Thread Rating:
  • 0 Vote(s) - 0 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Excavation Skills!
#1
I'm the archaeology technician at Liverpool Uni and we offer a module called Excavation Skills which is primarily based around our fieldschool.
I have some ideas on things we can do during term time and things I wish I'd learnt/known/practised before starting out but thought I'd canvas for some more ideas.

So..What do you wish you'd done at uni that would've helped out there in the digging game

thankee kindly

Jase
Reply
#2
Learning how to repair the seat and pump in a chemical toilet quickly
Reply
#3
Couple off the top of my head:

How to use a good old fashioned SLR camera
How to actually set up a good looking archaeological shot
A little bit of basic soil science - oxidisation etc. Something I wish I'd been taught early on
Reply
#4
The list is endless!

But here are a few.

'You never stop learning in archaeology'
'Approach each site with a fresh brain'
'Don't be biased by what others say or what you've read'
'Give an impression to the students of just how little we know about the past, rather than cling to old and new so-called facts'

But in a practical sense.

1) Understanding the formation processes are paramount. So discuss this (with evidence) on your context sheets. Its far more important to know how those pottery sherds got to where you found them than dating them! Samian pot in a pit don't make it a 'Roman pit'. And certainly doesn't make your site Roman!

2) If you don't know, write (on the context sheet) that you don't know

3) Archaeologists never (hardly ever) give a statement of errors. This is extremely important! It doesn't take much for those uncertain relationships to become etched in stone, and before you know it someone has written a synthesis of Iron Age Britain based on it!
Reply
#5
learning not to bother to write 'supervised 1st years when in 2nd year' on a cv
If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers
Reply
#6
P Prentice Wrote:learning not to bother to write 'supervised 1st years when in 2nd year' on a cv

What about 'supervised graduates when in first year' for all those mature (experienced) students.
D. Vader
Senior Consultant

Vader Maull & Palpatine
Archaeological Consultants

A tremor in the Force. The last time I felt it was in the presence of Tony Robinson.
Reply
#7
dont ever write subsoil
If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers
Reply
#8
If you've got some experience to put on your CV, for god's sake put it on! It makes you more desirable than someone with no experience on their CV. Everyone has to start somewhere.

How about constructing a Harris matrix from the primary archive and learning why this is important? I think there are computer programmes to help with this, but there are bound to be any number of instructional cock ups to sort out...

Ditto above comments about manual SLRs. These will seem like antiques to the youth of today.
Reply
#9
Thanks folks.
A couple of usefull things there so far.
Reply
#10
Do some desk-based work and/or visit an HER so you have some idea of what you are actually looking for on site in the first place, but don't allow it to bias your opinion.

Learn to survey.

Not sure about learning to use SLR cameras - how useful is that likely to be in 10 years time? Why not learn to use a theodolite or plane table?
Reply


Possibly Related Threads...
Thread Author Replies Views Last Post
  What are the three core skills a new digger needs Wax 38 16,431 9th July 2015, 12:55 PM
Last Post: Dinosaur
  Excavation archives as case studies pdurdin 34 22,365 29th May 2015, 12:44 AM
Last Post: GnomeKing
  Advice on bringing my field skills up to date? Mander 19 12,825 12th March 2015, 07:29 PM
Last Post: Dinosaur
  Skills Passport now shipping BAJR 6 3,566 9th July 2014, 09:33 PM
Last Post: Land-Escapist
  Visualisation of an excavation trench BAJR 2 2,811 14th March 2014, 02:15 PM
Last Post: John Wells
  Derrywoone Castle Archaeological Excavation 2013 BAJR 1 1,958 21st May 2013, 09:55 PM
Last Post: BAJR
  Skills Passport Scheme BAJR 29 14,863 22nd April 2013, 06:37 PM
Last Post: Dinosaur
  Irish Excavation Licenses indicate continued reduction in work BAJR 2 2,838 3rd January 2013, 08:05 PM
Last Post: Bodger51
  First kite aerial photo of an excavation? John Wells 10 6,724 29th October 2012, 10:07 AM
Last Post: John Wells
  History of Hattuşa?s excavation on display BAJR 1 1,717 15th October 2012, 06:55 AM
Last Post: BAJR

Forum Jump:


Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)