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Best Career Ever? – Sports Archaeology

Archaeology and football are not mutually exclusive: Archaeologist Jason Wood visits Liverpool’s Anfield stadium to show how sport, history and heritage interests work together.   In my first year at secondary school I won an essay competition. The question read: ‘Imagine you are an archaeologist in the year 3000. Describe and interpret your discoveries resulting […]

On site teaching on Hadrian's Wall

Academia: the Professor’s point of view

Ian Haynes, Professor of Archaeology at Newcastle University, discusses the challenges in providing students with a thorough archaeological education and discusses how new programmes at Newcastle are rising to the task. While universities are inevitably feeling the bite of this current recession, for students, graduates, and colleagues in higher education and the heritage sectors, many […]

Scott enjoys a little monolith sampling at Killoteran watermill, Co. Waterford.

A Growing Field – Environmental Archaeology

Environmental archaeology provides a landscape context for the archaeological activities on sites. This may be reconstructing how whole regions looked in the past — what today is open grassland may once have been covered by a forest, or the sea; or unravelling the activities of the people who lived there in past centuries, what they […]

Studying artefacts in the Sainsbury Centre

Mastering the Past – Studying Archaeology

A look at what an education in archaeology involves for prospective   students There is no denying archaeology is a topic that continues to grow in popularity; just turn on thetelevision and have a look at an evening’s schedule — there will be at least one programme (probably more!) on archaeology. Certainly, it is an […]

Aspects of Archaeology

Choosing a Field – Specialisms in Archaeology

The field of archaeology covers the full extent of human existence, through time and across the world. Small wonder it has spawned so many sub-disciplines, theoretical and practical. We look at some of the choices. There is more to archaeology than scraping away with a trowel or brushing dust from ancient hieroglyphs. The word ‘archaeology’ […]

Ethnoarchaeology

Ethnoarchaeology

Ethnoarchaeology is the study of past societies, focusing on material remains, rather than culture. Sometimes known as anthropological archaeology, it can provide insight into how people in the past may have lived, especially with regard to their social structures and religious beliefs. By looking at the way in which different social groups live and behave […]

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Digging A Future

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 […]

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Personal Dig Checklist

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 […]

Binchester

Digging Binchester

  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 […]

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