Browsing All posts tagged under »Archaeologists«

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 […]

Blogging Archaeology #BlogArch – All of the Responses to Why?

December 3, 2013


Wow! We had an amazing turn out for the first month of the Blogging Archaeology blog carnival, 58 (now 72) participants! 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 […]

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 […]

How Much Archaeologists Make (USA, 2012, Crew Chief)

January 16, 2013


This is the second part (part 1 on field tech pay can be found here) of the yearly review of how much archaeologists make in the US (apologies to Canada, not enough data to include you). This is for the position of crew chief. Previous years findings can be seen here. Now, this is a […]

Archaeology and the Media Part 1: Why we don’t see eye to eye

September 25, 2012


A few weeks back I saw this post on Savage Minds, The journalist calls the anthropologist, and have been meaning to write this post ever since. I suggest you read ‘The journalist calls the anthropologists’. I would not be surprised if many of archaeologists feel the same way as this anthropologists. Judging by the comments […]

Looting Americas Past- Collectors Hate Ric Savage as Much as Archaeologists

February 27, 2012


In case you missed it, the archaeology world has exploded over the weekend about a new TV show on “relic hunting” for profit. Sexy Archaeology can fill you in on the details. Apparently archaeologists are not the only ones outraged by this, collectors are too. Some of the attacks are a bit personal […]

More Stats on How Much Assistant Professors of Archaeology Make

February 23, 2012


So more detailed numbers to go with the average salaries posted earlier– Unlike with other positions there is not a great range in the possible pay that an assistant professor in archaeology could obtain. The average is around 60k a year (all numbers are assumed to be full time employment) and the majority of positions […]

How Much Associate Professors of Archaeology Make- Breakdown of Stats.

February 22, 2012


In conjunction with the post on the average pay of a professor of archaeology and the additional statistics on full professors, in the United States, here is a break down of associate professors pay (assumed full time) to give you an idea of range in pay:   This is the distribution by individual associate professor […]

How Much Full Archaeology Professors Make – Breakdown of numbers

February 21, 2012


To go with the post on the average pay of a professor of archaeology in the United States here is a break down of full professors pay to give you an idea of range in pay: This is the distribution by professor and not by department. Some departments have 10 faculty while others have 1. […]

The Tenured Archaeologists- A look at Associate Professor Jobs in Archaeology

February 15, 2012


Yesterday, I looked at the break down of assistant professor archaeologists in academia. This post looks at those that have obtained tenure but have not quite reached the level of full professor. There are roughly 344 archaeologists in such a position (this is only for US universities and departments that offer archaeology degrees/concentrations/classes there are […]

Academic Archaeologists in America- How Many are There?

February 13, 2012


It has taken a few months to do a head count of the academic archaeologists in the US but I have gone through the AAA e-guide and then personally through the websites of a little shy of 400 departments (anthroplogy/archaeology/other) (see full list here). Places were these numbers might be weak – archaeologists in departments […]

Heritage Business Journal Digest

February 10, 2012


If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should take a look at the Heritage Business Journal. It covers issues relating to the heritage industry and if you are an archaeologists chances are 98% of you will be employed by the heritage industry. It covers the world with correspondents in the UK, USA, Canada, […]

What does it take to get a Job as a Senior Archaeologists/PI – with 2011 data

January 16, 2012


To go with the post on pay for senior archaeologists in the US this post looks at what is takes to get such a job. Using the requirements listed in the job postings, same as the ones used to determine pay conditions, this post presents the results- What the graph shows is that there is […]

What does it take to get a Job as an Archaeology Project Manager- 2011 data

January 13, 2012


This post is a continuation of a series of posts exploring the pay conditions of different archaeology jobs and the qualifications need to obtain those said jobs. The data is collected from job postings- See here for more details on methodology. The earlier posts looked atfield tech positions and crew chiefs in CRM (North America). […]

Bad News for Irish Archaeologists

January 12, 2012


Charles Mount has a very interesting post on the current health of CRM in Ireland. I recommend you check it out-

How Much Do Archaeology Project Managers Make- with 2011 data

January 11, 2012


This post looks at pay for project managers/project directors/junior archaeologists/project supervisor (there are about a dozen different names for this position but it is really middle management e.g. someone who is in charge of excavations or the lab on projects but is not the very top person like the company owner or senior management). As […]

What does it take to get a Job as an Archaeology Crew Chief- 2011 data

January 10, 2012


After discussing what pay is like for crew chiefs/senior techs it would be good to mention what it takes to get such a job. For this I used the the requirements listed in job postings same as I used for pay rates. As with field techs there is over lap so some categories do not […]

How Much an Archaeology Crew Chief Makes, 2011

January 9, 2012


In this post I take a look at the pay for the position of crew chief/senior technician. The methodology is the same as before. This position is a weird one in that not every company has this type of position and it also tends to be a position seen in some areas of the country […]

What it takes to get a job in Archaeology: Technicians, 2011

January 8, 2012


While I was examining job postings to get an idea of how much archaeology field technicians made in in 2011 I also collected additional data on what requirements were listed to obtain a archaeology technician job (US only other countries to follow in a few months). The same methodology was used to collect posts. There […]

How Much Did Archaeology Technicians Make in 2011

January 7, 2012


The numbers are in for my annual examination of archaeology job postings in the US (UK runs on a fiscal year and will be ready in April). My data comes from the job postings on the websites yahoo group and (added for the 2011 numbers), duplicate posts between the two and multiple postings […]

Open Access Journal Search

January 6, 2012


After a lot more work than I thought it was going to be, I created a searchable table of Open Access Archaeology Publications using google charts and google fusion tables. You can now now view the finished product at Open Access Archaeology. It will be replacing my current list of open access journals. I will […]

Jobs in British Archaeology 2008-2011

January 4, 2012


An article of mine was recently published in The Archaeologists, which is open access but with a 1 year rolling wall were you have to be a member of the IfA to see it. The reason I published there was because it was open access but one year is a long time to wait for […]

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. […]

Review of iPhones and Archaeology

December 26, 2011


This review came from Peter Eidenbach via the NMAC listserve. I haven’t found it anywhere else so I figure I would share his thoughts here- iPhone on Archaeological Field Survey Several months ago, my daughter the lawyer signed the family up for a new cell phone plan and got me an iPhone. I hadn't imagined […]

Happy Holidays Everyone- From an Archaeologist

December 20, 2011


  This is the most holiday related archaeology artifact that I could find. Hope you enjoy.  

More East vs. West Archaeology Pay

December 19, 2011


Last week I looked at why archaeologists in the Western half of the USA make more money then those on the Eastern half. I looked at some factors like size of states, population, number archaeology/anthropology programs available locally, etc. which had very low correlations with the pay patterns. What appears to explain what is seen […]

East vs. West- Why pay is better for archaeologists in the west II (government land)

December 13, 2011


Yesterday, I wrote about how archaeologists in the Western United States make better pay then those in the Eastern United States. I also looked at land size, number of archaeology programs available, and population of states to see if there was any correlation between these factors and pay; there wasn’t. Moving on to the next […]

East vs. West- Why pay is better for archaeologists in the west.

December 12, 2011


It has been pretty well documented that pay is better for archaeologists in the Western United States vs. the Eastern United States (see here for another publication on it, p.36). Lots of people have made guesses as to why that is but no one has actually investigated it. I figured I would test out some […]

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% […]

What Does it Take to Get that Archaeology Job?- Field Techs- Redux

December 7, 2011


A few months ago I published a post “What Does it Take to Get that Archaeology Job?- Field Techs” in which I looked at what requirements are listed on job postings (US only) on the website shovelbums. This  investigation was only for the year 2010. I decided to go back and look at trends over a […]

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 End of the World in 2012

December 3, 2011


Just saw this advertisement on a website I was on. I figured at some point someone would try to cash in on the whole Mayan end of the world crap. I was told a couple of years back (circa 2006-7) that all of the hotels in the Yucatan were already booked up for the “end […]

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 […]

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 […]

Not Your Fathers Archaeology- Time between PhD and Archaeology Academic Jobs.

November 25, 2011


A few days ago I wrote about the average time it took academics in the UK between receiving their PhD and getting an permanent academic job, 4.32 yrs,  but that was an over all average and not broken down by any other factors. I have since looked at these numbers by the decade in which […]

How Long Between a PhD and Academic Archaeology Job?

November 23, 2011


How Long Between when one gets a PhD and when one obtains an academic job in archaeology? Lots of people ask that question so I set out to find the answer, at least for UK based archaeologists. As part of looking at the number of staff positions post I also noted down years staff obtained […]

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 […]

Crowd Sourcing Archaeology Funds: Tip of the Iceberg or Passing Fad ?

November 13, 2011


Dr. Kristina Killgrove have just completed a crowd sourcing project to raise money for her Roman DNA project. This video explains what the project is about:

Measuring Cultural Resource Managment

November 11, 2011


Thanks to Christopher Dore for this poster that he and Sarah Herr presented at the 74th SAAs. It shows some pretty interesting numbers about CRM.

Good News- Number of Archaeologists Employed by the US Federal Government Goes Up

November 9, 2011


UPDATE- New numbers for the number of archaeologists employed by the US Government can be found here I did a little digging after my last post. Went to the US Office of Personal Management website and used FedScope to look up the number of archaeologists employed by the federal government since 1998. Here are the […]

How Many Archaeologists Work in the Federal Government?

November 8, 2011


Update- I have looked at the exact numbers up to 2013 in this post (Click Link). How many archaeologists work for the federal government in the US? One publications so far has looked at these numbers: Childs, S. Terry  2009 Commentary. In The SAA Archaeological Record (January 2009) Volume 9 (1), 37-39. You can access […]

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 […]

New Use of Blogs

November 4, 2011


Stephen H. Lekson, from the Museum of Natural History at the University of Colorado, has started a new blog, The Southwest in the World. It is a pretty cool concept. He is writing a book putting up rough chapters up as blog posts.

Archaeology & Anthropology Jobs Expected to Grow by 22% by 2018?

November 2, 2011


For a side project I have been looking at a lot of university anthropology department pages. As part of that I keep stumbling across this statement on department websites ” Overall employment of anthropologists and archaeologists, geographers, and historians is expected to grow by 22 percent from 2008 to 2018, which is much faster than […]

Open Access Week Archaeology Journals Search Engine

October 28, 2011


To make it easier to find articles you want I created a custom search engine that only searches the 23 archaeology journals that have gone open access for open access week (Update– link removed, open access week is over so the search engine no longer works). It should make it easier to find what you […]

How Much Archaeologists Make- Senior Archaeologists and Up

October 16, 2011


What is the most money I can make as an archaeologists?

How Much Do Archaeologists Make- Project Manager/Director

October 15, 2011


Ever wonder how much an archaeologists makes?

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

What Does it Take to Get that Archaeology Job?- Architectural Historian

September 27, 2011


This is the seventh and last post in a series exploring the question – What qualifications do I need to get X job in archaeology.

What Does it Take to Get that Archaeology Job?- Lab Director

September 26, 2011


This is the sixth post (one more to go)  in a series exploring the question – What qualifications do I need to get X job in archaeology.

What Does it Take to Get that Archaeology Job?- Principle Investigator/Senior Archaeologist

September 25, 2011


This is the fifth post in a series exploring the question – What qualifications do I need to get X job in archaeology.

What Does it Take to Get that Archaeology Job?- GIS Tech.

September 24, 2011


This is the fourth post in a series exploring the question – What qualifications do I need to get X job in archaeology.

What Does it Take to Get that Archaeology Job?- Project Managers/Directors

September 23, 2011


This post is a continuation of a series of posts exploring the question – What qualifications do I need to get X job in archaeology.

What Does it Take to Get that Archaeology Job?- Crew Chief

September 22, 2011


This post is part of a series of posts aimed at answering the question, quantitatively by looking at job postings- What qualifications do I need to get X job in archaeology.

What Does it Take to Get that Archaeology Job?- Field Techs

September 19, 2011


Lots of new archaeologists/students/prospective students/archaeologists ask a very similar question – What qualifications do I need to get X job in archaeology. Lots of people offer advice but there is very little hard data out there. To rectify this problem I have gone out and looked at job postings

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 […]

Academic Jobs in the UK- If you thought the US job market was flooded

September 9, 2011


As a companion to my research into academic jobs in North American I took a look at academic jobs for archaeologists in the UK.

The Job Market is Saturated with PhDs

September 5, 2011


“The job market is saturated with PhDs” I hear this phrase all of the time in archaeology. It would explain why there are 100-200 applicants for every tenure track position in archaeology. It may be true but I like hard numbers and would like to know what exactly a “saturated market” really looks like.

Academic Jobs in Archaeology- the Competition

September 4, 2011


I did a quick look at the Academic Archaeology Job wikis and did some data sifting and number crunching:

Archaeologists Field Tech Pay in the US

August 28, 2011


I have updated the my page on archaeology job conditions in the US with field tech data for all of the states west of the Mississippi. Again, it is job postings so the data is limited but it gives you an idea of what the pay, per hour, is like out there. Here is the […]