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.

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