It’s been a while since I posted, and a lot of things have happened recently. So rather than take a blog post to talk about them (since not everyone is interested and some of those who are already know), I figured I’d stick it here.
I have moved back to the US from Glasgow, and now live in Rhode Island. I didn’t have enough funding to pursue a PhD as I originally intended, and the jobs I could receive in the UK would not have qualified me for a work visa. Instead, I’ve returned to Rhode Island and am working for Mystic Seaport and Historic New England at Casey Farm. I am pursuing education roles that involve archaeology in order to continue teaching people about what we do and how we do it!
I am still maintaining this blog, despite my month-long hiatus. I will have more thought-based posts (like my most recent one), but will also continue my archaeo-travel posts that I began in Scotland. The main difference will be a shifted focus to southern New England, so be prepared for a LOT of colonial and pre-colonial history!
I have finished my MLitt dissertation, titled “Got Swag? Investigating Beads and Bead Trade in Scotland during the First Millennium AD.” That’s right, it’s done! I have also been invited to present the results at the annual meeting for the Society of American Archaeology in San Fransisco this coming April – keep an eye out for updates, and I hope to see some of you there!
I am continuing to do research on beads with anyone who will have me, and a colleague and I have plans to publish some of our previous work on beads in Asia over the next few years (yes, years – it’s a BIG project). I’ll let you know when that happens as well.
In the meantime, keep an eye out for new posts (Mystic Seaport will feature soon, I promise!) and if you have suggestions for topics or places to peruse, let me know in the comments!