I am an Arctic archaeologist. Most people I meet are fascinated when they find out what I do, and where I do it. When they find out I live in Barrow, Alaska, they are even more fascinated (or horrified). From the questions I tend to get asked, it’s pretty clear that most people haven’t had a chance to learn much about archaeology or the Arctic.
Hence, this blog. Not everyone can live in or even visit the Arctic, or take part in an archaeological project, but maybe I can take you along in a virtual way. I’m going to try to let you know what it’s like to do this. Some posts will be about the really nitty-gritty boring details that have to be taken care of so the fun stuff can happen, some will be about days in the field, and some will be about bigger-picture things. Archaeology is really fun, and I’d like to share it. I’ll try to put in pictures so you can see where things are happening.
Questions are great. The summer is a busy time for archaeologists, especially of the Arctic sort, and some places I work have no real internet access, so there may be some gaps in posting or lags in replying now and again, but I’ll pick up again when I can.