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#106 thefuzz

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 01:35 PM

I am really enjoying this thread, but I think I need you to forward me your address so I can send a razor and some shaving cream down to you.



#107 Cat

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 05:50 PM

My son wants to be Indiana Jones. a professor and archeologist. Hes really enjoying this thread. Its been a realistic educational tool so thanks :)

#108 PhillyB

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 06:25 PM

My son wants to be Indiana Jones. a professor and archeologist. Hes really enjoying this thread. Its been a realistic educational tool so thanks :)

 

awesome! i'll be headed out to the field in a few days to do some actual excavation so i'll post more information at that point... it's a bit more hands-on and particular to archaeological work than the lab analysis i'm doing most of the time (which is the boring part of archaeology, actually.)



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Posted 08 July 2013 - 01:19 PM

 

 

 

 

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yesterday i took a bus to arequipa and picked up my wife and daughter at the airport. it's good to have the crew back together

 

 

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Bruh, can i gets dat close up? on first pick? she might quailify Shhheeeyyyeaahhh

 

 

Side note, I dig you liking dirt and bones and poo, nice lil fam too. Send me a message here and I will donate to your church or whatever that digs up all this poo?  for those poor people. I bet they are happy to get their ancestors into a prop grave ryght? 



#110 h0llywood

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 09:17 PM

1) Stay hydrated

2) You look familiar the more I look at your picture

3) Post or PM us your address so we can send care packages

4) Try to take as many pictures as you can

 

Don't you guys get down time? Like wild bachannalian Peruvian nights down time?



#111 PhillyB

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 07:49 PM

1) Stay hydrated

2) You look familiar the more I look at your picture

3) Post or PM us your address so we can send care packages

4) Try to take as many pictures as you can

 

Don't you guys get down time? Like wild bachannalian Peruvian nights down time?

 

1) always. the temperature is pretty mild here but the sun is really intense and sucks the moisture right out of you. i drink steadily and my piss still stays bronze

 

2) are you based in greensboro?

 

3) haha thanks for the offer, but sour cream can't be shipped by air freight unless you package it with a powered refrigerator, and that's the only thing i'm craving (and in two weeks from today we're packing up and shipping off to uruguay for a bit of vacay time, so the desert's clutches on me are limited.)

 

4) loading another one after this post.

 

we're actually being worked harder than most groups that come through -- six days a week, 9am to 6pm (with an hour for lunch.) i have actually worked through every sunday since arriving, so i haven't had a day off the job in a month, but i enjoy what i'm doing so it's no big deal. usually friday and saturday nights we all meet up and hit a local bar called banditos that easily makes the top three of coolest bars i've ever been to in my life. the guy who owns it paints during the day and hangs his art up in the bar, so it's covered from wall to wall to ceiling to floor to tables to stools in original artwork... incredible place. i'm going to try to buy one of his particularly striking impressionist paintings this weekend if he'll part with it for a decent price



#112 PhillyB

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 07:59 PM

spent today in the desert again, mapping archaeological features on the site we've been working on... we finally completed it, marking everything ad nauseum with a differential GPS. it's been fun working out there but the harsh wind and scathing sun and the constant breathing of dust will be nice to avoid from now on.

 

the only place out there that provides any shade at all is the occasional bone jutting out of the ground. pictured here is the proximal end of a human femur, and as it's presently undated, it could range from 1000 BCE to as late as 1400 CE. that's either a rib or an ulna jutting up in the background.

 

 

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 09:12 AM

That bone is erect.



#114 PhillyB

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 12:41 AM

today was a good day, mainly because it was my first day off since i got here. i've been working through sundays to stay ahead of schedule (we've accomplished far more already in the month i've been here than my professor had intended for the entire duration of my stay) but this time i kicked back and relaxed, concentrating instead on writing a research proposal that i'll be able to execute here to land me a spot in an academic conference in austin, TX next spring (assuming i pull it off properly.) so instead of sorting eight hundred thousand potsherds i spent the day at a park high above the city, affording spectacular views and plenty of aesthetically-pleasing gardens and landscaping... wife and baby enjoyed it and i nearly completed my proposal, and also grabbed this cool picture of the sun sinking down into the horizon behind this bridge spanning two cliffs above the city

 

 

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then tonight i got home, ate some pizza at this sweet ass pizza place (two margarita pizzas, basket of cheese-doused bread, and a pair of drinks for eleven bucks, including the tip) and decided to go out and grab a beer at a small bar across the street from my apartment that i've meant to check out for a long time, with the goal of finishing my proposal. instead i got there and found that the bartender was a transplant from lima, spoke near-fluent english, and was already tipsy, having drank copiously in the absence of any customers (sunday nights are pretty dead in backwater moquegua.) so i got about two sentences written over the course of an hour, finally i gave up and sat at the bar and talked to carlos. he was straight chugging shots of jose cuervo silver, so after the next hour of talking international politics and cultural comparisons between the u.s. and peru he was pretty close to wasted. he proceeded to make me a pisco sour (the national drink of peru) on the house, dumping quadruple 2oz. shots into the fuging thing, which meant it was six ounces of hard liquor and a splash of everything else, which meant by the time i finished the drink it was hitting me all at once.

 

at that point i knew to bounce out of there and go home to squeeze my wife's boobies, so i paid him and asked him for change for a 20 to leave a tip (since, as i explained, even though in peru tipping isn't really a thing, we bartenders take care of our own.) he fished around and turned red and told me he didn't have any change, and that it was a "peruvian shame." he told me to come back tuesday and he'd give me two beers. i laughed and shook his hand and told him it was no problemo, and he saluted me and i told him ciao and went home and squeezed my wife's boobies. now i'm drunk and on the huddle because it all hit me at once.

 

good day.



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Posted 16 July 2013 - 09:45 PM

http://www.foxnews.c...val-those-giza/

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#116 PhillyB

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 09:56 PM

http://www.foxnews.c...val-those-giza/

your next assignment, should you choose to accept it

 

yeah i heard about that. if everything goes according to plan i'll be doing a seminar on egyptology next march and i may be able to work in some excavations out there provided things are more settled down politically



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Posted 18 July 2013 - 07:16 PM

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#118 PhillyB

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 05:35 PM

my last week in peru was marked by a torrid pace of potsherd assembly. we'd nearly doubled our goal of analyzing a single palace unit during my time in the lab and expanded to catalogue the entirety of a feasting hall. i was essentially in charge of the reconstruction, combing through thousands upon thousands of ceramic fragments and attempting to assemble them. the only thing i can think of to compare this task to is a two-sided puzzle without edges or corners or a box cover to look (and the entire thing consists of sky pieces.) the only thing that got me through it was this awesome ass lemon iced tea i discovered around the corner of the museum and nonstop repetitions of the offspring on my ipod.

 

on our last sunday we roamed the town taking pictures of some of the highlights (there aren't many. there's not much to moquegua.) on tuesday i worked a half day and said goodbye to everyone, packed up my poo, and caught a bus with my wife and our baby to the much bigger town of arequipa, where we stayed in a nice guesthouse with hot water, where i indulged myself with the first hot shower i'd had in almost two months, during which i made an entire bar of soap disappear, sang most of bon jovi's greatest hits, and officially dislodged any and all mummy particles from my beard. we also ate mcdonalds because we're both closet fatasses. god it was good.

 

anyway then we caught a flight to lima the next day, stayed most of the day in the airport (which i spent voting for the panthers unis in the contest from a starbucks) and finally took off on an overnight flight to montevideo, uruguay. we're here now, but that's for another post. here's some cool pics of our last weeks in peru

 

 

 

that baby of mine, who has done quite nicely thus far:

 

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jesus, it turns out, lives in a hill in the deserts of southern peru:

 

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this right here is a picture of the ass of a frog spraying water on a fountain designed by charles eiffel in the middle of moquegua's plaza de armas. you'll never know how you lived without seeing that

 

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local cathedral in moquegua, soon to be dwarfed by the ones we encountered in arequipa:

 

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taxi queue near the market in moquegua:

 

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this dude stood in the middle of intersections, waited for cars to stop at the red light, jumped out and juggled for thirty seconds, and collected change. he had to make bank, collecting money every time. in this particular shot he's being gawked at by three kids in the taxi on the right, and given a critical eye by the motorcycle cop on the left, who may have made him nervous, as he dropped a baton right after i took this picture for the first time since i'd been watching him. i jumped in the middle of the intersection to shoot this, and composed it poorly, but i like it anyway. i gave him a dollar

 

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from the plaza de armas in arequipa:

 

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the massive cathedral facing arequipa's plaza de armas:

 

 

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 10:56 PM

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Posted 28 July 2013 - 08:24 AM

oooh that's tough, there's not much to go on. the climate looks temperate, too wet for the west coast and too dry for the north coast... too mountainous for uruguay... so i'd put my money on somewhere in central/south brazil or northern argentina.




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