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The School of Jack - Dinosaur - 6th June 2013

BillyPilgrim Wrote:Archaeology isn't immune from demographics and so I'd suggest that, rather than there being lots of unemployed archaeologists without licences, companies are going to have to (eventually) rethink how they operate to some degree (or pay people with licences a huge wage premium).

And yet I'd suggest that there's never been as many as 35% of diggers as an overall group who could drive, we regularly have to co-opt someone in (like me in the example above) if the normal driver's having a day off in order to cover things because none of them can. Those figures don't allow for jobs where mobility is an essential requirement (bet most plumbers can drive!). In most lines of work it's your responsibility to get yourself to your place of work at the right time. And it continues to be a truism that you're unlikely ever to get promoted to PO if you can't drive so the lessons would comfortably pay for themselves in the long run


The School of Jack - Dinosaur - 6th June 2013

Wax Wrote:[SIZE=2]

If your area doesn't look clean after your efforts, clean it again.

[/SIZE]note: if you are asked to clean the same area more than six time it means your supervisor hasn't got a clue how to tackle the archaeology Wink (they are vainly hoping each clean will reveal a little bit more and they can put off tackling it)


$%£*** - been sussed! :0


Unusually for me I actually spent 10 minutes on my last trenching job showing people how to clean an area crumb-free the first time - was a bit surprised no one had shown them before, they had good long CVs, hardly beginners.

By coincidence was discussing skelly cleaning earlier (in connection with photographic stuff), but the conclusion was that in general they happen too rarely these days (not enough research excavs) for anyone to get experienced/anatomically knowledgeable enough to really do them for good pics [quite apart from mattock-holes in skulls!...] - try comparing modern published cemetery pics to old ones. Of my workforce on the last decent sized job only 2 people had ever done one. Shame really Sad

Mind you, most of them around here are mainly bone-meal if you're lucky, so hardly good training material...


The School of Jack - Dinosaur - 6th June 2013

Jack Wrote:[SIZE=2]Nor is cleaning a 'rest' where the lazy can tickle the ground with a hoe while the rest of the team pick up the slack.[/SIZE]

Hence the long-standing tradition of cleaning in lines, the slackers soon stand-out being marooned somewhere in the middle of an otherwise clean area....while the others argue over who's responsible for those annoying little lines of spoil they always seem to manage to leave between their own little strips... }Smile

Always clean in from either edge to the middle, makes shovelling up the spoil easier and avoids those little lines.... :face-thinks:


The School of Jack - kevin wooldridge - 6th June 2013

Dinosaur Wrote:And yet I'd suggest that there's never been as many as 35% of diggers as an overall group who could drive,...
I think 65% therefore might be more indicative of the general trend amongst archaeologists.....I still cannot understand why this is a problem. If the industry wants surveyors it should pay for people to qualify as surveyors, if the industry wants first-aiders likewise. If the industry needs drivers.......


The School of Jack - pdurdin - 6th June 2013

I have a driver's licence, I'm punctual and happy to help to pack things up at the end of the day, and I always try to keep my spot crumb free as I dig (which I do with a good attitude to boot!). So who wants to hire me? :o)


The School of Jack - kevin wooldridge - 7th June 2013

pdurdin Wrote:I have a driver's licence, I'm punctual and happy to help to pack things up at the end of the day, and I always try to keep my spot crumb free as I dig (which I do with a good attitude to boot!). So who wants to hire me? :o)

'..but there's the rub'.........I might be a little pre-emptive here, but at the end of the day whilst graduation from the 'School of Jack' might make for diggers with 'street savvy', it don't necessarily make for diggers with jobs....


The School of Jack - Sith - 7th June 2013

Hmm, "School of Jack" will conjour up a very different meaning to anyone who has had involvement with the armed forces.


The School of Jack - Jack - 7th June 2013

Sith Wrote:Hmm, "School of Jack" will conjour up a very different meaning to anyone who has had involvement with the armed forces.

'Well hello Mister Fancypants. Well, I've got news for you pal, you ain't leadin' but two things, right now: Jack and shit... and Jack left town.'
- Ash, Army of Darkness


The School of Jack - Jack - 7th June 2013

kevin wooldridge Wrote:'..but there's the rub'.........I might be a little pre-emptive here, but at the end of the day whilst graduation from the 'School of Jack' might make for diggers with 'street savvy', it don't necessarily make for diggers with jobs....

Indeed. The School of Jack can only show you the door. You have to open it yourself......Or you could always go in through the window.

'Its gonna be a really tough project, you're gonna have to use your head, your brain and your mind too.'
- Dewey Finn, The School of Rock


The School of Jack - P Prentice - 7th June 2013

school of jack - last bastion for macho posturing?
in a world where everybody digs why are you excluding supervisors, who are afterall lazy shed loafers who think they have earned the right to waltz around with clean hands.
and as for site directors - those bloated nerdowellies - words fail........