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June 30, 2006

The real test of an anthropology education

Today I bought my first "real" computer game, Sid Meier's Civilization IV. I've heard good things about the franchise, so decided to give it a go to occupy my time for the next month. Civilization IV is a history-based strategy game where you control populations and events with the goal of becoming the most powerful in the world. It's a very involved game that requires quite a bit of time, something that I don't usually have much of during the academic year. I have yet to start a new game as it took about an hour and a half to do the tutorial, and I still need to read the instruction manual. Now we get to see if anything I've learned about human culture and history is useful in the virtual world...

Note the Mayan temple from Tikal on the cover, even though you can't play as the Mayan civilization. The only ancient New World cultures in the game are Inca and Aztec.

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June 28, 2006

Not quite Palos Blancos Honduras, but...

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Zahi Hawass, chief of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, examines a coffin in the Valley of Kings, Luxor, Egypt.

Full NYT story here.

Posted by Will at 07:39 PM

Back

Tampa, Florida

I made it back to the States in one piece. The American Airlines counter at the San Pedro Sula airport was insane this morning so we barely made our flight. In Miami, my advisor got pulled for "inspection" which probably had something to do with all the fancy survey equipment he was hauling. Because my friend and I waited for him, we missed our flight but made it on a 2pm with no problem. It's strange to be back in the US, even only after five weeks. Tonight I think I'll lock myself in my room, enjoy highspeed internet and catch up on some bills, maybe watch a movie in English for a change, and enjoy the running water and air conditioning. As much as I like the field and living in Central America, the comforts of home are too much to give up completely. So this completes Honduras Blogging 2006. As soon as I get my photos organized I'll probably throw them up on the web somewhere.

Posted by Will at 05:51 PM

June 26, 2006

Wrapping Up

San Pedro Sula, Honduras

We are in Sn Pedro tonight for another "staff dinner" and to get away from Cofradia for a few hours. Two of our co-directors have been in Tegucigalpa working on the business end of the project and appeasing the government officials. I finished up at Palos Blancos on Friday with backfilling, which was back-breaking but satisfying. After a bittersweet farewell to the local children and my workers, we headed back to begin a few days of wrapping up at the lab. One last push tomorrow and I'm off on Wednesday morning.

Posted by Will at 09:45 PM

June 14, 2006

Looking forward to Copan

Cofradia, Honduras

This week has been going by somewhat slow. Perhaps it´s because we´re nearing the end of the season and I´m ready to get back to Tampa to find a new apartment and then to North Carolina for a few weeks to visit before classes start again. The highlight of this month for me is going to be Copan this weekend, a couple of hours from Cofradia near the border with Guatemala. Expect plenty of fantastic pictures from there. No spectacular news from my site, Palos Blancos, but my colleague´s team uncovered a burial at Palmarejo which will keep them busy for the rest of the month.

Posted by Will at 07:33 PM

June 08, 2006

Let it Rain

Cofradia, Honduras

We finally got some rain most of yesterday evening and into this morning. The power went out, interestingly because when it rains the town of Cofradia will shut down the power supply as a precaution. It was still off when we left for the field this morning so I had to go without coffee...a very bad thing especially when I get up every work morning at 6am. In the field my trench had not been destroyed but there was quite a bit of water accumulation in the deepest pits on either end. I was pretty much done with that anyway so we extended a few units across the top of the structure. Nothing too dramatic but some nice large sherds in one lot along with a bunch of carbon. They were burning something at the top, perhaps ritually. In essence, I´m excavating a big pile of rocks. This particular structure is in terrible condition after many centuries of sitting abandoned so its more frustrating than rewarding. I´ve also realized that this is my ¨getting to know Honduras¨season because I´m not doing anything I´m particularly interested in doing for my Masters. Next year will prove to be more productive, I hope.

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June 04, 2006

Lap of Luxury

San Pedro Sula, Honduras

I was able to find an internet cafe in San Pedro Sula where I uploaded some of my photos from the past two weeks. This is the view from my hotel room in the Gran Hotel Sula. We spent one night in town to tour and visit the museum...and to enjoy a hot shower and air conditioned sleep. As expected, Hondruas is a beautiful country.

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