Well, Thursday was my dissertation deadline. My MA is finished and now I just sit back, await judgement and apply for jobs.

Wish me luck!


I’m finally getting all the dozens of books that I’ve requested from the interlibrary loan for my senior project. Color me EXCITED.

Oh, dear. I got far too excited seeing ‘Claiming the Stones’ there. I’m cheekily stealing the latter half of that title for my MA dissertation. (Shh. Don’t tell anybody.)

I’m off to Birdfair tomorrow. Of course, I’ll be studiously examining the representations of British natural heritage to be found there.

While shopping and taking photos, of course.

This week I have read over 400 pages of policy documents which are ‘especially relevant’ to my dissertation topic.

My notes for this entire chunk of read can be summed up in ‘yeah, so, that thing I’m writing about? Look how they don’t even mention it.’

Museums, galleries and historic properties make up 11/20 of the paid-for attrcations top 20, and fill 19/20 of the free attractions lists.

View the paid and free attractions lists for 2010.

and yet. Le sigh.

Supposed to be writing my dissertation on the representation of the individual identities of human remains in museum exhibitions right now. Less than 5 weeks to go.

Actually on Tumblr and drinking lots of cups of tea. Hoping just having built a fortress of books and papers around me counts as progress.

“If something becomes unimportant to people, it gets scrapped for parts; if it becomes important, it turns into a symbol and must eventually be destroyed. The only way to survive over the long run is to be made of materials large and worthless, like Stonehenge and the Pyramids, or to become lost. The Dead Sea Scrolls managed to survive by remaining lost for a couple millennia. Now that they’ve been located and preserved in a museum, they’re probably doomed. I give them two centuries - tops.”
Danny Hillis, American inventor, entrepreneur, and author. He co-founded Thinking Machines Corporation, a company that developed the Connection Machine, a parallel supercomputer designed by Hillis at MIT, The Millennium Clock, Wired Scenarios, 1995 (via amiquote)


This is a subject that I’ve attempted to post about before, but it always devolved into self-righteous ranting and/or blathering about Ancient Near Eastern epics. However, when, two weeks ago, one of you disputed something I said regarding the nature pre-writing archaeological record, it kind of…