As I mentioned in my previous post, I was invited to attend a study group session at the end of June. This was a fabulous experience! As a budding archaeologist, nothing is better than meeting with well-established professionals who are just as excited about artifacts as I am. Topics of discussion included: stirrups, bridle bosses, bridle bits, saddles and horse shoes.
Attending this study group session made me think how wonderful it would be if more regions tried to organize similar events. It is important to clarify that this was not a conference. This was a small gathering of professionals, sitting around a table in a conference room, engaging in conversation about a shared interest in an artifact type. Representatives from several labs brought examples from their collection to serve as conversation pieces and to gain outside interpretation of objects that could use a little extra analysis. Guests brought their out lunches, although coffee and snacks had been provided by the hosting facility. The setting was casual and the session was extremely informative.
I will bookmark this experience in my mind in the hopes of implementing similar events when I become a seasoned archaeologist.