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How to Write an Archaeology Press Release: Archaeology and the Press-Part 4

August 21, 2014

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The first post in this series gave us a glimpse into the worker patterns of journalists, or close enough to it. You may have gone away from that post wondering how reporters handle writing 5 articles a day (approx 350 words x5 = 1750 perfectly spelled and grammar-checked words), usually about topics they are not […]

What Makes a Good News Story and Why Can’t Archaeologists Make Them- Archaeology and the Press Part 3

August 20, 2014

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‘The Oldest Mummy’,  ‘Revolutionizing What We Though About the History of Toothpicks’, ‘The Largest Mesolithic House Found in Scotland- next to a street – between two houses – in the last 3 months’. We have all seen those news stories. In some cases they peaked out interest. In others, we kind of think, ‘….um, why […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Archaeology, Wikipeida, Ethics, and Shawn & Zenobiewan being Amazing

August 10, 2014

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This will be my 7th post in seven days on Wikipedia and Archaeology. Fatigued yet? I am going to switch topics but will come back to this work sometime in the future. Though, before I go I want to highlight two excellent pieces of work: Shouting into the Void Shawn, who blogs about connections between […]

Archaeology, Wikipedia, and the Classroom

August 10, 2014

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This week I have been posting on why archaeologists should embrace Wikipedia (see Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3), my experience with Wikiclub, and how you can get started editing Wikipedia. An obvious intersection between Wikipedia and Archaeology is the classroom. Luckily, I don’t need to reinvent the wheel as Robert Connolly has already […]

How to Get Started on Wikipedia for #Archaeology

August 8, 2014

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After banging on for the last few days about the need to engage with Wikipedia (see part 1, part 2, part 3) I would be remiss to not mention how people can get involved. Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime There are no requirements to edit Wikipedia- none. In fact, you don’t even need to be logged in […]

Why Archaeology Should Embrace Wikipedia Part 3- It is the ONLY source.

August 7, 2014

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Wikipedia is not a matter of where people get some of their information; it is a matter of where they ONLY get their information. If you are reading this you have unrestricted use of the Internet, or pretty close to it. Depending on your age you may not know any other world where you cannot […]

Wiki Club- Lessons learned, future goals

August 6, 2014

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I interpret your regularly scheduled posts on why Archaeologists should embrace Wikipedia (see parts I and II) to bring you some of my recent work with Wikipedia. What follows is not a blue print of how to work with Wikipedia, simply a retelling of what we did so that you may be inspired/learn from my […]

Why Archaeology Should Embrace Wikipedia- Part 2, Wikipedia is not your competition

August 5, 2014

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  As I explained yesterday, Wikipedia is the fifth most visited website on the Internet and an article on it is usually guaranteed a top three result in most search engines. But, what if you want your work to be viewed on your own website? I can think of multiple reasons for this: You have […]

Why Archaeology Should Embrace Wikipedia- Part 1, first in line

August 4, 2014

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‘Never use Wikipedia- anyone can edit it so you can’t trust it.’ ‘Wikipedia is edited by men and women are not welcome.’ ‘Studies have shown that Wikipedia is not accurate. you shouldn’t trust it.’ Ever heard those phrases? Ever repeated those phrases? Let’s face it, in some circles there is a very low opinion of Wikipedia. In […]

40 Years of Grade Inflation in British Archaeology

July 27, 2014

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For the last week I have been posting on the subject of grade inflation: how it works with getting a job, the causes, and an actual look at the UK numbers for Archaeology. I am going to finish off this series of posts with some more UK data . Pushing it back 20 years In […]

Grade Inflation in UK Archaeology

July 25, 2014

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Over the last few days I have been writing about grade inflation and how it affects job prospects and the causes of it. The reason I have been writing about grade inflation is because I took a look at the data from the UK and found it in Archaeology degrees. Here are the final marks, first degrees i.e. […]

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 […]

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

July 17, 2014

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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

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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. […]

How Many People in the US Have Archaeology Degrees? Significantly more than a bakers dozen

July 11, 2014

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‘How many people have got an archaeology degree in the US?’ People ask this question for a variety of reasons, like knowing how many people you have to compete with to get a job, how many people might be very interested in Archaeology, or they are practicing for a quiz style game-show like  Jeopardy, Who […]

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 […]

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. […]