Tonight’s will be my 330th blurt as the Subversive Archaeologist. My first was October 5th, 2011. That’s right. The SA will be one years old in just nine days. I thought that, rather than forgetting a week from now, I’d take a moment right now to thank you all for the support you’ve shown over the past year. I don’t know how many of you there are, but I know that in aggregate you’re making between about 200 and 300 visits to this site every day from every corner of the planet. I find that astonishing and gratifying, both. Many of you have commented on what you read here. I enjoy that, even when you show me where I’ve erred. I especially appreciate hearing from you if you’ve seen an article about an issue that you think I ought to give the SA treatment to. Thanks, too, are demanded for those of you who have followings of your own and who’ve recommended the SA to them. I feel very strongly that the more who pay attention, the better archaeological inference-making will get as time goes by. You’ve helped me in that process. My heart goes out to you if your period of focus is much more recent and not centred in Europe, Africa or Asia. I spend a lot of time worrying about what people are saying about our ancestry, and far too little on what’s gone on since we became the way we are. With that in mind, not everything I’ll say has a bearing on your archaeological neck o’ the woods. But I try to make sure that my ‘lecturing’ is transferable to any time or place. Finally, I want you to know that I’m feeling more accomplished as an archaeologist because you’ve given me your ears. That’s no small thing in my tiny existence. Thank you all, very, very much. Here’s to the future.
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