I help run open access archaeology. One, aspect of this job is that I get to read a diverse range of open access articles relating to archaeology. A particular one that has stuck a cord with lots of our twitter followers is Pregnancy and Field Archaeology, an article at Assemblage. It is two anonymous women’s stories about working in commercial archaeology while pregnant. As a man, the perspective was incredibly enlightening.
This is the second part (part 1 on field tech pay can be found here) of the yearly review of how much archaeologists make in the US (apologies to Canada, not enough data to include you). This is for the position of crew chief. Previous years findings can be seen here. Now, this is a tricky position to define as it tends to be the equivalent of a senior project manager or junior project manager (also called project officer, PI, etc. but is basically middle management).
Last week Aaron Swartz killed himself because of the issue of Open Access. He was facing 35 years in prison for trying give people access to pre-1920s publications e.g. not under copyright. He also had a history of depression which probably played a significant aspect in his decision to kill himself. Obvious not being Aaron makes it hard to determine his exact motivation but his family and friends attribute it to the fact that he was facing years in prison.
I am at the Society of Historical Archaeology conference in Leicester, sorry have not had a chance to post more jobs info. However, I did attend a very interesting panel yesterday, Navigating the Field: Education and Employment in a Changing Job Market. Of course lots what said but a few highlights: Jobs in Archaeology- Most are dismal BUT one area is desperate for people.
A little embarrassed that it has been two months since I last posted on archaeology blogs to read. Especially when there are so many great archaeology blogs posting great stuff everyday. To make up for my lack of posting this post will be a double issue (I might post later in the week as well). Over 100+ blogs covered so far, full list can be seen here and more to go: Aegean prehistory: http://englianos.wordpress.com/ I am a professor of Classics at the University of Toronto.
Archaeologist for Hire posted a really great review of the current state of TV and Archaeology last week, if you have a chance check it out. Some highlights: It is a universal truth that the state of historically-themed nonfiction television shows is truly abysmal.
This is the yearly review of how much archaeologists make in the US (apologies to Canada, not enough data to include you) you can see last years here, along with data from other years. The data is based off of job postings on the websites archaeologyfieldwork.com and shovelbums.org. Methodology is discussed at the end e.g. possible flaws in the data, specifics on how the data was gathered, etc. There are many different positions in archaeology and this post deals with field/lab technicians i.e.
Via David Connelly I came across this great video about how to use QGIS for archaeologists. For those who don’t know QGIS is open source i.e. free to use GIS program. I use it myself and it is an excellent program. Actually, it is pretty basic but plugins and the ability to use GRASS GIS with it puts it on par with ArcGIS.
A little while ago, I wrote that tDAR was allowing anyone to upload archaeology (some anthropology) data for free till the end of 2012. As it turns out this deal is still open for a little while longer. tDAR sent out an email yesterday letting everyone know that there a few more weeks of free uploads. Part of the email- We want to thank you for playing an important role in building the Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR) by adding your archaeological files to the repository.
Possibilities is what fiction and history is made of…. Probabilities is what science is made of. -Donald H Smith, NMAC listserv The last couple weeks has seen an increased attention to pseudoscience relating to archaeology and a whole range of theories, mostly because of the whole Mayan 2012 “end of the world” stuff. It is always pretty bad with lots of people coming with … interesting ideas about the past (see Bad Archaeology website).
I have spent the last few days working with tDAR. It is “an international digital archive and repository that houses data about archaeological investigations, research, resources, and scholarship. tDAR provides researchers new avenues to discover and integrate information relevant to topics they are studying. Users can search tDAR for digital documents, data sets, images, GIS files, and other data resources from archaeological projects spanning the globe.
Reblogged from Colorado Plateau Archaeological Alliance: Hello Friends of CPAA: As the end of another year approaches, we want to offer our thanks to you, our Facebook friends, for your support as we launched ourselves into the social media arena. We may not always agree with each other – just read through some of the comments and counter-comments – but we have vibrant discussions about cultural resources.
Just saw this yesterday from tDAR: Just 20 days left!! Upload your archaeological information FREE to tDAR!! by Leigh Anne on December 12, 2012 The opportunity to upload resources for free to tDAR will end on December 31st. Can you catch up with some of our super-users? Barbara Stark has uploaded nearly 4,000 archaeological records related to her research in Veracruz, Mexico. PaleoResearch Institute has contributed over 2,000 paleoenvironmental and archaeobotanic reports.
From the Museum of London a great presentation at the Digital Engagement in Archaeology Conference: Abstract: Vote For Me – Interactive Ways to Digitally Engage Audiences with Archaeology The Museum of London’s Archaeological Archive & Research Centre (LAARC) is the largest of its kind in the world, storing records for over 8,500 excavations and over five million artefacts. As an ambassador for London’s archaeology, it has increasingly turned to digital media to engage new audiences.
One of the last presentations, and my second, at the Digital Engagement in Archaeology Conference: Abstract: When digital engagement costs you nothing: making websites in minutes In 2010, the BBC reported that it cost the UK Government £105 million over three years to create and run one of its websites, businesslink.gov.uk. Most archaeologists, regardless of affiliation, academia, charity, commercial and even government, do not have £105 million available to them for digital engagement.