17 November 2016
Anthony Edwards, circulation technician at the Dulaney-Browne Library at Oklahoma City University, visited the tea hour to talk about his archaeological explorations in the Mojave Desert of California. In (seemingly all of) Anthony's spare time, he is a desert explorer, having completed dozens of backpacking trips in Mojave National Preserve, Death Valley, and other nearby regions. Anthony has sharpened a field technique for locating and photographing artifacts indicative of ancient human landscapes in the southwest. He shared his approach to practicing field work, scouting locations in advance, scouring the scant literature, navigating water-less and unmarked routes, and other techniques required for embodying this magnificent region of the American southwest. After his talk, we discussed ways in which he might connect his work to ongoing archaeological research, and how he might frame his expertise in desert fieldwork within the world of the Geo-Humanities.