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!

1 comment:

  1. Well done, Jemma.

    We're very proud of you.

    A. Gladys & U. Ron.

    Much love xxx