Beautiful words and insight from Jake Powning, swordsmith.

Here is another video from swordsmith, Jake Powning. In the video Jake carves a gripping beast into a wooden scabbard and talks a little bit about the techniques he’s using and the folklore that inspires him. At one point in the video (47:07-49:22), a question is asked about the difference between a piece being historically accurate or historically inspired. Jake gives an excellent reply which deals with the philosphy of history and anthropology. It touches on a subject that Erin and I have talked about a lot in our discussions about the past. Namely, that the past doesn’t exist. We can’t access it. All we can deal with are these objects and texts from the past but in the present. We make up stories about them that are internally consistent but might not neccessarily be accurate to how things were.

The stories we make up about these objects all fit together, make sense, and don’t contradict eachother, but that doesn’t mean that’s the way it was. It’s likely we’re right about a lot; but there is so much we’ll never know and probably a lot that we’ve gotten wrong. Watch the video above, but especially the part at 47:07-49:22.


My favorite swordsmith giving a presentation on viking/celtic ornamentation on swords

Jake Powning is an extraordinary swordsmith and wood carver. Here is an hour long lecture/presentation on swordsmithing, word carving, and viking/celtic ornamentation. Very beautiful and very informative!

Back to the books!

What’s new? I’ve started studying for the GRE! *tremble* πŸ˜‰

I’m also narrowing my focus for my grad school applications. I’m planning on studying the Inca. I’ve always been fascinated by their practices, and this will give me an excuse to explore my Chilean roots! Mortuary practices really keep me engaged, so I’d like to take it in that direction. πŸ™‚ If I have to spend a couple years living and breathing material, it had better be material that I enjoy studying!

…and where will it lead? I’m still interested in Cultural Resource Management lab work. Maybe I’ll do field work. Maybe museum work. We’ll see. I’m happy with my options, so far. πŸ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood archaeologist ♥

The sooner, the better!

I hope everyone is doing wonderfully!

It’s funny how little things can influence you to make big decisions. I wanted to wait until I had debt payed off and a savings before I applied to graduate school; but stepping foot back on the UCSD campus to pick up my cap and gown was like going back home. The sooner I earn my Master’s Degree, the better. I’m really leaning towards applying this fall for programs that begin next year.

My only problem? Specialization! I need to familiarize myself with the faculty at these universities, their research, and figure out a geographical and topical focus before I apply. Any ideas? πŸ˜‰ (Keep in mind, I would need access to the resources. For example, if I’m focusing on Mayan petroglyphs, I would need to travel to Mesoamerica for the research.)

What do you think? πŸ™‚

Back to work!

Hello, everyone! πŸ™‚

I’m excited to inform you that I’ve secured a job! I’m actually returning to my previous workplace where I spent the last 5.5 years before I left for Sweden. I’ve been offered the Human Resources Assistant position. Once I pay off my debt (which should be in approximately 5 months), I will begin to save for graduate school (which I will attend while I work full-time). I’m excited to gain this valuable experience in office administration! …plus, I get my own office. Yay! πŸ™‚

♥ ♥ ♥

Still Searching!

Hi all! πŸ™‚

I apologize for the lack of updates. As Mike and I have (thankfully and happily) settled back in, I am still searching for full-time work. Well? Surprise, surprise. Employment within an academic discipline usually requires a substantial amount of (you guessed it) academic work. I was planning on graduate school in the future, but I was hoping to get work in the social sciences with only my BA. Considering that I don’t want to do any more excavation (I’m aiming for lab work or research), I’ll have to find full-time office work until I earn my Master’s degree.

So as soon as I find full-time work, Mike and I will pay off debt, save up, and I’ll apply for Museum Studies programs! πŸ™‚ I hope to enroll within the next 2 years. Considering the vast amount of graduate programs that accommodate full-time working individuals with flexible night schedules and “distance learning”, I’ll be able to keep working full-time while I earn my Master’s degree!

The search continues… πŸ™‚

We’re home! And we’re selling a ton of our books on Amazon!

Erin and I got home safely from Sweden and just decided to sell a bunch of our extra stuff. Less clutter is always good. So we’re selling almost half of our giant collection of books on Amazon! Erin went through and matched the lowest prices for almost all of these books so come check it out and get a deal! We have Art books, Comics, Christian books, Scifi, Classic Literature, Nonfiction, History, Anthropology/Archaeology, Textbooks, etc! Β Click on the “Book Sale!” link in the top right corner or just Click Here if you’re lazy. We’ll be updating the page frequently so check back often if you’re interested.