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

August 19, 2014


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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