An introduction

A little about me first. My name is Tom Cuthbertson. I am an archaeologist, or at least I think I am. There seems to be some controversy in the field over whether or not cultural resource management (CRM) is actually archaeology or just box checking, but that is a topic for another post. Either way…

Open mindedness and skepticism

Originally posted on What's up, Archaeology?:
This will be my last post for Whats up archaeology. I know I didn’t meet the goal of two posts a week, but I really enjoyed the experience. This has definitely pushed me to improve my writing both in volume and quality (I hope). I will continue to…

How to get your hands dirty

Originally posted on What's up, Archaeology?:
This is probably the most amount of writing I’ve done not on a technical report in… well, ever. I talked to my crew a couple times over the past couple weeks, since I was invited to participate on this project, to get some ideas for post topics. There…

What’s a dig season?

Originally posted on What's up, Archaeology?:
Welcome to my corner of “What’s Up Archaeology?”. I’m looking forward to sharing some of my thoughts with everyone over the next couple months. I intend to cover a few different topics; what my day to day work is like, some industry issues I think need attention, and…

SHA 2019: Some thoughts about public archaeology

I’m flying home from the Society for historical Archaeology Conference in St. Charles, Missouri. It has been snowing for the last two days here and my flight was canceled as we were heading to airport security. I’ll be sitting waiting in airports for a good chunk of the day so I may as well make…

Accountability in historical interpretation

Accountability in historical research and interpretation is extremely important. Even though my intended audience is the general public, and not necessarily academics or professionals in archaeology or historical research and interpretation I feel the need to address this topic. As an archaeologist with research interests regarding enslaved communities, I realize that I need to recognize…