Blogging since July 3, 2003….
Farther Along is Jamie Chad Brandon’s personal shameless, self-indulgent blog: my life, music, anthropology, archaeology, cultural studies, Arkansas, the Ozarks, Little Rock, Memphis, Nashville, Texas, race, whiteness, history, memory and whatever soapbox I happen to get out of bed on.
I have over 25 years of experience in the field of archeology and have been involved with projects in a total of 13 southeastern states (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MO, MS, NC, SC, TN, TX, VA). I have authored or co-authored publications and/or technical reports on research in seven of those states (AL, AR, LA, MS, NC, TN, TX) and have strong backgrounds in both the academic and private sectors. I have been certified by the Register of Professional Archaeologists and have worked for academic institutions, state agencies, and private cultural resource firms. I have worked at all stages of investigation and on sites dating from the Pleistocene to the twentieth century.
I am currently an Associate Research Professor at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and the Arkansas Archeological Survey’s UAF Research Station Archeologist. In this “dual” position I teach anthropology courses for University of Arkansas’s Anthropology Department and I am responsible for public outreach and research using the archeological resources in my station territory–12 counties in Northwest Arkansas and the Arkansas Ozarks.
From 2006-2014, I served as the Arkansas Archeological Survey’s Research Station Archeologist at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Arkansas. This is the same job I do in Fayetteville, but my research territory was 11 counties in southwestern Arkansas and my teaching service was in SAU’s Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
I finished my Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin in December of 2004, but I moved to the Arkansas Ozarks to finish collecting my dissertation data and write in 2003. Between 2003-2006 I also taught anthropology part-time at the University of Arkansas and NorthWest Arkansas Community College.
…but having said that, Farther Along is my personal blog…none of the content reflect official thoughts, ideas, or opinions of the Arkansas Archeological Survey, or the University of Arkansas system…really…they may not even accurately reflect my thoughts…depending on how good I get at writing…
My current research interests are within the sub-fields of archeology and cultural studies—archeology of the Ozarks and greater southeastern United States. My work in historical archeology has focused on material culture and identity, race construction, representation and power relations in the American South. My work in prehistoric archeology is currently focused on Ozark bluff shelters, refining our understanding of the Archaic period in the region, and landscape analysis. Across the prehistoric/historical archeology divide I am interested in collective cultural memory, historic preservation and critical archeology.
Why the Name “Farther Along…”?
I like the name “Farther Along…” for a couple reasons…first, because I use it as a mantra for my work as an archeologist…like, the song says “farther along we’ll know more about it”…that’s pretty much how archeology works…dig some more…look at some more artifacts…more data…and you might understand the problem/question better…
Secondly, when I began Farther Along... in 2003, I was a hard-core alt.country fan…and the name of the blog comes from the traditional song “Farther Along”–long a favorite of artists such as The Osborn Brothers, the Flying Burrito Bros., Emmy Lou Harris, George Hamilton IV, Sam Cooke, Dolly Parton, Mississippi John Hurt, Ray Price, the Oakridge Boys, Rose Maddox, Elvis Presley, The Byrds, David Grisman and the Bad Livers.