Day of Archaeology – Anywhere I lay my head

My head is spinning round, my heart is in my shoes, yeah
I went and set the Thames on fire, oh, now I must come back down
She’s laughing in her sleeve boys, I can feel it in my bones
Oh, but anywhere I’m gonna lay my head, I’m gonna call my home

The last of my books are going into their boxes, my music collection hawked for nearly nothing, and I toasted my friends last night for a going away dinner. The suitcase that I will be living out of for the next nine months is packed.

My plans this summer have changed a dozen times, through events both in my control and totally out of control. Some archaeologists have settled down, have nice homes and steady jobs, but there is a complimentary population that, to take another Tom Waits cue, raindog–travel around after jobs and live on the road. It wears you out, eventually. Most don’t do it permanently, and certainly I’ll be applying for academic jobs.

But today, I’m putting all my things in storage and hitting the road.

I signed up early on to participate in The Day of Archaeology, but I think I missed something in the flurry that has taken over my life. Anyway, check out the rest of the entries on the fantastic website:

Author: colleenmorgan

Dr. Colleen Morgan (ORCID 0000-0001-6907-5535) is the Lecturer in Digital Archaeology and Heritage in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York. She conducts research on digital media and archaeology, with a special focus on embodiment, avatars, genetics and bioarchaeology. She is interested in building archaeological narratives with emerging technology, including photography, video, mobile and locative devices. Through archaeological making she explores past lifeways and our current understanding of heritage, especially regarding issues of authority, authenticity, and identity.

2 thoughts on “Day of Archaeology – Anywhere I lay my head”

  1. “Experience, travel – these are as education in themselves”
    Euripides quotes (Greek playwright, c. 480-406 BC)

    “The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”
    Saint Augustine

    “Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.”
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    You are in good company. Someone also said “Rome educated the world of today, but in its time, the World Educated the Romans who traveled into the unknown.”

    Have fun while you can, you’re still the same but a better you for it.


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