War veteran, archaeologist, teacher, father of five: all of this speaks of adventure.
Who Am I?
I'm tired. Not too long ago an Italian academic looked into my eyes and said through an interpretor, "You have very old eyes." I was stunned. I asked what that meant, and the interpretor told me that she meant that I seem as if I have seen a lot. That idea has stuck with me, and while I have seen a lot, I have been very careful *not* to share that with the world. I want to, afterall, win friends and influence people. Well, as a PTSD stricken war vet, I am tired of that. I am tired of trying to fit into the mold that someone else has created, and therefore I have determined that it's time to just say what I mean. This website contains the ramblings of the most liberal ultra-conservative academic you will ever meet. What does that mean? Read my blog to find out.
As a PhD student in Near Eastern Archaeology, the adventure continues. Current research involves preparations for dissertation including digital 3D scanning of all objects from Cabin 12, Mokarta. This is what I mean by "the adventure continues."
Working backwards now, Justin's most recent adventure took shape as a temporary staff member for the American Veterans Archaeological Recovery program at an osteological field school at Scremby, UK. He also worked as a field director at the San Miceli excavations in 2015 when the Field B/C field director became ill, taking Justin away from his museum research. Despite this set back in personal research, Justin was able to photograph, type, and catalouge most of the objects from Cabin 12, Mokarta—his dissertation project. In the 2014, Justin spent two months in Sicily working at two sites: Mt. Raitano and San Miceli. He served as a field director for the Mt. Raitano excavation, and helped survey three large rock-cut chambers by rapelling into them. He also began a pottery analysis of a Bronze Age site named Mokarta. In the summer of 2013, Justin participated in excavations at Kourion, Cyprus, and introducing the beautiful Mediterranean climate to a desert scorpion caused quite a fuss. In May of 2012, Justin Singleton received an MAR in Biblical Cultural Settings; while in seminary, Justin became the president of Eta Beta Rho (a Hebrew honors society on campus—showing not only his speaking abilities but also knowledge of his field). As a part of this degree, Justin spent six weeks at Tall Jalul, Jordan as a square supervisor at an archaeological dig. This supervisory experience added hands-on training to the book, academic knowledge from seminary. Interestingly, this wasn't the first time Justin had been to the desert as he served in the United States Army in an Infantry Recon Platoon in the Anbar province of Iraq in 2006 earning the prestigious Combat Infantryman Badge—which translates into direct combat experience.