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  • Global Positioning Systems GPS Good But Beware

    This entry about the trust parameters that should be placed around Global Positioning Systems — GPS — technology is the first part of a Vagabond Journey series on navigation. The hand held GPS unit is perhaps one of the greatest gifts that civilization has ever given to the back country wanderer. With properly knowledge of [...]

  • Where Prehistory Becomes Human

    Where Prehistory Becomes Human, Hardscrabble Dacite Outcrop near Strawberry, Arizona — We were surveying an area in the Tonto forest for archaeology sites. We were near the Hardscrabble dacite outcrop. The prehistoric people who once traversed this region would travel to this rock outcrop, knock off a bunch of cobbles, and cart them away as [...]

  • Photos of Artifacts from Tonto National Forest

    Archaeology Artifacts from Tonto National Forest Arizona — The work on the archaeology survey project in the Tonto Forest of Arizona has carried on into its fifth week. This travelogue entry will show what we have been looking for out in the mountains. My job is to ponder — or, more accurately, to find — [...]

  • Archaeology Fieldwork in Southwest Enjoyable

    Archaeology Fieldwork Good for Iron Bodied Daydreaming Travelers — I like my job every morning. I wake up early, go outside, watch the sun come up, feel the sun warm up, and walk, walk, walk. This is one of the best avenues of paying employment that I have yet experienced. If all work is said [...]

  • Not Quitting Travel Blogging Explanation and Thank You

    An explanation of the ups and downs of travel blogging and a thank you to readers for continuous and constant support. I am nearly embarrassed to admit that I had my ass handed to me during these past two weeks of work. I pride myself on being extremely athletic and physically fit, but the demands [...]

  • Archaeology on Strawberry Mountain

    Archaeology Fieldwork on Top of a Mountain, Open Doors for Cages — “Whoever is the first one to puke gets the nickname Tonto!” I am now ashamed to say that I proclaimed on that less than glorious first night of camping in the Tonto Forest with the archaeology crew. Tonto is the name of the [...]

  • Archaeology Survey in Tonto Forest Arizona

    Archaeology Survey in the Tonto Forest — The sun sits three quarters of the way through its Ferris wheel spin across the sky — it will soon be night. The crew of archaeologists complain of sore legs and stumble around the campsite cooking pasta, chili, and pouring boiled water into MRE packages to eat before [...]

  • Archaeology Fieldwork Good for Travelers

    This is a travelogue entry about how doing archaeology fieldwork is a good profession to get into if you want to travel. As with other traveling contract jobs, archaeologists in the USA get their living expenses on the road paid for them in addition to their standard pay. Doing archaeology is a good way to [...]

  • Desert Archaeology

    Desert Archaeology-– These are notes and anecdotes from an archaeology survey project that I am on in the Sonoran desert of Arizona. Paid to Hike in Desert I get paid to hike in the desert. “Really, they really pay us to do this?” Yes, it is true, archaeology surveys in the southwest are far different [...]

  • Archaeology as a Stable Career Path and Fieldwork in Egypt

    Should I pursue archaeology as a stable career path? This is a question from a reader named Lane who would like to know if he could expect to find a stable career in archaeology and do fieldwork in Egypt. Hello Lane, Your question sort of comes at me from right field, as my  draw to [...]