Swap out!


The banner photo of me and Khafre in the Cairo Museum has been swapped out for something more recent!  You’ll now find an image taken by NCMA photographer Karen  Malinofski after the installation of the model of a boat in the Egyptian galleries in the West Building.  It will randomly appear up in the banner…

How to reach an archaeologist


Should you have questions for the ‘Answered by an Archaeologist’ chronicle, you can now reach me at: archeologue.wordpress ( at ) gmail.com.

Questions are welcomed, but make certain you have browsed the site and blog for an answer before you contact me. Please note that I will not answer homework or research questions. Queries regarding universities and colleges, details about admission, programmes and courses should be directed to universities and colleges.

Should your question be relevant to a wide audience, it will be posted here.



Yet another section is added to An Archaeologist’s Diary!  You now have access to links to websites related to Egyptology.  You can access this new section from the menu, where you can either click on Links and select  Egyptology (in blue) on the new page or hover over Links in the menu and select Egyptology from the drop-down list.

There will be other categories of links coming in the future. Stay tuned!

How do I become an archaeologist?


Another chronicle has been added to An Archaeologist’s Diary: How do I become an archaeologist? That very question (actually, “how do I become an Egyptologist?”) is the reason why I created the original An Archaeologist’s Diary back in 2002. Please do keep in mind that what you will read in this chronicle are merely ideas to consider when thinking about a career in archaeology, not strict guidelines to follow to become an archaeologist.

Click on ‘How do I become an archaeologist?‘ in the menu and follow the links on that page to fully explore the chronicle. Enjoy!

Tweaking here and there…


What is Archaeology? had been bugging me the last few days. I didn’t like the fact that the drop down-menu took readers directly to sub-pages and completely by-passed the actual What is Archaeology? page.  There are paragraphs on that page that introduce each of the various sections–Before the dig, During the dig and After the dig–and bring context to them.  (You’ll hear archaeologists talk about context all the time: artefacts mean nothing if not associated with their original archaeological context.  The same goes for pretty much anything in this world. Without context we don’t know how to interpret things…)

In any case, I have removed the drop-down menu for that particular chronicle.  Now you simply click on the title bar and you will be taken to the main page, which includes links (that open up in a different tab or window, for your convenience) for you to browse.  I have also added a few images here and there.

I hope this works better for you… it sure works better for me!

An Archaeologist’s Diary has found a new home!


Over the next little while, An Archaeologist’s Diary is going to be transferred to its new home on WordPress. (Its free home!) It will look similar to its earlier incarnation, but there might be a change here or there.  What is likely to be different is the blogging portion: in addition to my blog on the website of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities, I will be blogging here too.  Shorter posts, hopefully more frequent.  We’ll see.