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About kinkellasarchaeology

I am a full-time professor of archaeology at Moorpark College in Southern California, with specialties in the ancient Maya, local Chumash cultures, and underwater archaeology. I began this blog in order to answer common questions my students have about the world of archaeology, while also having some fun relating stories from my current and past experiences as an archaeologist in the Mayan jungle.

The Students of MCAP: A Decade of the Moorpark College Archaeology Program

I have had several requests from old students for copies of the Moorpark College Archaeology Program (MCAP) class photos, so I thought I would collect them in one spot so students past and present can download a copy for themselves. … Continue reading

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Baby Needs New Hardcore Archaeological Footwear: Thoughts on Boots for the Archaeologist

As my students prepare for their various archaeological summer field schools, one of the most common questions I am getting concerns footwear.  What kind of boots should I buy?  When buying boots for the field, there are two basic concerns: … Continue reading

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There’s Something in the Air: The Story Behind My Photo in National Geographic Online

I had a true bucket list experience recently when I learned that my research would be featured in the January 29th, 2015 post of National Geographic Online, and that a photo of me would be included in the article.  The … Continue reading

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Kinkella’s Backpack Checklist of What to Bring on an Archaeological Dig

Several of my students have asked about what to bring with them on an archaeological project, so I thought I’d put together my Official SuperSmart Backpack Checklist Of What To Bring On An Archaeological Dig To Be More Comfortable Than … Continue reading

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Why the Isuzu Trooper is the Best Archaeology Field Vehicle Ever

As it is finals time at Moorpark College and I have several hundred papers to grade today, it seems like a perfect time to continue my archaeology blog!  I thought I would discuss the hotly contested world of archaeological field … Continue reading

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Kinkella’s Textbook Picks and Overall Textbook Philosophy in Teaching

I have gotten dozens of emails lately asking which books I use for class, so I thought I would put all of them down in one spot, and include a brief note on why I picked them over all the … Continue reading

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The Fine Art of the Flashlight in Archaeology

Bring two flashlights.  The combination can be variable; what matters here is that one light is a good multipurpose flashlight that can show you the way to the bathroom at night when you are forced through circumstances beyond your control … Continue reading

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