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I'm Andrea, a landscape archaeologist based in Rome. I did my PhD on spatial distribution of Iron Age archaeological sites along the Euphrates river.

Currently, I am working on remote sensing tools applied to cultural heritage and arch. landscape studies, plus on Historic Landscape Characterization in the Near East, and similar.

Super happy to have found this community on Mastodon!

@whysofurious Welcome! You are the only colleague from Sapienza University I found on Mastodon :-)

@paolomonella Thanks! me too actually :) I guess alternatives to mainstream socials and FOSS in general are not really popular things in Sapienza, especially in some departments 😂

@whysofurious Right. This applies to social networks in general though. I live two lives: latinist and digital humanist (DH). The DH community thrives on Twitter, while classicists are only in (if anywhere). In Mastodon, very few people in general. But being there (Mast.) is the right thing to do

@paolomonella I agree with you, archaeologists are also predominantly on, but most GIS and Remote Sensing discussion really shine on twitter. I really hope one day it will be the same on Mastodon :)

@whysofurious welcome! I hope you like it here. is a good place!

@maloki Thank you! I'm sure I will, I can see that just by all the answers to a simple introduction, it's super welcoming :)

@whysofurious yeah. But also like a lot of people from other places see you and interact with you. Like me!

@maloki Yeah that's actually the feature I'm enjoying the most!

@whysofurious ooh also you don't have to be a one trick pony here. You can share all aspects of yourself without being punished by algorithms, and take a break and your friends will still see you when you come back. 🥰

@maloki Thanks! That's true :) It's really nice to not have any pressure at all regarding how much you are present on a platform, how much you share, who you should follow and so on 😂

@whysofurious welcome to fedi! The coffee (including decaf) is over there, soy and almond milk available. Sometimes people bring cookies, feel free to help yourself!

You'll find all sorts of people here. Some might seem weird initially; don't worry, they do not have bad intentions.

Still, if you feel some interactions are bringing you down, just mute them, and don't think twice about it. Nobody will hold this against you. Self-care is important. We're all here to have fun. :blobcatthinksmart:

@rysiek Ahaha thanks! and thank you for the advices :) I totally agree about self-care and having fun, not doing so it would run such an amazing platform :)

@whysofurious Welcome! Always good to meet more people doing tech stuff in cultural heritage! :blobpats:

@petrichor Thanks! I agree with you, at least for me, it was a way of convey all my tech/nerd/geek stuff (not to say obsessions 😂) into my daily work and in one of the discipline that I love more :)

@whysofurious welcome! From a used to be archeologist. It was my one passion and I practiced across the new world for over 15 years. Mostly in the southwest, west, and plains. Your work sounds fascinating. Glad you are here!

@mpmilestogo Thank you! That's very nice to hear, I really just started compared to your years of experience :) I have never been there, but I'm sure it was fascinating working in those areas!

@whysofurious Nice, I like Rome. My wife grew up there. If I were ever to choose to live in a city, Rome would be one of a few candidates.

@whysofurious and you use R! That must not be very common in your field, is it?

Welcome Andrea!

@damiacer Thank you! Nice to see another R user! :) it depends, I think as in most academic applications where the focus is on data analysis and modeling (and now machine learning), the majority of people use Python (I have seen this especially in colleagues with a non-humanities only background).
But I have seen quite an increase in available courses, publications etc. recently from R users specifically for archaeology :)

@damiacer just to add, I am however still waiting for Italian archaeology departments to offer actual statistic/programming courses or modules, which unfortunately are still non-existent to my knowledge 😂

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