Well, they’ve both already been mentioned. >.>
But maybe I’m just trying to lure the other archaeologists in with bones/scholarly articles before I start throwing Shatner and West at them.
(…and when I write it like that I feel like we need a Law and Order ripoff with the two of them as head detectives.) Did you ever think of that?
For those of you who know me personally, you know I’ve been debating for a while which graduate school I should accept an offer from. I got into three very good schools in the UK (Exeter, Bradford, and University of Edinburgh), so I’ve had something of a personal dilemma since mid-February.
Bradford and Edinburgh were the two front runners for a long time. Bradford in particular due to their Digitised Diseases project, which plays into my personal interest in the use of 3D scanning in skeletal analysis. (I did my undergraduate thesis on the use of 3D laser scanners as a tool for qualifying/quantifying fracture patterns in archaeological assemblages). However, I had some major issues with not getting emails back from various departments at Bradford…for example, it took emailing four different departments and two months for me to find out if they accepted FAFSA, and even then the question was only answered because I mentioned it to a professor I had been talking to at the time.
Mid-March I finally decided on Edinburgh, largely because their osteoarchaeology program will allow me to study both human and animal bones, something I feel is important as it will give me more options down the line for a career. Furthermore, I’ve already been trained to handle both and I feel like it would be a waste to just ignore my previous training. Furthermore, there’s no reason why I can’t continue to explore my interest in 3D models in Edinburgh…I haven’t had it confirmed yet, but I’d be shocked if their lab isn’t equipped with at least some of the equipment I’d need. And if it’s not…well, I’m only enrolled in the Master’s program at the moment, so it’s not like I can’t hold off on that research until I’m working on my Ph.D.
(Side note: A couple days ago I got an email from Exeter telling me they had decided to get rid of the program I was accepted for, but that I shouldn’t worry because they transferred my acceptance into another program. O.o)