|The TARDIS. Just cuz.|
|Forgery, in that he wasn't made 2,000 years ago...|
more like 113 years ago.*
- Archaeology does not study dinosaurs.
- Excavations are very slow and exact. You must be delicate and careful.
- We should only excavate what we need to in order to understand the site, while leaving enough unexcavated for future excavations.
- All artifacts must be carefully dealt with, because you don't want to cause any more damage or break them!
- All excavated artifacts must be carefully monitored and cannot be lost, because every artifact counts. And if you lose one you've done as much damage as looters, for shame!
- You must be exact, because archaeology is a legit science.
- Indiana Jones is not an archaeologist, nor did he do any real archaeology in the movies.
- Don't know what it is? Lick it.
Archaeology is hard sometimes. Even when you lick it,
you may get it wrong. This was bark, not bone. Oops.
My traveling companion. Cuz archaeology is a profession that
literally takes you places.
You'll find wild onions, name one "Oni" and then forget he's in your field
pack....and then you wonder why everything smells like onions.....
- Coffee.....every single archaeologist I've met drinks a lot of coffee. Every. Last. Person.
- Sometimes, you just gotta plow through levels with pick-axes and shovels (and boy, do I love a good pick-axe).
- Sometimes artifacts break, or you have a clumsy moment and drop it, and well. Let's look on the bright side, now you have two pieces!
- There are artifacts that turn out to tell you absolutely nothing about the site. Such as a random ass strip of metal. Similarly, when you have hundreds of unidentifiable ceramic sherds, you also have a whole lot of nothing. They are only useful when identifiable.
- When the Department of Highways says it is going to plow through your site unless you find a pyramid in West Virginia, you excavate as freaking much of the site as your time frame and budget allows for....then you wave good-bye to what is left and pray you have enough to justify all the money spent.
- When you have thousands of pieces of mortar or plaster, you take maybe 100 pieces and chuck the rest. You're not going to learn crap from those thousands of pieces, and honestly, since they aren't diagnostic their numbers will only inflate the artifact count for the site. So, no. Not everything is important, trust me.
- As far as the "science" goes, sometimes you find yourself saying, "yeah, close enough."
- Sometimes you won't keep anything from the site. You record and walk away, leaving the stuff where you found it.
- Archaeologists know that Indiana Jones is totally not a real archaeologist, but still like to pretend that we'll one day get to punch Nazi's in the face and use a bull whip, and wear the fancy hat...actually, I've seen archaeologists with Indiana Jones hats. So, yeah.
- Sometimes you will look for dinosaur fossils......but you still know nothing about them. :)
- You may or may not like working outside...all day long....and for days on end, at that! There's no way around it, archaeology is done outside, or in caves....but still out in le natural world. And if you know you don't like working outdoors, please don't show up to any archaeological work site, your complaints about nature are annoying.
- Speaking of nature, the two of you will become infinitely closer. Toilets are only available at fancy dig sites.
- Bugs. There are always bugs.
- Aside from your lunch and actual archeology stuff, your field pack will include: toilet paper, sunblock, bug spray, Tech-nu (for poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, and skunk spray), Benadryl, and Caladryl (or Calamine or Cortizone 10, or some other anti-itch stuff), and baby-wipes if you wanna get crazy.
- If you think you're a nerd/geek, just wait. Someone on the field crew will put your nerdiness to shame.
- There will literally be blood, sweat, and tears. Likely to occur because of one another. For example, you get a splinter, you bleed, sweat gets in the wound, and you cry. Or you may be digging in a 4 foot deep hole and some 6th sense kicks in and you suddenly sit upright only to find a bucket full of dirt where your head just was. Dangers of the job!
- You'll find that while you may barely be able to draw a stick figure in art class, you can suddenly sketch an artifact as if you're Monet.
|At some point in the day you look out at this and think, "Wow, I really wish I hadn't had those 10 cups of coffee...."|
|We're pretty lax when it comes to fashion. Dr. Who socks at work are completely normal.|
You get happy about hand-wrought nails with spatula tips and rose-heads. Especially fancy
ones like this.
|Late 1700s - Early 1800s Flintlock. As clean as it is gonna get. Trust, me. I tried.|