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Joss in Tikal, Guatemala, Summer 2013

Joss Whittaker

I was born in Seattle, grew up in Port Townsend, and spent most of my teenage years sailing across the South Pacific. I attended Peninsula College, Port Angeles, as part of the Running Start program, and received my bachelor’s degree from Brown University in 2006. Since then, I’ve worked as a farmhand, ecologist, campaign field organizer, writer, and archaeologist. I received my M.A. from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 2013. Now I’m working on my PhD., also at UW. My UW departmental page is here.

My research focuses on cultural borders and frontiers, particularly the ways that trade and material culture influence the transmission of ideas across cultural boundaries. Through these interests, and with help from colleagues and friends, I’ve ended up focusing my research efforts on Maluku Province, Indonesia, specifically the Aru Islands, just southwest of New Guinea. That research is ongoing, and you can expect to hear more about it over time.

I started this blog in 2012 to document my first reconnaissance trip to Aru, so the earliest posts tell the story of that experience, but I’ll probably go off on tangents that have nothing to do with archaeology or Southeast Asia from time to time. As the blog develops, I’ll focus more on questions of public archaeology, problems in the US education system, and maybe some foreign policy and political questions as well. All that will be nutritious, but maybe a bit bland, so I’ll add some stories about other adventures (and misadventures) as they arise.

Thanks for visiting my blog! I’m not updating on a fixed schedule, but if you stop back every month or so, chances are you’ll find something new.

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