I have been interested in the past for as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until I was at Uni that I realized I could make a life out of this interest. I began studying ancient history, but soon moved to archaeology because I enjoy the more hands-on and varied information that you can uncover as an archaeologist. Since then, I have found myself digging in Jordan, camping in the outback to record stone tool production, bush-bashing to locate and record Aboriginal engravings. It’s been a lot of fun, but beyond that it has been a process of understanding small pieces of the past. By communicating this information to the community, I believe we can situate ourselves in the present world more deeply- this is what makes me so excited to keep on working in heritage and archaeology.
The artefact I’m holding is a coffee mug. It’s not anything special, but often its everyday items that can tell you the most about someone’s life and habits. I’m always drinking tea and coffee while I work, be it in the field or the office. I hope there’s enough tea residue left in this mug future archaeologist who unearths it to know exactly what I’m drinking.