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  Plenty of jobs going.........
Posted by: monty - 26th August 2015, 09:01 PM - Forum: The Site Hut - Replies (12)

Boom time ! vacancies everywhere and no one to fill them ........... is it any wonder looking at the poverty line wages being offered ? I know those on here are at or above the minima but they really are appallingly low........ how are units going to fulfil contracts with no field staff ?

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  Claiming tax back on stuff
Posted by: The-Sheep - 8th August 2015, 05:23 PM - Forum: The Site Hut - Replies (8)

Having moved jobs relatively recently for the first time I find myself filling out a P87 to claim tax relief from HMRC as my employer doesn't pay the recommended mileage allowance. Reading through the advice on the website made me question what else I could claim for.

Obviously there are memberships and such but have any employees ever claimed for work clothes etc?


Having not known about this I obviously haven’t kept all my receipts, but I would argue archaeologists should be able to claim a lump sum like other construction workers, but of course ‘archaeologist’ isn’t a listed occupation and I am not sure who you would contact to query this.


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  Another newbie joining the ranks!
Posted by: kwdino - 5th August 2015, 04:02 PM - Forum: The Site Hut - Replies (22)

Hey guys. Like a fair few other posters, I am starting my first post-uni job in commercial archaeology! Just a basic question really. Someone mentioned previously about reading up about the first site you are involved in and trying to obtaining the WSI and DBA. Is it appropriate to ask for a copy before going out on site? I start on Monday but would like to read up before. Thanks for all the useful information on this forum by the way!

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  Oh Dear what can the matter be
Posted by: Marc Berger - 30th July 2015, 11:08 PM - Forum: The Site Hut - Replies (31)

It goes on for half an hour but the first fifteen minutes is worth the price of admission.


"I want a local HER to be statutory although it will have to be regional so that I can have a job with a pension and pretend that I am a field archaeologist in the eyes of the public who all are dying to be local volunteer field archaeologists - and lets not mention that the council museum system would be bankrupt if were not corrupt". XXX

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  Original standards and guidences for field archaeologists
Posted by: Marc Berger - 13th July 2015, 04:00 PM - Forum: The Site Hut - Replies (10)

I have been looking unsuccessfully for the original wording for the Evaluation standard and guidance from 1994, when cifa was known as the Institute for field archaeologists. I don't think that there were any earlier versions than 1994 but I would be interested in any if there are.

Thanks in advance

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  New Survey on Community Research
Posted by: BAJR - 3rd July 2015, 09:12 AM - Forum: The Site Hut - Replies (1)


Historic England has commissioned Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service to find out how much archaeology, historic building and local history research is carried out by voluntary groups in England.

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  How many hours in your working week?
Posted by: P Prentice - 1st July 2015, 01:27 PM - Forum: The Site Hut - Replies (31)

How many hours a day/week do you work and is this the same as the number you get paid for?
When most employees in the sector are paid for 37 hours would you consider a job on the same rubbish rate but requiring 40hrs work per week?

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  What are the three core skills a new digger needs
Posted by: Wax - 23rd June 2015, 10:37 PM - Forum: The Site Hut - Replies (38)

As the general view is that skills are slipping what three core skills does the new digger need?

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  CIfA Client guide published
Posted by: BAJR - 5th June 2015, 08:35 PM - Forum: The Site Hut - Replies (44)

CIfA Client guide published


This guide is aimed at anyone who needs to meet the requirements of legislation or policy that relate to archaeology. It explains what you need to do and why you need a professional archaeologist to help you through the process.

BAJR has one as well. but what do you think... ( apart from the CIfA bias of course... which one has to say is pretty fair.


Would you consider ging to clients>>

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  Asbestos Awareness Courses
Posted by: Land-Escapist - 22nd May 2015, 11:51 AM - Forum: The Site Hut - Replies (11)

So I have just had the life frightened out of me on this course and was just curious as to how up to speed people were with dealing with asbestos in archaeological contexts. I guess this mainly applies to post-med/industrial sites but is asbestos awareness a standard across archaeological companies? Building Surveys seem pretty obvious - some sort of refurb/demolition survey should have been done beforehand which identifies obvious bits. But archaeologically, things get a little muddy (in more ways than one). In soils it can be hard to identify if it has already degraded, particularly the brown and blue stuff and past experience has shown that trial pits won't neccessarily pick it up if its concentrated in particular areas.

Just thinking of the all the new people coming into the commercial world thick and fast who may even be of a generation where it was no longer used in buildings

Or am I just being paranoid, perhaps the risk is the same as tetanus or Weils disease?

Thanks in advance Smile

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