ShovelBums just turned 16 Years this week.
Damn damn damn.
That is pretty cool.
And here I am, R. Joe, riding on your coattails.
Because none of this.
I mean NONE of this.
Would happen if it was not for you.
Thank you. Seriously.
You people fucking rock.
As always. My sincere thanks to James Colburn who has helped moderate these postings all these years to make sure you only see relevant postings. And to my friends the original Pocket_Gophers at the University of Arkansas who were the first to hear of my crazy idea for an archaeology jobs mailing list, the first to join, and the first to send out the word about ShovelBums to their as yet unnamed "social media" contacts. To my mom, who arguably, coined the term ShovelBums, in a humorous response of what to call my career when I was still on the road. And to my wife Kristy, who supports everything I do with ShovelBums and helped finance it in the early years.
If you have ever found a job or field school through ShovelBums and feel like buying me a beer (that was always the deal) you can use the link at http://www.ShovelBums.org
Thank you all again. I know it sounds kind of corny. But I mean it. The recognition I get when other arch's meet me when I rarely get to a conference and the positive things they say about ShovelBums makes me aware it has had an impact far beyond any I ever dared imagine. Last year two people completely unconnected to each other within about 20 minutes of each other both called me a folk-hero. I am not sure if that is a step down or up from being called famous (and one time even a god, a title I hang on to simply to annoy close peers who say my head is to big ;-) but since the titles are all unpaid, I'll take what I get and not complain.
I look forward to another year of facilitating your search for crews and jobs. And as always, if you have any suggestions, please do not hesitate to drop me a note.
#LiveLongandProsperSpock. You always have, and always will be, my friend. #GoodbyeSpock #Vulcan #RIPSpock #Spock
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I am in the process of preparing the 2nd edition of the ShovelBums 2015 Comprehensive International Archaeology, Anthropology and CRM Field School Directory to be emailed out on Monday March 2nd. If your professor/administrator has not posted your programs field school yet now is the time to do it. And please encourage who ever is posting it to register on the site (that info is on the field school page) so they (or a flunky) can update it later :-)
About The ShovelBums 2015 Comprehensive International Archaeology, Anthropology and CRM Field School Directory:
If you are just getting started with your career in archaeology/anthropology it is important to realize that a field school is imperative to your future career! A field school will not only open your mind first hand to the wonders of archaeology but it will also lay the ground work for building relationships that will span your whole career. Case in point: At the SAA's in Memphis
As students face the resumption of classes and snow bound field workers are tasked with lab jobs to see them through the lean months we all face a similar challenge. How do we not loose our willpower with not only New Years Resolutions, but also when confronted with the day to day grind of voluminous database entry and excruciating artifact sorting and analysis? I read a very interesting article today on this subject on i09 How to Make Your Willpower Stronger -- According to Science.
A brief summary of the article is in this list. But do read the whole article it is really very interesting.
Dating back to the days when you could count the number of ShovelBums in the country on two hands after three bourbons comes the greatest treasure trove of MSDOS (that's Microsoft Disk Operating System kids) games ever. You can play these *now* for free, in your browser, with no plugin needed. So now it't time to hitch up your oxen (its ethnology in action!) , put on your fedora (this is why your office bound PI dresses the way they do), or pull out your Duke Nukem Laser Gun (because, well, its kinda fun):
X-ray of time capsule
The (modern) public is getting its first glimpse inside a time capsule dating to 1795 and believed placed by Samuel Adams and other Revolutionary War figures that will be opened live on Monday at 6pm and go on display Tuesday evening at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Note the meter sticks :-) This picture is in a lot of news articles, but it is actually the tomb of Princess Shert Nebti in Abu Sir,
south of Cairo, dating from around 2,500 BC and discovered in 2012
Waffen SS helmet found by Sulzer's crew.
Austrian Filmaker Andreas Sulzer reports that he is close to exposing the largest secret weapons facility built by the Nazi's during WWII using slave labor from the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp. But according to reports other than having Historian Rainer Karlsch on as an advisor there is no indication that he is using a professional Archaeologists to conduct these investigations. As a result Austrian authorities have shut down his excavation pending further permitting. However Sulzer states that he believes they will be back excavating again in only a few weeks...
January 1st, 2015
Today is the 1st page of a new 365 page book that only you can write. Others might annotate it, but only you hold the pen that fills your pages. Behind you are the closed and bound volumes of years past that fill the shelves of the Library Of Your Life. Don't spend another year aimlessly flipping through those worn and tattered old books on your shelves wasting your days with "...if only...", "...why didn't I?" and "I wish I would have started this then...".
On December 29, 1890 alongside Wounded Knee Creek on the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota the US 7th Cavalry Regiment. The Lakota were following Chief Spotted Elk of the Miniconjou Lakota nation who had been called to the Pine Ridge Agency. The 7th Cavalry Regiment had met them part way and escorted the Lakota to Wounded Knee Creek to make camp. After reinforcements for the 7th cavalry arrived they encircled the Lakota and placed 4 rapid-fire Hotchkiss-designed M1875 Mountain Guns around the perimeter. After making camp the cavalry began to disarm the Lakota and while accounts vary as to the circumstances it is agreed that a gun was discharged and over the next half hour 150-300 Lakota men, women and children were killed including Chief Spotted Elk.
Chief Spotted Elk (Lakota: Uŋpȟáŋ Glešká)
This has nothing to do with archaeology. It was just one of the best concerts I have got to see.
Kristy and I don't get out to see live music much but I was excited to see my favorite still undiscovered by pop culture artist Alejandro Escovedo earlier this year.
Sometimes you just need a fun five minute break. Sit back, relax, and enjoy "Raiders Of The Lost Bark"!
You can visit the movie website here: http://www.indianabonesmovie.com or watch it below.