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7 Things That Scare Archaeologists
Mummies, mole people, and cursed mysterious artifacts. Yes, archaeology has its fair share of Hollywood created horrors. For the most part, they're quite entertaining, but if you want to know what really scares archaeologists, keep reading ... Read More
The Do's, Don'ts, and Maybes of Mont Saint Michel
Mont Saint-Michel is a visually striking island located off the lower Normandy coast at the mouth of the Couesnon River in France. For many, it's a must-see site in France. It was on my list too; however, during our two-month stay in France time quickly passed and suddenly, we only had two weeks left. We quickly booked a train and hotel and made our way to Mont Saint Michel at the end of last November. Our haphazard planning made for memorable misadventures and this post will detail some after-the-fact advice on planning a trip and experiencing Mont Saint Michel ... Read More
Hiking the Ben Lomond Track in New Zealand
For many travellers New Zealand is a must-visit destination. Personally, I've wanted to visit the country since I was a kid. Why? At some point during my childhood, I came across an old newspaper insert, The Mini-Page, titled Let's Visit New Zealand. On the fourth page, there was a section that read 'No Snakes'. I was sold ... Read More
Tips For Undergraduates Interested in Archaeology
One of the most frequent questions that I get from undergraduate archaeology majors is some variant of 'How did you get to where you are now?' This is a valid question as every archaeologist has a different story and career trajectory. That being said, I think what most undergraduates are really asking is 'What can I do now, as an undergraduate, to become an archaeologist?'  That's a bit tricky because there is not a 'one-fits-all' approach in charting out a career path in archaeology. Still, there are things you can do to create a solid foundation for a career in archaeology. If you're an undergraduate student who is excited about archaeology, this post is for you ... Read More
Gummies Galore!: 3 Reasons to Visit the Haribo Factory Outlet Store in Bonn, Germany
If you love—and I mean LOVE—gummies, then this post is for you! ... Read More
Planning a Day Trip to the Catlins, New Zealand
You won't see the Catlins on your typical tourist lists of must-see places in New Zealand. This is probably because it is a bit out of the way. This post details what we decided to see and some tips for planning a day trip to the Catlins ... Read More
Tips for Organizing Sources for Research Papers
You've narrowed down a topic for your paper, now what? ... Read More
Archaeobotany vs. Paleoethnobotany vs. Paleobotany
There are a number of fields that examine aspects of ancient plants. Sometimes the terminology gets a bit confusing so this short post will walk you through the background of some terms and what they actually mean ... Read More
How To Follow Blogs
I love reading blog posts. There are so many creative people out there with excellent content and fascinating perspectives. Currently, there are several ways to follow blogs.  In this post, I provide an overview of various ways to follow blogs, their pros and cons, and my own method.  ... Read More
The 4 Foods I Must Have As Soon As I Land In Ethiopia
As soon as I landed in Ethiopia this past June, I was ready to eat. First, I had to shower and get briefed on all the archaeological ongoings prior to my arrival, but I had a list of food that I wanted to consume during my 10-day research trip to the Tigray region. I love Ethiopian food and there are some special food items that only taste right if I eat them in Ethiopia. This post lists, pictures, and describes the four things I definitely wanted to have as soon as I step off the plane.  ... Read More
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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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