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Scotland: Drake Rogers Loflin ’07, M ’10

Tigers descended en masse on a farm in East Lothian, Scotland, (near Edinburgh) for the wedding of Drake Rogers Loflin ’07, M ’10 and Graeme Meikle of Scotland in July 2019:

Emily Artz Johnson ’11; Anna Jackson Rogers ’10; Lena Wright Spisak ’07; Savannah Coleman ’12; Charles Rogers ’10; Mary Rogers Ridgeway ’84; Kathy Rogers Brannon ’80, ’84; Mary Hunter Tomlinson ’12; Kathy Dunlap Moore ’74; Drake Rogers Loflin ’07, M ’10; Ross Beasley ’21; Rogers Coxe ’11; Casey Johnson ’11, M ’12; David Creamer ’04; Jim Hines ‘ 72; Caleb Rogers ’10; Elizabeth Matthews Weir ’13; and Robert Weir ’10.

My Clemson: Allison Kidd ’10

As an archaeologist and postdoctoral fellow at the University of Edinburgh, Kidd specializes in Roman architecture and urbanism.

Allison Kidd '10 stands with colleagues in Turkey

Q| WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO GO TO CLEMSON?

A| Going to Clemson was a decision largely guided by my parents, considering they are both alumni, and the University’s high national ratings and low in-state tuition. Although I was not initially invested in the idea, it was not long into my freshman year that I found myself embedded in the Clemson experience, thanks to the countless professors who challenged my academic growth, the members of the administrative and academic staff who went above and beyond the call of duty to invest in my future career, and my classmates who challenged my personal growth — many now lifelong friends. All future applicants should know that these are Clemson’s virtues, and they mean much more than the annual published statistics and college ratings!

Q| WHAT CAREER STEPS DID YOU TAKE AFTER CLEMSON?

A| I began a master’s degree in classical archaeology at the University of Oxford immediately after graduating from Clemson. Before taking the big leap into the Ph.D., I returned to Clemson for a year, where I worked for the Calhoun Honors College as an assistant major fellowships adviser and for the Office of International Affairs as an international programs coordinator while also serving as an intern for the Columbia Museum of Art. In 2012, I began my doctoral studies in the history of art and archaeology at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts. I spent the next five years conducting research, leading archaeological excavations and teaching courses in classical archaeology in New York City and abroad, mostly in Italy and Turkey. After graduating with my doctorate in 2018, I began a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Edinburgh.

Q| WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW, AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

A| I am currently living in Edinburgh, Scotland, where I am a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities. I also currently serve as the field director for the Edinburgh-Apolline Excavations at Aeclanum in Italy and a member of the research team for the NYU-led Excavations at Aphrodisias in Turkey.

Q| WHAT’S THE COOLEST ARTIFACT YOU’VE UNCOVERED IN YOUR WORK?

A| I find that people often love to hear about the statues or mosaics I’ve found, but for me the ‘coolest’ artifacts are those items that are either considered extremely rare finds — such as the 1,800-year-old preserved wooden beams with intact nail holes we uncovered in 2017 or a polychrome mudbrick wall we uncovered in 2018 — or items that reveal unexpectedly extensive trade networks and connectivity — such as finding in a rural Turkish medieval settlement a silver Crusader coin that had been manufactured in Wallachia, modern-day Romania.

Q| WHAT’S A COMMON MISCONCEPTION OF BEING AN ARCHAEOLOGIST THAT YOU’D LOVE TO CLEAR UP?

A| Archaeologists do not study dinosaurs! Archaeology is the study of human history through their material culture and the changes they affected on the natural environment, whereas paleontology is the study of Earth’s history through plant and animal fossils. Think more Indiana Jones, less Ross Geller.

Scotland: Brian Callahan ’99, M ’01, Ph.D. ’05 and Katie Callahan

Brian Callahan ’99, M ’01, Ph.D. ’05, director of Clemson Extension field operations, and Katie Callahan, director of the Clemson University Center for Watershed Excellence, visited Scotland to explore the Isle of Iona, which has been the victim of ancient Viking raids and a significant pilgrimage site for centuries. “We set off on a hike to one of the island’s amazing colorful beaches with turquoise waters, only to lose our way and walk nearly the whole perimeter of the island. It was our rugged pilgrimage of sorts with a whole lot of metaphors, considering the place!”

Scotland: Stuart Waldo M ’98

Stuart Waldo M ’98 and his family took a trip to Scotland (Sept 10-17, 2018) and toured a number of historic sites and castles. “This photo is of Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness, just south of Inverness, Scotland,” says Waldo. “The castle dates to the 13th century. If you look real close, maybe you can see Nessie in the water off in the distance.”

Scotland: 2LT Rollins Jolly ’15, David Jolly ’88, and Levi Jolly

Picture of me and my two sons at the top of The Devil’s Staircase on the West Highland Way hiking trail in Scotland. This trip was in celebration of my eldest son’s, Rollins Jolly, graduation from Clemson and commissioning as a 2LT in the US Army. Trip was in June of this year (2015).