My PhD was on archaic astronomy and how it might help track acculturation of Greek settlers in ancient Sicily. Basically, I've been looking at temples in Sicily to see if there's an 'astronomical fingerprint' which shows they don't just look Greek (Roman temples
Greek), but that they were also being used in a Greek way.
Archaeoastronomy / Cultural Astronomy
I've worked on sites in Italy, Greece, Tunisia and Ulster. Most of the material I've been working on has been varying degrees of ancient. In recent years archaeologists have become more interested in the very recent past. There are reasons for people working in Cultural Astronomy to do the same. If the work means anything then maybe you should be able to do it at sites where people can say "No you're wrong, this is why we built it like this..."
I'm currently working as a thing on the new UNESCO Astronomy World Heritage Portal, which launches during 2012. For more information on the project see: http://whc.unesco.org/en/astronomy
While doing my PhD I got involved in Leicester's new Interdisciplinary Science BSc
. This got me working for the Physics and Astronomy department, and put me in touch with people in Biological Sciences. When the Annals of Botany
decided they wanted more social media, I got the job of making it happen. I work a lot on AoB Blog
, and also in places like here. There's an Annals of Botany G+ page
. I add some material to that, but so too do the other AoB Bloggers.
It's a bit like having a job where you're paid to browse at a constant stream of fascinating stuff that you never knew anything about.
The best way to describe iScience
is that it's a bit like a Natural Sciences course where the science is integrated in each of the modules rather than doing a little bit of Physics, then a little bit of Biology that doesn't connect to the Physics you did and so on. The teaching method is through Problem-Based Learning. Effectively it makes it close to a degree by guided research rather than something lecture based.
I wrote Prophets and Powers, a course for first years that used the problem "How could you authentically build a reconstruction of Stonehenge" to teach about archaeological method, things like stress, strain and friction in Physics, some basic positional astronomy and the Rock Cycle for the geological structure of the stones. It sounds fun, but its been replaced and re-replaced by a problem set around Egyptian pyramids due to staff changes.