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Southport - support or betrayal?
#61
glad to see you will be volunteering - just hope it wont be at the expense of a professional
and if i were you i wouldn't rely on being able to get compensation - you might not be at work when it goes!
presumably those that retire in their 50s had been renumerated adequately before hand and are hobbyists
and should you be presuming that i dont know what life after 50 feels like?
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#62
Good points you could be 12 or 112 for all I know. But I would bet quite a bit you are considerably younger than meWink

Got into archaeology as a volunteer made it as a professional and will continue until one way or another until I cannot drag my carcass out of bed . Archaeology is not a profession it is a way of life:face-stir:
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#63
Wax Wrote:Good points you could be 12 or 112 for all I know. But I would bet quite a bit you are considerably younger than meWink

Got into archaeology as a volunteer made it as a professional and will continue until one way or another until I cannot drag my carcass out of bed . Archaeology is not a profession it is a way of life:face-stir:


Thats right a way of life. I think there will be plenty of us out there having to rely on the state pension in our old age .... but you know I have this attitude that I came into the world with nowt and I for sure ain't taking owt away with me, so why worry too much about the bit in between....just happy to wake up smiling most days and just to wake up on the others!!
With peace and consolation hath dismist, And calm of mind all passion spent...
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#64
P Prentice Wrote:perhaps i could have qualified further by asking who amongst us is content to be, or will happily if able, be digging (and recording) until we retire at 70-75?

Well, as long as I can hold a trowel, draw a section, sharpen my pencil (keep it clean!) and bend over to reach my tape measurer, I'll be in that there trench. I knew a few archaeologists (David Alon 70's, Ruth Amiran 80's and Avraham Biran 90's) who happily excavated before passing on. If I can do it I will, better yet, if I can show someone what I know and pass along that knowledge collected over the years, I'll be satisfied.
A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.
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#65
I would welcome a job in archaeology right now, paid or otherwise, but I need money to buy food and pay the bills please...
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#66
sorry to hear it boxofrog. Had a guy ring up about an hour ago needed an archaeologist to watch some footings being put in tomorrow 8 am. Thing is he had no agreed scheme of works in place. Had to turn him down...

southport committee- support or betrayal.

well folks they dont support me do they. In fact they are almost to a person tax farmers. Would they betray me, after all they are supposed to be my servants. Why do they want more voluenneters, what is in it for the tax farmers hay. Answers on the back of a stamp and send it to ify- the tax farmers union.
Reason: your past is my past
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#67
i was attempting a straw poll of badjer diggers to see how many were in for the long haul and how many were passing through - not just to wind up a few old codgers.
come on then wax put your money where your mouth is!!
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#68
*sticks hand up*
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#69
Put my money where my mouth is a long time ago. Have sacrificed carear money and social life (almost family) to be an archaeologist. As I am sure have many others on this forum.:face-topic:
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#70
Wax Wrote:I would bet quite a bit you are considerably younger than me

was what i was referring to but, topic

your views on southport may well be valid and they may well be representative of an industry niche but for me and possibly my niche, southport represents an opportunity to salvage a viable profession, encompassing all the various trades and skills after the meltdown

i am, albeit clumsily, trying to gauge whether bajrs set out to become professional diggers or specialists or managers or whatever else because i think that 'traditional' diggers are now and will in the future feel the brunt of the realignment of priorities which southport is advocating. i also think that it is inevitable that those that dont adapt to the new order will be swept aside or marginalised out of a profession and into a labour force
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