Re: field gear

Thu, 15 Dec 1994 15:14:05 CST

On Thu, 15 Dec 1994 12:09:41 -0800 Phil Young said:
>I hope all of you who advocate ear plugs as essential field equipment are
>archaeologists. I consider the "noise" to be a part--often an important
>part--of the context within which cultures exist. I don't understand how one
>could conduct ethnographic research while blocking (or partially blocking) the
>aural channel.

No, I'm not an archaeologist. Tell us, please, do you sleep while
you're in the field? Have you ever tried to sleep next to a herd of
goats? I'm all for immersion as part of fieldwork, but I don't think
sleep deprivation needs to be part of it.