For some reason, everyone assumes I’m going on a *vacation* to Spain. These people think I have way more money than I do. Haha! I’m actually going to Spain for an archaeological field school, which is both more exciting and a lot more work than a vacation. For anyone who doesn’t know what happens at an archaeological field school, it goes like this: I pay the field school tuition to let me work for them. While working on the excavation, I learn the correct techniques for each step of the process, partly by training and partly by doing the work. I also go to seminars and workshops to learn skills like excavation photography and archaeological drawing, osteology (skeletal analysis) and burial practices, etc. From what I’ve heard from friends who have already done a field school, I’ll also spend a lot of time hauling buckets of dirt, digging in the dirt, sweating, cursing, laughing, cracking jokes, sight-seeing on the days off, and stuffing myself with good local food and beer. See – better than a vacation, but also more work!
Oh, and if anyone is thinking this is a good time to find my apartment and steal all my stuff, note that Zak (an armed and formidably muscular man) is, alas, not able to come with me. So I don’t recommend it.
Anyone who doesn’t get the title of this post, do yourself a favor and check out the Jane’s Addiction song, “Jane Says”.