Letters From The Field

Have pen, will travel. Sending letters.

Who’s That? (and What’s This?)

HarranWho’s that?

Well, this is Jens (who usually avoids referring to himself in third person). An archaeologist based in Berlin who just happens to travel a bit here and there – for field work en route between Scandinavia and the Middle East, anywhere else just for the sake of travelling. Still not accepting he might a bit late for the ‘golden age’ of exploration, Jens sets out to journeys reaching remote destinations in pursuit of  sights, sites, and answers at any given opportunity. He never leaves without journal and pencil, rarely is seen without his trusty dusty hat, and finds a good excuse for some well-crammed pipe with a view whenever necessary.

Random yet not necessarily useful facts about Jens:

1. He’s an enthusiastic hiker, climber, canoeist, and scuba diver.
2. He’s a connoisseur of historic travelogues.
3. He sometimes does sketches in pencil and watercolour.
4. He once was known as ‘Yunus’ among the Bedouins of southern Jordan.
5. He’s also called ‘Ilyas Bey’ in the dusty steppe of southeastern Anatolia.

What’s this?

Well, basically: yet another travel blog, I’m afraid. But then again: not yet another travel blog, I hope. It’s a collection of letters. Letters recounting a few journeys and expeditions, ventures and excursions. No ‘real’ letters though (postal privacy and such things, you know), but dispatches from the road based on those journals and diaries and sketchbooks piling up at the study’s shelves at home in the meantime. The correspondence with some fictitious addressee named “R.” which, of course, in this case is represented by the esteemed reader. Fair warning though: this here is not about advice, ‘how to’s or fancy ‘best of’ lists. Above all, it’s vain travel reporting; snippets from the travel journal, opinions on stuff and musings on things.

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26 comments on “Who’s That? (and What’s This?)

  1. Hitch-Hikers Handbook
    June 23, 2014

    Great blog, Jens! Thanks a lot for connecting with us on Twitter! Keep up the great work and travel safe!

  2. rosemaylily2014
    September 10, 2014

    Great blog Jens I have enjoyed what I’ve read so far and will enjoy reading more about your travels. Thanks very much for following my blog too – it’s great to connect with fellow bloggers around the world. I’ve only been blogging for a short time and already find it very rewarding. Your English is very good by the way far better than my German (which I’m learning at present once a week!), kind regards Rosemary :)

    • J.N.
      September 10, 2014

      Thanks a lot for your kind words; I’m glad you enjoyed the blog and although I do not find as much time updating it as I would like to, I hope to update it regularly – there are plenty of more adventures to come yet. ;-)

      Also, thanks for connecting, too. Indeed, always great to get in touch with fellow bloggers. Looking forward to read more of your journeys.

  3. Packing my Suitcase
    September 10, 2014

    Hi Jens!! What an interesting blog you have…. how awesome that you are an archeologist, I never met one :D I will look forward to following your adventures!!

    • J.N.
      September 10, 2014

      Thanks a lot! Interesting to note, my profession’s of such an interest. May have to think about adding more archaeological expeditions’ stuff to the blog it seems. ;-)

      • Packing my Suitcase
        September 11, 2014

        Yes it is!! And I agree with your idea, please do add some archeological expeditions, it will be very interesting to a lot of people, including me :D

  4. Geri
    January 26, 2015

    Hi, Jens! Your blog is refreshingly different and I do support the idea of sharing more archaeological stuff in here, anythings will be of interest as most of us do not know much about your profession. Thanks for following my blog and good luck in everything you do. :)

    • J.N.
      January 26, 2015

      Thanks a lot for your kind and flattering words. Looking forward to share more ‘field’ articles soon. Watch this spot. ;-)

  5. La Potosina
    May 26, 2015

    Hi Jens, I’m glad I found your blog. I’m very much interested in archaeology and anthropology. I’ve always wanted to learn what is like to be an archaeologist and what exactly they do during their field work. Interesting content you have in your blog!

    • J.N.
      May 26, 2015

      Thanks a lot for your kind words. Great to see, these little bits and pieces from the journal are really read and appreciated!

  6. Milind Somalwar
    June 21, 2015

    Hey Jen, am a newbie to blogging but I liked this intro. You have a good sense of humour and timing to match that. Look forward to reading your blogs.

    • Jens
      June 21, 2015

      Thanks and good luck with your blog too!

  7. Xelca
    June 26, 2015

    Hello, Jens. I am now taking up history and archaeology courses online and I hope to one day become a true blue historian or archaeologist. Your blog posts provide insight to the life of an archaeologist on the field. Danke!

    • Jens
      June 26, 2015

      Hi Xelca, thanks a lot for your kind words! Glad you find these little notes inspiring – a lot of fun with your courses and upcoming adventures in archaeology!

  8. elbrenzink
    November 27, 2015

    Dear Jens,
    Once a while I visit your blog to read the old posts, trying to catch up. I just noticed that you did a few changes, now I have to start over. Little unfair, but surely worthy!😉

    • Jens
      November 27, 2015

      Thanks a lot – for your comment and in particular for really read this stuff. Yes, I did some kind of ‘reframing’ to the blog, giving it this whole ‘letters from’ appearance. Changes to old post are rather marginal though, so there might be not too much need for catching up (fair warning though: the photos will be slightly re-worked as well). New posts coming, so there’s more reading soon again. ;-)

      PS: Blog also moved; from early next year it’s only accessible via the new lettersfromthefield.com address.

      • elbrenzink
        November 28, 2015

        Lol! The blog reframing looks pretty nice! Looking forward to the next story.

  9. zententia
    February 1, 2016

    Fantastic ‘Still not accepting he might a bit late for the ‘golden age’ of exploration’. Couldn`t agree more. I just read your post about (being a polar explorer in) Norway, and I love the style of your blog. So I clicked ‘about’ and it turns out you are an archaeologist too!

    • Jens
      February 1, 2016

      Hi to a fellow digger in ancient dust and thanks a lot for your kind words; glad you like the blog. Any upcoming digs on your agenda?

      • zententia
        February 1, 2016

        Eek I am stuck writing my PhD thesis for the foreseeable future. Although, if you have anything on offer, I could always sneak off for a week ; )

  10. kaleidoscopeofdreamsblog
    April 10, 2016

    Hi Jens! I just stumbled on your blog, seemingly by accident, but I’m sure I subscribed to your blog for a reason. I am looking forward to following your adventures. Wow, a real life Indiana Jones lol 😂. – https://kaleidoscopeofdreamsblog.wordpress.com

    • Jens
      April 10, 2016

      Thanks for your kind words (and for subscribing). Here’s hoping the next “letter” will be out soon. Lot’s travelling and digging going on these days tough. ;-)

  11. Juli
    May 3, 2016

    Hi Jen, I wouldn’t be able to stop reading about you and all your excursions round the world. Please keep them coming.

    • Jens
      May 3, 2016

      Thanks a lot for your kind words. Encouraging indeed; and yes – I’ll keep sending those letters. ;-)

  12. mycountryepoque
    January 29, 2017

    Hi Jen, stopping by to check if there was anything new. Are you no longer writing for this blog? Just being curious. thought there was something I have missed while I was busy with life itself. Take care!

    • Jens
      January 29, 2017

      Thanks a lot for checking back and asking. No, no – I did not give up the blog yet. Just rather busy at work (stuff like this, in case you’re interested: https://tepetelegrams.wordpress.com). But actually, I am writing at a new ‘letter’ here as we speak. So, watch this space. ;-)

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