Friday, 24 August 2012

Brilliant Archaeology High-Vis Jacket - Bargain!

Archaeology High-Vis Jacket - Bargain

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.

You can purchase this bargain here.

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

Archaeology Digs - Autumn 2013

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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:
.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/hubs/gapyear/9461993/Gap-year-case-studies-archaeology-in-Peru.html

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