Category: Specialisms

Don Henson digging

Into the Light – CASPAR at UCL

Don Henson, Director of CASPAR (Centre for Audio-Visual Study and Practice in Archaeology) explains how an innovative new centre at the Institute of Archaeology, University College, London, aims to move archaeology into the 21st century. Archaeology has long been a popular subject for television and radio. Although the relationship has been controversial at times, archaeology […]

Archaeology in Action

Want to be a Digger? – Entering the world of commerical archaeology

Dr Andrew Fitzpatrick, Head of Communications, Wessex Archaeology offers us his insight and tips on getting onto the earchaeology career ladder   If you want to be an archaeologist, what do you need to do to get that first job? Most entry-level jobs are in professional practice, usually as fixed-term contracts doing fieldwork, so you […]

Dana with Alice Roberts during the filming of BBC's Digging for Britain  Credit: BBC

Under the Microscope – Archaeological Conservation

 From Chinese bronzes and Ango-Saxon burial goods, to children’s workshops and international conferences, a conservator’s life is never dull. Dana Goodburn-Brown takes us through a typical day. On a typical day, the morning starts with an e-mail session: picking up reminders for work to do, responding to queries, putting my own out, lobbying for financial […]

Anfield

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 […]

Research

Research and Academia

There are many areas of the world and periods in the story of the human race to which archaeologists can devote themselves through research and excavation. From Roman coins to Egyptian hieroglyphs, from the Maya pyramids to the megaliths of Stonehenge, there is something to intrigue, obsess and satisfy everyone with imagination, dedication and enthusiasm […]

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