Browsing All posts tagged under »Universities«

By request- time between PhD and Academic jobs by school

January 2, 2012


This post is by request of the Anonymous Swiss Collector. A few weeks back I wrote about the average time between obtaining a PhD and a academic archaeology job in the UK, 4.32 yrs. The question was asked if these numbers could applied to individual universities to see if there was a difference between universities. […]

New Website With Every (almost, 700+) Archaeology Programs in the World

December 19, 2011


Sorry for the lack of posts recently. I have been very, very busy with lots of projects, one of which is the launch of- Myself and Paolo Ciuchini, of ArchaeoJobs fame, have put together a searchable map-list of over 700+ archaeology programs around the world (see full list below). If you need to find […]

Some New Comments on Open Access and Archaeology and Shameless Self-promotion

December 11, 2011


This came from the Assemblage journal RSS feed- “…we’re bringing you a smorgasbord of features to tide you over for the festive season. We have a double State of the Arch update with two pieces on a similar theme. Patrcik Hadley discusses the issues surrouonding setting up Mesolithic Miscellany and the world of open access journals, […]

List of Archaeology Programs

December 8, 2011


As part of a project between myself and Paolo at to create a list of universities that have archaeology programs I created a list of all USA schools that have an archaeology degree/anthropology degree with an emphasis on archaeology.  Now I am sure this is not 100% but it is probably close to 98-99% […]

Elite Schools Lead to Academic Jobs- Fallacy or Fact

December 4, 2011


The other day I wrote about how quite a few people advised students not to go to grad school. One of the pieces I brought up, by Larry Cebula, has been (not sure on the write word- critiqued?) by Holger Syme  . It is a decent critique that presents a fairly good argument for going […]

The Flow of Ideas

November 30, 2011


The other day I mused about how certain universities dominate where academics get their degrees from and how this might influence the spread of ideas. Taking this a bit further I looked at the distribution of academics, in the UK, by decade to see if there were trends over time. Again, using the distribution of […]

The Crap Shoot that is the Academic Job Hunt or Why You Don’t Have to be Faster than the Bear, Just Faster than your Slowest Friend

November 29, 2011


A couple of blogs have been posting, and linking to each other, about getting an academic job- Open Letter to My Students: No, You Cannot be a Professor, You Aren’t the Exception, and Why Do Grad Students Think They Can Beat the Odds? The basic gist of all of these articles are that most students will […]

Where do Professors Come From?

November 28, 2011


In my last few posts I have looked at how long it takes between a PhD and an Academic Job both overall and by decade. As part of that same dataset I also collected information on where academic archaeologists got their degrees from. This happened to be a lot easier to obtain then details on […]

Studying Archaeology in Europe

November 20, 2011


The website “Studying Archaeology in Europe” went live a few days ago. It is part of a larger project, of the same name, that- … will improve the information and personal support available to students in order to enhance future international exchanges and experience, and potential future employment opportunities through the European Union. For […]

Breaking the Essay- Some additional tools and tricks: Screencasting

November 16, 2011


I wrote a couple of days back about replacing paper essays with websites and I would just like to spend a few more moments on that idea, mainly on the details. The problem with any time you deal with computer software, internet programs, or coding in general is that not everything works. Creating a paper […]

Help Build A Resource for Applied Archaeology and Cultural Resource Managment

November 15, 2011


I have been meaning to publish this for a few days now but as always stuff happens. I got a post from Dr. John R. Welch ,  at SFU, he and several other people are putting together a guide to research materials for applied archaeology and cultural resource management. The website is:       If anyone […]

Hacking Archaeology Academia: Breaking the Essay

November 12, 2011


This is an idea I had, but probably I am not in the position anytime soon to implement it so feel free to use it and implement it if you can.

Universities and Archaeology

November 5, 2011


“For most of them, in the end, what the university offers is not skills or knowledge but credentials: a diploma that signals employability and basic work discipline. Those who manage to learn a lot often—though happily not always—come from highly educated families and attend highly selective colleges and universities. They are already members of an […]

Archaeology, Universities, Dinosaur Bones?

October 12, 2011


I don’t expect many people to know that Archaeologists don’t dig dinosaur bones but I do expect most universities to.

Funding Stats for Anthropology (Archaeology) PhDs- How many get funded

October 6, 2011


Thinking about getting a Anthropology (Archaeology) PhD in the United States? Wondering how you are going to pay for it? I can’t answer that for you but here is a break down of how other PhD students funded their studies

Hitting the Wall- the loss of archaeology students

September 15, 2011


Many long distance runners will experience a phenomenon, known as hitting the wall, during a race. This is were their bodies reach the limit of their abilities and they can no longer keep up their current pace. Academic archaeology is in the middle of such an event. The graph below shows the number of archaeology […]

When it Rains, it Pours PhDs

September 14, 2011


First look at this figure- Since 1988, over 1,735+ people have graduated with a UK PhD in archaeology.

The College Payoff- Archaeology Edition (3)

August 18, 2011


The Georgetown university report on degree payoffs, used so far in this review, (seen here listed the median life time earnings (40 hrs a week, 52 weeks a year, 40 years) by degrees is as follows: Associates: 25th percentile- $1,177,100 Median- $1,727,000 75th Percentile- $2,426,300 BA: 25th percentile-$1,490,600 Median-$2,268,000 75th Percentile-3,388,700 MA: 25th percentile- […]

The College Payoff- Archaeology Edition (2)

August 17, 2011


The Georgetown university report on degree payoffs (seen here listed the lowest life time earning (based on 40hrs a week for 40 years) by career for Associates and BA degrees, out of the 300 occupations it covered. They were: Associates degree- Teacher Assistants $9.40 per hr. ($782,000) Cashiers $10.81 per hr. ($899,000) Nursing, Psychiatric, […]

The College Payoff- Archaeology Edition (1)

August 16, 2011


Georgetown university just published a report on lifetime earnings of people by degree level e.g. some highschool, highschool, BA, MA, PhD, and professional degrees. You can see the summary and full report here:   They have a even shorter summary of 4 rules: Rule No.1: Degree Level Matters. But Rule No.2: Occupational choice can […]

Best Class I Ever Took and If You Read Only One Book During University

May 1, 2011


Just saw this book review on It is for the book The Anthropology Graduate’s Guide From Student to a Career. Several years ago, during my undergraduate degree, I took a course Avenues to Professionalism which was the basis for this book. Of the 130+ credit hours I took to get my degree the three […]

Why Graduate Exams Make NO Sense

April 27, 2011


Graduate exams, some schools still do them  and it perplexes me to no end. Do not get me wrong, I know why they do it. Graduate exams happen because of tradition and as a way to weed out graduate students, but these reasons are plain silly. Tradition is great, at the same time if you […]

Would You Pay $4.84 PER PAGE to read a journal?

April 12, 2011


In addition to the many things I am currently doing, I am writing up/editing a paper for the newest issue of the Assemblage Journal. The topic of the article is journal publishing in archaeology. I do not want to give away all of results before it gets published, but this calculation just blew my mind […]

The Barriers to Archaeology: Past Publications and the “old” Literature

April 5, 2011


‘Entry level costs barrier’ is a term used in the business world to describe the minimum amount of money that needs to be invested to get a business up and running. For example, to start a pizza delivery company you would have to rent a shop, buy/rent on oven, and buy tools of the trade e.g. […]

The Battle: Archaeologists vs. other Archaeologists

March 24, 2011


So this is inspired by an earlier post on Johan Normark’s blog Why Heritage Studies needs you. He posted this video- The video was interesting but what really caught my eye was the comment below.