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Wonderful Things

Howard Carter went to Egypt in 1902 at the age of 17. Though his family was not particularly wealthy, they had connections and secured Carter a job as an artist with the Egypt Exploration Fund, an organization co-founded by the … Continue reading

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Summer Suits and Straw Hats: Poirot, Agatha Christie, and Archaeology

With a somewhat smaller budget than Indiana Jones and, admittedly, a much smaller fan-base, the ITV series Agatha Christie’s Poirot (1989 – 2013), starring David Suchet, masterfully captures an imaginative sense of time and space. Whether the murder happens in a manor houses or an archaeological dig, … Continue reading

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Archaeology and Indiana Jones in the Popular Imagination

In popular culture, when we imagine archaeology, we inevitably think of Indiana Jones. Sexy, glamorous, and hyper-masculine–Indiana Jones is archaeology’s Platonic ideal. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas famously modeled the character on James Bond, but instead of ink-pen bombs, umbrella guns, and such gadgets, … Continue reading

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Things That Capture

The heat was already unbearable, despite the early morning hour. It took too much effort to speak, so they sat in silence, protected from the scorching sun by a thick, canvas tent. Its striped sides were rolled up and fastened at … Continue reading

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Cabinet of Curiosities: August (I’m Getting Old) Edition

I might have mentioned before that my partner is kind of the best at surprises, especially birthday surprises. I mean, she can’t keep them to save her life, but, boy, can she plan them. That flying lesson I mentioned before? … Continue reading

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Two Pieces at the Outwin Prize Exhibit

Aside from The Renwick Gallery’s current “Wonder” show, no other exhibit in DC has gained as much attention this year as the National Portrait Gallery’s Outwin Boochever Portraiture Competition. If the expressionless face of Miss Everything (Unsupressed Deliverance) staring at you from above an … Continue reading

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On Being Post

It was never my intention to leave academia. English departments had always been my home, the place where I found a community of people with shared interests, varying opinions, and a love of conversation. From freshmen year of undergrad, my … Continue reading

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30 Days of Cheese: What I Ate, What I Learned, What I’ll Eat Again

It tastes like a sweaty farmyard animal in my mouth, but in a good way. Sophia is a goat’s milk cheese produced by Indiana’s Capriole Farm. It looks like a small,wrinkled brick of mold, but when I cut into its soft … Continue reading

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Writing a Digital Dissertation Companion

There has been a lot of talk lately about the viability and best practices of writing a digital dissertation. One notable example is Amanda Visconti, who, among others, has an interesting, dynamic project as well as the skills to build it into … Continue reading

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