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Newbie seeking advice
@ Tool - going back to your original post i think everyone has covered the basics for your first week on site. What i would say is that given your experience elsewhere you may bring other important non-archaeological skills to the site which would make yo
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Very Nice Info thanks for sharing
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Such a useful shearing. Thanks
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richard cherrington Wrote:@ Tool - going back to your original post i think everyone has covered the basics for your first week on site. What i would say is that given your experience elsewhere you may bring other important non-archaeological skills to the site which would make you useful to have around. From your other posts i assume you worked in construction or similar. If youre handy at operating / maintaining plant etc., fixing things, a bit of carpentry / electrical knowledge etc. this is also very useful.

Thanks Richard. Survived the first three months without having to operate any machinery or fixing things, which is nice. Managed to temper my opinions on some building interpretations too... Wink
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nazia Wrote:Such a useful shearing. Thanks

Baaaaaaaa!
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Well, it's over a year in the game now, and still plodding on. It's been an interesting experience, that's for sure. What really brought the passage of time home was having new trainees to work with and to help on their journey over the last few weeks.

So, all you newbies reading this: If I can make it into this industry, then you can too. Work hard, keep your nose clean, assume you know bugger all (a state of mind that doesn't change!) and grab every opportunity to learn that's presented to you. Oh, and if last winter was anything to go by, grow some gills.
I reserve the right to change my mind. It's called learning.
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...but judging by 2010-11, some crampons might be handy too...

Since no one else has replied, thankyou for joining this forum and giving us your 'newbie' insights, has been good seeing the profession through fresh (and insightful) eyes for once, and I'm glad you've decided to stick commercial digging out, despite its many drawbacks (pay, toilets etc). Hope you stay for many years to come :face-approve:
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Dinosaur Wrote:...but judging by 2010-11, some crampons might be handy too...

Since no one else has replied, thankyou for joining this forum and giving us your 'newbie' insights, has been good seeing the profession through fresh (and insightful) eyes for once, and I'm glad you've decided to stick commercial digging out, despite its many drawbacks (pay, toilets etc). Hope you stay for many years to come :face-approve:

Why thank you! It's been fun learning the idiosyncrasies of this industry, and this forum has demonstrated them to a tee Wink Also discovered there is a faster way to spread news than the internet - tell an archaeologist something in confidence! Big Grin

I would like to reiterate something though. If you want to get into this industry but have a different work background or the 'wrong', or maybe even no, degree, that all matters less than a healthy mix of attitude and aptitude. And no desire for riches. And a predilection for aches and pains. But it's mostly populated by good people, albeit mad people, and the work can be fun and interesting.
I reserve the right to change my mind. It's called learning.
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Yes tool the Boom is in anD you have survived a year as a "local" without a degree. The world is your oyster. Have you a family?
.....nature was dead and the past does not exist
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i too would like to offer my congratulations. hopefully you have been reading some books, some site reports and some more books which will enable you to capiltaise on your fieldwork endevours on the long road to becoming a competent archaeologist. well done.
If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers
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