Kiskiak Update 3: Weeks 5 and 6

During weeks 5 and 6 of my research I edited existing GIS maps of the archaeological site in order to best represent the site for an untrained eye. GIS, or Geographic Information Systems, is incredibly useful technology in the field of archaeology because it allows us to process and convey multiple types of information at […]

Healing and Memory, Part 3: El Camino

I returned from the Camino portugués a few days ago. The blisters and sunburn are still there, but somehow the time remains surreal. My sister and I walked nearly 250 kilometers in nine days, from Porto to Santiago de Compostela. This is the “Portuguese Way,” one of the traditional Camino (the Way or Path) routes […]

Kiskiak Update 2: A Sherd is Worth a Thousand Words

During weeks 3 and 4 of my research I devoted a lot of time to going through the Kiskiak artifact inventory in search of specific artifacts to photograph. The inventory log is a very detailed resource with information about each object uncovered at the site. Many students contribute hours of cataloging in the lab in […]