To kick off this series, I thought I’d start with one of the all-time favorites, pyramids! It seems that no matter what year it is, people are always interested in pyramid-related stories, shows, books, tweets, etc. There have been some huge breakthroughs and discoveries in recent years thanks to new technologies and ongoing work at a number of sites so our knowledge of how Egyptian pyramids were built (we already know the when and why) is growing every year.

Even though it’s been over 3000 years, we are still fascinated by these mighty triangles of the afterlife. …


In an effort to combat the ever-increasing amount of pseudoscience and straight-up garbage permeating the internet and TV/movies in this post-truth world we’ve found ourselves inhabiting, I wanted to create an easily-accessible series that condenses all the great information about various historical and archaeological topics that IS currently available along with things I’ve learned over the course of my 10+ years working on TV shows. My hope is that in posting this on a platform like Medium, it’ll be readily available to anyone who might want to see it. …


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Dude Chilling Park

Today marks one full month since my husband and I arrived in Canada. We’re both born-and-raised in Los Angeles, although my husband is a Canadian citizen and spent tons of time in various parts of Vancouver and Calgary as a kid. Until now, my only Canadian experiences were a short vacation in Vancouver a few years ago, a week in Quebec City as a teen and then a week in Montreal last February when we were coming back from our honeymoon. There were also some east coast visits when I was a toddler but all I know is those trips happened and there are photos of a very small me in places like New Brunswick and the Bay of Fundy. …


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This is shaping up to be the first thing in a potentially ongoing series of writing that explores the weird liminal space I’ve found myself inhabiting for the last decade. I am an archaeologist who works in television production and a producer that goes on archaeological digs. I have one foot in each world, never fully inhabiting either and have found that skills from each world can often translate well to the other. Today we explore: ARCHIVAL.

Part of my job as an archival producer is to handle all the “archival” for a television show. In the TV world, this refers to any kind of audio-visual material, usually photos and videos but sometimes the odd audio file shows up. In the world of True Crime, this often translates to personal items from participants like family photos, videos and well, anything that can help establish who a person was Before. …


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And this seems as good a place as any! Welcome to the new evolution of my internet presence. From the ashes of the once-mighty Archaeologist for Hire rises…this! It’s been far too long since I’ve written anything and there have been many, many thoughts swirling around over the last few years. Some thoughts are related to my work in TV production, some are about the strange liminal state I find myself in as a degree-holding archaeologist who is not employed as an archaeologist but who occasionally works on archaeology/history/adventure television shows and attempts to navigate the obstacle course that is presenting historically-themed programming to the masses via various companies and networks #toomanycooks

I hope to have something entertaining and educational here, so we’ll see how everything develops!

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