Issue 4: Egypt, Part II – Aswan and the First Cataract

Hello, friends and readers who may someday be friends! It’s been a while, I know: since I last posted, I’ve been writing dissertation chapters (two chapters!), doin’ a little public speaking, and traversing Sudan for more fieldwork. Virtually no internet here but I wanted to make sure I got this awesome pic of the Gebel Barkal, complete with the remaining columns from one of its rock-cut temples, out into the world! We are capturing some photos and videos with the drone at Gebel Barkal in order to investigate the curious inscription of the Nubian pharaoh Taharqa, which is waaaaay up […]

Issue 3: Egypt, Part I – The Amarna Boundary Stelae

Well hello there, archaeo-enthusiasts! It’s been a while, and I blame that mostly on travel (and a little bit on writing my theory chapter, which I finished last week). Over the next few months I’ll be releasing a series of issues on my trips to Egypt, Sudan, and Saudi Arabia this winter and spring. I spent a total of four months away from home, visiting more than a dozen sites—that means lots of ground to cover to recap it all! Between issues, as always, the best way to keep up with me is to follow me on Instagram. Please also feel […]

Issue 2: Adventures in Aerial Photography

…not just aerial photography! Oh no, no no. My second trip to Lebanon, which took place for two weeks in mid-December, was filled with adventures in everything from underestimating the weather to taking calls from Lebanese Air Traffic Control on my cell phone. It all began with a stopover in Qatar, during which time I felt quite at home upon encountering a yellow version of the Brown University Lamp/Bear in the terminal hall. When I arrived in Beirut my lovely assistant Sam was waiting for me, ready to embark on her first trip to Lebanon. Not everyone is so lucky to have one of their […]

Issue 1: Lebanon Travelogue

Hello, archaeo-enthusiasts! Welcome to Issue 1 of my fieldwork and outreach newsletter. Before you proceed, I encourage you to read the introductory issues (posted here previously) for some background on my project. This issue of The Interactive Dissertation is a summary of the first trip I took on my first travel fellowship, the Mellon Mediterranean Regional Research Fellowship from the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC). I was awarded four months of travel on this fellowship, which I’ll use to visit the sites of Egyptian rock-cut stelae in Lebanon, Sudan, and Egypt beginning in December. At the end of the summer I decided to use […]

Issue 0: A Little Bit of Background

Hello, archaeo-enthusiasts! The first issue of The Interactive Dissertation will arrive online in a few days’ time. I thought I’d get started by sending along a brief description of my dissertation research and this outreach project. Who am I? I’m Jen, and I’m on a quest to teach the world about archaeology. I’m a PhD Candidate at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University. I have a BA in Anthropology with a focus in Archaeology from Barnard College and an MPhil in Egyptology from the University of Oxford. I have an page and an page if […]

Introducing: The Interactive Dissertation!

Hi friends! Welcome to The Interactive Dissertation, my multi-platform attempt to keep interested parties involved in the travel and writing I’m doing for my PhD over the next two years. I’ll post an issue of this newsletter here every few weeks with updates. Each issue will be public, and back issues will be archived here so that late subscribers can catch up. You can also keep up with me more regularly on Twitter and Instagram (and Facebook, if we know each other in person). On social media I’m using the hashtags #TheInteractiveDissertation, #AdventuresinFieldwork, and #IndianaJen. The one thing I’d really like from you […]