April 8, 2010


Since this is my very first entry, I should probably introduce myself, although I am sure you have heard of me by now.

I am Abby, the ArchaeoBus! I know you will want to learn a bit about my fascinating personal history. I was born in 1992 and grew up to be a library book mobile. It was quite fun to travel around Athens/Clarke County, Georgia bringing books to people. I even had some books about archaeology. Those were my very FAVORITE books of all the books I carried on my shelves. How exciting, I thought, to be an archaeologist! To travel the state and not just read stories about the past, but to uncover them; to learn new stories not found in books!

Then one day I overheard the librarian ladies say how much they would miss driving me around. It turns out that they didn’t need a book mobile anymore. And then the best thing you could ever imagine happened to me…

An archaeologist named TG* learned about me and he and a friend, Michaelo, figured out a way for The Society for Georgia Archaeology to buy me (at much less than I am really, really worth!) from the Clarke County Library System. Apparently someone at SGA named Veronica* wanted an archaeology bus for years. I was going to become an archaeologist!! (Well, not really, because we all know that it takes years of university science training and supervised experience to be a real archaeologist.) But I was going to help archaeologists! And travel ALL OVER the state of Georgia doing so!!

I was christened Abby on May 16, 2009. These photos show the big party SGA gave me. Look at all my guests! There was a drum roll and my unveiling, and a kazoo band and a cake with my picture and little pink party favors and door prizes… It’s hard to be a celebrity, but I think I handle it quite well. I did get sick after leaving the christening. A good SGA Samaritan said it was my alternator, but I think it was just all the excitement from the party.

* Handler’s Note: Abby thought it best not to use real names in many cases, especially when referring to her “handlers”—those people responsible for driving her and administering programs.