Welcome to Week 10. One essay (over the Roman army) and write up report (over the domestication of the goat in the Near East circa 10,500 BP) left to go.
Last week was hellish. I’m not going to sugar coat it. I was super busy and the weather was pretty shit. I missed my cat terribly, realised I would only be happy again if I had a cat, and contemplated what it would take to let my landlord allow me to get a cat. Then I had a massive introvert crash. Fun!
The highlight of last week was meeting with the supervisor for the Osteology masters program on Thursday morning. I had emailed her asking about the course and we arranged to meet early on Thursday to discuss what I would need to do over the next two years. The program sounds really fun and definitely something I could see myself doing… especially if I want to continue with osteology as US regulations are pretty strict on what analysis you can do with human remains. She said that I was on the right track and to continue to take as many osteology classes I can and continue to seek out volunteer spots like I am doing at the NMS.
This weekend, however set a nice tone for the last two weeks of term. The sun was out and the temperatures were creeping up toward 20C! On Saturday morning I joined in at the Anti-Fascist march here in Edinburgh. Long story short, an alt-right party had planned an ‘unofficial’ White Pride day in Edinburgh on Saturday and so a counter protest had been formed to make a clear statement that this city is one of love and tolerance. Get ta fuck Nazis. I also got to walk by the Avengers set down on Cockburn Street so that was pretty cool as well.
Afterward, I left to go work on my essay and presentation because, as everyone knows, the best way to combat the alt-right is through education and acknowledgement of fact! Later that afternoon, after slugging coffee after coffee, I met up Ellie, Sophie, and Urte and hung around outside all afternoon. I really hope the weather stays as nice as it’s been for a while. I’ve been wearing my Birkenstocks on a daily basis if that gives you any indication about how nice and sunny it’s been!
On Sunday, the weather was nice again. I had work to do, so I took the books I needed and set up my hammock along Middle Meadow Walk. I read about Roman forts in Britain, gave a mock presentation, and drank a few G&Ts. Sunday was also Mother’s Day here in the UK so I tagged my mom in a nice meme on Facebook.
Today, I had an archaeology lecture over animal domestication, a medieval history tutorial over Joan of Arc, no Roman lecture because of a scheduling error (I went and got coffee instead), and lastly my archaeology seminar where I presented my findings about goats! I could finally use my farm child knowledge of growing up with goats for the power of good! The presentation went really well, and I’m always keen to talk about osteology. Since one of the osteology classes isn’t being offered next year (professor on research leave) I am really considering taking the course on the analysis of animal remains.
Just this week and next and then the semester is done! But, before I head to Chester next Sunday for a two week excavation, I need to finish my last essay and report. It’s going to be hard to focus with the weather being this amazing…