Browsing All posts tagged under »anthropology«

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

July 21, 2014


“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 […]

How Many People Have US Anthropology Degrees? – The number might surprise you, or not.

July 17, 2014


We have just passed an important milestone in the life of an Anthropologist, graduation season. Starting in May and running through June universities in America will harvest a new crop of Anthropology graduates (Archaeology is a part of Anthropology in the US). Some of these new graduates will be apprehensive about getting a job, some […]

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

July 15, 2014


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 […]

Five Civilizations on Twitter

May 8, 2014


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


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


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


  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


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


“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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 […]

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

March 4, 2014


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 […]

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

February 6, 2014


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


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 […]

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

January 10, 2014


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


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


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. […]

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

December 11, 2013


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, […]

With each passing year your degree means less and less and less and less…….

November 18, 2013


‘A Bachelors is the new high school degree. Soon you will need one to get a job at McDonalds’ – unknown I remember several years ago that someone told me that. Unfortunately, it has come to pass for archaeology that this is true. Continuing on my examination of the Profiling the Profession data, the last […]

Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference

November 14, 2013


Last Saturday I was at Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference. As I usually try to do, I video recorded and edited in the slides of the talks. Thank you to Cara for inviting me along to do that.There are all listed below. If you did not get a chance to attend there were some very good […]

Is It Open Access If No One Can Find It? The loss of 100,000+ Archaeology & History Articles

November 7, 2013


Here is a question for you, if I put something up on the internet for free but no one can find it have I actually done anything? A little background story to how I came to this question. Over the last couple of weeks I have been running some analysis for the Society of Antiquaries […]

Blogging Archaeology

November 5, 2013


This is the page the launched the 2013-2014 Blogging Archaeology Blog Carnival. Don’t know what it is? Read on. The event is over and has accumulated in a wonderful book:   It is Open Access i.e. FREE to Read. You can download it here: Blogging Archaeology. It is a great resource to learn about blogging […]

Jobs in British Archaeology 2012-13 (draft)

October 28, 2013


Just finished up remaking the figures for the annual Jobs in British Archaeology article. Hopefully at some point in the near future it will be in an issue of The Archaeologist. I have redone the figures with a table-graph?. I am not sure what to call it. However, it really captures the distribution of pay […]

I, for one, welcome our new female overlords in Archaeology

October 24, 2013


Archaeology, it’s a women’s world. Ok, slight exaggeration but not by too much. For years there has been concern about the male domination of archaeology, especially when other professions quickly gained more equal gender ratios following the women’s rights movement and archaeology did not. The latest Profiling the Profession report (which I will be posting […]

Archaeologists, the Whitest People I Know

October 15, 2013


Archaeologists are probably the whitest people I know. Actually, now that I am living in Scotland, archaeologist are the darkest people I know. Having a job that requires you out in the sun, or grey overcast (it is Scotland) all day means that many archaeologists develop tans. I use that term tan loosely in Scotland […]

Profiling the Profession 2012-13 is Now Out!

October 7, 2013


It took several more months than expected but the whole Profiling the Profession 2012-13 report is now out. You can download it here- For those unaware, PP is a sort of census of Archaeologists working in the UK. It happens every 5 years and gathers data like pay, age, gender, etc. It is 230 […]

The Sexist Trowel

September 8, 2013


Sometimes you see things that just make you think ‘you have got to be kidding me’. In this case it was the ‘women’s trowel by archtools’ (not posting a link because they don’t deserve the link juice to boost their stores google search rank). I have been meaning to post about this for several weeks […]

#freearchaeology- Devil’s Advocate, an intro

August 12, 2013


Sam has been running a serious of amazing posts on the topic of #freearchaeology (well a few months ago, it has taken me a few months to get this out). Seriously, he should get a Pulitzer for all the research and work he has done on the topic. Check out some of his posts: free […]

What is the Deal with the Nacirema?!?-AAA Viewer Stats and the Relevance of #Anthropology

July 30, 2013


What is the Deal with the Nacierma? Answer that question and you will have great insights into the relevance of Anthropology (and in certain parts of the world that includes archaeology) to our modern world. A little background to that cryptic sentence- Again, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) has been very kind and shared some […]

New Archaeology Blog List

July 2, 2013


My old archaeology blog list has gotten pretty long and I am reaching the limit of what can be done with a simple list. The list was nice but it was getting very long and hard to manage. Also, there was only so much detail I could give out with a list. So this weekend […]