Friday, 26 October 2012

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.

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