Friday, 27 April 2012

Interview with Annelise Baer

Where did you graduate and what are you doing now?I did my undergrad at Loyola Marymount University and my MA at University of Bristol. Right now, I'm working as a researcher and just finished up a run at a production company that makes a lot of shows for the History Channel. I'll come clean right now: I've worked on Ancient Aliens. It was a really interesting experience and a great conversation starter!

When you graduated were you looking for a career in archaeology?Absolutely! The unfortunate thing was that I graduated in 2008, which was probably the worst period of the economic depression so there were no jobs and no funding for anything.

How has a degree in archaeology benefited your career?My MA is in Archaeology for Screen Media so it's definitely been a big help in my current job, especially since a good portion of what I do involves figuring out how to adapt ancient (or old...) topics for a TV audience.

Would you go back into Archaeology later down the line?I'd be digging right now if I could! I love archaeology and am always trying to figure out ways to keep it involved in my daily life. Hopefully I'll be able to get out in the field again or at least do some traveling! I need to go back to Egypt and see more of the Near East and Mediterranean in general.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

UK Archaeology Jobs

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Thursday, 19 April 2012

Best Archaeology Museum in the UK

Which Archaeology museum do you think is the best in the UK?

Let us know your thoughts below! And we'll launch the winner at the end of the month.


Friday, 13 April 2012

Jesus Tomb Controversy!

Archaeologists working in Jerusalem claim that a discovery they made inside a burial tomb, dating back to the time of Jesus Christ, could shed new light on the origins of Christianity.

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Andy Whiting - Interview

Where did you graduate and what are you doing now?
I graduated with BSc (Hons) Archaeology from Bournemouth University in July 2009. Between 2009 and 2011 I was working part-time in a well known High Street entertainment retailer and volunteering with various heritage organistations. I have since changed sector and now work as a Project Management Assistant in electical/electronics engineering for Aeronautical & General Instruments. We make Visual Landing Aid systems for Aircraft Carriers and naval ships amongst other things.

When you graduated were you looking for a career in archaeology?
By the time I graduated it was the height of the recession and it was clear that finding jobs of any kind was going to be difficult. I was looking at both jobs in archaeology, museums (the heritage sector as a whole) and at roles in different sectors where I could put to use the different skills I had gained. I had settled with myself that I might not have a career in archaeology so I made the most of the time I had during my job search gaining further skills that could be used elsewhere through volunteering with archives, local museums, and on local history and archaeology projects (Poole High Street History Project & Poole Harbour Heritage Project).

How has a degree in archaeology benefited your career?
The degree and the associated volunteering experiences have certainly helped. I think the ability to take in a wide range of information from different sources is a big plus to employers. As is the attention to detail, organisational skills, report writing and use of databases. It is the wide range of experiences that the archaeology degree gave me that helped me into the role I am currently in.

Would you go back into Archaeology later down the line?
I continue to keep my head into archaeology, particularly through absorbing news and research with the aid of Twitter and other web sources. I try to keep a blog of snippets of research I carry out (parenting has a habit of stopping me doing this unfortunately!) and I will continue to volunteer locally when I have time. I am very unlikely to seek paid employment in archaeology but it will rarely be far from my mind. I hope that one day I will be able to dedicate more time to archaeology once again as I truly appreciate the time I spent studying it at university.

Monday, 2 April 2012

Career Case Study - Rhiannon Philp

Where did you graduate and what are you doing now?

I first graduated from Cardiff University in 2009 with a BSc in Archaeology. I then stayed on to complete an MA in Archaeology, graduating in 2010. I currently work as an Archaeologist for a commercial company based in Cambridge.


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

I’ve never been able to picture myself doing any other job. I was extremely lucky and landed myself a job in archaeology immediately after finishing my MA. I had sent out prospective CVs a few months prior and got a call asking me to start the following week. Unfortunately, as with most commercial contracts it was very short and I have spent the past two years in and out of short term contracts with a number of companies – even volunteering at one point. This I feel is a sacrifice worth taking if you can, as it can place you in the forefront of potential employers’ minds. In my case it has helped me gain an ongoing contract with my current employer, which is about as permanent as you can get in the current climate!

How has a degree in archaeology benefited your career?

My degree provided me with a lot of practical skills for use in the field. There were two months of compulsory excavation, as well as modules in geophysics, archaeological drawing, photography, computing and on site conservation to name a few. I was also provided with a good basis of knowledge in British Archaeology. There was a strong emphasis on team work as well as meeting deadlines and working to specific research objectives, all of which are important within commercial archaeology.   

Would you go back into Archaeology later down the line?

I am one of the lucky few who can say that their career is Archaeology and I am going to stay with it for as long as I can. The future is a little uncertain within the field and the money certainly isn’t good. I may have to come to terms with the fact that this isn’t a sensible long term career plan, but for the moment I’m pretty happy where I am.