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Can you dig it?: thanks and farewell Carly Monks – Real Scientists

Can you dig it?: thanks and farewell Carly Monks

Archaeologist Carly Monks (@_CarlyMonks) shared with us the true breadth of the field of archaeology during her time at RealScientists. With a background in cultural heritage management, Carly’s work focuses on landscape and natural resource management of coastal Indigenous Australians during the late Holocene period.

Stereotypes of archaeology run deep, with many of us immediately associating the field with ancient Greece or Egypt, while ignoring the rich archaeological history in our own backyards.

Turns out archaeologists really dig caves as well (and yes that pun was shamelessly stolen from Carly’s tweets!)


And that post-excavation sorting reveals a surprising array of different materials

Oh look, more science puns! 😀

Carly kindly agreed to our post-curation interview and you can read her answers below:

In general terms, how did you find your week as a curator?

Pretty full-on, but enjoyable. I wasn’t sure how I would feel tweeting from an account with such a large – and engaged – group of followers, but I found I really enjoyed it. It gave me an opportunity to step away from my usual ‘tweet interesting bits of news and info’ approach and encouraged me to engage in discussions.

It can be a shock talking to so many. Did you find the sudden rush of interactions (good and bad) daunting?

I did find it a bit intimidating at first, and I think it took me a couple of days to really get a ‘feel’ for it. The interactions were quite sporadic – most tweets had a barrage of RTs and faves – but it was the ones that prompted discussion that I found particularly fun. I had been a little concerned that perhaps things might get a little troll-y, but my experience was overwhelmingly positive.

What were the highlights? Were there any lowlights?

The highlight for me was definitely the opportunity to interact with so many different people during the week. The only lowlight was having to leave during some really interesting conversations to go to sleep!

Is there anything you wanted to get out of / do on the RS account that you didn’t manage to fit in?

I would have liked to discuss the human/environmental aspect of megafaunal extinctions, which is a secondary research interest of mine, but I just didn’t really have a chance.

Did you have a plan? If so, did you stick to it?

I did have a basic day-to-day plan of things to discuss (based on whether I was in the lab, teaching, or writing), but I mostly went with the flow.

Do you have any tips or advice for future RS curators?

Use an app like Tweetdeck or Hootsuite to help you stay sane while curating!

What other people or accounts should people follow if they enjoyed your tweets this week?


Thanks once again Carly from all of us here at RealScientists HQ. If you missed anything from her week, the tweets are all collated at the following link.


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