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What is Causing Grade Inflation?

July 23, 2014

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When I posted this wonderful graph about grade inflation (see below) Tracy came back with this thoughtful question:  “Wow Doug!!! Those statistics are amazing. It kind of makes me wonder what goes on in college classrooms today—and why? Is it generational? Would any American or UK professor like to come here and address this issue […]

Do Grades Matter in Getting a Job? Not really, grade inflation!

July 21, 2014

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“With the exception of something highly specialized like law or engineering—I would take an anthropology major or a liberal arts major any day of the week and teach them how to do the job and set them on the pace to a career—but with one caveat. I would want the really smart person with that […]

The Digital Native is Dead… and I am pretty sure Steve Jobs is the Killer

July 15, 2014

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Name: Digital Native Time of Death: Mid-2000s Cause of Death: Excellent design More than a month ago I was at the TACOS workshop (you can watch the recorded session here). As part of it there were break out sessions in which we talked about issues that related to technology, the future of the profession, digital […]

How can a Non-British Citizen work in British Archaeology? – All you need to know about visas, etc.

July 14, 2014

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Every couple of months I get an email or see a post on Facebook, etc. about someone wanting to work in the UK archaeology and who is not an EU citizen (EU citizens don’t need a visa to work in the UK, so if you are an EU citizen you can skip this post), e.g. […]

Jobs in British Archaeology 2013-14

July 10, 2014

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It is that time of the year again, I have done the calculations for wages in British Archaeology based on job adverts. This is an article I will be submitting to The Archaeologist magazine. Though it will take several months before it is published so I will post it here so you can see it […]

Exploitation From the Heritage Sector Hits New Low

July 8, 2014

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My heart goes out to everyone working in the Heritage Sector i.e. museums, art galleries, archaeology, etc. Projects are underfunded, there is never enough money, and pay can be poor for some. I have worked for, and with, dozens of heritage organizations on countless projects and I know how much everyone depends on volunteers and […]

Why are there so few Archaeologists in such a large country? America’s Archaeology Employment Problems

July 8, 2014

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When I posted that it is estimated that there were only 11,000 archaeologists working in the USA, pre-crash, several people made the comment that it seems like so few for such a big country. “….it is pretty astounding to think that there are only 11k archaeologists pre-crash in that huuuuuge country.” - Rachel on BAJR […]

4 Unwritten Rules of Professional Archaeology

June 25, 2014

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The Archaeology in Tennessee Blog has put out a call to collect the unwritten rules of professional archaeology. Here is a brief blurb on it- “It occurred to us that similar sets of unwritten rules are probably operative on a conscious or unconscious level in the world of professional archaeology.  These are rules that no […]

Oil Boom Produces Financial Trap for Archaeologists

June 23, 2014

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You might have seen this article popup on Facebook, Twitter, or news organizations in the last week or so- ‘Oil Boom Produces Jobs Bonanza for Archaeologists‘. It is an AP article which means that everyone and their brother has chopped, cut, and pasted bits and pieces into their own little mini articles. Which means you […]

How Many Archaeologists are in the US?: More than a couple, less than there should be.

June 18, 2014

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How many archaeologists are there in the US? I received a request for this information from a reader. Surprisingly, it is a very difficult to track down an answer to this question.  Unlike the UK, Japan, Australia, and most of Europe there has yet to be any sort of project like Profiling the Profession to tell […]

Archaeological Research in Progress Conference

June 11, 2014

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Another conference and another couple of videos. Though you will find that the sound is much better with these than the last ones I posted. Brief- May 31st 2014, Archaeological Research in Progress Conference in Dundee Scotland. I video recorded and then edited the presentations. I hope you enjoy them: Depicting the Dead: Faces from […]

Research Beyond Mitigation and Universities: Maximising the Impact of Community Involvement

June 6, 2014

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About a month and half ago I was at the IfA conference in Glasgow. There I helped run a session on research and community/public archaeology. It was an amazing session and we had about 90 people attended. As I tend to do at conferences these days, I videoed the presentations and did some editing. So […]

TACOS- A Great Archaeology Conference

May 14, 2014

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Right now I am at the TACOS conference in York. Quick Blurb- On 14 May 2014 the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) is hosting a one-day seminar on behalf of FISH and HEIRNET at the University of York to discuss common issues facing the historic environment information sector and make progress towards a shared vision […]

Five Civilizations on Twitter

May 8, 2014

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Just found out about an interesting conference, that is going on right now, of archaeologists working in the first five civilizations that developed writing, presumably independently. I got an email from Andrew at National Geographic letting me know about their twitter hash-tag #5civilizations. In should be going on till this weekend if you want to […]

It’s the Content, Stupid

April 30, 2014

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Conversations 5,ooo miles apart have converged in the last few days to lead me to scream at the top of my lungs, it’s the content, stupid. Bill, on his blog, was summing up the SAA conference, which took place last week, and in his post he mentioned something that caught my attention. “Archaeology blogging is in a maturation […]

Blogging Archaeology- The Book #blogarch

April 26, 2014

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I have not posted for a little while and that is because I have been very busy editing and putting together an eBook- Blogging Archaeology. As I am typing this the SAA session on blogging and archaeology is happening. Chris has launched the book there (not sure if it worked but it is supposed to […]

Blogging Archaeology- The Final Review of #blogarch

April 6, 2014

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  We have finally reached the end of the #blogarch blogging carnival. The SAA session on blogging is at the end of the month so this will be the last of the #blogarch carnival, for now. It has been an amazing run. You can see all of the responses to last months questions at there […]

My hopes, dreams, and fears (blogging for tenure) for #BlogArch

April 1, 2014

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Last week I was on the Radio with the great folks at Trowel Points and Terry discussing blogging. Aside from shameless self promotion, I recommend that you have a listen as it was an excellent session. One of the questions Joe asked us was, “does social media and blogging matter?” “Does it lead to anything?” […]

What is the use of Archaeology? Naysayers crushed by Rev. #WhyArchMatters

March 20, 2014

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“But archaeology is not simply valuable as a purveyor of facts and evidences for the use of the historian. It elevates the mind of man; it enlarges his soul; it divests us of a part of our selfishness; it lifts us out of the rut of our every-day life; it makes our hearts beat in […]

SEO is Killing the Internet

March 19, 2014

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This post has been a long time coming but today I am finally mad enough to write it. Today I woke to another SEO email in my inbox- “Hello, I am really satisfied with your blog content, your posts are really good and you are keeping it well. I would like to publish my post […]

Top Organizations Receiving NSF Archaeology Funds

March 17, 2014

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Ever wonder which universities or organizations (yes, you don’t have to be a part of a university to apply) are the most successful at getting National Science Foundation funding for archaeology? Well, after some data crunching I have the numbers. Last week I looked at the top individual recipients of National Science Foundation funding for […]

Does the Size of Your NSF Grant Request Matter?

March 12, 2014

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The National Science Foundation appears to favor a specific size of grant when it gives money out to archaeology but it is complicated, as I have found out. This post came about because Carla commented on one of these NSF data examination posts I have been writing recently, “One potentially interesting way to group the […]

Gender Inequalities in Archaeology plays out in NSF funding

March 11, 2014

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I had no plans to write this post. That is because when I got the National Science Foundation data on archaeology grants it did not come with gender or sex of PIs. However, yesterday when I was looking at the top PIs, in terms of number of grants and amounts, for NSF grants to archaeology […]

Who Has Gotten National Science Foundation Archaeology Money, Interesting Results

March 10, 2014

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Last week I presented data on National Science Foundation funding for the archaeology/Archaeometry programs and then I examined funds for archaeology projects outside of these programs. I also gave the raw data so anyone can check my results. In that raw data are the listed Principal Investigators for each project. I took a look at […]

A #blogarch Look at “Old” Work- Does Blogging Have to Be Linear?

March 7, 2014

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The Archaeology Blogging Carnival has raised some interesting subjects to think about in relation to archaeology and blogging. One aspect I have been thinking about lately is the linear nature of blogging. Most blogging platforms work in a linear fashion. You post and usually, unless one specifies it differently, your most recent post is found […]

The Actual Amount of National Science Foundation Funding for Archaeology

March 6, 2014

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Early this week I published data on National Science Foundation funding for archaeology. This is what that data looks like: These numbers were based off of the Archaeology, Anthropology (Archaeology-related), Systematic Anthropological Collections and Archaeometry programs of funding. It shows an increase in funding for archaeology by the NSF. However, this does not capture the complexity […]

Blogging Archaeology – Responses to Feb’s Question or how I killed #BlogArch, and final question!

March 5, 2014

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This is the summary to February’s question to the Blogging Archaeology blog carnival! If you don’t know what Blogging Archaeology is click on this link. Blogging Archaeology- banner from These bones of Mine. Image credit Even though this post is the summation of what was said in the last month it is not too late to join […]

You’re blogging, people are reading, but what impact are you having? #blogarch

March 4, 2014

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We blog but is anyone actually reading? Answer: Yes, of course. We have web stats that let us know that people are reading our posts. The real question I want to look at is what sort of impact our posts actually have on our audiences. This is what I want to tackle for my contribution […]

National Science Foundation Funding for Archaeology: Surprisingly Good News

February 25, 2014

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Last week, I posted numbers on the National Endowment for the Humanities funding for Archaeology. It has been a complete disaster for Humanities funding of Archaeology in the US. NEH funding for Archaeology is now 1/5th of what it was a few decades ago. However, not all Federal Government grant funding to Archaeology has been […]

The National Endowment for the Humanities Does Not Cover All Your Funding Needs.

February 21, 2014

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This is the third in my series on National Endowment for the Humanities funding for Archaeology. The first and second posts are here and here. This is just a final note as it were. While the NEH does give out grants to cover the full amount required, many times the NEH gives funds on the […]

Who Gets National Endowment for the Humanities Funding for Archaeology and How Much?

February 18, 2014

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Yesterday, I posted some information on the funding of archaeology by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Today I am going to share some of the other insights I managed to tease out of the data I looked at (which I posted in my first piece so anyone can use it).  First, some rough numbers. […]

Oh the Humanities! National Endowment for the Humanities Funding for Archaeology

February 17, 2014

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On Thursday, May 6, 1937 the Hindenburg, a German airship, exploded over New Jersey. Herbert Morrison’s eyewitness radio report has now become famous. Especially, his uttering of the phrase ‘Oh, the humanity!’ as the ship went down. While I am unease about making the comparison, as I don’t want to trivialize an event in which […]

How to Communicate with Your Elected Representative- Effectively

February 13, 2014

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Everyone once and awhile someone tries to pass an asinine law, like sell all of the Smithsonian’s collections to help pay for vacations for do nothing legislators. Sometimes it is not as heart grabbing and might be as simple as budget freezes or the laying off of your local heritage officer. Usually, this is followed […]

Archaeology or Cultural Resource Managment? Real Archaeologists or Fake Archaeologists- Does it even matter?

February 12, 2014

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My post yesterday was inspired by Bill’s post, When archaeology field techs have to teach PhDs how to do archaeology. If you scroll to the bottom you will see a lively discussion occurring in the comments (just like most Archaeology Bloggers wish they had on all their posts). There are a few comments that I […]

Is University Just More #freearchaeology?

February 11, 2014

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PhD holders that don’t know how to use a compass. PhD holders that have never drawn a plan view. PhD holders that don’t know how to rent a car or hotel room. Those are just a few of the examples that Bill, at the Succinct Research, has come up with in his long laundry list […]

Schrodinger’s Journals- You can’t both “publish” and publish at the same time

February 10, 2014

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Have you ever heard of Schrondinger’s Cat? It is a paradox in which a cat can neither be alive nor dead at the same time. The concept has to do with physics (clicking on the link will take you to a wiki article which will explain it). Essentially, the argument is that in certain cases […]

Blogging Archaeology #BlogArch – All of the Responses to the best and worst posts

February 6, 2014

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Another great response to the Blogging Archaeology blog carnival! If you don’t know what Blogging Archaeology is click on this link. A quick announcement- thanks to These Bones of Mine we have a new banner. Also, there is some exciting news (at the end with next months question, scroll down to see): Even though this […]

My Best, My Worst- #blogarch

January 30, 2014

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Here is my post for this months #blogarch the Archaeology Blogging Carnival and a reminder that on the 5th of Feb. I will post all the responses to this months question so best get them in soon. Best. Hmmmm, well looking at stats in my case is useless, maddening, and heartening. Here are my top […]

How Much Do Federal Archaeologists Get Paid?

January 16, 2014

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In the last part of this series I talked about GS (General Service) and what it means for those employed as Archaeologists in the US Federal Government. Essentially, it is a pay level. I also talked about ‘steps’ and how they affect the rate of pay you get for a GS level. You would think […]

What is a General Schedule (GS) Grade and How Does it Affect Federal Archaeologists?

January 10, 2014

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To continue my series looking at US Federal Archaeologists I will take a look at GS and what it means for Federal Archaeologists- The General Schedule (GS) is the pay skill system that the Federal Government in the US uses for the majority of Federal Archaeologists, and majority of Federal employees. There are other pay […]

How Many Archaeologists are Employed by the US Federal Government?

January 7, 2014

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How Many Archaeologists are Employed by the US Federal Government? If you have ever asked yourself this question? If so I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that the U.S. Office of Personnel Management keeps track of such information, which anyone can access at FedScope. The bad news is […]

Blogging Archaeology #BlogArch – All of the Responses to the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

January 5, 2014

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Another great response to the Blogging Archaeology blog carnival, 56 (now 59) responses, some of them new to the carnival! If you don’t know what Blogging Archaeology is click on this link. Even though this post is the summation of what was said in the last month it is not too late to join in. […]

#BlogArch- From Good to Meh

January 4, 2014

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My turn to answer December’s question for the #BlogArch carnival (There is still time to post for December as I don’t do summaries till the 5th of each month). The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Archaeology Blogging or in my case the Good and the Meh. The Meh As of yet I have […]

Is the 9-5 Dig Killing Public Archaeology ( #pubarch )?

December 11, 2013

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What if I told you that before the first trowel goes into the ground for your public archaeology (#pubarch on twitter) dig you probably have excluded half the population? Would you be shocked? Would you be surprised? Has this ever crossed your mind? About a month ago I wrote a post on diversity and archaeology, […]

Blogging Archaeology #BlogArch – All of the Responses to Why?

December 3, 2013

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Wow! We had an amazing turn out for the first month of the Blogging Archaeology blog carnival, 58 (now 72) participants! If you don’t know what Blogging Archaeology is click on this link. Even though this post is the summation of what was said in the last month it is not too late to join […]

Digital Engagement in Archaeology Conference- Introduction Video

November 8, 2012

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I am at the Digital Engagement in Archaeology Conference recording the great talks. I will be putting up all of the videos of most of the talks over the next few days. To start out here is introduction:

October 15, 2012

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Originally posted on These Bones Of Mine:
Charles A. Hay is a field archaeologist currently working for Wessex Archaeology.  He has worked for 3 other archaeological units, including Cambridge Archaeological Unit and the University of Sheffield.  His writings, including investigations of philosophy and original short stories, can be found at Have A Philosophy, whilst his…

Killing Giants- A how to guide for demolishing an institution, demonstrated by Microsoft and copied by Universities

September 11, 2012

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I read this good article, Microsoft’s Lost Decade by Kurt Eichenwald, and could not help but see the parallels between what was described and the modern university system (other systems too but this post will stick with education). I highly recommend you read the whole article. A brief excerpt from the article sums it up: […]

August 3, 2012

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Originally posted on Archaeology in Tennessee:
For the past 30 years, I have worked for scientific consulting firms.  Some of those firms, such as Battelle Memorial Institute and Oak Ridge Associated Universities, were internationally known “think tanks” like the Rand Corporation out in California.  Some of my other companies were very small with as few…

May 18, 2012

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Originally posted on Temple University Anthropology:
[gallery] Well, it is that time of the year again. Grades. We give them, we get them, but what does it mean? Being a graduate student puts you in an interesting place for this tradition of value. We assign a letter to mean how well you have understood a…