Earlier this year, I launched a personal website for informing my friends, family members, and anyone interested of my studies in Ancient History and Archaeology. On this website, I posted my own personal musings about history and archaeology and linked to news articles detailing discoveries made in the field. The site was a mild success, and certainly cut down on the frequency of questions from friends, family members and aquaintances along the lines of, "so what exactly do you do?" I'm grateful to the web design company, Netalico, for jump-starting this project and helping me to develop a space for not only keeping my loved ones "in the loop" and informed of my work, but it also provided a place for me to share what I've learned as a student with the world in an informal setting (without the pressure of having to polish and perfect my posts to the degree that I would for a conference or publishing).
However, over the last few weeks I have been reflecting on my experience with this personal website, and finally decided to open it up to be a more collaborative effort. I contacted some of my friends on Facebook who are also students in ancient history and archaeology and asked if they'd like to contribute to the website, and I was met with an overwhelming amount of interest and excitement. One main reason for excitement, as one fellow classmate wrote to me, was that the site as a collaborative effort provided "a way to be informal about formal subjects in our field." As a blog in nature, Antiquorum et Praesentis (A & P) is a space to informally collaborate and generate ideas about what we do without worrying about looking prim and polished. This setting, I hope, will foster creativity and enhance our learning experiences as we teach each other what we're learning in our variety of respective fields. Another reason for excitement about the project is that A & P provides an opportunity for contributing students to share our knowledge and ideas not only with each other, but also with the general public.
So here it is (still a work in progress), the newly collaborative Antiquorum et Praesentis website: http://www.antiquorumetpraesentis.com/