The Epigrammetrists are two friends and colleagues, Astrid Schmölzer and Sarah Lang, and we both are somewhat ‘unusual’ species for our respective fields. The name “Epigrammetry” is a combination of “Epigraphy” and “Photogrammetry” – due to our interests in 3D-modelling and photographic documentation on epigraphic sources. Epigraphy as a discipline is dealing with inscriptions – for us mainly Greek and Latin inscriptions. We are united by our disciplines Archaeology, History, Philology and Digital Humanities and we both started out as students at the University of Graz, Austria.

Astrid is an archaeologist, her main research interests are on , with a faible for (digital) Ancient History and (Roman) Epigraphy. Before she started dealing with inscriptions and stones, she did her MA thesis in Archaeology on artificial cranial deformation in Austria. She also did a MA in Ancient History and Classics, working on early Arianism. Her PhD thesis is about the iconography of female deities, known as the Rhineland Matronae. She is now giving insights in her post-doctoral life. Currently, she is working at the University of Bamberg, Germany, at the Professorship of Archaeology of the Roman Provinces.

Sarah is a Latinist, but also did her BA in Archaeology. She wandered then to the Digital Humanities and is now mostly working on neo-latin alchemy and the history of science. Programming has become an important part of her life. Her PhD thesis is about the Neo-Latin corpus of alchemist/chymist Michael Maier (1568-1622), being a thesis in the field of Digital Humanities, it asks how Digital Editon and Machine Reasoning based on Knowledge Organization Systems can be used to decode the alchemical stylistic device called Decknamen.

We happen to be young women in Academia – and next to our expertise and knowledge in our own fields, we are also “survivors” of PhD journeys and our adventure is not over yet. But we missed some things during our road so far – e.g., (female) role models, how to do Academia and what Academia is like behind the scenes, what are rules for playing the Academia game as good as possible.

We want to share our experiences, gained in our fields and while working on our projects over time – and we are still on the road and learning. Therefore, we have not seen all the things to see and have not experienced all the things to experience in Academia. But it helped us a lot over the past years that we knew we are not alone. There are other early career researchers with the same kind of problems and the same ways of (over)thinking various aspects of academic life. The subjects we blog on range from (digital) archaeology, (digital) classics, (digital) humanities, the academic jetset, PhD and postdoc life, work-life balance, time management when writing or setting up new projects, conferences, and how adventure, travel and vagabonding are often combined in archaeology (i.e. climbing the walls of a medieval castle in the name of archaeology, or learning to dive for underwater archaeology). Last year we started with empowering other PhD and MA students currently on their path to success. They give us insight in their working method, their tipps and tricks to manage work and their private life, and about all their travels, fellowships, and adventures on the road. If you are interesting in writing a post, feel free to write us an tell us about your work!

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