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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Here Comes the Archaeologists: Stock up on Beer and Wine for the 76th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA)

Ok, so not all archeologists like beer and wine. I myself am partial to a Sapphire Martini, straight up, extra dirty, with some dirty on the side-smile.

Once a year, archaeologists from the United States, Central and South America, and Britain, dress up like Indiana Jones and head to the nearest deli, stocked with every beer and wine you can think of and they trade field stories. Ok, so that's not what really happens.  They do this after their meetings.

The SAA annual meeting brings together great minds, and a few archaeologists, maybe 3000+, to talk about the latest news and findings in the archaeological field, while drinking ancient beverages.

At a 1993 convention in St. Louis, a hotel where the archaeologists stayed ran out beer, he said. "No one could believe the city of Anheuser-Busch ran out of beer," Czaplicki said.

Another archaeologist remarked, "it was illegal to make objects with ivory from endangered elephants, but mammoth ivory was fine". Bruce Bradley, from the University of Exeter in England

Archaeologists are funny with a few light refreshments. Sounds like more of a party than an anuual meeting, but as Stueber remarks, "At the end of the day, you get a beer". 
"It's a pursuit of knowledge, he proclaims. 
I love this field!!!



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