Interviewing with a reporter i.e. Fact First Aid: archaeology and the press part 2

August 19, 2014

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It has happened! After years of slaving away, you get a call from a reporter interested in interviewing you about your work. What do you do? In this post I will take you through the dos and don’ts of interviewing with the press. Or, as I like to call it, Fact First Aid. Context Context […]

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Archaeology and the Press: Part 1- Why does the news get it so, so, so, wrong?

August 18, 2014

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Bad “news” articles are everywhere, but sometimes it seems like they are especially bad in archaeology. Bad articles can range from something as simple as the misspelling of a name to articles about how archaeologists recently discovered dinosaur bones in which the “archaeologists” interviewed are actually an “experts” on UFO sightings. Even the best news sources […]

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Disabilities in Public Archaeology

August 16, 2014

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To finish out this week of posts on disabilities and Archaeology I took a look at disabilities in Public Archaeology and found some interesting trends that anyone involved in public archaeology should be aware of. (other posts in the series: disabilities in professional archaeology, dyslexia and archaeology, disabilities helping or hurting, disclosing disabilities to your […]

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Disclosing Disability: Employment in Archaeology

August 14, 2014

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So you are an archaeologist with a disability or an employer who might employ someone with a disability what do you do? Luckily, there is guidance available, the wonderful guide ‘Employing People with Disabilities: Good Practice Guidance for Archaeologists‘. Thank you to David at These Bones of Mine for alerting me to this great resource. […]

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My Disabilities, My Archaeology

August 13, 2014

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vox hiberionacum made a comment on my last post about dyslexia and archaeology that I think is interesting: ‘I wonder if there is some underlying cognitive issue at play. Always thought that the skills involved in dealing with such a condition make one particularly suited to seeing/finding patterns in material culture.’ Very similar to the idea […]

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Archaeology- the Dyslexic Profession or the Profession of Dyslexics

August 12, 2014

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I don’t know why this is but Archaeology attracts an abnormally high number of people with Dyslexia. The 2005 survey that I mentioned in my last post found that 16% of Professional Archaeologists with disabilities had dyslexia. What is more striking is the number of archaeology students at University with dyslexia, 63%. That is of […]

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Professional Archaeology- Disability Friendly?

August 11, 2014

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There are 11 million people with disabilities in the UK, that is roughly 17% of the population. Guess how many professional archaeologists have disabilities? Less than 2%, that is what The Profiling the Profession surveys have found (1.8% in 2012-13, 1.6% in 2007-08, .3% in 2002-03). A different survey in 2005, ‘Archaeology and Disability’, specifically looking at disabilities […]

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