Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Sarah Bond - Archaeology Career Interview

Sarah Bond digging at Morgantina
30th October 2012: We caught up with Archaeologist Sarah Bond to talk to her about her career so far...
Where did you graduate and what are you doing now?
I was an undergraduate at the University of Virginia and graduated with a double major in Classics and History with a minor in Archaeology. They don't allow three majors at UVA, but I finished all requirements for the Archaeology degree, having worked at the native american site of Monasukapanough near Charlottesville for my field school, then doing a season at Morgantina in central Sicily (near to Piazza Armerina) with Mac Bell, before working as a site supervisor at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. I also worked in the archaeology lab at UVA and on the Astor Collection—a collection of Native American artifacts once held by the Astor Hotel in NY.

After undergrad, I went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel hill to do my graduate work with Richard Talbert. It was a tough decision to leave archaeology technically and transition to ancient history, but I found that epigraphy (the study of inscriptions) allowed me to still utilize material culture heavily and be a historian slash archaeologist. I still returned to Morgantina to dig while in graduate school and worked at the Epigraphische Datenbank Heidelberg as an intern. I graduated in May 2011 with a dissertation on disreputable tradesmen (funeral workers, criers, entertainment organizers) under my belt and did a post-doc at Washington and Lee University before heading on to Marquette. I am currently the Late Antique historian here at Marquette University. I specialize in epigraphy, commerce, and social history—but also teach Medieval Latin through the Sunoikisis consortium through the Center for Hellenic Studies. My book manuscript involves a deeper look into pollution, touch, smell, and their effect on the status of tradesmen in Greco-Roman antiquity. For instance, the stigmatization of tanners or minters—two very smelly and low-status trades.

When you graduated were you looking for a career in archaeology?
When I graduated from UVA, I did not know what department I would end up in—I just knew I need to go to graduate school. I applied to Classics departments, History, and Archaeology. I always figured that if it didn't work out, I would work at Monticello for longer or work for a CRM firm. All I knew was that I needed a graduate education to be able to publish and to do something I love: teaching. I also liked working with the actual artifacts from antiquity rather than focusing only on literature. Since I was a wee gal growing up in southwest Virginia, I had wanted to be an archaeologist, but, as it turns out, there are many ways to be one! Digital archaeology, for instance, is a new way that archaeology is branching out into different media. It is an exciting time to be an archaeologist, for sure, and the definition is broadening.  

What has been the greatest success in your career so far?
I think my biggest success was just being lucky enough to actually get a tenure track job wherein I do what I love every day. I feel incredibly fortunate for this opportunity. I need to go pour some wine or honey into the ground and erect a votive offering in recompense, I suppose.  

Who's your favourite archaeologist?
Good question! Without doubt it is the amazing and indefatigable Charlotte Rouech√©. She is an epigrapher and archaeologist of the highest caliber who has vast knowledge of both archaeological sites (e.g. Aphrodisias) and history (all the way from Greece to Byzantium). She is also a model for women within the field in that she has accomplished so much (along with many others) at a high level of excellence--and made the path for other female archaeologists and historians that much easier. She is a trailblazer in the field of digital epigraphy and the TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) formatting of inscriptions, but above all: she is a nice person. She remains unpretentious, responsive, and kind—a paradigm we should all try to encapsulate, am I right?

Friday, 26 October 2012

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Kiara Beaulieu - Archaeology Career Interview

Kiara Beaulieu on site
We caught up with Kiara Beaulieu to ask her questions on her Archaeology career so far...

Where did you graduate and what are you doing now?
I graduated from my Honours BA in Archaeology from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON. I did a post diploma program in Museum Management and Curatorship from Fleming College. I then did a MA in Classical Archaeology. I am currently a Staff Archaeologist and Material Culture Specialist at Archaeological Service Inc.

When you graduated were you looking for a career in archaeology/Phd?
I was actually considering a Phd for some time. However, due to the unlikelihood of ever finding a tenure track position I jumped ship and went to work as in CRM. I felt like at the end of the 6-7 years invested I would most likely be stuck with a degree but much less experience than those who stopped at an MA and started working in CRM right away. When I first graduated from my MA I knew I wanted to stay in Archaeology. I was offered some short contracts to work in Europe helping run field schools and do other research jobs, but didn't like living out of a suitcase anymore. I found that jobs in CRM were in demand, especially for those with licenses (needed in Ontario, Canada) and experience, so I went that route and never looked back.

What has been the greatest success in your career so far?
The greatest success in my career? I would say the greatest success has been throughout my career and its been teaching the next generation of archaeologists to work ethically and be mindful of their impact. I have worked all over the world, from Turkey, Italy, England and Canada, and I feel like passing on that knowledge and having people pick it up and understand what to do is a success on its own.

Who's your favourite archaeologist?
My favourite archaeologist would have to be George F. Bass from Texas A & M. I did some underwater archaeology with the Institute for Nautical Archaeology in Turkey, which he is associated with, and his work on shipwrecks is unparalleled.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Helen Williams - Archaeology Career Interview

Helen Williams - 2012
We caught up with Helen Williams to ask about her career in Archaeology so far...

Where did you graduate and what are you doing now?
I graduated in 2007 with a 1st Class BSc in Archaeological Science from Reading University. I then stayed on and completed a MSc in Geoarchaeology. I am now going into the final year of my PhD at York University studying the micromorphology of human burials (https://www.york.ac.uk/archaeology/research/research-students/helen-stokes/). 

When you graduated were you looking for a career in archaeology/Phd?
Yes. When I graduated I did want to continue my career in archaeology but took some time out from studying to do some free lance work as an archaeological illustrator and data manager. I had an amazing time doing this and was able to travel to Cyprus and Qatar to take part in both survey work and excavation. I was also able to dig at the Severn Estuary and several UK sites.

What has been the greatest success in your career so far?
The biggest success in my career so far has been getting my work published. I was so pleased to get both my undergraduate and MSc dissertations in print! Some of the best experiences however have been my time of site. I love going to unusual and out of the way places. Working at the Severn estuary is always a wonderful excavation to do, the landscape is so different to what I encounter from day to day, with lots of unique challenges and I can never wait to go back!   

Who's your favourite archaeologist?
That is a really tough question to answer. I have met so many extraordinary people in my job that I don't think I could pick a favourite. I've been so lucky to have been based at two really good departments both with experts at the top of their fields. Those that have inspired me the most however are Wendy Matthews and Martin Bell both based at Reading. Working with both of them has helped me develop a strong commitment to the scientific process and dedication to research and the advancement of archaeological science.

Friday, 12 October 2012

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Thursday, 11 October 2012

Jemma Mitchell - Archaeology Career Interview

Jemma Mitchell
We interviewed Jemma Mitchell about her Career in Archaeology so far...

Where did you graduate and what are you doing now?
I graduated from the University of Leicester in 2010 with a BA in Ancient History and Archaeology, I then did an MSc at Cranfield in Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology finishing in 2011. Now I have just started a part-time PhD in Forensic Archaeology - specifically the degradation on clothing in clandestine burials, I'm also writing some lectures for a new Masters programme in Criminal Justice.

When you graduated were you looking for a career in archaeology/Phd?
I've always been passionate about history and as a hands on person archaeology has always appealed to me. I knew after I completed my undergraduate degree that I wanted to do a PhD, but never knew which area I'd like to specialise in. After completing my MSc project in the area of clothing within burials I found an area I'm really passionate about, and was lucky enough that Cranfield were willing to let me stay!

What has been the greatest success in your career so far?
I had my first paper published in Octobers edition of Forensic Science International - this is something I'd dreamt about but to have it become a reality was fantastic. I'm hoping there will be many more to come!

Who's your favourite archaeologist?
Historically I'd have to say Mary Leakey - she was a prominent figure when it was difficult women to be taken seriously in their own right. She fought for her education every step of the way, and I admire her grit and determination - as well as her intelligence.
The fact she worked with her husband and still made a name for herself I respect her for - my partner is also completing a PhD in Forensics at Cranfield, although thankfully a different area!

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Cristina Draghici : Archaeology Career Interview

Where did you graduate and what are you doing now?
I graduated in 2003 at the University of Bucharest, Romania with a degree in Ancient History (on my diploma is written "License in History"), but actually with an archaeological thesis, then I did a MA from 2003 to 2005 at the same University and then a Ph.D. (2005 - 2008) (the defence of my thesis was on 18th September 2009). The subject .
From October 2008 till July 2010 I was in Rome with a scholarship offered by the Romanian Ministry of Education to the young researchers. In the meantime I have meet my husband (also an archaeologist) so I remaind in Italy, and I am currently enrolled at the University of Ferrara for a second Ph.D. in Archeometry applied to Cultural Heritage.

When you graduated were you looking for a career in archaeology?
I wanted to work in Archaeology long before I began ti study it, due to my father who was passionate about it and due to our long talkings about ancient people and civilisations.
Then, when I graduated I already worked within the Department for Preventive (Rescue) Archaeology of the National History Museum of Romania from Bucharest. I did mostly sistematically excavations, and some public excavations as well.
I specialized also in working with ancient artifacts, especially with Roman Glass. The collaboration with the Museum started while I was a student in 2000 and continued till 2008, when I left for Rome. I passed from Neolithic which is quite well represented in Romania, but the specialists are not so many, so the possibility to follow this path was not quite optimistic), to the Roman period. During my time spent on different Roman sites I discovered the Glass and I became passionate about it. My research is basiccaly related with Roman Glass I was on maternity leave in 2011 and I am currently unemployed and in search for a job in the field!

How has a degree in archaeology benefited your career? It did not actually benefited too much, because my preparation was too theoretical, and everything that I have learned, I did it on the field and on the Museum's laboratory. I gained the basic knowledges through my studies, but my practical experience I achieve it on the excavation sites. I am not currently aware with the present situation of archaeologists in Romania, but when I left, if you were not within a public istitution (research institute, university or museum), you were not working as a professional there. Private companies does not exist in Romania. The main thing (even though private companies exist here). happens more or less in Italy as well. Here if you don't know somebody from the "system", you can only volunteer. And let's face it, we have to ear our living as well as the others professionals do. I try to specialise even more with my second Ph.D., to build up new experiences that can make more suitable for future positions.

Would you go back into Archaeology later down the line? I cannot tell what I am going to do in the future, but I am trying, actually I am doing my best to keep contact with the field, even though it is not for sure an easy job! I started my career and I pursuit it for 8 years, then I had a break with my scholarpship and with the start and putting up my family, so now I try to come back, but in a period with a lot of problems from economical point of view. I will try not to give up and to be hopeful that the "sun will rise also on my street !", as an old Romanian saying tells.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

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We interviewed Paola Piliego about her career and experiences in Archaeology:

Where did you graduate and what are you doing now?
I first graduated from University of Bari (Italy) in 2003 with a degree in Lettere Classiche and then I stayed on for the followings three years to complete a post-graduate school in Archaeology, where I joined my passion for Archaeology and for ancient texts studying the Byzantine Epigraphy of Terra d’ Otranto (where I was born), graduating in 2007. After one year spent learning Greek Palaeography in Vatican City, during my PhD I continued studying the inscriptions of Terra d’ Otranto with an archaeological point of view, especially those belonged to the middle Byzantine period with the support of the University of Bari, the University of Salento (Italy) and the Centre for Hellenic Studies of the King’s College in London (UK), where I spent a very good time last year as a visiting research student, increasing my knowledge about the Byzantine culture and working on the marking-up of epigraphic documents for online publications, as an intern! And now I’m looking for a other scholarship, because it’s not possible to live only on “poetry”!

When you graduated were you looking for a career in archaeology/PhD?
Absolutely yes! As I said, archaeology is a very strong passion for me.
I wanted to work as an archaeologist until I was a child, when I didn’t really know how this job is difficult. And now, after I worked into so many excavations as a beginner and then as a professional paid worker; now that I have felt the hard work at the end of a day, and I have smelt the earth, and I know how much brain – work and efforts are necessary to prepare a good paper I really love this job much more than in the past! Unfortunately, it’s very difficult today to stay in Archaeology for a long time, especially if you live in Italy with this economic crisis, and you don’t have a scholarship. So, in the mean time I’m working as a freelance consultant for the Archaeological Heritage Bureaus and privates companies engaged in archaeological excavations and Public works or I’m doing different jobs, like schoolteacher in Italy and abroad, looking for my chance!

What has been the greatest success in your career so far?
When I read a note about one of my papers in the Revue des √Čtudes grecques by Denis Feissel (CNRS), I was so excited and deeply touched! This has repaid so much efforts and sacrifices! But the way is still much long....
Who's your favourite archaeologist? Of course, Edward C. Harris, Philip Barker, and Sauro Gelichi (especially for Italians) are pillars for a medieval archaeologist, but in my case the studies of Carlo Carletti, Denis Feissel and Cyril Mango are absolutely necessary for study late antique and Byzantine inscriptions, and build a good foundations for a multidisciplinary approach to the Epigraphy!

George Constance: Archaeology Career Interview

We interviewed George Constance about his career in Archaeology, how it developed and what he's doing now...
Where did you graduate and what are you doing now?
I received a BS in geology (1982) from the University in New Orleans with a specialty in soft rock and minor in biology and a MS in Technology Commercialization (2012) from Northeastern University in Boston. Worked as an oil industry micro-paleontologist for 22 years specializing in US Gulf Coast foraminifera. 18 of those years an independent consultant. I went the entrepreneurial route post EXXON/Mobil merger consulting on museum projects and opening a tea cafe and wholesale business and evacuated to Connecticut after hurricane Katrina where I remain today.
Currently, I’m consulting and participating several high technology startups, buyt really miss paleontology. I’m networking in that industry to see if there are any entrepreneurial efforts that I can apply both my science and business education and experience. Work should be fun and paleo-archaeo filed is where I want to play. I’m wide open regarding proposals and expect there are some really great ones out there: museums, reproductions, archaeo-vacations... you name it...
When you graduated were you looking for a career in archaeology/Phd?
I expected I’d work as a geologist until successful enough to move into the slightly less lucrative archaeology field. Maybe an early retirement career move. But the micro-paleontology career path surprised me and I went for it with a passion. I was hired straight out of my bachelor’s program by a small firm desperate for help. Life and a successful career in paleo prevented me from returning to school until recently. I figured it’s too late to pursue the science path and that a business degree, combined with my geology degree would be valuable in many different archaeological and paleontological endeavors. I’d get to see a lot cool stuff and provide value. So, if you have something fun to work on, please contact me!
What has been the greatest success in your career so far?
Developing a correlation tool, Graphic Interpolation System, that utilizes fossils to generate, interpolate and integrate all available data for enhanced correlation and interpretation. The tool allowed for depositional rate determination at any level and identify missing sections and faulted sections. Really fun apply the the data. Love to show anyone interested.
Who's your favourite archaeologist?
I don’t know if he’ll be my favorite until excavations. But the most intriguing so far is Klaus Schmidt, excavator of Gobekli Tepe in Turkey. With all the attention he’s been getting he took time to reply to an email from me. The good folks at the Institute for Human Origins are likewise quick to respond to requests and questions. In the end, archaeology is only as good as the data that is generated AND shared. From a business perspective, sharing data outside the professional community generates interest and can lead to funding. Professional archaeologists need to get out of the vacuum and talk to the general public, promote themselves. They might inspire another Donald C. Johanson or Howard Carter.

Monday, 8 October 2012

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Thursday, 4 October 2012

Button found on St. Augustine shipwreck 'the smoking gun' to its identity

A corroded uniform button found in the mud off the St. Augustine Beach pier could be the “smoking gun” that leads to identifying a mystery shipwreck.
And the copper coin with a face of what could be Britain’s King George found by a Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program volunteer just adds to evidence that the wreck could be part of a British Revolutionary War fleet that fled Charleston in 1782.

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/news/florida/2012-10-03/story/button-found-st-augustine-shipwreck-smoking-gun-its-identity#ixzz28KoNE5Zd

Archaeology: Crete, 3500-year-old Minoan building found

(ANSAmed) - ATHENS, OCTOBER 4 - An accidental meeting in 1982 between a well-known Greek archaeologist, Yannis Sakellarakis, and a shepherd from Crete has led to an archaeological discovery of great importance – Zominthos, a settlement from the Minoan era on the plain by the same name, 1.187 metres above the sea. The settlement is at the feet of the highest mountain in Crete, Mount Psiloritis, eight kilometres from the village of Anogia along the road which led from Knossos to Ideon Andron, the cave where Zeus was born according to Greek mythology.

Researchers uncover 7th Century resting place of the Maya's great warrior queen

Raiding the tomb of the Holy Snake Lord: Researchers uncover 7th Century resting place of the Maya's great warrior queen...

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Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Pier Matteo Barone - Archaeology Career Interview

Matteo Barone
Where did you graduate and what are you doing now?
I had my BA in Archaeology in 2004 at University of Bologna, then I had a MSc in Geoarchaeology in 2005 at University of Roma Tre. Finally I had a PhD in 2009 in Historical Landscape analysis and valorisation at University of Molise (in collaboration with University of Cambridge).

When you graduated were you looking for a career in archaeology/Phd?
After my BA (2004), I knew I would like to continue the academic career; and I was lucky to find a master and then a Phd

What has been the greatest success in your career so far?
Now, I am specialised in Geophysics applied to Archaeology and Cultural Heritage; and my great success was to be contacted from American University of Rome in order to teach two courses (Roman Archaeology and Archaeo-Geophysics).

Who's your favourite archaeologist?
My favourite archaeologist is Edward C. Harris: his matrix is genius!

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Crews uncover massive Roman mosaic in southern Turkey

According to Phys.org, A University of Nebraska-Lincoln archeological team has uncovered a massive Roman mosaic in southern Turkey -- a meticulously crafted, 1,600-square-foot work of decorative handiwork built during the region’s imperial zenith. Believed to be the largest mosaic of its type, it demonstrates the surprising reach and cultural influence of the Roman Empire in the area during the third and fourth centuries A.D. Credit: Michael Hoff, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Mexican archaeologists enter, for the first time, a 1,500 year old tomb in Palenque

According to ArtDaily, A multidisciplinary team of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH – Conaculta) entered a mortuary chamber (discovered thirteen years before in Palenque, Chiapas) for the first time. This chamber is thought to contain the remains of one of the first sovereign of this city K’uk Bahlam I, who rose to power in 431 AC, and founded the dynasty to which the celebrated Mayan governor Pakal belonged to.

Read more here: http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=57759

Richard III dig: 'Strong evidence' bones are lost king

According to the BBC Archaeologists searching for the grave of Richard III have said "strong circumstantial evidence" points to a skeleton being the lost king. The English king died at the battle of Bosworth in 1485.

Read more here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-19561018

Monday, 17 September 2012

Kerry Massheder - Archaeology Career Interview

Where did you graduate and what are you doing now?
I am currently studying a PhD in Archaeology at the University of Liverpool (supervised by Dr Anthony Sinclair and Dr Graeme Milne), conducting research into the ‘housing experience’ of the working-class in the North of England during the era of the Industrial Revolution (c.1750-1900). My interest in industrial era domestic dwellings was set in motion when I worked for HAPCA, a joint venture comprising Headland Archaeology and Pre-Construct Archaeology, on the Govern Ironworks site in Glasgow, also referred to as ‘Dixon’s Blazes’, in 2007-2008 (http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/road/projects/m74-completion/m74-dig).

I am excited to be serving on the committee organising the Theoretical Archaeology Group conference (TAG2012) at the University of Liverpool in December (http://www.liv.ac.uk/sace/livetag/index.htm) and have co-organised a session with Cara Jones and Phil Richardson of Archaeology Scotland entitled ‘New approaches to archaeological outreach, engagement and ownership’. I will also present a paper within the session entitled ‘Digging up memories: Collaborations between archaeology and oral history to investigate the industrial housing experience’ (my first paper presentation - EVER!).

To fund my studies I work as a Residential Child Care Officer caring for ‘looked after’ young people with behavioural and emotional difficulties (like ‘Supernanny’ but with more paperwork!).

When you graduated were you looking for a career in archaeology?
I completed a BA (hons) in 2004 and an MA in 2006, both at the University of Liverpool, and looked for a job in archaeology almost immediately. I had volunteered at sites and in museums since I was fourteen years old (including a Time Team dig!) and was enthusiastic to get digging as a ‘professional’ archaeologist. Thankfully, a fantastic company (Headland Archaeology) took a chance on me, despite the fact that I had no previous commercial archaeology experience, and I worked on various sites in Northern Ireland and Glasgow giving me a great deal of ditch digging experience! I also worked as a field archaeologist for York Archaeological Trust (Heslington East, York), which was on my bucket list!

How has a degree in archaeology benefited your career?
I believe education is very important to the future of archaeology and hope the recent UK fee rise does not put potential students off a career in archaeology (given the fact we will never be high earners!). That said, I think increased training and work experience is the best way to ensure students are prepared for a career in archaeology. My BA and MA archaeological experience was theoretical and it was
only when I worked for a commercial archaeology company that I realised what archaeology was really all about.
I hope that my PhD will allow me to develop a variety of skills which I can apply to my career. Being a research student is a great opportunity to build contacts with students and professionals in my field; I will be approaching them for employment in a few years time!
What has been the greatest success in your career so far?
Being Site Supervisor on the ‘Dixon’s Blazes’ site in Glasgow for Headland Archaeology was a proud moment for me as a commercial archaeologist. I had the opportunity to work with and support a team of experienced, hardworking and entertaining people on a unique site with added responsibilities. This was a massive confidence boost for me and it encouraged me to return to do a PhD in Archaeology and influenced the direction of my research.

I welcome any comments regarding my research on Twitter @livuniMassheder or by e-mail K.Massheder@liv.ac.uk

Rebecca Farbstein: Archaeology Career Interview

Where did you graduate and what are you doing now?I earned my Bachelor's Degree in 2004 from Princeton University, in art history. After that, I came to the UK to start my MPhil in Archaeology at Cambridge, and continued on to complete my PhD in 2009. I held the Caroline Villers Research Fellowship at the Courtauld Institute of Art from 2009-2010, during which I studied the
Magdalenian portable art from France which is curated at the British Museum. Since then, I've been working on various projects as a visiting scholar at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research in Cambridge. Right now, I'm conducting research on the Palaeolithic
ceramic figurines found at the site of Vela Spila (Croatia), and, with colleagues, I'm studying the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic ornaments from the same site. And, as always, the search for a permanent lectureship continues!

When you graduated were you looking for a career in archaeology?

Yes. I thought I wanted to pursue archaeology through academia. When I
finished my bachelor's degree, I was still considering other careers,
including museum work in either art history or archaeology, but once I
started my graduate work, I became much more focused on an academic
career in archaeology. The challenging job market in the past few
years sometimes makes it difficult to carry on with the endless
applications, but I always come back to it because the field work,
teaching, and research is so rewarding.

How has a degree in archaeology benefited your career?

It's been interesting to switch from a first degree in art history to
graduate degrees in archaeology. I still try to maintain my
interdisciplinary links, and I believe that my background in art
history helped me during my year at the Courtauld Institute.
Additionally, I was invited to speak at a conference at the Institute
of Fine Arts at New York University, and having a background in both
fields allows me to engage more directly with my colleagues who are
art historians. But likewise, without my graduate training in
archaeology, none of my current research would be possible.

What has been the greatest success in your career so far?
My current research on the ceramic figurines from Vela Spila is
incredibly exciting. It's a fantastic opportunity to be the first
scholar to study such important finds. It's been especially gratifying
to have our first publications of that research (in PLoS ONE this
July) find so much popular interest. Our research was recently written
up in the New York Times (11 September 2012), and knowing that what
you are doing is of interest and relevance to people beyond academia
is very rewarding. I've also enjoyed ongoing conversations with
colleagues and non-specialists alike on twitter (@beckyfarbs) and
through my blog (archaeonerd.blogspot.co.uk).

Who's your favourite archaeologist?
Indiana Jones, of course!

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Hassa Al Sudairy - Archaeology Career Interview

We interviewed Hassa Al Sudairy to hear more about her career in Archaeology...

Hassa Al Sudairy
Where did you graduate and what are you doing now?
 I'm currently a senior at University Of Jordan, I was excavating this summer. after I graduate I'm looking forward in participating in excavations with my University. I also work at the University Museum at the Restoration Department.

When you graduated were you looking for a career in archaeology?
Yes I am, I applied for my masters degree in Maritime Archaeology It's very important to remember that there are large numbers of ancient traditions that refer to a lost civilization destroyed by a flood that we've missed up until now. then when I finish I'll excavate in Saudi Arabia and hopefully work with the Authority of Tourism and Antiquities

How has a degree in archaeology benefited your career?
Where I come from there isn't a lot of people studying Archaeology I am one of a few people in this field, and it had benefited me in my career by the excavations we make and the experience we gain.

What has been the greatest success in your career so far?
Being a part of it is more than I could ask for, archaeology takes you 5000 years back, even when excavating you get to see and visualize how people used to live and their daily life. My greatest success was when I translated ancient Greek inscriptions on a stone to a Museum and also I have been a part of a team with my professor we've translated an ancient Greek inscription on a recently discovered theater In Om Qaye/ Jordan

Friday, 24 August 2012

Brilliant Archaeology High-Vis Jacket - Bargain!

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We came across this high-vis jacket online, and it's only £1.89! What a bargain. We've tried and tested this in the field, and it's pretty hard wearing. Perfect for bad-weather-digs.

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Thursday, 23 August 2012

Top 3 Trowels - Archaeology Resource

Here's are our top 3 Archaeology Trowels - Tried and tested!

1. Blue Spot Soft-Grip Pointing Trowel

At a bargain of £1.59, this trowel is our favourite one so far. It has a great grip and a brilliant point. Also it's bright handle means it won't be lost in the field!!

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2. MarshallTown 346D Pointing Trowel

Made to the usual high Marshalltown standards. Solid forged from high grade tool steel with a full ground and polished finish. For the more experienced Archaeologists, this trowel is worth the higher price of £10.89.

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3. Ragni Crown R111 London Pointing Trowel 7 inches

This is a stunner. We love it. And a good price of £.9.59. Ergonomic handle for day-long comfort - Designed for a finer finish - Top quality materials and manufacture - Hardened edges.

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Wednesday, 22 August 2012

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Please see examples of past interviews here: http://archaeology-resource.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Career%20Interviews

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Monday, 20 August 2012

Caroline Seawright - Archaeology Career Interview

We caught up with Caroline Seawright to ask her a few questions about her degree in Archaeology and what she's up to now...

Where did you graduate and what are you doing now?
I am currently in second year at La Trobe university, in the middle of my Bachelors of Archaeology. As a part time student, it will take at least two more years to complete, and then hopefully I will get into Honours. Until recently, I was working for an archaeology firm here in Victoria, Australia, unfortunately hard times hit and a number of us were retrenched this year. Right now, I am instead working as a social media and internet manager for a two-way radio company.
Caroline Seawright in action

When you graduated were you looking for a career in archaeology?I do hope to get into a career in archaeology once I graduate, which is why I am working towards getting into Honours after I complete my Bachelors degree. I am currently on the Civilisations stream, meaning most of my studies are centred around historic sites, including the Maya, Egypt and, of course, Australia. Most archaeology firms in Victoria do both Aboriginal and historic archaeology, as the job entails, so I have also taken some studies related to indigenous archaeology. Hopefully this should prepare me for getting a career in archaeology anywhere in the world!

What have been the highlights of your career/studies in Archaeology so far?Just being able to take part in archaeology at all is a thrill. I have always loved ancient history and to partake in the degree, with a role in archaeology at the end, is amazing. The first time I unearthed a tiny, complete bottle was very exciting. It felt like a direct connection to an individual from the past, more so than the assorted broken bits and pieces I had previously found. Whilst it was not as exciting or as exotic as working on a large scale dig, it will remain one of the highlights of my archaeological fieldwork. As for my academic studies in Archaeology, I have been fortunate enough to be a student of some very passionate and influential professors, such as Prof. Peter Mathews, whose love of the ancient Maya was contagious! However, nothing quite compares to unearthing an object, and feeling that connection with someone from long ago.

Jeff Aviss - Archaeology Career Interview

We caught up with Jeff Aviss to ask him a few questions about his Archaeology degree and what he's doing now...

Where did you graduate and what are you doing now?
I graduated from the University of Toronto with a specialization in Archaeology in 2008, and I also completed the Masters of Philosophy in Classical Archaeology program at the University of Oxford in 2010. Right now, I’m actually teaching English in Istanbul, but I will be moving to Toronto (my hometown) to work in an archaeological firm as a field technician next month.
When you graduated were you looking for a career in archaeology? After my Masters I knew I wanted to continue my education with a doctorate, but at the same time, I wanted to take a break for a couple of years. I didn’t at the time really want to start a career in archaeology because I really wanted to travel, so since graduation I’ve been traveling and working abroad as an English teacher in South Korea and Turkey. My goal is to still do a doctorate degree in archaeology and aim for a career in academia, but issues with funding have curtailed that career path. In the meantime, I’m going to hopefully be starting a career in the private sector by working at an archaeological consulting firm in Toronto.

How has a degree in archaeology benefited your career?
Well, I have yet to have a career in archaeology so I guess I can’t really say it’s benefited me in that regard (yet). So far I can say I’ve used it to land teaching jobs overseas. However, I’m excited to be starting a career in archaeology very shortly! I’m sure my degrees have provided me with the field and lab skills that are required to be a productive and effective archaeologist. Hopefully I’ll have a fruitful career in the private sector, but I’m still looking at continuing my education with the eventual aim of entering into academia sometime in the future.

What has been the greatest success in your career so far?
The greatest success for me personally was graduating from the University of Oxford with a Masters of Philosophy in Classical Archaeology through the completion of my dissertation. I put a tremendous amount of effort and work into it and I was so excited it was well received by my supervisors and examiners and helped ensure that if I wish to go back to do doctoral study there I can (funding pending, of course). When I completed my dissertation I really felt like I contributed to the research and advancement of archaeology.

Would you go back into Archaeology later down the line?
I think in some way or another, I will from now on always be in an archaeological related industry; no more English teaching for me. I’m going to try working as a field technician for the first time and I’m sure that I’ll love it because I have worked on several excavations throughout my education (although not paid, of course). Although I am just starting as a field technician, there are also many areas within archaeology and geography that I’d like to learn more about, specifically GIS and AutoCAD that I can see myself taking courses in and trying to utilize towards the benefit of my archaeological career. I’m sure though that no matter what, my future career will always have an archaeological background to it.

Friday, 17 August 2012

Krystal Isherwood-Jones: Archaeology Career Interview

We interviewed Krystal Isherwood-Jones to hear about her experience with Archaeology so far:

Why did you choose a degree in Archaeology?
I decided upon a degree in Archaeology after much thought and deliberation. Admittedly, before my degree, I had no experience in the Archaeological field, just an interest in the past and how it has impacted the present. Indeed, when I first applied for the course my choice was met with much doubt by both my teachers and friends as the majority of people in my school year chose more mainstream degrees. However, as a child and teen I was always interested in old sites, artefacts and buildings, learning as much as I could about their history; I knew Archaeology would give me the opportunity to explore and be interactive with the past for myself. Since studying for my degree, there hasn’t been one moment where I’ve regretted my choice.

Are you planning to work in Archaeology after you graduate?
Yes, I hope after I finish my BA undergraduate Archaeology degree to pursue a career in Cultural Heritage, especially the Museum sector. At the moment, I am currently volunteering as much as possible to make this plan a reality in the future, as well as preparing to study an MA in the field after I finish my third year at UCL. I definitely intend to maintain my interest in Archaeology – it’s hard to give up once you’ve started!

What have been the main benefits of your degree so far?
I have been lucky enough to be part of a department where field work is compulsory for passing my degree, giving me the opportunity to be involved with various archaeological projects. My digs so far have included an Iron Age fort site at West Dean, Sussex, an Egyptian/Philistine settlement in Israel, a Neolithic site in Cyprus and soon I will excavating an Etruscan settlement in Italy. These fantastic excavations have enabled me to travel and see countries that quite possibly I might never have visited, as well as meeting various other Archaeologists from all over the world. Furthermore, being able to learn and progress my field work skills has been invaluable, as well as discovering amazing evidence about these cultures. I look forward to many more opportunities to come.  

Monday, 13 August 2012

Emma Wells - Archaeology Career Interview

Why did you choose a degree in Archaeology?
I decided upon a degree in Archaeology following a BA in Art History at York University. I found what interested me most during my degree were the analysis of buildings and the intricate iconographies so crucial to their design, and so moved to the department of Archaeology where I undertook an MA in Buildings Archaeology the following year. Throughout my MA I also worked for York Archaeological Trust as a voluntary Finds Processor and had the fantastic opportunity of taking place in the Hungate excavation. After completing my dissertation on the representation of architectural space in the medieval stained glass of York Minster, and discovering the lack of scholarship on the subject, I knew I wanted to go further with the concept and so after a gap year working as an Area Sales Manager, I was determined to draw upon the innovative methodological theories being explored in the discipline and use them in order to examine the way buildings were experienced in the medieval period. Thus commenced a PhD at Durham University in the sensory experience of medieval cult churches - I am now in the process of submitting my thesis 3 years after I started.

Are you planning to work in Archaeology after you graduate/finish your PHD?
As I took a year out between my MA and PhD, I know that Archaeology is the career path I want to pursue and remain in. I am currently applying for academic positions in the discipline as I would love to be able to undertake research for a career whilst having the freedom to create courses in order to expose new students to the exciting methodologies and subject matters that Archaeology offers.

What have been the highlights of your career/studies in Archaeology so far?
I have been fortunate enough to have taken part in many exciting archaeological projects throughout my time in academia, but particular highlights have included working with Time Team, as well as appearing in a recent BBC documentary on the history of the North of England for which I was interviewed in Durham Cathedral on the subject of medieval pilgrimage. Being asked to present at the 2010 British Archaeological Association conference was also a career high, and each time a paper I have authored is published, I still feel an immense sense of achievement.

Friday, 10 August 2012

Injured soldiers studying for archaeology degrees

British soldiers injured in Afghanistan are being given a unique chance to study for archaeology degrees.

The University of Leicester has run a distance learning course in the subject for some time and is now inviting serving and former soldiers who have been injured in the war zone to sign up.

Among those to have taken up the offer is Leicester-born Corporal Steve Winterton.
The father-of-four suffered nerve damage after he was injured in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in 2009.

Read more here: http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/Injured-soldiers-studying-archaeology-degrees/story-16679109-detail/story.html

Gap Year Case Studies - Response

After reading the article in the Telegraph about Archaeology Gap Year students like Hannah Schober, we couldn't help wonder who is able to actually go abroad with such schemes straight after finishing school? The Inca Project with Projects Abroad runs throughout the year, with prices starting at £1,295 for a two-week placement! Yes - these schemes are great experiences, but it's a shame the prices are so high and only the wealthier individuals are able to afford such events.

As stated by a reader: "Personally I think forking out £1300 a fortnight to do a job that someone should be getting paid to do it taking the piss, archaeology or not. You could live like a king in Peru for that much for a month."

Read the actual article here:

Looking for Archaeology graduates to interview on our blog!

We love to feature articles on Archaeology graduates past and present - so we can share other peoples experience with our readers. Our Career interviews are the most popular pages on the blog and we're looking for more people to interview. If you're interested please email us at archaeologyresource@hotmail.com and we'll get back to you right away.

Please see examples of past interviews here: http://archaeology-resource.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Career%20Interviews

We look forward to hearing from you!

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Domenica Pate Career Interview

Domenica Pate Career Interview - We caught up with Domenica Pate to ask her about her career in Archaeology so far...

1. Where did you graduate and what are you doing now?I graduated last summer from University of Calabria in History of Art, although my studies were mainly focused on archaeology. I’m currently attending a postgraduate two years school, specializing in Medieval Archaeology at University of Salento, in Lecce.
2. When you graduated were you looking for a career in archaeology?Absolutely. Becoming an archaeologist is what I wanted to do since I was twelve or thirteen and over the years the dream became a project. That’s why after my graduation I’ve decided to try and apply for my specialization. I’m not sure my “career” in archaeology has begun yet, but I like to think this was the first step into it.
3. How has a degree in archaeology benefited your career?My studies certainly helped me getting into this postgraduate school, but unfortunately when it came to my job history they didn’t matter. Up till now all my jobs had nothing or very little to do with archaeology, which is still, at least in Italy, a very tough field. It’s no mystery that in my country many archaeologists quit their career a few years after they complete their studies due to either lack of jobs/positions as researchers or working conditions that make earning a living very difficult. Sometimes you even see very competent people leaving the field after many years of sacrifices and good work.
4. What has been the greatest success in your career so far?I’m not really sure I can answer this question, since I feel like my career in archaeology hasn’t started yet. As far as my personal history goes, anyway, I believe every short term employment I had was somehow a success, each of them allowing me to learn something new or strengthen my previous knowledge and make a living out of it, which with the current economic crisis is something to be thankful for. Anyhow, as many others do, I believe in times like these lies the opportunity to be creative and to build something, and that’s what I hope for the future, whether my career will continue as an archaeologist or I’ll end up choosing a different path.