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Is anyone here an Archeologist/know anything about how to become one?
failing that, any books you would recommend?
is the one that we were told to get at the start. Renfrew & Bahn. Only an overview though. Probably best to get what you'll be looking at and look for the BAR journals on them though. Why do you ask?
an interest in the subject, and trying to be supportive, I thought I'd look into the learning/career practicalities of it on her behalf... are you studying it at uni then? is that the standard way into the profession?
cheers for the reply
You won't be able to become any sort of Archaeologist without a at least relevant BA/BSc degree nowadays, I can bore you to death with further details of different types of job as an archaeologist if you like. As for books, S_a_d gives a good shout as a primer, but more detail really depend on your period and area of interest.
..she has a BA and is doing OU modules in Classic Civ and ancient history to supplement it. I wouldn't actually mind a bit of info about jobs actually ;)
I don't know if this counts as an area of interest, but she likes roman history and also coins.
There's the academic route - this means getting a masters and a docotrate and doing research teaching during term, and then being involved with digs etc in the summer - good points it's well paid for the feild (but reletively not so), you can end up running your own digs, and its interesting/intellectual. Bad points - you won't dig that much, if you're not interested in theory/teaching etc it's not for you; it's VERY difficult to get in to.
professional - this means working for a company like Oxofrd Archaeology (google it). There main thing will be digging up stuff when builders discover it, so it is saved. There's lots of different jobs within that, finds officer trench supervisor etc. Good points is you'll only need a Ba or a masters, and there's a few more jobs about, bad points not great money, you'll be in the cold, not as respected as the academic route etc also you can move from academic to pro with ease, harder the other way around (though not impossible)
The big bit of advice I would give you/her is volunteer! There are loads of digs going on around the world every summer, and if she wants to so this she'll need preactical experience. Also the people she'll meet will be invaluble. I pm you a list of good digs to volunteer at if you like, but they're easy to google.
really helpful... A list of digs would be great, not that i'm averse to googling, just a bit uniformed, doubt many will say 'come on my dig, it is shit'
I'll dig out (ha ha my puns are amazing) some stuff tonight and bump/pm you. Also there's loads of good stuff to read Roman archaeology wise, I'll pop that in too.
Now where's that thread about being a geek, I need to write that I'm obviousloy not a geek about anything at all.
will check pm later.
Field / Academic / curation etc. Fields easy enough to get work but getting paid is an entirely different proposition. Academic shouldn't be TOO much of a problem, although moving around the country is highly likely. Working in council historical departments is difficult, but if you do a bit of voluntary work and a night a week or so after, its invaluable and normally as important as the degree itself. Its not easy though. You pretty much have to wait for someone to die to get a good job.
"Raiders of the Lost Ark" is the standard text in the field, but the later work of "Last Crusade" is really the pinnacle. "Temple of Doom" is a bit of a miss-step, while anything involving crystal skulls is best avoided.
See also: Tomb Raider.
wtf? utterly odd. I once saw an episode where young Indi started WW1 by having pre-pubsecent flirtations with Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand's daughter, asked Adler, Freud and Jung for advice on girl troubles and saw his own mother get off with Puccini while spying on her using Gallelio's telescope. genuinely odd show.
and the one where he got trapped in a beauracratic hell with Kafka.
The thing about those is that each episode was about three hours long. A very strange series.
I only saw one, once, hung over, and assumed it was a film, alas it was only an overlong surrealist prequel.
It sounded really interesting, BUT a bit difficult to get secure work. I'm not sure if it requires a degree, she had one though. I've seen some masters courses though that don't necessarily require a first degree in the subject, so I think it's the sort of thing that you could cross over into after starting out in a direction.
STOP REUSING JOKES.
I refuse to believe it.
It automatically posts that joke, I have no control over it.
On graduation day everyone gathered and started quizzing each other abotu what to do next.
One girl in my class "I want to go to Iraq and become and archaeologist...discover Mesopotamia!"
"Wow!", I exclaimed..."you're gonna slog through another 2 years on Sumerian then? Good luck".
"Oh, can't I just get a job digging things there?".
She's now a senior lecturer in Near Eastern Studies and John Hopkins.
So yeh, start with simple dreams to dig things and you'll go far
Is that East Midlands/Leicestershire then?
Lincolnshire is about as appealing as the middle east. And East Anglians are another people entirely, seperated from us by unforgiving geography.
He "dug" Archaeology.
and a complete DVD boxset of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles
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