The Autumn Equinox is Here! Wait, Whats the Autumn Equinox?

Happy Fall, Y’all!

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It comes twice a year and is related to the change in seasons, but a lot of people don’t understand this celestial alignment.

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I Love the First Day of School!

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I love the first day of school.  Geeky, but true.  For those of us who are still on campus at the end of the academic year, summers are way too quiet.  I miss the students – yes, even when they are naughty.

On the 1st day there is so much promise.  The building come alive with students, walking, talking, and sometimes looking around with confusion about where to go next.  When I arrive in my classroom, they are all there.  Yes, 100% attendance, it only happens again on final exam day.  The difference between that day and today is that today they are excited to be there; eager to see what possibilities the course has to offer them.

Pencils have sharpened points, notebooks are crisp and white. They talk, they contribute, they still think I am cool.  This is all before the mid-semester doldrums hit or they realize that I actually expect them to turn in work.

Today we talked of many things – what archaeology is, what they thought it was, if they will have a chance to try it themselves, places archaeologists go. No, we don’t do dinosaurs.  No, I don’t carry a whip, and X never marks the spot.

I spoke of doing fieldwork in North Carolina, Florida, Mexico – both on land and underwater.  I make the same 1st day joke I do every semester – I became an archaeologist because they let me have a machete.  They always smile. Yep, cool factor goes up a little.

We also talked about places students can go – Peru, Ecuador, Ireland, Costa Rica as part of our study abroad program; Most of you have learned all about it too.  This year is Scotland.  Hopefully, you will hear about our progress towards that trip this semester and what we learn once we return in May.  Maybe one or two of my new archaeology students will come along on the Scotland trip.  I hope all of them will enjoy the course and learn a little more about archaeology than they came in with.

I love the 1st day of school only in the way a teacher can….

¿Estás lista? ¡Es casi la hora de salir para Costa Rica !

Craven Students Abroad!

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Hi there study abroad fans!  The hour is near – only 2 more days until we leave for Study Abroad Costa Rica 2015.  I cannot wait for the rest of the ladies to meet our friends at Immerson Abroad Costa Rica.  Odie and her staff have prepared a wonderful adventure for us.

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Check and double check your packing lists!  Don’t forget to pack a gift for you host Mom too.

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Knight the panther is all set and ready to go.  Make sure you are too.  Knight will be photo journaling his way through our Costa Rica trip.  Stay tuned for some student update here on this page and check in at the Study Abroad Club @ Craven Community College facebook page to see what highjinks Knight will find himself embroiled in.

¡Hasta Pronto!

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Mayday and the Celtic festival of Bealtaine | Irish Archaeology

Happy May Day! I am ready to celebrate Spring.  Ironically, it is cold here today!

Mayday and the Celtic festival of Bealtaine | Irish Archaeology.

The Meaning of St. Patrick’s Day

For all my friends in Bundoran, We miss you….Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh

The Random Musings of a Gypsy Archaeologist...

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day gives people of Irish descent a sense of pride in their heritage; a chance to celebrate their national and ethnic identity.  There are no leprechauns, rainbows, or pots of gold anywhere in this equation.  It is also not just an excuse to drink green beer or drink to excess.  In fact, to many people of Irish descent I know, this is offensive.  According to my friend Niamh, here are the rules for St. Patrick’s Day:

“The rules are… It’s St.Patrick’s Day, or Paddy’s Day, but NEVER St.Patty’s. Car Bombs were WMDs and drinks of same name are in extremely bad taste.There will be lots of great musicians around playing great music: go listen to them. Laugh, sing and have fun with friends, real Irish culture is all about the craic. And shun the leprechaun!”

Bundorna ST Paddys

Okay, since we are celebrating all things Irish in preparation for our…

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What Statistics Show about Study Abroad Students | Study Abroad

An interesting read with statistics about how study abroad impacts students both academically and in finding employment. 

What Statistics Show about Study Abroad Students | Study Abroad.

2014 in review

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The solstice is a turning point in the year, a good time to reverse heritage cutbacks

The solstice is a turning point in the year, a good time to reverse heritage cutbacks.

Historic Images on Newgrange

Images of Newgrage through the Ages

reblogging some cool historic photos of Newgrange

Sligo Today News for Sligo County – Armada Wrecks at Streedagh for National Museum

Sligo Today News for Sligo County – Armada Wrecks at Streedagh for National Museum.

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