I became interested in archaeology while I was stationed with the Multinational Force and Observers in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula in the early 1990s. The archaeology splendors of Egypt hooked me. When I retired from the Army, I settled in Arizona and set to work getting an MA and a PhD in anthropology at Arizona State University. My education history and my experience in the field of archaeology are linked here. My transition from the military to the world of archaeology was not smooth. I floundered around quite a bit and made a lot of rookie mistakes in spite of some very helpful faculty and friends.
My goal in developing the content for this site is to provide new and aspiring archaeologists with some of the information that I lacked when I was trying to launch a career in archaeology. Also, I hope to inform in a broader sense and to entertain just a bit. Each dig is an adventure, and I’ve always considered myself lucky to be on them, especially when I reached the point where I was actually making a living doing what I love to do. I hope that the feelings of adventure and appreciation come through in the dig journals.
My goal in providing the content for this site is to provide new and aspiring archaeologists with an idea of just how challenging, rewarding, and just plain fun and adventuresome archaeological fieldwork can be. Maybe even some of the old field hands will get a kick out of these dig logs. Each dig is an adventure, and I’ve always considered myself lucky while on one. I hope that the feelings of adventure and appreciation for both the opportunities and the great people I’ve worked with come through in these logs.