Archaeology, Artefacts, Blogging the past, Britain, Conferences, Culture, England, Environmental Science, Geography, History, Networking, Postgraduate life, Pretending to know what you are doing, University of Reading
So the blog has just reached 4000 hits.
That is about 3999 more than I thought I would get. As you can imagine, I’m pretty elated. It also has over 50 followers. I don’t think I even have 50 friends, so I guess it must be going okay.
In other news, there was a postgraduate research conference in the department this week. The archaeology department here at Reading is part of a wider school called SAGES. Unfortunately it is not indicative of our profound wisdom and instead stands for the School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Sciences. A conference is held every year so that all of the PhD researchers get a chance to present their research and network.
Because I’m still in my first year and it is (rightly) assumed that I have no idea what I’m doing, I only had to produce a single slide. Second years do a poster and third years give a talk. It’s kind of a layer cake, in that respect.
Whilst I initially thought that it would be a waste of time, it was actually pretty interesting to try and condense my wild thoughts and ideas into a 300 word slide. Here’s what I came up with (click on it to make it bigger):
Okay so the title sounds a little pretentious and it’s all very provisional, but I think it went down okay. It’s got some pretty Saxon shines and everyone loves purple. Especially Patrick:
The conference was a great way to meet new people and learn new things. I know almost nothing about geography, and I haven’t worn a lab coat since I was 17, so it was really interesting to hear about all the cool stuff going on in the school. The conference was a real showcase of young academic talent, with papers ranging from the depths of prehistory to modern issues like immigration and transport.
On a side note, it’s Friday afternoon and I think it might be naptime.