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Becoming an Archaeologist - newish Book
#1
Might be worth a look for anyone brave enough to attempt a career?!

http://www.cambridge.org/9780521734691

Becoming an Archaeologist

A Guide to Professional Pathways -Joe Flatman, University College London

Becoming an Archaeologist: A Guide to Professional Pathways is an engaging handbook on career paths in the area of archaeology. It outlines in straightforward fashion the entire process of getting a job in archaeology, including the various options; the training that is required; and how to get positions in the academic, commercial and government worlds. It also includes discussion of careers in related heritage professions such as museums and conservation societies. The book includes a series of interviews with real archaeologists, all young professionals who began their careers within the last ten years. These insider guides offer essential tips on how they got their first job and progressed in their careers. Written in an accessible style, the book is essential reading for anyone interested in the realities of archaeology in the 21st century.
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#2
vulpes Wrote:The book includes a series of interviews with real archaeologists, all young professionals who began their careers within the last ten years.

It's depressing that I can no longer describe myself as a young professional, having started my career more than ten years ago. As I'm presumably officially middle aged now, I'm off this afternoon to buy a speedboat, and will immediately start growing my age-inappropriate ponytail!
You know Marcus. He once got lost in his own museum
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#3
Oops, I'm middle-aged (ish) and already have a pony-tail!

Wouldn't get a speed boat though. An open-topped sports car is more likely. }Smile

But any advice, good or bad, for the youngsters to become archaeologists is welcomed...........any publicity is good publicity.

We need new blood or we'll all be digging out pits till we croak!
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#4
If you click on the web-site you can read the first 10 pages.....

I am grateful for Joe's suggestion that not only could this book prove useful for students, but it might also benefit the family and friends of existing archaeological professionals in understanding what it is we do and why we do it. Well that's my Christmas present buying proiblems solved in one go.... (although maybe I will just buy one copy and 'friends and family' can make do with photocopies or scanned pages from relevant sections....)
With peace and consolation hath dismist, And calm of mind all passion spent...
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#5
Quote:As I'm presumably officially middle aged now, I'm off this afternoon to buy a speedboat, and will immediately start growing my age-inappropriate ponytail!
When I felt the midlife crisis approaching, I jacked in the day job to be an archaeologist. Not that I'd ever succumb to the other associated nonsense, of course.

Quote:Wouldn't get a speed boat though. An open-topped sports car is more likely.
D'oh!

:face-topic: Having read the first ten pages, I'd suggest that some archaeologists need to read the book as well...}Smile
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#6
Jack Wrote:Oops, I'm middle-aged (ish) and already have a pony-tail!

i'm sure in a previous thread that you mentioned having a girlfriend

these two statements conflict surely
If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers
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#7
Quote:i'm sure in a previous thread that you mentioned having a girlfriend

these two statements conflict surely
Do you actually know many archaeologists, PP?! Excess hair just about everywhere, is pretty much a given. I hesitate to differentiate between sexes/genders, for fear of being discriminatory...
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#8
Sounds like a great book and hopefully provides a more realistic picture of the profession than some of the university prospectus'. It is important that those planning on becoming archaeologists understand the pros and cons of the job as it is awful to see enthusiastic graduates with unrealistic expectations have their hopes crushed by the state of British archaeology at present.
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#9
Excess hair? Not where I work, the complete opposite in fact.....

Last time I saw an archaeologist with excess hair that wasn't in the form of dreads, it was being loaded into an Aga oven to try and cure his headlice problem (said archaeologist was drunk and semi unconcious at the time).... and pony-tails. That would probably be in homage to some media celebrity, so like the mullet its probably a northen thing }Smile
With peace and consolation hath dismist, And calm of mind all passion spent...
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#10
looks like a really good guide for those thinking of a career (falls on floor laughing) in archaeology. There are youngsters out there at A level stage who despite eveything old lags like me tell them are still determined to enter the profession. Which gives me some some hope for the future

Heading out the other side of middle age still have a good head of hair but might need to consider some hair dye ( orange or pink, though purple might look good) getting in and out of a sports car might be a problem, would settle for new knees and hip replacement plus the body of a twenty five-year old.
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