Is this the time to pursue a course in archaeology? The word from the field that reaches the Current Archaeology offices is that graduates are disillusioned with their prospects: jobs are scarce, competition is fierce and projects are poorly funded. What’s the point? Archaeology is a fascinating and diverse subject that is hugely enjoyable to [...]
Joe Flatman, author of the award-winning book ‘Becoming an archaeologist’, tell us his 10 top tips for getting into archaeology.
Archaeology graduate Emma Watts-Plumpkin left university in the summer – but not before being bitten by the digging bug. Here she recalls her experiences, from rooky through to old hand. When you have never been on a dig before, it can be quite a daunting prospect. My first excavation was in my initial [...]
When you are about to embark on a dig, it’s a good idea to double check you have everything you might need – below is a quick checklist with the essentials. Travel and Money Preparation: Travel tickets and insurance Maps, directions and phone numbers Appropriate jabs and medications Packing for Projects – essentials Functional [...]
Former CA Editor Lisa Westcott spent an inspiring week in the trenches, brushing up on her digging skills and meeting volunteers. Last summer, I decided to go undercover as a volunteer on an excavation. It had been quite awhile since I had been out digging, and I felt shockingly out of practice: it was [...]
Are you heading out on a dig this season? If so, congratulations! Volunteers are an essential part of the excavation season – without their help, many digs would not be able to finish the scheduled work. Whether you are there to fulfil university requirements, on a holiday with family, or wanting to learn something new [...]
For students doing an archaeology degree, compulsory field school experience is on the cards. Phoebe Scrivener, archaeology graduate from Sheffield University, tells you what to expect. When you are out in the field, anything can happen: expect everything from being stranded on the highest summit in the Peak District during a torrential hailstorm, to helping [...]
Dr Andrew Fitzpatrick, Head of Communications, Wessex Archaeology tells us his 5 top tips for getting your first job in archaeology