This was my last week at the NHHC’s Underwater Archaeology Branch and I was sad to see it go. In my last week I continued work on sample Sunken Military Craft Act brochures and researched a bit more in the National Archives for the ship I mentioned in a previous post. I also helped a fellow intern take inventory and measurements of anchors at the Navy yard for her Master’s thesis. I was touched by the warm farewell I received from everyone and felt not a little guilty for doubting their valuation of my presence at NHHC UAB before. My only regret is that I didn’t have more time, not only for my work but also to get to know these people and support the work they do. I can’t thank the AAA members who donated to this program, enough. It has been a great learning experience and I am already involved in various ideas of follow-up and continuation, made possible by the connections I made at NHHC UAB.
So long shipwrecks, but you’re not rid of me quite yet! I still have two more weeks at the AAA office where I will be working with Executive Director Ed Liebow and the president of the Association of Senior Anthropologists, Sidney Greenfield. I am charged with outlining a research plan to answer a question everyone reading this blog has a stake in: Is the average life span of an anthropologist longer than that of other academics or professionals? Stay tuned for the next exciting installment in this mystery.
In the meantime I am taking full advantage of my remaining days in D.C. Few places remain for me to visit, partly in thanks to a confusion in directions which had me riding my bike all over tarnation. It turned out not to be so bad (D.C. really isn’t as big as one thinks and if you just keep going straight you’re sure to come upon a familiar landmark and suddenly you know where you are) and I saw great parts of the city.
This past week I transitioned from the Smithsonian’s African Art Museum back to AAA. I enjoyed every minute of my time at the Smithsonian. I really felt as though I was contributing to a greater project and that my work, thoughts, and opinions were valued and considered. I made connections I will never forget.
With all of that being said, I am also excited to return back to AAA. I am working with Katie Vizenor on developing the Anthropology Information Center for the new website. The first stage of the project was sifting through the old website for any material that looks as though it needed saving, which was quite a task considering the disarray of the current site. But have no fear! I completed the task and am making giant steps forward in producing a much more organized system!
This project will affect current and future anthropologists around the world. I feel honored that I am once again contributing to a larger picture and that my work will be recognized and appreciated by many. With two weeks left I can’t wait to see where this project will lead me.