My name is Kate Leonard.
I am an Archaeologist and will be spending 2016 traveling around the world lending a hand on exciting archaeology projects.
The concept is 12 countries - 12 projects - 12 months.
After finishing my PhD in 2014 I had months of receiving rejection letters from post-doc and other job applications in my field. A graduate student can feel a lot of pressure to pursue an academic career after finishing their studies. I was no different and felt utterly defeated by my lack of prospects. It took a lot to overcome the potential depression smouldering under that pile of rejection letters. However, I had spent too much time and effort gaining my credentials to not use them to do something I was passionate about.
After throwing some wild ideas around the concept of Global Archaeology came to me.
There are many things that I love about archaeology: the puzzle of the unknown, the physical action of revealing the past, spending days outdoors surrounded by beautiful vistas, interpreting what is found, and above all else learning about the strange and fascinating things we humans do and have done.
Over the 12 months of 2016 I will travel to 12 different countries (one each month) to participate in 12 projects and share my journey on the Global Archaeology Blog and Facebook page. I wish to infuse others with the excitement I feel when I immerse myself in a different culture or reveal the past through archaeological excavation.
My goals for Global Archaeology are to create an engaging blog, produce a book based on the endeavour and develop a wider perspective on archaeology as it is practiced around the world. Of course, I will also gain new skills and insights from the exceptional archaeologists I meet. At the end of this year long journey I hope to continue moving in a positive direction with my archaeological career.
Your donation will be put directly towards the cost of traveling to each destination (plane, train, bus, ferry, camel...). Any additional funds received will go towards the production of a book based on Global Archaeology: a year of digs.
Don't forget to visit www.globalarchaeology.ca to see the 12 destinations!
Thank you for your support!