Location: Arkansas         Length: 5 min

If you ever wanted to know what an archaeologist's life really is like, you can get the inside scoop in a special adaptation of the Shovel Bum zine. In 1997, Trent and Betsy de Boer tired of endlessly explaining what they did as cultural resource management (CRM) field archaeologists. They decided to produce a comic strip portraying the "shovel bum lifestyle." Now follow T-Bone and friends in living color (and Trent's real voice) as they trudge through the wilds of Arkansas in this charming video by the University of New Mexico's Troy Lovata.

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Produced by Troy Lovata and Trent de Boer

Copyright 2005 by Dutch Circus

Video purchase info: Copies of the Shovel Bum zine ($3/copy for issues #1 through #12, with #13 soon to come) are available by sending your request with your name and address and a check or money order or VISA or MasterCard information to:

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Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests (Forest Service)

Prof. Troy R. Lovata

Shovel Bum (Wikipedia)

Shovel Bum: The Interview (About.com)