics, and...

An Inside Look into Studying Aksumite Archaeology in Ethiopia

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Since 2012, I have worked with the Southern Red Sea Archaeological Histories (SRSAH pronounced sir-sah) Project (PI: Dr. Michael Harrower, John Hopkins University) to investigate the Aksumite archaeology in Ethiopia. This post will detail a brief overview of the Aksumites, how we locate activities of the Empire in the archaeological record, and some insights into why I keep returning to Ethiopia...

7 Things Archaeologists Probably Did Over the Summer

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Summer is winding down and for those of us in Germany, it’s gone (No worries, Kürbis season has started!). Some of us are heading back to school and we’re faced with some variant of “How was your summer?” or “What did you do over the summer?”  For many of us that’s a loaded question because we ended up doing a lot of things over the summer.  If...

Welcome to Habits of a Travelling Archaeologist

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Hi! I’m Smiti and welcome to Habits of a Travelling Archaeologist.  I am an archaeologist and I have trekked around the world a fair amount for the past ten years. I have done a variety of archaeological work in many countries (Hungary, India, Ethiopia, Oman, France, etc.) and lived in a couple of other countries too (UK, Germany, Greece). Here I share my experiences and some useful...

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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