Just returned home from the SAAs in Memphis. Someone said there were over 4,000 people attending the conference – it certainly felt like it. There was almost too much going on – as ever at these things, it was hard to get to all the sessions that I wanted to go to. Fortunately, everyone seemed to be keeping to the published timetables, so it was possible to nip from one session to the next.
Re-met loads people from Catalhoyuk and beyond, drummed up some work at the CRM expo, went out on the town for some jazz and ribs – oh, and gave a paper!
The paper – in the “Public Archaeology in the 21st Century” session – went down really well. I had a lot of people come up to me afterwards and later on during the next three days wanting to talk about it – particularly about the whole subject of comics and archaeology. At the Public Archaeology Interest Group meeting on Saturday, it was decided that the group would sponsor a poster session for next year’s SAA meeting, which will give me a chance to submit a poster based on the experience of doing my field journal comic out in Palau this year.
All in all, an excellent conference. I’m very glad I went – and looking forward to next year’s, too (well, it’s in Hawaii – who wouldn’t be?).