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Changes…or Station to Station…

Changes…or Station to Station…whichever David Bowie album fits my current liminal state.  In fact, It’s probably Station to Station as it is a transitional album…moving from the funk-inspired Young Americans to the “Thin White Duke” years…Like Bowie, I am in transition…moving from station to station…from the SAU Research Station in Magnolia, to the UAF Research […]

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A Year In a Day: My Life as an Arkansas Archeological Survey Archeologist

My name is Jamie Brandon and I work for the Arkansas Archeological Survey (AAS). Last year, the 2012 Day of Archaeology caught me finishing up a large excavation I was directing at Historic Washington State Park.  This kind of thing (directing excavations) is what the public might expect an archaeologist to do.  This year, however, […]

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Southern Arkansas University’s “Big Picture”

Big thanks to the folks in Southern Arkansas University’s Communications Center for writing and posting a “Big Picture” faculty profile on me. For a while, a link to the piece was rotating on the header/banner on the SAU homepage, but you can read the whole article here: http://web.saumag.edu/2012/09/05/jamie_brando/ I know, I know…the picture with the […]

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The Mysterious Case of the “Social Core” in Texas Anthropology

When I was a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin I, like most other anthropologists interested in the “humanistic” side of anthropology, took what they called “Social Core.” This class, formally entitled “Introduction to Graduate Social Anthropology (ANT 392),” was largely seen as a “trial by fire” which served to separate out […]

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Giggity Leadership?

I found this sign on the SAU campus today…wow! You might be asking yourself, “What the…?!?” I know I did. This sign points the way to the Leadership Academy associated with the SAU’s Becoming a Mulerider program (BAM!). The BAM! website explains that: “Nothing even comes close to all of the fun, good times, new […]

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Samuel Dickinson

The below obituary is from the December 14th Hope Star. Sam Dickenson was a legend in Arkansas history and archeological circles…I never got the opportunity to meet him, but I have heard lots of stories….He published several articles with Sam Dellinger in the 1930s and depending who you ask either one “Sam” or the other […]

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One Year Anniversary…

This month is both the one year anniversary of my permanent arrival in Magnolia and the one year anniversary of the discovery of the theft of the Cedar Grove ceramic vessels from the AAS–SAU Research Station facility in the Bruce Center. I’ll be posting a one-year report to the blog in the next couple of […]

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Archeological Simulacrum in Service to Outreach

I’ve recently reviewed a book by an old friend of mine from the University of Texas–Dr. Troy Lovata. Troy (now at the University of New Mexico) has recently published Inauthentic Archaeologies: Public Uses and Abuses of the Past. In this rather cleaver volume, Lovata points out that “inauthentic archeologies” are good from more than simply […]

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Living in Glass Houses….

I’ve returned to Magnolia after two weeks of helping my friend James Davidson and his University of Florida archaeological field school excavate a Spanish mission (more on that soon over on the Farther Along blog). At any rate, my first full day back at the SAU Station and I got to witness what David Jeane […]

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During Finals…

…this is what the snack machine in the Bruce Center on the Southern Arkansas University campus looks like. Not much to choose from, eh? 1 microwave popcorn, 2 peanut butter & crackers, 3 dove bars and a Mounds bar….sad…I took the peanut butter & crackers.

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