Growing up in eastern Montana, Trina Arpin’s parents allowed her to wander around the badlands landscape without water, sunscreen, or adult supervision. Having survived this, she spent ten years roving through the deserts of Egypt, Jordan, and Israel until she completed her Ph.D. in archaeology in May 2004. After an appalling vision of her future discussing her expertise in ancient mudbrick, daub, and plaster at cocktail parties she converted to science journalism. She has written on archaeology, geology, and material science and for the Harvard law alumni magazine and the Boston University Office of Technology Transfer. Her failure to win a blue ribbon in 4-H for her sewing and cooking prowess have been sublimated into a desire to be a fashion correspondent and to win an eating contest. In addition to her work in science journalism she had worked as an editor at several publications including the Journal of Field Archaeology and the Peabody Museum Press.