Meet Petra: Enthusiasm for Archaeology, Open Science, and Better Statistics

Lunch with Petra Vaiglova

It was a pleasure to meet Petra Vaiglova a few days ago while she was in Melbourne for an archaeological science conference. Fiona Fidler joined us for lunch–thanks to her for hosting.

Originally from the Czech Republic (Czechia), Petra has lived, studied, and worked all over the world, as you can see at her site. Her doctorate is from Oxford. Her TEDx talk outlines some of her research interests.

She arrived in Australia a couple of years ago as a post doc at Griffith University, Queensland. Soon after, she launched into organising what became a three-day online Workshop on Good Statistical Practice in Archaeology–open to anyone of any discipline.

I first learned of her enthusiasm for statistical reform and Open Science when she kindly invited me to speak at that workshop. I gave a talk on the new statistics, and another on using Bob’s new esci software in jamovi–in archaeological science, as in any other discipline. I posted about the workshop here.

Earlier this year Petra took up a lectureship at ANU in Canberra, and enthusiastically took on teaching statistics and topics in archaeological science to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

She expressed keen interest in our second edition, even volunteering to help. Over many months last year she worked through final drafts of most chapters, picking up many errors and infelicities. Later she worked painstakingly through the proofs of many chapters, picking up elusive tiny errors. She made an immense contribution to ITNS2, as Bob and I acknowledge on p. xxvii.

So last week Petra, Fiona and I had much to discuss. Petra will be at AIMOS in November (more details here), no doubt meeting many of the good folks who make the Meta-science scene in Australia so lively and multi-disciplinary.

As an associate editor of the Journal of Archaeological Science she is helping develop guidelines for that journal to encourage reproducibility and Open Science practices.

I discovered years ago that archaeological science has Open Science lessons for us all–see my post here. I wish Petra all strength for her continuing efforts towards statistical reform and Open Science!


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