Monthly Archives: December 2011

LACH and my Pithouse Finale

It feels like classes ended forever ago, but I know it has only been about a week and a half (my course syllabus assignment and presentation, mentioned previously, was well liked by my classmates and professor). Since then I have given my presentation to the London Advisory Committee on Heritage (as have the rest of the 2011/2012 Public History students), handed in my Arch Theory paper (mentioned previously), met with my supervisor about my MA Thesis project, helped set up out LACH exhibit at ARCC, finished my GRA research on pithouses, and handed in my LACH report. All that is left is to meet with my GRA supervisor (Chris Ellis) to hand in an electronic version of my pithouse research on Monday morning.

My LACH presentation went well, they did not have too many comments or suggestions for me, and I feel that it couldn’t have gone much better. The report writing also went fairly well. I was able to use a program online to edit the designation evaluation forms and insert them into my report, along with a number of pictures, and the HGIS maps I made in regards to the properties the Southcott family owned on Simcoe St.. The referencing process, which I thought would be fairly difficult, if not aggravating, actually was not as painful as I expected it to be– perhaps because of all the practice I had navigating the microfilm copies of the records I used while finding the information.

The exhibit set up for our heritage houses was a well needed break from my pithouse research. It allowed me to be a bit more creative than I had been in the days previous as the research was becoming very tedious by the end. I had been working with this one book, and creating notes from it, for a very long time, and I was ready to do something else. The exhibits came together very nicely and perhaps over the break I will have the opportunity to put some pictures up on here from it and the exhibit I helped put up for homecoming at the med school.

As for the pithouses, I’ve spent about 140 hours doing research for Chris Ellis over the past semester, looking into how they are built, when they are used, who lived in them, activities that occurred inside, storage, etc.. Now that I am done I can hardly believe how much I was able to get through, and despite some tiring hours, I cannot say I did not enjoy the experience. It was a wonderful exercise and hope that he is able to utilize the research soon.

As always, my MA project is being refined and it is likely that I will spend my time in Peru this summer at one archaeological site museum now– most likely Huacas de Moche, and may be exploring the framing of the site in comparison to how people experience it. There are a number of possibilities for what I could do for this, but that is to be resolved in the near future. For now I’m just pondering the numerous possibilities and trying to figure out which of them I will actually be able to do.

Now I’m just waiting to head home for the holidays with AK, and am allowing myself the opportunity to read about the Inquisition while he works on his reading course paper. Hopefully the weather stays good for our trip. I’m looking forward to going home, regardless of how brief the visit may be.