Someone Wants to Publish my Thesis as a Book! Too Good to be True!

I’m not going to do it, here’s why:

Firstly, the obvious issue of me having not written my PhD thesis yet. So… there’s that. But it was nice that I was called “Dr” in the email. Fancy!

Secondly, I have been spammed from ‘Scholars’ Press’, an imprint of VDM Publishing or Omniscriptum Publishing. Google one of them and you will see, apart from their own site, ‘VDM Verlag Dr Muller – Writer Beware‘, ‘Lambert Academic Publishing, a Must to Avoid‘, ‘Who in the world is Dr Muller? Or, how to get published without really trying‘ and ‘Is it worth publishing with Lambert academic publishers?‘ (spoiler: No. It isn’t).

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Funding and Finishing (Someday?)


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The last few weeks have been a rollercoaster of emotions… excitement, frustration, joy, anger… and all of that come along with every graduate student (and academic)’s favorite sensation: anxiety!! (now with extra Tzatziki!) All kidding aside, this PhD in Archaeology thing is absurdly difficult, and I don’t really think for the reasons it should be. Worrying about your research, data collection, writing? Sure! That all seems reasonable… its what we signed up for, honestly. But jumping through administrative hoops, dealing with distracted/busy/unengaged faculty and advisory committees, finding a project, organizing that project, don’t forget finding funding for that project… and oh yeah, graduating on time, now that universities seem to think that 4 years of funding is enough (even though you spend 3 of those years taking classes, rather than working on your dissertation). I, personally, have made what appears to have been a critical error: I had a PhD…

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The Batavia: EXCLUSIVE Update on Latest Fieldwork

It’s exclusive because the skeletons are being analysed in the lab just down the hall from me, and I have Never Before Seen Photos (but since all the hype in the media, they’re pretty much the same photos everyone else has, but on slightly different angles, and far less professional)

In February this year archaeologists, anthropologists and geophysicists spent some time excavating Beacon Island, Long Island and West Wallabi Island, the locations of the wrecking of the Dutch ship Batavia and the site of the subsequent bloody mutiny. Recently a talk was held at the Western Australian Maritime Museum to update the public on the results of the fieldwork, and here is my summary. Continue reading

So You Think You Can Archaeology? How to Become a Celebrity Archaeology Novelist

A while back I wrote a post called So You Think You Can Archaeology? How to Become a Celebrity Archaeologist, all about how you can be on the big screen, poncing around, digging things up, looking badass. Then I realised that even more popular but not so in your face is the celebrity archaeologist/novellist.

Research* shows that almost one in two archaeology academics is secretly working on a novel, and that 98% of these novels feature a main character almost indistinguishable from the author, except that they are inevitably sexier, have more adventures and stick it to the man more often.

So here for you, advice from the professionals; Kathy Reichs, Agatha Christie, Elly Griffiths and Elizabeth Peters

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8 Simple Ways to Tell the Undergrads are Back Before You Arrive on Campus

Another quiet day on campus, the last days of summer, you can’t even remember why your university has so many buildings, there are only a dozen or so people around! Then your friend turns to you and says “When do the undergrads come back again?”

Here are some helpful ways you can know for sure that the undergrads are back, without having to check the university calendar. Continue reading

The VOC Story – or Why the VOC is Like the AFL

An enormous part of my PhD research involves the VOC. Before I even started, I went to my Honours supervisor with a sad little 300 word research proposal. She said to me “Do you have a background in materials analysis? Maritime archaeology? Historical archaeology?” I had to answer no to everything. Then she told me I would have to research the history of the VOC. I nodded like I knew what that was, hoping she wouldn’t notice my thundering heart beat, shallow breathing and beading forehead. Continue reading