Meg and Ian

Today I am meeting with my "outside" dissertation committee member, Meg Conkey. She is an archaeologist in the Anthropology Department, and it is a requirement of Berkeley that every dissertation committee include members from outside of one's home department.

Meg is an amazing archaeologist with a very cool perspective on the meaning that lies behind the actions that make the objects and sites archaeologists find. I am totally honored to have her on my dissertation committee.

She also happens to be married a theoretically ground-breaking archaeologist who revolutionized the field of archaeology 25 years ago, Ian Hodder. For most of their marriage, he taught at Cambridge in the UK, and she taught at Berkeley, here in California. Finally, about 5 years ago, he was offered his own research institute at Stanford University, which is on the other side of the bay from Berkeley. So now a body of water still separates them, but at least it is not an ocean and a continent.

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